October 23 - October 29, 2014
Lucques BookfestThis one's for cookbook lovers. Suzanne Goin will cook from a trio of cookbooks (Jean-Pierre and Denise Moullé's French Roots: Two Cooks, Two Countries, and the Beautiful Food along the Way; Gabrielle Hamilton's Prune; and Charles Phan's The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food) for the Lucques Bookfest series of dinners starting this Sunday ($55 per person; later dates are in November). Recipes from the new fall cookbooks inspire each dinner, ranging from classic French to modern Vietnamese. 10/26, 5 p.m.; 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Josef Centeno takes over the kitchen for Pete's redux; the Bäco Mercat and Bar Amá chef has created an all-day menu of elevated diner classics for the restaurant. There are morning pastries such as hand pies and huckleberry-filled shortbread, and sandwiches such as fried bologna with house-made mortadella ($8) and a classic club updated with pork belly and cracklings ($14), as well as entrecôte Bordelaise (market price, $58 to $68). Pete's, 400 S. Main St., Downtown; 213-687-7015
Thomas Keller will host a one-night Young Chef Competition (think: Top Chef meets French Laundry) at Bouchon next Thursday. Four chefs will go head to head as judges Keller, Josiah Citrin, Timothy Hollingsworth and Alan Wong decide a winner. The prize: a coveted stagiaire at a top restaurant. Dinner guests get caviar, uni, spot prawns and more, plus a behind-the-scene tour of the kitchen. 10/30, 6 to 9:30 p.m.; 235 N. Cañon Dr., Beverly Hills. $100 VIP, $75 per person
It's that time of year for spooky sweets. Pick up Halloween ghost- and mummy-shaped cupcakes at Tavern, or go ghoulish with Compartes' Dracula-themed bloody orange chocolate truffles ($25). For something frozen, stop by Salt & Straw for a week of holiday flavors ($4.25 per single scoop): candy corn, the black cocoa and scotch-blended Essence of Ghost, and Dracula's Blood Pudding mixed in savory blood pudding.