Aside from an impressive two-night stint at Test Kitchen, chef Alain Giraud has kept a relatively low profile since shuttering Anisette in September.

This week, Giraud will step behind the stoves for one night, serving as guest chef at First & Hope on New Year's Eve. A test-run for the opening of Maison Giraud, his new Palos Verdes, restaurant slated for early 2011? Hmmmm…

The meal is a three or four-course prix fixe dinner that costs $85 to $140 and comes with music, a champagne toast, and a costume contest. Options include egg and caviar, crab salad, turbot filet, beef tenderloin, asparagus risotto, and a dessert plate with mandarin “sorbet,” (Giraud's quotation marks not ours, so we're not sure what sorbet “means”) and coffee-cardamon crème brûlée.

LA Weekly