Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday Quickies #65: Pre Bastille Edition

Coffee and a Jelly Donut
Coffee with a Jelly Donut at LaMill

Ok, move over Americans - it's the French's turn to celebrate... the storming of a prison? Ok, ok, still red, white and blue so it's all good. Depending on how you feel about the French, here are some Francophile and not-so-Frenchy events for Bastille Day (and the days leading up to and following . . .)

All July long, modern-French restaurant Melisse will be celebrating its 10 years in business with a special 10-course menu higlighting exec. chef Josiah Citrin's favorite dishes from the decade that was. To sweeten the pot of this $150/person offer, corkage is only $10/bottle for first two bottles and diners will receive a $50 gift card good for a future dinner.

On Bastille Day itself, enomatic wine bar Pourtal will be featuring wines from the French country; no pricey bougie stuff here, just simple-yet-sexy reds, white and ros├ęs. And if you recite the serment du jeu de paume (Tennis Court Oath), you'll be treated to a complimentary glass of Kir (probably best to do this before you get your wine on!)

On July 15, dine out and help fight breast cancer with Dine out for the Cure, where numerous restaurants will be donating 10% of their day's profits to the LA chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The participant list stretches all over LA from the Roy's in Pasadena/Downtown/Woodland Hills to Michael's on Naples in Long Beach to Ford's Filling Station and Rush Street in Culver City. That's definitely something I can raise my fork to.

On July 17, the folks of LearnAboutWine are back at it with RED, a bovine smorgasbord with 7 beef courses (and 1 cheesy dessert) each paired with delightful red wine. Preparations include beef cheek terrine with a mimosa sauce and grilled rib eye with ginger-soy reduction. All of which makes for one happy cow eater. $89/person.

And for those attending the East LA Meets Napa event tonight, I'll see you there at Union Station!

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