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Going Dutch: Save Room for Mitsuwa’s Gourmet Food Fair and the Holland Festival

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.

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The Food Section Gals

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

speaking on
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.

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Beer and Chocolates at the Bruery

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.

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To Do: Wonton Noodle Eating Contest

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.

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To Do: Southern California Eats

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).

So Cal Eats Email Flyer_04

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To Do: Taste of the Nation

Eat for a good cause on June 14th for Share Our Strength’s 21st annual Taste of the Nation at Culver City’s Media Park. Organized this year by Too Hot Tamales Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, the festival is aimed at ending childhood hunger in America. Find the presumably delicious details below:

More than 45 of the city’s finest restaurants and mixologists will participate in the gastronomic event. Led by Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger of Border Grill and Ciudad, the event will honor Chef Nancy Silverton of Mozza for her outstanding contributions to nutritional education and philanthropy; feature on stage cooking demonstrations by Milliken, Feniger as well as Michael Mina of XIV; a “Mole Cookoff” hosted by food critic Jonathan Gold; special apperances by Food Network TV personalities and an enriched VIP experience and exciting live and silent auctions.

Participating restaurants include The Bazaar at SLS, Tiara Café, Ford’s Filling Station, Locanda Del Lago, Fig, Akasha, Angeli Café, Animal, Church & State, Comme Ca, Craft LA, Fraiche/Riva, Gelato Bar, Grace/BLD, Jar, Joe’s Restaurant/Bar Pintxo, K-Zo, Loteria Grill, Lucques/AOC, M Café/Chaya Brasserie, Melisse, Mozza, Nobu, Palate Food + Wine, Rivera, Susan Feniger’s the Street, The Foundry on Melrose and more.

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To Do: Holland Festival

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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