Bastille Day is coming up this Sunday, July 14, but there's no requirement to be French, or even a Francophile, to toast the ideals of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. There's the annual Bastille Day Los Angeles Festival with food, wine and plenty of musical and dance performances at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. It's going to be a near all-day event, from noon to 8 p.m. If you're in the mood for something on a smaller scale, below are other highlights in food and/or drink occuring in town this weekend.
Coco Laurent is celebrating the day with a 25% discount on all French wines by bottle and by glass. To pair with wine, there'll be menu specials like pâte de champagne, escargot, pan-seared ahi tuna loin with sauce soubise, oven-roasted pheasant breast with charred tomato risotto, clafoutis and crêpe cake. The specials will be available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. 707 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles; (213) 623-0008.
Throughout this week until Sunday, David Myers is offering à la carte specials at Comme Ça, such as the Burgundy classic coq au vin as well as potted pork rillettes with slices of toasted country bread and pickled vegetables. On Sunday, he'll have cocktail specials, $7.14 each, to toast to the holiday. 8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; (323) 782-1104.
Cost Plus World Market
Fans of Gilles Marini take note: The actor (Dancing with the Stars, Sex and the City: The Movie) will be making an appearance at Cost Plus World Market this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The first 200 people in line with five non-perishable food items to donate to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank will received an autographed copy of his photo. 6333 W 3rd St., Los Angeles; (323) 935-5530.
DomaineLA owner Jill Berheimer will offer a sampling of some of the wine varietals and cheeses featured in Kathe Lison's The Whole Fromage: Adventures in the Delectable World of French Cheese from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Lison will be there to sign copies of her book. 6801 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 932-0280.
On Sunday, Pascal Lorange will offer a three-course prix-fixe brunch for $28 per person with dishes such as truffle mushroom croquette, lobster bisque, crab cake eggs Benedict and grilled thyme chicken paillard. Later on in the day, there'll be a happy hour menu available with $7 small plates as well as $9 cocktails and wine. 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood; (310) 360-9100.
For Sunday only, Napoleon's Macarons at the Americana and the Westfield Topanga Mall will have its bleu, blanc et rouge macarons at $1.80 each, representing the blue, white and red colors of the Republic. 608 Americana Way, Glendale; (818) 291-9160.
Update: The date for the Cost Plus World Market will take place on Saturday; not Sunday as originally listed.
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