Pastrami, BierBeisl and Neo-Filipino: 3 Upcoming Pop-Up Dinners Not to Miss
A Lasa pop-up dinner
Pop-up restaurants seem to happen every week in Los Angeles, where permanent kitchens cost premium prices and chef collaborations are a cause for celebration. Hell, there have been so many pop-up variations this past year that there's even been pop-ups within restaurant pop-ups (pop-up-ception?).
But over the next few weeks, there'll be a few new pop-ups, representing a range of ethnic cuisines and culinary talents. Turn the page to see what's popping up soon:
Pastrami Pop-Up at Mexikosher
Monday, Nov. 17, at Mexikosher, 5-10 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov, 18, at the Nosh of Beverly Hills, 5-10 p.m.
When you're the creator of the unlikely Mexican-Kosher cuisine and you're competing on the current season of Top Chef, the only way to host a proper pop-up dinner at your L.A. restaurant is to create a roving themed two-ways dinner and invite your fellow L.A. competitor to share in the creative fun. The result is the awesomely alliterative Pastrami Pop-Up, a multicourse feast from MexiKosher chef Katsuji Tanabe and chef Mai Lin of West Hollywood's ink. — who can both be seen on season 12 of the reality cooking show — featuring dishes that all focus on the salty, smoked Jewish deli meat. Tonight, the duo will present the kosher version of the meal at Tanabe's Kosher Corridor taqueria; tomorrow, a non-kosher edition will pop up at the Nosh of Beverly Hills. Expect nine family-style courses, including such Mex-kosh-Asian fusions as croquetas de pastrami (con salsa roja), Jamaican jerk pastrami and Lin's famous congee (a rice porridge, which will this time be made with pastrami black garlic chips). Yes, there will even be pastrami desserts. For tickets to the kosher edition ($100), click here. For tickets to the non-kosher edition ($70), click here.
Lasa Restaurant Pop-Up
Friday, Nov. 21, at the Elysian, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Approximately four times a year, first-generation Filipino-American brothers Chase and Chad Valencia re-create some of their favorite foods from the homeland, guided by the seasonality of SoCal's abundant farmers markets. Though their dinners always run on the cheaper end of prix fixe meals (the upcoming one is only $45 for three courses, with additional à la carte items available), the quality and quirk is never skimpy. Lasa provides an opportunity to try appetizing snippets of Filipino food — an underrated cuisine, which fuses Southeast Asian, Spanish and Pacific Island traditions. The menu for Lasa's upcoming dinner, held for the first time outside of its usual venue of Highland Cafe, includes items like a play on pancit with egg noodles and roasted chicken with puffed red rice. Email email@example.com for reservations or to be put on the mailing list for future dinners.
BierBeisl Austrian vs. Thai Street Food Dinner
Monday, Dec. 8, and Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Si Laa Thai, 5-10 p.m.
When BierBeisl unexpectedly closed in 2013, the city lost an Austrian-food gem. But while we wait for both BierBeisl Imbiss (a stall in downtown's Spring Arcade, now slated to open next year) and the hinted-at Westside reopening of a full-service BierBeisl restaurant (its location is still unknown), chef Bernhard Mairinger continues to bring his love of authentic Austrian fare to pop-ups all over town. Our food critic Besha Rodell attended a small one at Mess Hall earlier this year and now — in a classic East-versus-West showdown — you can get a taste of Mairinger's cooking when it is paired alongside specialties from Si Laa Thai at this upcoming street food–inspired dinner. For two nights, Mairinger and the Si Laa team will be serving six courses of Austrian-versus-Thai creations, including veal loaf rolls with crispy vegetable taro rolls and Austrian-style meatballs served alongside Thai grilled pork skewers. Reservations are required; $65. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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