SiliconBeachClearly: Father’s Day Guide L.A.
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15. There are plenty of fun things to do in Los Angeles with the family, but if you’re looking for a food-centric celebration, check out the five ideas below. From a beer-pairing event to a manly barbecue, treat dad to a great meal.
Colla-BREW-tive Brunch at Tiato
Get a jumpstart on the holiday by treating dad to this all-you-can-eat, foodie-worthy collaboration between Firestone Walker Brewing Company and local blogger Joshua Lurie (Food GPS). Now in its second year, the event will build on the success of the first, look for an impressive roster of chefs, brewers, and coffee roasters.
First, of course, comes the food. Among the most anticipated highlights will be Daniel Mattern and Roxana Jullapat (the couple behind Cooks County), serving a white cheddar biscuit with sage chicken sausage and cheddar; Christian Page (formerly of Short Order, now often found at the Chandelier Room), plating a Scotch egg with Kurobuta pork sausage, radishes, and preserved lemon vinaigrette; and Ernesto Uchimura (Plan Check), innovating “mancakes” of silver dollar beer and bacon pancakes with maple-glazed pork sausage and a fried quail egg. That’s a lot of sausage!
In addition to Firestone, among other brewers participating will be Golden Road Brewing, Monkish Brewing Co., and Ladyface Ale Companie. Each will be working with a designated coffee company to create concoctions such as the “Bourbon and Bliss” dreamed up by El Segundo Brewing Co. and LAMILL Coffee, a barrel-aged imperial stout blended with cold espresso.
It will take place June 14 from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Tiato restaurant in Santa Monica. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for VIPs, and 12:30 p.m. for general admission. VIP tickets are $90; general admission is $65; children age 7-12 are $30; kids under 7 are free. On-site self-parking is complimentary.
The event will benefit Food Forward, which is a NoHo-based organization that works to redistribute and donate fresh produce to those in need. For more information, details on the full menu, or to purchase tickets, visit the official website.
Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro
There are lots of choices for restaurants at the Grove (and the Farmers Market), but only one steakhouse. This year, Morels is keeping it simple by offering a single special for a $46 set price: one steak and one craft beer for $46 per person. The protein is a 20-ounce, bone-in New York sirloin, served with potato purée, carrots and Bordelaise sauce. It’s accompanying brew will be the Anchor Steam California lager. It’s available for both lunch and dinner, and you can order off the regular menu as well.
“Be the Chef” at Benihana
Most fathers are famous for their grilling, but give dad the chance to sharpen his skills with a hands-on class at this famous Restaurant Row landmark. He’ll get personalized training — including some of the chef’s signature tricks — from one of the longtime instructors. Then, at a later date, he can show off his new talents to the family. In addition to the training and the meal, the package also includes a chef’s hat, an apron and a souvenir photo.
It makes a great gift for the holiday, and even if Father’s Day itself has filled up for the great reveal (reservations were still available at press time), you can always use the gift certificate at a later date. Do note that the training class and meal must be done on separate dates, and planned in advance. The big meal will include a soup, salad, fried rice, shrimp appetizer, hibachi veggies, and main courses. The cost is $140 for four people (including Chef Dad); additional diners are $35 each.
Father’s Day Luncheon at Papilles
This Hollywood Bistronomique restaurant is breaking with its usual prix fixe M.O. and is planning to serve a family-style meal for the holiday. And don’t let the word “luncheon” fool you, rather than formal fare, the Father’s Day meal at Papilles will be strictly all-American. The concept is summer barbecue.
Though the exact menu isn’t set (at press time, chef Tim Carey was still busily smoking meats and testing dishes), but it will likely include pork ribs, hot links, tri tip, coleslaw, and potato salad. Expect cobbler or pie for dessert. To keep things moving, guests will walk in, place their drink orders, and then food will begin landing on the table as soon as it’s ready. Reservations will be accepted for 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and the cost will be $40 per person.
Fourth-Annual Chile Habanero-Eating Contest at Chichen Itza
Located at the Mercado de la Paloma plaza adjacent to USC, this homey food court eatery serves authentic fare from the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. One of the most popular ingredients in the cooking of this region are the fiery hot habanero peppers, found in dishes such as its most famous dish, cochinita pibil (marinated pork). Ten contestants will compete to see who can eat the most chiles in the time specified. Everyone else is welcome to watch.
It’s an affordable spin on the holiday, as the event is free to watch and so is the parking. Best of all, the regular Chichen Itza menu will served and it’s quite reasonably priced (nothing costs more than $11 — and that’s the strip steak). The contest begins at 2 p.m, but the eatery will be open for normal business hours, from 8 a.m.-9 p.m.