|Comme Ça; Photo: Alen Lin|
Orange County Restaurant Week is underway now through March 3, with more than 100 OC eateries serving fixed price lunches for $10, $15 or $20, and dinner for $20, $30 or $40. High-profile participating eateries include Brasserie Pascal, Canaletto, Tommy Bahama, French 75 and Katsuya. For a complete list, go to www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com.
Author Colman Andrews will be at Farmshop to sign copies of his latest book, The Country Cooking of Italy, along with answering dinners and dining with guests at an event that begins at 6:30 PM with passed antipasto in the Farmshop Artisan Market, followed by a sit-down four-courser at 7:15 PM. Dishes include Calabrian green olive spread, chicken liver spiedini with burnt lemon vinaigrette, orecchiette with McGrath Farms broccoli rabe and lamb T-bones with crispy artichokes ($90 per person, includes a signed copy of the book).
Celebrate the arrival of February 29 at Comme Ça, with a Leap Day & Beer evening from 5 to 6 PM, featuring a beer tasting with owner Patrick Rue, and brewer Tyler King, from The Bruery - followed by a five-courser of cured hamachi, crispy sweetbreads and grilled hanger steak, with beers to match. (beer tasting by itself is $35; menu with beer pairing is $75; and both together are $90; 323-782-1104).
Michael Ruhlman, author of The Making of a Chef, The Soul of a Chef, and The Reach of a Chef (and co-author of The French Laundry Cookbook and Bouchon) discusses the relationship between music and the culinary arts at a concert by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra of Rossini, Puccini, Falla and Schonfield (7:30 PM at the Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 213-622-7001 x1; tickets are $45).
Enjoy the several dozen food trucks parked along Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice for the monthly First Friday food truck gathering. And then head for Joe's for his First Fridays Jazz Series on the patio, where the full bar menu of dishes and market-driven cocktails are served throughout the evening (310-399-5811).
The 2nd Annual Santa Clarita Wine Fest is underway today from 1 to 6 PM at the Bridgeport Marketplace. At this benefit for the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, guests should expect more than 400 wines, spirits and brews being poured, along with dish pairing and food trucks ($74 per person; 23885 Newhall Ranch Rd., Valencia, 818-429-6770; for more details, go to www.santaclaritawinefest.com).
It's the 9th annual Cassoulet Night at Lucques, from 5 to 10 PM - a once-a-year feast of a salad of young greens and Vernieres Roquefort with local walnuts; followed by cassoulet de maison with duck confit, garlic sausage and white beans; and finally a dessert of gascon almond cake with roasted apples, and prune-Armagnac ice cream ($45 per person; 323-655-6277).