99 Essential Restaurants and throw its annual food fest. The Gold Standard is now known as Plate, the mega walk-around tasting held at the Petersen Auto Museum this Sunday (March 3, 1-5 PM). Per usual, there are more than 40 restaurants, including Night + Market, A-Frame, Littlefork, Storefront, Mo-Chica, Philippe's, Guelaguetza and Park's BBQ, plus cocktails, beer, wine and coffee. General admission is $75, but it's worth springing the extra $20 for VIP - food tends to run out early at this one. Get tickets here.
Next week, Planned Parenthood's annual Food Fare, which Julia Child first started in 1979, takes place at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Thursday (March 7). Snack on nibbles from Angelini Osteria, Superba Snack Bar, Milo + Olive plus food trucks. Joe Miller, of Joe's in Venice and Bar Pintxo, is the chef honoree this year. There's usually a good smattering of crafts, books, plants and other goodies to purchase, too, with proceeds going to the cause. Tickets are $150 for the daytime session (10:30 AM-2 PM) and $225 for the evening session (6:30-9:30 PM). Get them here or at the door.