Planned Parenthood Food Fare Returns to Santa Monica

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles’ 38th annual Food Fare returns to Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on Thursday, March 2, 2017. This culinary event will showcase all-inclusive access to more than 100 Southern California chefs, restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries and retailers. The Food Fare Chef of the Year honoree is Annie Miler, who founded and heads Clementine Bakery and Catering in Beverly Hills and Century City.

Tickets will be available beginning January 1, 2017. Advance purchase tickets are $150 for the daytime session [11 a.m. - 2 p.m.] and $275 for the evening session [6:30 - 9:30 p.m.]. Sponsorship packages start at $1,500 and are available online at www.pplafoodfare.com. For more information, call 213 284-3300 or visit www.pplafoodfare.com.

Big Sur Foragers Festival Announces Dates and Lineup

Big Sur Health Center announces January 13-15, 2017, as the dates for its annual Big Sur Foragers Festival. With several new partnerships, the weekend looks to bring in some enticing events. A Friday night winemaker dinner series will be held at select restaurants throughout Monterey County, as well as an exclusive Friday night dinner at Sierra Mar Restaurant. The signature ‘Fungus Face Off’ will take place Saturday afternoon, where guests will get to meet local artisans, and then have the opportunity to shop their products at a vendor’s market in the early evening. Two foraging walks will be held Sunday, where guests will get to hunt for fine ingredients.

Some details, such as the Festival’s Chef Dinner, are still TBA. Events are limited capacity and expected to sell out. Visit www.bigsurforagersfestival.org for more details.

Vinoteca Enjoying Early Success in Beverly Hills

Vinoteca, an Italian coffeehouse and wine bar that debuted in the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, offers an “authentic Napolini experience to Angelenos and hotel guests alike.” The coffee component features a multi-tiered, eight-hour drip, cold brew maker Yama as well as roast imports from Caffè Umbria.

Vinoteca recently celebrated National Cappuccino Day with a few specialty drinks, such as iced horchata, cookies ‘n’ cream, matcha, Cuban [with sweetened condensed milk], and of course, pumpkin spice and peppermint.

New Restaurants in Orange County

The Stand, a fast-casual American eatery with just enough upscale twist, soft-opened at the Oak Creek Shopping Center in Irvine. The Stand delivers a diverse menu made with quality ingredients—from burgers and ‘gourmet’ hot dogs to salads, sandwiches and an array of draft beers. The new 90-seat indoor restaurant with outdoor common dining patio accommodating 200, has an upscale vibe that still speaks to the casual diner, much like its food.

Bluegold, serving ‘New American’ fare with European and Mediterranean roots, opened in Huntington Beach, in addition to its restaurant-within-a-restaurant concept, LSXO. Both concepts come from Blackhouse Hospitality and are the group’s ninth concept in five years. The 8,800 square foot space is Blackhouse’s largest multi-dimensional dining concept to date and features unobstructed views of the Pacific.

Ashland Hill in Santa Monica

Part upscale beach bungalow, part upscale small plates, part good ol’ fashioned comfort food, Ashland Hill has got a lot going on for such a small space. A stone’s throw from the sand along Santa Monica’s hip Main Street, Ashland Hill has cast a wide net to attract trendy millennials and local families alike.

Here you’ll find a small plates selection that would inspire almost any hipster to ride his fixed-gear bike straight over from his parents’ house. Grilled octopus with navy beans and chorizo produce an excellent compilation of flavors and textures, and the roasted mushroom avocado toast is rich and hearty. There’s also a list of revamped classic indulgences, from the classic burger to fish & chips. The fried chicken sandwich is a true star here, with a near-perfect crunchy finish and sweet undertone. The steak frites also came out perfectly cooked with just the right salty touch.