Good Luck, Ludo and Susan!
Thanks to all the encouraging comments to my Animal-Free April declaration yesterday, I'm feeling a lot less anxious about whether I can actually pull it off. That'll be put to the test this weekend, when I'm heading down to San Diego to spend some time with high school friends and have less control over my meals. In any case, looks like I'll missing out on some of the great going-ons for the week ahead, such as . . .
Tomorrow, 1 to 7 p.m., Glassell Park's beer mecca Verdugo Bar will be holding a mobile mashup, a six-hour party with live DJS and four mobile food vendors (Lomo Arigato, Frysmith, Mandoline Grill and Grill 'EM All) stationed outside to soak up the amazing 20+ unique craft beers they have on tap. I'll leave it to you guys to figure out which brew pairs best with the spicy kimchi pork fries or the lemongrass-tofu banh mi. Free admission, but you still gotta pay for your grub and beer.
Sunday, all day long, The Hungry Cat in Hollywood is celebrating Easter with 50% off specialty cocktails, draft beers and bottles of wine all day long. So hop to it!
Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m., Ammo Restaurant will be kicking off its Sunday Roasts, where a cool $32/person will get you a comforting-yet-contemporary three-course meal. In their debut event, the menu will consist of little gem lettuce w beets, avocado & feta // wood oven-roasted Spring lamb with braised garlic, peas and mint // strawberry fool with buttermilk sherbet.
Wednesday, April 7, 7 p.m., STREET and Angeleno magazine are organizing a Top Chef Masters Premiere viewing party (of which chef-owner Susan Feniger is a contender.) Taste her street bites, sip on specialty cocktails and mingle during the reception, then watch and cheer her on when the show starts at 8 p.m.! $25/person (half of which goes to the Scleroderma Research Foundation.)
And my favorite Web encounters of the week:
Rosso Wine Shop's continually updated list of corkage fees at restaurants around town
Definitely great idea, even if absent-minded me will often forget to bring a bottle. Oh well, I can always make a quick stop by favorite wine shops to pick up a bottle (or two.)
Slate argues for canned/frozen veggies and fruits over fresh
As much as I'm a fan of fresh food, I do keep a stockpile of frozen veggies--which is a lot more convenient when cooking for 1-2 meals. But while frozen/canned fruits and veggies are equal or even superior in nutritional value against their fresh variants, the taste comparison is still no contest. But I do agree with the author that it's an unrealistic expectation for all families across the board to cook with fresh produce all the time, and using canned/frozen versions is a convenient compromise that doesn't sacrifice too many nutrients.
Chef Ludovic Lefebvre interviews on Grub Street and Eater about his LA marathon run & 4.0 incarnation of Ludobites
As always, a charmer and lots of fun. Too bad I wasn't fast enough with making my reservations for the downtown Ludobites and am now languishing on the waitlist...
Seattle Weekly's list of 7 Cookbooks You Don't Want to Friends to Find in Your Kitchen (and vice versa)
Funny in that I've actually received PR pitches from some of those ridiculous books, but #1 on that list is really a stunner!