Thursday-is-Still-the-New-Friday Agenda: Hatchi Series at Breadbar, "Juniper in June" at Ammo, Simon L.A.'s 3rd Anniversary

In an ever-changing world, Breadbar is still into chef's series that give traveling talents a temporary place to hang their toques. The Third Street location is already home to LudoBites, and the "Hatchi" guest chef program gets under way this week in Century City.

Consulting Chef Noriyuki Sugie, who's been a presence at Breadbar with his Crudobar and Bentobar concepts, and collaborated with David Myers at Sona last week, is overseeing each performance. On the last Thursday of each month, a different visiting chef prepares eight small plates that cost $8 a piece. Chef Nori explains to us that he "asked each chef to create their own concept," and points to a similar series in San Francisco as initial inspiration that's he's now choosing "to approach a different way. [Hatchi will be] same cutting edge, but more low key and with rising chefs. It's creative and fun." He adds, "hatchi means eight and is a very good number" that also symbolizes infinity.

First up on Thursday night is Debbie Lee from "The Next Food Network Star," whose dishes -- including crab and corn fritters with kimchee aïoli and pickled watermelon rind, and braised Korean beef short ribs with country rice and twice-fried pork belly -- draw from Korean and Southern influences as part of her "Seoul to Soul" theme.

10250 Santa Monica Blvd., R-2, Century City, (310) 277-3770 or www.breadbar.net.

Few can resist a good alliterative title. And good alcohol. Ammo is betting on those crowd draws for its "Juniper in June" gathering on Thursday, June 25 from 6-8:00 p.m. It's part of the Small Batch Socials series, which focuses on a different spirit each month, featuring lesser known gems and the experts who know about them. On the gin agenda Thursday are Bluecoat American Dry Gin, Right Gin from Sweden, and Blu Zephyr Gin from London ($20 per person).

1155 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, (323) 467-3293 or www.ammocafe.com.

Celebrate fancy junk food and three years of business at Simon L.A. and the Stone Rose Lounge during its two night-long anniversary party on Thursday and Friday, June 25-26. The $39.29 per person three-course prix fixe menu includes tuna dynamite, "carpaccio" pizza, Tandoori style wild pacific salmon, braised short ribs, and cherry pie with vanilla bean ice cream, plus optional wine pairing for $12. This'll be sure to keep dentists busy: goodie bags with Kerry Simon's signature cotton candy and Cracker Jack will be given to all guests.

8555 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 358-3979 or www.simonlarestaurant.com.


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