Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area
Paris Baguette: New in Encino. The chain bakery café sells specialty breads, desserts, pastries, sandwiches and coffee, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. In the Encino Town Center, 17136 Ventura Blvd. 818-817-0048. www.parisbaguetteusa.com
Tivoli Café: Pali Wine Co. wine tasting dinner, 7 p.m. Feb. 28. Cost $89. Reservations required. 15306 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. 310-459-7685.
AR Cucina: Cookbook dinner with Raghavan Iyer, author of “Smashed, Mashed, Boiled and Baked,” 7 p.m. March 1. Cost $55 plus tax and tip. Reservations required. 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City. 310-558-8800. www.arcucina.com
The Living Room at The Peninsula Beverly Hills: Dessert Tasting Menu with seven courses and champagne, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (ongoing). Cost $76 for two; tax and tip extra. Reservations. 9882 Santa Monica Blvd. 310-975-2736. peninsula.com/livingroom
Lucques: “Cassoulet Night” with three-courses, 5-9:30 p.m. March 5. Cost $65 plus tax and tip ($38 plus tax for a to-go order; must be ordered by 9 p.m. Feb. 28 for pick-up on March 5). 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. 323-655-6277. www.lucques.com
Cochon 555: Five chefs cook five whole heritage pigs for a culinary competition. Guests sample 30 chef-competitor plates plus cheese, pastry, pâté and wines, 5 p.m. March 12. Cost $125; $200 VIP (4 p.m. entry). Reservations required. Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. www.cochon555.com
Hanging with Harris Dinner Series: Culinary master of ceremonies Billy Harris hosts dinners that benefit four charities: Alex’s Lemonade Stand, James Beard Foundation, No Kid Hungry and PIGGY BANK. March 27 at Rose Cafe; April 3 at Connie and Ted’s; April 10 at The Hungry Cat; April 17 at Redbird; May 8 at Son of a Gun. Reservations required. hangingwithharris.events.table8.com
The Taste of the Valley: Valley Cultural Center presents the food festival and wine tasting, 5-8:30 p.m. April 26. Minimum age 21. Admission $50 by April 1; $60 after; $75 at the door. Westfield Topanga, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park. 818-704-1358. www.valleycultural.org
Sur La Table at The Village at Westfield Topanga: Thai Restaurant Menu, 6:30 p.m. March 2 ($69); Four Sauces Every Cook Should Know, 11 a.m. March 3 ($69); Croissants from Scratch, 9 a.m. March 4 ($69); Mediterranean Cooking, 1 p.m. March 4, and also 4 p.m. March 5 ($69); Chinese Takeout, 1 p.m. March 5 ($69); French Crepes, 11 a.m. March 6 ($48.96); Knife Skills 101, 6:30 p.m. March 6 ($59); Great British Baking, 11 a.m. March 7 ($69); Macarons, 11 a.m. March 10 ($69); Cooking with Spices, 11 a.m. March 13 ($48.96); Date Night: Ireland, 6:30 p.m. March 17 ($79). Reservations required. 6316 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. 800-243-0852. www.surlatable.com
Cook LA: Pizza, 7 p.m. March 3; Indian Flavors, 6:30 p.m. March 4; Knife Skills, 5:30 p.m. March 5; Pasta Making Part 2, 6:30 p.m. March 11; Farmers Market Gourmet Menu, 5:30 p.m. March 12; Cuban Menu, 6:30 p.m. March 18; Sushi 101, 5:30 p.m. March 19 ($85); Julia Child Menu, 6:30 p.m. March 25. Most classes $80. Reservations required. 10938 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. 818-760-5157. www.cooklaonline.com
Granada Hills Grubfest: Food truck dining, 6-10 p.m. Friday nights. 17802 Chatsworth St. (between White Oak and Zelzah avenues). www.facebook.com/GranadaGrubfest
Old Town Calabasas Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. 23504 Calabasas Road. www.facebook.com/CalabasasFM
Encino Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays. 17400 Victory Blvd. 818-708-6611. www.onegeneration.org/encino-farmers-market
Studio City Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays. 12052 Ventura Place. 818-655-7744. www.studiocityfarmersmarket.com
Farmers Market at The Village at Westfield Topanga: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays (call to confirm hours). Location: alongside Topanga Canyon Boulevard at Erwin Street, Woodland Hills. 818-591-8161.
San Gabriel Valley area
Fairplex: “Palates and Palettes - an Evening of Art and Dining,” 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 11. Salvador Dali will be the featured artist, so edible selections will be typical of Spain. $75 per person, includes food, wine and painting supplies. Reservations to 909-865-4161. Millard Sheets Art Center, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. Free parking at Gate 1. www.fairplex.com
Los Angeles Central Library: “Classic Hollywood Restaurants,” 10:30 a.m. March 11, hosted by the Culinary Historians of Southern California. Free and open to the public, need LAPL card for free parking. Mark Taper Auditorium. 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. 323-663-5407. www.chscsite.org
Fullerton Arboretum: Springtime menu with bright and clean flavors, 6-9 p.m. March 9. Each class is $90, $80 members, register online. Bacon Pavilion, 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton. 657-278-3407. fullertonarboretum.org
Los Angeles County Arboretum: Cooking at the Arboretum with Chef Daniel Buss from Parkway Grill, 3-5 p.m. March 8. $60, $50 members, register to 626-821-4623. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. www.arboretum.org
San Dimas Library: Hands-on vegan cooking demonstration from Vegetarians in Paradise, 1-4 p.m. March 4. Reservations firstname.lastname@example.org or 909-599-6738. 145 N. Walnut Ave.
San Gabriel Library: “What’s in your bento box” from Chef Yoko Isaji, for adults and teens, 2-3 p.m. March 4. Reservations to email@example.com or 626-287-0761. 500 S. Del Mar Ave.
Sur La Table: Best of New Orleans, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28. $69. Tour of Italy: Tuscany, 6:30 p.m. March 1. $69. Authentic Thai at home, 6:30 p.m. March 2. $69. Four sauces every cook should know, 11 a.m. March 3. $69. Date night: Great steak dinner, 6:30 p.m. March 3. $85. Croissants from scratch, 9 a.m. March 4. $69. Amazing Mediterranean cooking, 1:30 p.m. March 4, 4 p.m. March 5. $69. Date night: Little Italy, 5 or 8 p.m. March 4. $79. Fresh pasta, 9 a.m. March 5. $69. Chinese restaurant favorites, 1 p.m. March 5. $69. Cooking with friends: Italian party, 7 p.m. March 5. $69. Fabulous French crepes, 11 a.m. March 6. $69. Knife skills 101, 6:30 p.m. March 6. $59. Great British baking, 11 a.m. March 7. $69. Fresh ravioli at home, 6:30 p.m. March 7. $69. Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles. 323-954-0121 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Village Kitchen Shoppe: Hands on: Hawaiian-style braised pork, green curry basmati rice, 6 p.m. March 2. $60. Lunch and learn class: Red bell pepper crepes with roasted corn and smoked salmon, 11 a.m. March 3. $30. Take a break: Grilled Greek chicken, filo and custard pie, 11 a.m. March 4. $60. 147 N. Glendora Ave., Glendora. Reservations to 626-914-7897 or villagekitchenshoppe.com
Inland Valley area
Cooking Block: Night in Casablanca, learn cooking techniques from Morocco including khobz, cucumber raita and more, 6:30 p.m. March 8, $59, 721 Nevada St., #407, Redlands, 909-878-6140, www.cookingblock.com
South Bay area
Lenten fish fry: Torrance Knights of Columbus in Torrance, 5-7 p.m. March 3. Baked or deep-fried fish, baked potato or french fries, coleslaw, roll and cake. Nativity Church Annex, 1415 Engracia Ave., Torrance. $9/adults, $8/seniors and $5 for children under 12.
Bluewater Grill: Bluewater’s famous Maryland-style crabcakes, served with Remoulade, chive oil and micor greens will be priced at $8.95 on National Crab Day on March 9 only. 665 N. Harbor Drive. 310-318-3474, www.bluewatergrill.com
Taste of Blue Zones: Enjoy a delicious and healthy assortment of food from more than 20 local Blue Zones restaurants from 2-5 p.m. March 5. Proceeds benefit the Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach educational foundations. Adults and children 12 and up, $25; children 11 and under, free. Manhattan Civic Plaza, 1400 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach. bchd.org/taste
Cooking demo: Providince Little Company of Mary Dieticians will offer free advice and healthy cooking demos of familiar foods for the community from 10 a.m. to noon March 4 at the Wilmington Community Center, 470 Hawaiian Ave., Wilmington. http://www.providence.org/
Long Beach area
Wine Country: Dry White Wine From Germany, 4:30-6:45 p.m. March 2, $10; Central Coast Pinot Noir & Santa Maria Barbecue, 1-4 p.m. March 4, $30, 2301 Redondo Ave., Long Beach, 562-597-8303, www.thewinecountry.com
Wine Crush: Santa Barbara County, taste a great selection of wines from Santa Ynez and Santa Rita Hills to Santa Barbara, 4-8 p.m. March 2 and 3, 1-8 p.m. March 4, $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers, 3131 E. Broadway, Long Beach, 562-438-9463, www.thewinecrush.com
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