Summer Food Festivals to Drool Over

One way to beat the summer heat is to avoid cooking at home and let someone else do it for you. Preferably some of the best, most notable, and up-and-coming chefs in Los Angeles.

If you're in the mood for some summer temptations, here are a few food festivals to consider. Get out of the kitchen, catch some sunshine, and avoid dirty dishes at home.

LA Food Fest

June 10, 2PM - 7PM
LA Memorial Colisseum
3911 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037

LA Dessert Festival

June 17, 12PM - 6PM
Cooper Design Space
860 South Los Angeles Street
Floor 11
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Orange County Food, Wine, & Music Festival

June 24, 12PM - 7PM
Sea Terrace Park
Dana Point

Culver City Centennial Food & Wine Festival

July 2, 4PM - 8PM
Courtyard by Marriott LA Westside Hotel
6333 Bristol Parkway
Culver City, CA 90230

LA Bacon Fest

July 22, 12PM - 3PM, 4PM - 7PM
Los Angeles Center Studios
450 South Bixel Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Taste of Ecuador Food Festival

August 6, 10AM - 6PM
Placita Olvera
425 N Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA

Katana to open soon in Chicago

Innovative Dining Group (IDG) is set to open a new Katana outpost soon in Chicago. A welcome addition to the mid-west, Katana already has a presence in Scottsdale, Arizona, Abu Dabi, and Dubai.

As posted here in Eater Chicago, restaurant equipment provided by Shambra Restaurant Consulting has already arrived on site. Over 13,000 square feet, the space will feature a stand-alone robata bar, a sushi bar, and a premium sake bar. The back of house kitchen includes a 25-foot long custom stainless steel chef's counter in addition to the full cookline.

Here's a sneak preview of the chef's counter. 




Bottlefish, from the creators of CPK, opens in Brentwood

Shambra Restaurant Consulting recently completed work on the newly-launched Bottlefish restaurant. The brainchild of Rick Rosen and Larry Flax, the founders of CPK, the restaurant opened last week on the second level of the Brentwood Gardens complex located at 11677 San Vicente Boulevard.  


The restaurant features a display kitchen with full view of the 25-foot custom-made stainless steel chef's counter, as well as a separate raw bar display window.

To transport and install the counter, Shambra Restaurant Consulting hired a crane and a flatbed trailer to haul it on site and lift it to the second level. 


SRC wishes the best of luck to Bottlefish! 
11677 San Vicente Boulevard, Suite 200, Los Angeles, 90049

It's National Pi Day . . . Where to Fill Your Piehole

So it's Pi Day today, although we never need an excuse to eat one of our favorite desserts any day of the year. So here are a few places to grab some [pi]e of your own.

LA Times is celebrating these places to buy some pie . . . . or you can bake your own. With these 52 recipes, you can have your pie and eat it too, every week of the year.

Join the discussion on Eater LA and put in your own two cents where to get the best pie in LA. House of Pies, Cake Monkey, Four 'N 20, and Republic of Pie seem popular . . . .

Show some love to the American Pie Council (yes, there is such an organization) and get some tasty pie making tips. 

Or if you just want to enjoy your pie at home, Whole Foods is offering a discount today. Yep, $3.14 off any pie.