What can you expect from the "Thai street food" at E.P., and who's cooking up a storm at GourmetFest in March? That and more in this month's dining news….
Neal Fraser Opens Redbird
Redbird mixologist Julian Cox prepares a Fedora cocktail, made with cognac, bourbon, Jamaican rum, orange curaçao, and gomme syrup.
Some of the best dishes take time to come together, and the same can be said of great restaurants. Angelenos have been eagerly anticipating chef Neal Fraser’s next venture since he closed the perennially popular Grace back in 2010; now, with the opening of Redbird at Vibiana—in the historic former rectory (it dates back to 1933) of LA’s first cathedral downtown—their prayers have been answered. Guests can sip signature cocktails at the swanky marble bar, or snag a table in the gardenlike patio for dishes like rabbit porchetta or blue shrimp and grits with mole. Hallelujah! 114 E. Second St., LA, 213-788-1191
Eat Healthy Anywhere With The Ranch at Live Oak Cookbook
The Ranch at Live Oak Cookbook contains 100 good-for-you recipes.
The Ranch at Live Oak is one of the country’s premier luxury wellness retreats, and since it opened in 2010, it has gotten guests into shape with a program that combines intense workouts with primo vegetarian meals. Now those who don’t have the time for a week of virtue in Malibu can still savor the Ranch’s seasonal, nutrient-driven, detoxifying menus with The Ranch at Live Oak Cookbook (Rizzoli, $35). The tome includes nutritional information on each of the 100 dishes in it, as well as daily meal plans like the ones guests enjoy during a stay at the ranch.
E.P. Brings Thai Street Food to LA
LA might be the home of the food truck, but Australian chef Louis Tikaram is bringing a taste of Thai-style street food to the city with new Asian-inspired eatery E.P. Sample soft-shell crab buns, Thai-style jerky with sriracha, and Fijian-style mahi mahi ceviche in the main restaurant, or head up to the enormous rooftop lounge, L.P., and take in the WeHo view. 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-855-9955
Barrel-Tasting Weekends in Sonoma
Oenophiles, take note: Sonoma wine country’s 2015 barrel-tasting weekends will take place March 6–8 and 13–15. This is an exclusive chance to purchase limited-availability wine futures from houses like Inman Family, Quivira, and Wilson Winery, among others. Tickets start at $40 per weekend. wineroad.com
Who's Cooking at GourmetFest?
Roving gourmands will be making the trip up the coast this spring to Carmel-by-the-Sea for Relais & Châteaux’s annual GourmetFest (March 5–8). This edible extravaganza will feature the gastronomic gifts of chefs including legendary San Francisco toque Gary Danko and L’Auberge Carmel’s own Justin Cogley. Guests will be plied with one-of-a-kind tastings and meals, including a Dom Pérignon and Black River caviar pairing lunch, though they can also get up from the table for activities like a wild mushroom hunt. What’s more, the fun is all for a good cause; proceeds benefit Rancho Cielo and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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