Brandon Boudet's 5th Annual Crawfish Boil
Chef Brandon Boudet is from New Orleans, and every year for the past five years he has celebrated this happy fact by hosting a crawfish boil at Dominick's. Lucky us. Not only will there be plenty of crawfish, by the pound, but Boudet will be serving grilled alligator meatballs, roast beef and softshell crab po' boys, and boiled artichokes with Creole remoulade. If you can't get there for the first Saturday, he's been thoughtful enough to do this again the following Saturday. Drinks too, of course, including Bloody Marys, pecan bourbon Old Fashioneds, and PBRs and New Orleans Abita Amber in cans. Sno balls too!
WHAT: Brandon Boudet's 5th Annual Crawfish Boil
WHEN: Saturday, May 17, and Saturday, May 24
WHERE: Dominick's, 8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood. Call 310-652-2335 for reservations.
COST: The event is free; all food is a la carte.
Dishcrawl's Taste of Koreatown
Dishcrawl, a national start-up founded on the premise that communities can be brought together through good food and good company, is having its first event, in Koreatown. Imagine a bar crawl, only with restaurants — in this case, three restaurants in Koreatown. Follow @DishcrawlLA on Twitter for updates.
WHAT: Dishcrawl's Taste of Koreatown
WHEN: 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 21.
WHERE: It's a secret; ticket holders will be notified 48 hours prior to the event where to meet.
COST: $45. Drinks are not included in the price.
California Strawberry Festival
A two-day celebration of the strawberry, the Oxnard festival includes a strawberry pie – eating contest, a strawberry tart toss, hat and best-dressed baby contests, relay races and a shortcake-building contest. There's also plenty of music, from Queen Nation, Mariachi Divas, Wanted, The L.A. All-Stars of Funk, Undercover Girls, SkaDaddyZ, Jeanne Tatum, We the Folk, the Oxnard High School Jazz Ensemble and the Buena High School Jazz Ensemble. And, yes, there will be lots of strawberries too, with more than 50 food booths featuring strawberry pizzas, strawberry nachos, etc.
WHAT: California Strawberry Festival
WHEN: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18
WHERE: Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard.
COST: $12 for adults; $8 for those 62 and over; $5 ages 5-12; 4 and under free.
Festa del Rosato
The folks at Sotto are having a rosé fest, or Festa del Rosato, at which guests can taste five rosé wines with wine directors Rory Harrington and Jeremy Parzen on the patio while sampling small bites by chef Steve Samson. To make a reservation, email firstname.lastname@example.org. After the event, for the rest of the month of May, guests can sample three rosés for $20.
WHAT: Sotto Rosé Tasting
WHEN: Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Sotto, 9575 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles; 310-277-0210.
COST: $30 per person.