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. 




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. 

Say it ain't so, Joe! Joe's in Venice closing after 24 years.

Photo from Joe's Restaurant Facebook page.

Photo from Joe's Restaurant Facebook page.

One of our long-term clients, Joe Miller, is closing his eponymous restaurant after 24 years on Abbot Kinney in Venice. Bar Pintxo, Joe's spot in Santa Monica, will remain open. 

The restaurant will close its doors February 14, so stop in before then and show Joe a little love for his hard work and dedication to exceptional cuisine.

We'll miss you, Joe, and best of luck in your next adventure!

Joe's on Facebook



Poké is hot right now! SRC-designed Sweetfin Poké expanding thru LA.

Poké bowl by Sweetfin Poké 

Poké bowl by Sweetfin Poké 

Poké may be the next big trend in fast-casual, Chipotle-style, restaurant dining. Shambra Restaurant Consulting is designing the soon-to-come newest outposts of Sweetfin Poké  on Larchmont and in Westwood. Their second location, in The Village at Westfield Topanga, will soon open. 

Read these Eater LA articles for info on the new locations as well as an in-depth look at the poké trend.

Can Poké Be the Next Fast-Casual Trend?

Sweetfin Poké Plans Five Store Expansion