Category Archives: News and Notes


1) Famed Los Angeles Chefs Kris Tominaga and Brian Dunsmoor of white-hot Abbot Kinney pop-up restaurant, Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, join October 3 Snyder Diamond Farmer of the Year Awards celebration at Santa Monica Farmers Market.

Tominaga and Dunsmoor will be partnering with the three winning farmers to prepare unique recipes inspired by the vendors’ locally-grown food stuffs, which will be available for sale.

Kris Tominaga and Brian Dunsmoor, known for offering locally sourced rustic country-style food in the heart of Venice, will be debuting their next culinary endeavor, The Hart and the Hunter Restaurant at the Palihotel Melrose in WeHo. The menu, like the dishes they prepare on Wednesday October 3 with the farmers, will offer a hearty and fresh-produce-centric menu emphasizing artisanal products, small growers and farmers, and seasonality.

When: Wednesday October 3

Where: At the tent at 3rd Street Promenade and Arizona Ave

Schedule of events:

10 to 10:30am – Farmer of the Year Awards Presentation

10:30am to 1pm – Live cooking demo with delicious lunch items available using produce by winning farmers

Find out more about the Farmer of the Year Awards:

2) In honor of the Chuck Jones Centennial, Five Crowns, a member of the Lawry’s family of restaurants, and Executive Chef Greg Harrison will offer restaurant guests a special dessert featuring champagne and carrot cake for $15, plus tax and tip.  Jones is the legendary artist who brought to life such famous cartoon characters as Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepé le Pew, Marc Anthony, Dr. Suess’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, and many others. Jones was a long time patron of Five Crowns and even befriended the restaurant’s guest Ambassador, Tommy Martin. 100% of all proceeds from the dessert, which will be offered until October 21, will be donated to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa and its mission to reignite the creative spirit through art classes, exhibition, lectures, film festivals and more.

Jones, whose credits include four Academy Award-winning short films, directed over 300 films in his lifetime, including “Rabbit Seasoning?”, “Robin Hood Daffy”, and “Feed the Kitty”. In 1992, his “What’s Opera, Doc?” was the first short animated film to be inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. The centennial of the artist’s birth will feature the Chuck Jones Centennial Celebration Film Festival, which will run from Friday, September 21, 2012 at 8:00pm to Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 1:30am at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA.

3) It all started when a professional Austrian tennis player, Spin Mlynarik, met a beautiful American woman, Robin, at a tennis tournament. They soon fell in love, Spin left his tennis career, and moved to Los Angeles from Vienna to marry the love of his life. Spin soon learned that his wife has an insatiable sweet tooth for a well-known American ice cream chain. Upon learning this, Spin vowed to take his wife to Europe and introduce her to authentic gelato, a trip that would change both of their lives forever.

Robin completely fell in love with gelato during their trip (at one point they stopped into a gelateria 4 times in one day). Robin said, “We HAVE to have this in the United States. They don’t know what they’re missing!” Spin took this statement to heart and walked right into the most prestigious, award-winning gelato shop and said, “I need to learn this. I want to bring this gelato to America. Will you train me?” From then on, Spin went back and forth from LA to Europe to learn everything there is to know about making gelato from Gelato Master & Chef, Danielle Gabutto.

He brought back secret recipes, top of the line machines, and European techniques that you won’t find anywhere in the United States, and opened My Vienna in Beverly Hills. Now My Vienna serves up some of the most innovative and unique gelato flavors in the country, including their signature Nocciolone.

Now that Spin has successfully satiated his sweetheart’s craving for quality frozen dessert, he is eager to share his unique sweet treats with the City of Angels.

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Two wine related items today:

1) For anyone interested in a last minute getaway The Monster received word about ten discounted #3 VIP promo passes for this weekend’s annual beachside California Wine Festival in Santa Barbara—  they provide entry to two events at a deep discount.

*The romantic July 20th Friday evening champagne reception gets underway at 6:30PM and features live jazz, gourmet foods and tasting of extremely rare reserve wines under the stars.

*The Saturday July 21 VIP beachfront event offers a 90-minute early entry at 11:30AM-4PM, a separate VIP pavilion with table seating, rare reserve wines, unlimited food, and the main festival with over 350 wines, live music, a celebrity chef ‘Guacamole Throwdown’ cooking show—with contestants selected from the 2,500 attendees. The winner takes $10,000. in prizes including a cruise along the Mexican Riviera! And much more.

The ‘gate’ ticket price for both events is $255. Your price is $50 per ticket or–$500 for all ten. Please note: All attendees must be 21+photo ID must be presented at event entries.   For more info email Suzanne at to learn more.

2) Talk and Wine Tasting at the Getty Villa – Drinking in the Greek Manner: A Brief History of the Symposion –  Saturday, July 21, 5:00-8:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Admission: $60. Call (310) 440-7300

 In ancient Greece the symposium was a social institution for men of status to meet, converse, and drink wine. Learn more in a lecture by Oswyn Murray, then taste wines inspired by ancient wine making techniques in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Villa.

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With six rail lines, including the new Expo Line to Culver City, Metro puts diners within easy walking distance of dozens of participating restaurants including Lukshon, Mo-chica, Papilles, and more.  From  Culver  City,  Downtown  LA,  and  Hollywood  to  Pasadena,  Universal  City,  and  Long  Beach,  diners  can  navigate shelling  out  $10  for  valet.

2) Speaking of dine LA, Coupa Café is participating again this year, offering a budget-friendly $15/per person lunch and a $25/per person dinner prix fixe menu with items that range from traditional Venezuelan to delectable Americanized treats with a twist!  Coupa Café has ample outdoor patio seating for guests to enjoy the beautiful summer weather.

3) Los Angeles Chef Kenny Seliger, will host the second venture in his new pop-up restaurant / dinner series concept, “Trap Door Dining” (, on Sunday, July 22, 2012. The pre-fixe dinner menu, a six-course “Pig & Fig Mountain” pig tasting menu with Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. ( beer pairings, will be held at Melrose Avenue gourmet sandwich and fine foods purveyor, Marcona ( The pre-fixe menu will be served from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM on July 22.  For July 22 reservations/ reservation policies, please contact the Trap Door Dining team at or {Twitter: @TrapDoorDining}

4) Café Fiore, a neighborhood restaurant that serves traditional rustic Italian cuisine, is expanding with a new location in Woodland Hills, CA located at 21550 Oxnard St. near Canoga Avenue. Café Fiore is known for its one-of-kind Italian dishes, a beautiful martini lounge and popular happy hours.

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1) The Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles is turning 78!  Help them celebrate with a night of outstanding food courtesy of the Market’s 60 grocers and restaurants.

On Tuesday, July 17th from 5-9 pm visitors can sample food from several dozen restaurants and enjoy special pricing at Market shops throughout the day.  Add some music and drinks and it’s a party not to be missed.  Taste of Farmers Market is a strolling tour of the international cuisines that visitors can find anytime they come to the Market.  Merchants will be offering samples of their best; so much that tasting everything could prove a bit challenging.  To see what Taste of Farmers Market is all about please click here:

Tickets are $35.00 per person until July 9th and include unlimited food sampling, two beverage tickets, live entertainment, and free parking the day of the event.  Starting July 10th, ticket price will increase to $40.00. Tickets are on sale online at the Market Store,, or by calling the Farmers Market Office at (323) 933-9211.

Purchase your tickets prior to July 3rd and you will be entered into a drawing for a $100.00 Farmers Market Gift Certificate.

2) Adding to Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza’s enhanced line-up of retailers, Southern Girl Desserts has opened a new restaurant and bakery at the mall. The former Season 6 “Cupcake Wars” contestants are now serving the best of the South’s cakes, pies, cookies, pudding and cobblers. This Saturday, June 30 from 12pm to 4pm, they will host a grand opening celebration at the mall, featuring a cupcake eating contest and free samples.

3) Wirtshaus, Los Angeles German restaurant and beer garden, (, will be participating in the first ever Summer dineLA Restaurant Week, July 16-27, 2012, as well as “The 31 Days of German Riesling”, which takes place throughout the entire month of July.

Wirtshaus’ dineLA Restaurant Week dinner menu will feature three courses at the Restaurant Week pricing of $35.00 per person (not including tax and tip). Guests who opt out of Wirtshaus’ Restaurant Week menu will still be able to enjoy Wirtshaus’ regular selection of more than 35 German beers, German wines and their other authentic German menu items. More information and Wirtshaus’ dineLA Restaurant Week menu can be found here:

As part of “The 31 Days of German Riesling” promo, Wirtshaus will offer at least two German Rieslings at by-the-glass special pricing during the entire month of July. “The 31 Days of German Riesling” is a celebration of Germany’s most famous wine varietal, and is produced by the Wines of Germany organization. For more information about this program, please visit:

Wirtshaus is located at 345 N. La Brea Avenue. Wirtshaus is open daily for lunch and dinner, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM.  The restaurant also holds bi-weekly Thursday night “Around The World” ping-pong tournaments, which start at 8 PM.

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Filed under 6/28 N&N, News and Notes


A new feature on FTM, where news and notes about all things food can be shared.  If you have an update you want to be included please email The Monster.

1) Pinkberry is launching Pinkberry Greek, made to order and never pre-packaged. The thick, creamy Greek yogurt is rich in protein (18g) and can be paired with healthy, fresh, hand-cut fruit and vegetables, premium granolas and natural sweeteners like fruit purees. Consumers can choose from six culinary-inspired pairings like Berry Chocolate, Cucumber or Caprese.

2) Picante Latin Fusion Restaurant has recently opened.  Picante is Peruvean, Mexican and Argentinian Fusion, made from scratch, with fresh, quality ingredients and they are offering dishes at less than $15. They opened in March above Santee Alley.

3) From high-end street wear to hair salons to tattoo parlors, Melrose Avenue has always been a welcoming wonderland for accessible art in multiple forms without the fluff. Melrose Night provides the perfect marriage of eclectic shopping with nouveau eclectic food every first Thursday of the month. Not only does Melrose Night celebrate creative experimentation, but it also allows the foodies of Los Angeles to enjoy scrumptious food on a recession-proof budget while listening to live music.

This month’s festivities (July 5) will feature over fifteen food trucks including:

Buttermilk Truck with homemade breakfast favorites
Lobster Truck famous for their lobster rolls
NomNom Truck serving an array of Vietnamese dishes
Frysmith smothers their fries with sustainably farmed/humanely raised ingredients
Trailer Park Truck with hamburgers and delicious grilled food down home style
Yalla Truck providing healthy and delicious Mediterranean Fusion
Holy Aioli cooking up divine sandwiches and salads

4) Food Network’s CHOPPED is coming to LA! and is seeking the next round of skilled chefs to compete on one of the hottest cooking completion shows.

Can you create a $10,000 meal out of our mystery baskets?  Seeking dynamic, outgoing, experienced chefs, MEN and WOMEN ready to take their game to the next level, any ethnicity and cooking specialty are encouraged to apply.

To learn more about Chopped and apply, visit

or apply directly at

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