Top 3 Events: Truffles at Mélisse, Eat Your Words + Valerie Gordon Chef Walkabout
Truffle & Wine Co.A box of truffles
Black Truffle Friday at Mélisse
The Truffle & Wine Co., the largest producer of truffles from Manjimup, Western Australia, will help launch truffle season in Los Angeles at Mélisse. Mélisse chef-owner Josiah Citrin will collaborate with Australian chef Peter Gilmore of Quay in Sydney, for a five-course, truffle-intensive dinner. Dishes include wild King salmon, truffled courgettes, eggplants, almond milk essence (Citrin) and bitter chocolate and truffle black pudding (Gilmore), among others.
WHAT: Black Truffle Friday at Mélisse
WHEN: Friday, June 13; two seatings offered, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 8:15-9:15 p.m.. Reservations required.
WHERE: Mélisse, 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 395-0881
COST: $185 per person, or $280 with wine pairing; tax and tip not included.
Eat Your Words at the Standard
A monthly storytelling event hosted by Greg Walloch, Eat Your Words' stories are inspired by food themes: food politics, the best meal you ever ate, a food memory. Each show features a rotating cast of the city's outstanding storytellers and comedians, with special guest appearances by L.A.-area chefs, bartenders and urban foodies. The June 5 event will feature actor Josh Weinstein, who's opening Bar Bandini wine bar this fall in L.A.
WHAT: Eat Your Words
WHEN: Thursday, June 5, and ongoing the first Thursday of each month; doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Cactus Lounge of The Standard, Hollywood. 8300 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.
COST: Free. RSVP strongly encouraged: hollywoodRSVP@standardhotel.com.
Chef Walkabout With Valerie Gordon
Sustainable Kitchen hosts a series of farmers market events with local chefs, which benefit efforts to fight local food deserts. For this event, Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections will give a "tutorial" at the Hollywood farmers market, sharing her personal and professional insights on how to best utilize the available seasonal produce. This event benefits the Blind Children's Center to support its teaching garden and nutritional programs.
WHAT: Chef Walkabout With Valerie Gordon
WHEN: June 8, 9-10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Hollywood farmers market, Ivar Avenue & Sunset Boulevard, Hlywd.
COST: $40 (All proceeds go to the Blind Children's Center.)
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