|Lobster, caviar and this view at The Strand House|
Kick off the week with a night of decadence at The Strand House in Manhattan Beach. Chef Neal Fraser teams with executive chef Greg Hozinsky and Maison Giraud's Alain Giraud for a special five-course feast, four of which will feature Petrossian caviar. There will also be a special cheese course from Norbert Wabnig from The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills. The clincher? Considering how haute this meal, it's only $200 per person and includes wine pairings. Cocktails start at 6:30 PM, dinner begins at 7 PM. Reservations are required (117 Manhattan Beach Blvd.; 310-545-7470).
Tuesday, March 12
It's Beerfest tonight at Short Order with local brews by the glass or flight from Enegren and El Segundo, plus a special tasting menu to go along with them courtesy SO chef Christian Page. You can try dishes like beer-battered halibut and spuds, buttermilk and hops fried chicken with slaw, or grass-fed brisket machaca along with specially chosen beers. Or, you know, just get one of those great burgers. The beer sampling begins at 5 PM (6333 W 3rd St.; 323-761-7970).
Wednesday, March 13
Gordon Ramsay's Fat Cow at The Grove features mostly American comfort food dishes, but he'll begin serving more British-inspired fare every month, beginning today. The new Beer 'N' Bangers menu features your choice of beer and cheddar soup or beer-glazed chicken wings; house-made duck sausage with mashed potato or Toad in the Hole, a beer-braised sausage in Yorkshire pudding batter with onion gravy; and chocolate beer cake or raspberry beer floats for dessert. The menu is $42 per person, available from 5-10 PM. Reservations are required (189 The Grove Dr.; 323-965-1020).
Thursday, March 14
You can now dine on any menu anywhere you want at Tavern. That means Larder specialties in the main dining room or the bar, or the bar or dinner menu in the Larder at night. And now there are nightly specials served family-style for $19 per person. For the weekend it's vegetable tagine with warm couscous salad and grilled coriander and sumac flatbreads on Thursdays; fish and chips with tartar sauce and malt vinegar on Fridays; spaghetti and meatballs with Caesar salad and old-school garlic bread on Saturdays; and simple salad, roasted chicken with mashed potatoes, and roasted vegetables on Sundays (11648 San Vicente Blvd.; 310-806-6464).
Friday, March 15
Check out Fatty's Public House new happy hour, which is available daily from noon to 7 PM. There are mussels with lager and chorizo, hummus with pickled veg and brick-oven pita bread, and even fried chicken for less than 10 bucks. Craft cocktails are $8, beers are $2 off, and wines are only $5 a glass. (829 N. La Cienega Blvd.; 310-854-0756)
Saturday, March 16
Learn how to cook a fun brunch menu with the Border Grill chefs, aka Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, at their Downtown location - and eat it too. The menu includes Bloody Marias, guava empanadas, heirloom bean and bacon tostadas, Peruvian shrimp and grits, and La Bomba rice pudding. $75 per person includes cooking demos, a multi-course brunch and a recipe booklet to take home (445 S. Figueroa St.; 213-486-5171).
Sunday, March 17
Yes, everyone will be swimming in green beer all day for St. Patrick's Day, but the sane will do something exactly the opposite, like have specialty teas, juices, a healthful brunch (carrot and zucchini latkes with baby beet relish and Greek yogurt, or steamed brown rice with spinach, glazed tofu and a poached egg, for instance) and a pilates workout at STREET. The first 50 people to reserve will receive a Balates class (bring your own mat) on the patio at 10 AM; brunch begins at 11 AM. Call to reserve (742 N. Highland Ave.; 323-203-0500).