Or, a post acting as PR wire aggregator.

First up: Angeleno’s Chef Night Out is Sunday. Why is this awesome? Because Mr. Brad A Johnson is the host with the mostess. Mr. Johnson is one of 3 remaining anonymous restaurant critics in Los Angeles, 1 of only two when counting LA magazines.

2010 Angeleno's Chefs Night Out

A few weeks ago, he released a barrage of tweets touting Modern Luxury brand’s LA top restaurants (and chefs) of the year. At 400 tasters, this is one of the most intimate events, featuring a very selective, high caliber roster of restaurants. There will be no street fooding shenanigans, there will no lame food trucks with bad Russian borscht dunked tacos. Because Brad’s a winner.

The last large food festival I’ve attended at the Santa Monica Fairmont Miramar Hotel (where Fig is located) was the highly successful StarChefs Rising Star Revue — the name’s a bit risque, but there was only food porn. There is no doubt Angeleno Magazine is going to blow up the court yard with good bites. And no, they won’t run out of ice for the tequila cocktails.

General Admission: $85
VIP: $150
2010 Angeleno Magazine’s Chef Night Out

August 1st, 2010.

N.B. “Every ticket to the event comes with a complimentary raffle ticket. Prizes include things like…oh, you know, a prime time reservation for 2 at LudoBites, a week at a luxury fitness retreat in Malibu, a hotel stay at Aria Las Vegas or Plaza Athenee Paris”


Cube Cafe Logo

Once again, the question “how much do we love Cube is asked”. Once again, the answer is: ZOMG I <3 [ ]. Get it? [ ] ? Starting next Monday, August 2nd, the summer aperitivo menu shall return. Monday through Thursday, 4:00pm to 7:00pm, you may now stare at the cheese case (the offer is available at the splendidly industrial chic stainless bar only) :

Cube Cafe cheese case

while sipping “half-price glasses of Rosati (regularly $8-12, during Aperitivo $4-$6 per glass)”, chomping “$5 Pizzettas (individual-size pizzas) on house-made crust”, and finishing off with “$5 slices of Pastry Chef Jun Tan’s seasonal fruit pie”.

You maybe too big of a black thumb to navigate Cube’s gardening class, but there’s no doubt the multi-tasks of swirling a Rosati while holding a slice of pizzetta fall under everyone’s area of expertise.

Thinking about this aperitivo led me to conclude it is absolutely possible to go straight from wine to dessert. Cube’s cheese monger promises to not tell.

Cube Cafe & Marketplace
Previous post from December of ’08.


Lastly, and this really gets my rocks off, Bastide is starting its very own cocktail hour, which makes this post 66% very happy, 34% very drunk and gluttonous. From the PR wire machine:

Bastide invites guests to experience Mondays at Bastide from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., for $15. In a throwback to the social, pre-dinner cocktail hour of the past, guests will have the chance to enjoy one of three select wines by the glass, sip Bastide’s signature Soju Martini or try an exclusively created cocktail (that will change weekly) while savoring small bites from the menu such as Yellowtail Tartare with Coconut, Basil and Citrus and Summer Corn Soup with Crispy Pork Nuggets and Curry Oil.

I love Cube, but Bastide’s my sexy little secret, you know, the ones kept in a fancy UWS condo? Or in an Argentinian flat. Due to the fact the public seemingly dismissed lunch service at Bastide, ultimately leading to the demise of my favorite meal, it seems necessary to finally share this hot number draped in nothing but French couture, saved for the Bentley Conti up front.

Let’s break this Monday soiree down a bit: $15 gets you a drink, but that’s just the beginning. You stand at a bar in a courtyard, thinking this may be the third arrondissement, and taste the small bites which are.. hold up, unlimited? It’s a French Trastevere aperitivo hors d’oeuvres mashup of epic proportions?

How good are the apps? They will run something along the line of this watermelon fried chicken tomato, feta, mache “salad. No, the chef isn’t trying to make a mockery of Southern faves. It’s just great fried chicken that leads straight to dessert.

Bastide Fried Chicken Watermelon Salad

8475 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, CA 90069



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  • yay, i love happy hours, and I love classy happy hours even more. Don’t think i ever noticed the bar area at Bastide, is it large enough?
    .-= stuffycheaks´s last blog ..Sooooo LA- Gimlets and fresh food @ The Ivy =-.

  • dude, i see you fisting a fried chicken on kevineats. where’s your post and don’t give me the lame excuse that it’s only been a day.
    .-= bagnatic´s last blog ..xoia eating in echo park =-.

  • TonyC

    uhm, I’m still star-struck by Dudamel, post Angeleno’s festivities? Yah, that’s it. It was either sleep, or edit photos. I slept.

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