Want to get a bomb Banh Mi while enjoying one of the best views in the downtown? Smorgasburg is bringing a unique dining experience to one of DTLA’s most beloved rooftops… and you can read all about it below.
On the event front there’s a Strawberry Festival happening in Oxnard this weekend as well as a new food convention called Eeeeeatscon presented by the folks over at The Infatuation.
Oh, and you’ll definitely want to read till the end to find out about my latest dining adventure at Petrossian.
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Smorgasburg LA Take Over at The Standard Hotel DTLA
Smorgasburg LA will expand their awesome outdoor food market to The Standard Hotel in downtown Monday through Friday. The first vendor to kick off the series is Banh Oui famous for their pork belly banh mi, they’ll be serving up the sandwich as well as specials like fried calamari, shrimp toast, ceviche and a burger exclusive to the roof top pop-up.
The launch happened yesterday and Banh Oui will be open for service during the week from noon to 7 p.m. until June 30.
Celebrate one of California's greatest festivals and the berry of Oxnard's eye with a summer kickoff you won't soon forget. Wear shoes you can walk (and dance) in. So much good stuff this year. Your Berry Bliss awaits…See you May 20th-21st in sunny Oxnard, CA #castrawberryfestival #ventureout #oxnard #castrawberries #strawberries #berrybliss #berryfun#californiastrawberries #festival #livemusic #art #greatfood #greatdrinks #treats #fun #family #friends #gather #funforkids #berrybestfestivalaround #magicfruit
California Strawberry Festival returns to Oxnard
Get ready for a berry-filled day! On May 20 and 21, the California Strawberry Festival returns to Oxnard with food, contests, arts and crafts and entertainment – all strawberry themed. Highlights include a Build Your Own Strawberry Shortcake contest, strawberry nachos, berry kabobs, strawberry popcorn and other bizarre food variations, Strawberryland for kids and live music. Tickets are $12 per adult and admission for kids is free.
EEEEEATSCON is Coming
A food festival for “a new generation” Eeeeeatscon is organized by The Infatuation, debuting at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on May 20. Snack from a bevy of top restaurants, both from Los Angeles and culinary points beyond, will be participating, among them Chi SPACCA, Jon & Vinny’s Restaurant, Salazar, Shake Shack, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, and many more. Even NYCs Eataly will make its very first appearance in Los Angeles. Music from LIzzo, a conversation between Nancy Silverton and KCRW’s Evan Kleiman, and much more are also on the bill! Tickets cost $40 per person.
SoCal BBQ Bash and Expo Coming to the Fairplex in Pomona
On Saturday May 20, BBQ masters will converge at the Fairplex in Pomona for the ultimate BBQ party, featuring a wide variety of events such as cooking classes, demonstrations and workshops led by world-renowned grillers and chefs. Plenty of delicious BBQ will be on hand along with live music and a Kids Korner with free pony rides and cooking classes. True BBQ aficionados may want to attend two premium cooking classes (additional ticket required) led by chefs Neil Strawder and Sterling Smith. General admission tickets are $20, however Goldstar is offering tickets for $10 (while supplies last). V.I.P. tickets are also available and include premiere parking, seating and a V.I.P. lounge.
An Evening of Tiki at The Spare Room
The Spare Room at The Hollywood Roosevelt is set to host “An Evening of Tiki” a guest bartender series featuring some of the best bartenders around the globe. Expect island-themed music, tiki outfits and maybe some drinks on fire. See the full summer schedule below.
May 17: The Aviary — Micah Melton / Chicago
June 15: Trailer Happiness — Sly Augustin, William Pineapple, Erik Holmberg / London
July 12: Bootlegger Tiki — Chad Austin, Tony Martinez / Palm Springs
August 9: Navy Strength — Anu & Chris Elford / Seattle
September 6th: Dead Rabbit — Jillian Vose & Jessica Friedman / NYC
Dessert & Wine Tasting at Pitchoun!
On Thursday, May 18 Pitchoun! in DTLA invite guests to enjoy one dessert and a glass of wine for $13. Choose from a chocolate soufflés, warm fruit cassolette and grapefruit millefeuilles, each paired with French wine. RSVP is required for the event.
Something I ate this week…
Petrossian is known for their caviar driven approach but last week I dined on a seasonal pre-fixe menu that demonstrated a range of delicious eats I was wholly not expecting.
My meal began with a Buckwheat Cannelloni wrapped with perfectly cooked asparagus and French ham. The wrap was accompanied by an egg yolk surrounded in sturgeon cream cleverly made to look like egg whites. Simple and refreshing.
The main entree featured a Duck Breast lightly glazed with honey, topped with pistachios and turnips. Finding a well prepared duck in Los Angeles is like scoring a free parking spot in DTLA at rush hour, but I was pleased to see a perfectly cooked breast on my plate, pink in the center with a nice fatty layer of skin to keep the meat tender.
Overall, I was appreciative of the minimalistic approach, especially in the context of a local food scene where sometimes outrageous origin stories about what’s on your plate overshadow the actual eating.
Currently Petrossian is offering a special three course dinner for the month of May. The meal cost $65 a person with an option to add a wine pairing for an additional $35.