Little needs to be said of Mitsuwa’s Gourmet Food Fair other than that chefs and specialists are being flown in from Japan to the Torrance and Costa Mesa stores for a four-day celebration of ramen, takoyaki and, um, apple pie.
But Memorial Day weekend is big enough for two feasts, so Long Beach eaters listen up: Sunday is the annual Holland Festival at Police Officers Association Park behind Long Beach Towne Center. There’s Heineken and herring, but more importantly is that the Holland Festival is a second home to vendors from Duarte’s Pondok Kaki Lima. All the jackfruit curries, pork sate and durian drinks you’ve come to love will pack up and head south for the day. There’s no reason you shouldn’t do the same. Find the flyer below.
As a current Times contributor and lover of most things historical, I strongly suggest going to this talk:
Betsy Balsley, Donna Deane, Rose Dosti and Barbara Hansen:
The L.A. Times Food Section Gals
The Heyday of the Food Section at the Los Angeles Times
Saturday, April 10th, 10:30 am at the Los Angeles Public Library
Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Central Branch
630 W. 5th St.
Free and open to the public
With over 100 work years of combined experience, the team of Betsy Balsley, Donna Deane, Rose Dosti and Barbara Hansen produced the Los Angeles Times Food section in its heyday beginning in the late sixties, into the 1980’s. During this era the food section had 40 to 50 pages every week, with popular columns such as Culinary SOS and Borderlines and dozens of original recipes. Recipes were prepared for publication in a magnificent test kitchen. The LA Times Food Gals will reminisce about this extraordinary era of food journalism, the resources they had to produce a great food section.
For more info, visit the Culinary Historians of Southern California website.
Need (anti-)Valentine’s Day plans? Powerhouse Placentia beermaker the Bruery has you covered with a pair of events. First, get in the mood with the release of the latest in the Bruery’s Melange series of beers:
The next beer is the latest in our Melange series that’s been brewed especially for Valentine’s Day; this is number six – or No. Sechs as we’ve dubbed it. Melange no. Sechs is primarily made up of an experimental beer brewed with beets for a festive red color before cocoa nibs and rose petals are added. It’s then blended with White Oak Sap (our bourbon barrel aged wheat wine) & bourbon barrel aged Rugbrød The resulting beer is 9% ABV and has an earthy flavor with a pleasant chocolate & vanilla nose and a subtle floral hint all wrapped in an incredibly smooth package. Sound Sechsy? It is!
Then drop by on Valentine’s Day proper for a special beer-and-chocolate tasting with the always excellent Xuan Patisserie:
On Valentine’s Day, stop by the Tasting Room before your V-Day dinner plans for a little Sechs & Chocolate. We’re working with local chocolatier Xuan Patisserie of Fullerton and have developed a flight of craft beer and artisan chocolate so you can treat your sweetie. We think a Caramel Vanilla Fleur de Sel chocolate heart paired with Melange No. Sechs is a great way to spend V-Day. This is just one of the 3 beer and chocolate pairings that will be served on the flight. It should be a fun and unique way to spend your holiday.
Visit thebruery.com for more details.
Advanced notice on this one, but that might just give you enough time to stretch your stomach: Bamboodles is hosting its second annual Wonton Noodle Eating Contest (download an application here) on October 24th at 3pm. The first-place eater wins $2,500 worth of cash and prizes, while second place earns $300 in cash and prizes.
Classic roadside restaurants are memorialized in a new photo book by John Eng and Adriene Biondo. Find the flier below for a schedule of upcoming book signings at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Hollywood, Bun n Burger in Alhambra and Bob’s Big Boy in Downey (former home of Johnie’s Broiler).
If Indonesian cuisine is underrepresented in Southern California (locally available in Bellflower, Westwood, Rowland Heights and few places in between), true Dutch dishes are even more rare. That Dutch cooking shares some pastoral traits with the rest of continental Europe doesn’t help, either—its dairy-dedicated recipes often don’t do enough to separate themselves from like-minded neighbors. But the Netherlands American Society’s Holland Festival is out to celebrate the low-lying cuisine and its colonial counterpart. Now in its 20th year, the festival isn’t all about food—there’s arts, crafts, kid-friendly entertainment and live music, too. But it’s nevertheless set on presenting some of the cornerstones of the Dutch culinary tradition. The festival’s most trumpeted dish is probably its herring, which is apparently being flown in straight from the Netherlands. Second in the hierarchy is bitterballen, a plate of fried beef balls that share the same spherical look as falafel. Indonesia’s own unique cuisine (absorbed into Dutch culture during a bout of imperialism) will also be in attendance, packed with tropical tastes that still influence Dutch cooking (some bitterballen recipes even call for curry). Expect charred sate and ideally a few portable packages of nasi bungkus. And because no food festival is complete without alcohol, Heineken will also be on tap.
20TH ANNUAL HOLLAND FESTIVAL POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION PARK | 7390 CARSON ST | LONG BEACH 90808 | NASSOCAL.ORG/ANNOUNCEMENTS/HOLLAND_FESTIVAL.HTML | SUN 10AM-6PM | $8
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Smokers are welcome again in Santa Monica on May 9 and 10 when Drink:Eat:Play‘s 2nd annual LA BBQ Festival sets up just north of the pier. Aside from some local representatives (Baby Blues, Gus’s, Mr. Cecil’s), expect pitmasters from as far away as Texas, Missouri, Illinois and beyond. There’ll be beer (of course), bands and more. Tickets are $10.
With the increasingly imminent closure of Cook’s Library, this weekend’s LA Times Festival of Books is probably going to be the most food-focused literary event for some time. The usual association of authors is set to dominate the schedule (including perennial guest and exemplary human Ray Bradbury), but between the various culinary conversations (with LA Times Food Editor Russ Parsons and KCRW’s Evan Kleiman, among others) and the dedicated Cooking Stage (which will feature cooking demos and book signings), there’s going to be plenty to eat and read. The Cooking Stage schedule is as follows:
Saturday, April 25th
11:00am – JoAnn Cianciulli (L.A.’s Original Farmers Market Cookbook) & Amelia Saltsman (The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook)
12:30pm – Dana Slatkin (The Summertime Anytime Cookbook)
2:00pm – Jamie Purviance (Weber’s Way To Grill)
3:30pm – Katie Lee Joel (The Comfort Table)
Sunday, April 26th
11:00am – Vinny Dotolo & Jon Shook (Two Dudes, One Pan)
12:30pm – Curtis Stone (Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone)
2:00pm – Barbara Fairchild (The Bon Appétit Fresh Fast Easy Cookbook)
3:30pm – Giada De Laurentiis (Giada’s Kitchen)
As reported everywhere, today is Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day–stop into a participating store today between Noon and 8 p.m. and pick of a free scoop of your choice. Not bad match for another 80-degree day.