Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills. The early '80s were rife with fusion cuisine, and chef Shigefumi Tachibe masterfully blended Asian flavors with French technique at Chaya, which inspired many menus even to this day - one of his sushi knives is even on display at the Smithsonian. The restaurant celebrates 30 years in Bev Hills this year, kicking things off with a blowout Summer Festival this weekend and specials throughout August.
Chaya is owned by the Tsunodas, a family that's been serving food to the public here and in Japan for 400 years. That rich culinary heritage will be honored at the festival via food, cocktails, beer, wine, Taiko drummers, Japanese games, live music and...a tarot card reader. Chaya's Summer Festival takes place Sunday, July 28, and tickets are $55 pre-sale or $65 at the door, with some proceeds going to Share Our Strength. Kids 12 and under can go for free. Get tickets here. 5-10 PM.