|Le Pigeon in LA|
And something to put on the calendar: After playing host chef for some of the Frenchies in town for Le Fooding a few weeks ago, Spence has good friend Gabriel Rucker from Portland's Le Pigeon in town for a special guest dinner. She told us that she and Rucker, who kind of turned Portland's food scene on its head and who just won a James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Northwest, will hit the farmer's market, Cheese Shop of Beverly Hills and Lindy & Grundy for inspiration and then create their three-course menu (plus amuse-bouche and maybe some grappa) for the night. The dinner takes place on May 30 and 31; $75 per person, 6-10 PM. Make reservations by calling Bar or Chateau Marmont (323-650-0575 or 323-848-5908).