|Comme Ca turns 5!|
Kick off the week with Reisetbauer brandy and chef Bernhard Mairinger's Austrian cuisine at BierBeisl tonight. There's an eight-course menu with booze pairings, things like chicken liver mousse with rowanberry schnapps, milk-poached weisswurst with Blue gin, rabbit loin with pickled plums and vanilla fennel salad with plum brandy, and white chocolate poppyseed parfait with raspberry schnapps. Master distiller Hans Reisetbauer will be on hand to talk schnapps, too. $85 per person, starts at 7 PM (9669 S. Santa Monica Blvd.; 310-271-7274).
If there's anything that screams Oktoberfest, it's Wolfgang Puck and Gene Simmons. The first Rocktoberfest kicks off with a gala, but from today through Friday, you'll find food, beer and music at Nokia plaza at L.A. Live. General admission tickets are $24.75 and include entry, a commemorative beer stein and a few tastes. Bring money for extra food and booze. Doors open at 5 PM.
Join Josian Citrin as he welcomes visiting chef Christophe Dufau for a special 10-course seasonal tasting menu at Melisse today, Thursday and Friday. A native of Provence, Dufau is the chef and owner of Restaurant les Bacchanales in Vence on the French Riveria. His aesthetic is similar to Citrin's - the menu changes frequently, based on what's available and in season. The two chefs will forage around the Santa Monica farmers market to collaborate on the menu (1104 Wilshire Blvd.; 310-395-0881).
Check out the new fall menu and happy hour at Pitfire Artisan Pizza. All five locations have dishes like roasted pumpkin pizza, Brussels sprouts and bacon pizza, and pear salad with dates, ricotta cheese and pine nuts. Drink specials include cranberry lemonade, apple-pear-cinnamon sangria and apple cider shandies. The Downtown and West Hollywood locations also have Study Hall, its version of happy hour, Monday-Friday (3-6 PM). Get half-off all beers on tap and select wines.
Celebrate five years with David Myers and the Comme Ca crew this month with a special three-course menu featuring dishes like roasted pear salad with mache, duck breast with Bloomsdale spinach, and poached quince with fromage blanc, plus a cocktail of your choice ($55). And tonight, the original mixology team members will be there making $5.55 cocktail creations all night long (8479 Melrose Ave.; 323- 782-1104).
Have a sweet Saturday with ladies of pastry at "The Girls are Baking: Los Angeles' Classic Desserts," hosted by the Culinary Historians of Southern California. Grace Bauer will chat with Sweet Lady Jane's Jane Jockhart, Valerie Confections' Valerie Gordon, and BLD pastry chef Mariah Swan. there's a reception with themed desserts and refreshments after. The whole shebang starts at 10:30 AM and is free at the Mark Taber Auditorium at the Central Library (630 W. 5th St.).
Check out the fancy beer-meets-food dinner at Craft in Century City. Dishes like charred octopus with aleppo pepper, shrimp spring rolls, beef sliders with onion jam, maple-glazed pork belly and egg biscuits, lamb belly and corn muffins, Naked Cowboy oysters, and crazy good mac and cheese paired with Bruery seasonal beers like Saison Rue, Loakal Red, Autum Maple, White Oak, and Otiose. Hang out on the patio, mingle, listen to some music and grub till you can't any more. $125 per person; call 424-204-7485 for reservations (10100 Constellation Blvd.; 310-279-4180).