|Where to M.A.K.E. Out in SaMo|
Laurent Quenioux's LQ "Foodings" pop-up is back tonight at Pasadena's Vertical Wine Bistro. The six-course dinner featuring Quenioux's "interpretations" of spring ingredients is $48 per person, with wine pairings available for $25. Look for dishes like duck rillettes with duck skin, ash, cold-smoked herring, Dijon tapioca and nasturtium leaves; veal sweet bread corndogs; poached hen eggg with cauliflower emulsion, young carrots, pea tendrils, cardoons, an curry leaves pesto; and rabbit three ways. And there's always the cheese cart - 48 and counting last time (70 N. Raymond Ave.; 626-795-3999).
Tuesday, March 26
Meet Lidia Bastianich tonight at Osteria Mozza for a private dinner and book signing. Mozza owner Joe's mama is in town to show off two new books, Lidia's Favorite Recipes and Lidia's Family Kitchen: Nonna's Birthday Surprise. The four-course dinner is comprised of some of her favorite dishes from the cookbooks. $175 per person, includes wine pairings. Starts at 7 PM. Reserve by calling 323-866-5290 (6602 Melrose Ave.; 323-297-0100).
Wednesday, March 27
Yet another way to check out Ricardo Zarate's new Paiche restaurant: Food & Wine magazine and Food GPS bring Zarate together with fellow "Best New Chef" alums for two dinners. Tuesday night's dinner features a collaboration between the Peruvian chef and Naomi Pomeroy (Portland's Beast), with cocktails by Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix ($52 per person). Tonight, guest chefs are Jamie Bissonette (Boston's Coppa and Toro) and Viet Pham (SLC's Salt Lake City) for a six-course feast ($62 per person). Call for reservations (13488 Maxella Ave.; 310-893-6100).
Thursday, March 28
The fourth SoCal outpost of Seasons 52 opens in Santa Monica today (the last opened at the Westfield Mall in Century City), where no dish goes above 475 calories and live entertainment happens nightly in the piano bar. Lunch, snack, drinks some wine - there are more than 200 labels. It all begins at 11 AM for lunch, with music in the wine bar starting at 6 PM (120 Broadway; 310-451-1152).
Friday, March 29
Raw food chef and expert Matthew Kenney debuted his first West Coast restaurant, M.A.K.E., and culinary academy in Santa Monica Place (third floor in The Market) last fall. Last week, he added on the M.A.K.E. Out juice bar for grab-and-go snacks like kale chips and seaweed-rye crackers, vegan desserts, and juices and smoothies. The menu will change with the seasons, based on what's available at the local farmers markets (395 Santa Monica Place; 310-394-7046).
Saturday, March 30
If you're down in the South Bay or heading that way, check out the new weekend brunch at Abigaile for things like ranchero con chilaquiles, corned beef hash, chicken and waffles, and gooey cinnamon rolls. Toss back a few mimosas (bottomless), bacon Bloody Marys, bellinis or the Brewmosa made with Abigaile's own beers. Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM (1301 Manhattan Ave.; 310-798-8227).
Sunday, March 31
It's Easter Sunday! Here are 20 brunch ideas, plus a couple more new ones in Santa Monica and Hollywood. You could always head over to the Pub at Golden Road for an Easter egg hunt for the kiddies or growlers filled with Deschutes beer for the rest of us (noon to 9 PM) (5410 W. San Fernando Rd.; 213-373-4677).