Top 3 Events: BierBeisl Pop-Up Dinner, Mélisse Protege Dinner + Luckyrice L.A.
Bierbeisl chef Bernhard Mairinger
BierBeisl Pop-Up Dinner at Si Laa
Chef Bernhard Mairinger of the much-lauded Austrian restaurant BierBeisl is popping up at Si Laa Thai Restaurant, joining the folks there to create a five-course dinner of the cuisines of both Thailand and Austria. It's a pretty cool conceit, in which each of the five courses gives you a choice of either a Thai or an Austrian dish — the ideal being that you attend in pairs and try them both. Among the dishes: Käsekrainer sausage with pretzel bread, mustard and fresh horseradish; chicken cooked in pandan leaf; diver scallop with potato-leek mousse and truffle caviar; and Thai angel hair pasta with sweet red curry, shishito pepper and soft-shell crab. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Si Laa.
WHAT: BierBeisl Pop-Up Dinner at Si Laa
WHEN: Monday, July 28, and Tuesday, July 29
WHERE: Si Laa Thai Restaurant, 1128 S. Robertson Blvd., Pico-Robertson; 310-858-7738.
COST: $65 per person.
Mélisse Protege Dinner
Josiah Citrin's Santa Monica restaurant Mélisse is celebrating its 15th anniversary (actually on July 14) by orchestrating a special one-night-only dinner. Citrin is bringing back a group of Mélisse chef alums to cook dinner, each chef cooking one course. The chefs in the kitchen include Brendan Collins (Waterloo & City), Katie Weiner and John Hong (the Restaurant at Meadowood), Jason Simpson (St. Cecilia) and Nyesha Arrington. Dishes include abalone, eggplant, smoked red pepper and grains; corn tart with morels and black truffles; and crispy pork belly with roasted scallops, quince and chorizo.
WHAT: Mélisse Protege Dinner
WHEN: Sunday, July 27.
WHERE: Mélisse, 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; 310-395-0881.
COST: $150; $235 with wine pairing.
Luckyrice Los Angeles
The third annual Luckyrice Festival will be in Hollywood this year, at Create Nightclub, hosted by Sang Yoon of Father's Office and Lukshon. There will be modern and traditional Asian dishes, paired with lots of cocktails, of course, as this is Hollywood in the cocktail age — and the event is presented by Bombay Sapphire East. Participating chefs and restaurants include not only Yoon himself but also Jet Tila, Park's BBQ, Starry Kitchen, Seoul Sausage, Bling Bling Dumpling and many others. Bartenders include Hinoki and the Bird's Brandyn Tepper, Harlowe's Chris Amirault and Dirty Laundy's Nicolas O'Connor. Ticket proceeds benefit the Center for Asian American Media.
WHAT: Luckyrice Los Angeles
WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 7, 7-10 p.m.
WHERE: Create Nightclub, 6021 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; 323-463-3331.
COST: $88 general admission; $150 early entry.
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