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Ludo Lefebvre at Trois Mec

March 22, 2014: Grill & Chill at the All-Star Chef Classic

02/09/2014

Discover Los Angeles

On March 21-23, 2014, 25 chefs from across the country and around the world are gathering for the All-Star Chef Classic, a three-day modern food event taking place at L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles. Celebrated chefs and the rising stars they have mentored will showcase their culinary mastery in two unique venues: Restaurant Stadium™ and The Chefs’ Tasting Arena™. The former welcomes over 250 guests “kitchen-side” in an intimate VIP setting, while the latter features a more expansive layout and a market-style experience with family-style seating.

Grill & Chill presented by dineLA is an international cookout taking place on Saturday, March 22 from 7:30-10 p.m. Grill & Chill celebrates the many ways that different cultures embrace the experience of cooking over an open flame, featuring chefs Roy Choi, Michael Cimarusti, Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, Ricardo Zarate and more. Along with delicious tastings, admission includes alcoholic beverages, and recipe ideas. For those looking to beat the crowds, there is a VIP ‘Diamond’ ticket that gets guests in 60 minutes early with VIP access to the Chefs’ Tasting Arena™.

Following are Los Angeles restaurants where you can experience the acclaimed culinary creations of Grill & Chill participating chefs.

Lucky Chinese Dishes in Los Angeles

02/02/2014

Clarissa Wei

The Chinese New Year is the start of the new Lunar Calendar and the onset of the agricultural season. For the Chinese, this date is single-handedly the most important holiday of the year. It’s a 15-day soiree - a time of reunion, a time for family. Each day has a new theme. The first day is for lighting fireworks and bamboo sticks, the fifth day is for dumplings, and so on. The common link for each day is food - the half-month is filled with an abundance of dishes. After all, food is the cornerstone of Chinese culture. Traditional dishes are steeped with symbolism – many of which are homophones for lucky phrases.

Here are eight auspicious Chinese dishes and where to get them in the greater Los Angeles area.

The Best Nachos in Los Angeles

01/27/2014

Joshua Lurie

Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya supposedly invented nachos at the Victory Club, a Piedras Negras restaurant located just across from the Texas border. What’s now a widespread classic initially featured fried tortilla chips topped with melted cheese and jalapeños. In L.A., they’re rarely so restrained, and while nachos typically appear at Mexican restaurants, that's not always the case. Here are some of our favorite Los Angeles nachos.

Celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes in Los Angeles

12/23/2013

Discover Los Angeles

The Feast of the Seven Fishes, aka La Vigilia (The Vigil), is a traditional Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration that commemorates La Vigilia di Natale, the wait for the midnight birth of the infant Jesus. The feast typically features at least seven different seafood dishes, which are served before midnight Mass. The custom of eating seafood on Christmas Eve comes from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstinence - i.e., no meat or milk products - on the eve of certain holy days. 

Although La Vigilia’s true origins are unknown, the custom is said to have begun in Southern Italy. The number seven may refer to the seven sacraments, the Seven Hills of Rome, or perhaps the idea of completion - according to Genesis, God rested on the seventh day. Baccalà (salted cod fish) is a traditional favorite of the sumptuous meal, along with a myriad of other seafood dishes.

From traditional family-style menus to modern twists, restaurants across Los Angeles are celebrating the Feast of the Seven Fishes.

Secret Off-the-Menu Dishes in Los Angeles

12/08/2013

Bill Esparza

In Barry Sonnenfeld’s fundamental LA tale, Get Shorty (1995), actor Martin Weir (played by Danny DeVito) orders off the menu at the storied celebrity sighting destination, the Ivy. At the time, the Food Network was only two years old, and ordering your meal like a Hollywood big shot seemed ultra-cool. Fast forward to 2013, and Los Angeles is teeming with restaurants offering secret menus and off-the-menu items for customers in the know. Here are some hearty insider eats to impress your friends, and you don’t even have to be Martin Weir to make it happen.

Dishes at Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ - Westfield Topanga

Dining and Shopping in Los Angeles

11/18/2013

Discover Los Angeles

The holiday shopping season has begun in earnest, and retail centers across Los Angeles are bustling with activity. To help shoppers take a break or refuel, there are numerous restaurants conveniently located inside and nearby L.A.’s top shopping destinations. From world-famous Chinese dumplings to the flagship restaurant of a legendary chef, here are some of the best restaurants to get you through your gift buying list.

Chashu Hash Skillet at JiST Cafe

The Best Breakfast Dishes in Los Angeles

11/15/2013

Joshua Lurie

Forget the notion that coffee and pastries are enough to sustain you until lunch. Set the culinary pace for the day with a hearty breakfast. LA institutions like Du-par’s, John O'Groat's and The Original Pantry Café have been serving diners for decades. Here are 14 other viable breakfast options in Los Angeles.

A Day of Dining Near Museum Row in Los Angeles

11/06/2013

Leslee Komaiko

Whether your destination is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum, or any of the other cultural institutions along Wilshire Boulevard’s famed Museum Row, there are plenty of dining options in the neighborhood. From buttermilk hotcakes for breakfast to a late night bowl of matzoh ball soup, here are the best restaurants you can enjoy throughout your day exploring Museum Row.

The Best Steak Dishes in Los Angeles

10/31/2013

Matthew Kang

Los Angeles might not have the pedigree of Chicago, New York, or even Las Vegas when it comes to steakhouses, but that doesn't mean that it's lost a step in presenting solid interpretations of steak. Though steak is often the most ubiquitous and predictable order on menus across the city, restaurants have drawn from everything from mid-century dining style to ethnic flavors, such as Korean and Peruvian. The result is this eclectic collection of the best steaks in Los Angeles.

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