March 22, 2014: Grill & Chill at the All-Star Chef Classic

02/09/2014

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On March 21-23, 2014, 25 chefs from across the country and around the world are gathering for the All-Star Chef Classic, a three-day modern food event taking place at L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles. Celebrated chefs and the rising stars they have mentored will showcase their culinary mastery in two unique venues: Restaurant Stadium™ and The Chefs’ Tasting Arena™. The former welcomes over 250 guests “kitchen-side” in an intimate VIP setting, while the latter features a more expansive layout and a market-style experience with family-style seating.

Grill & Chill presented by dineLA is an international cookout taking place on Saturday, March 22 from 7:30-10 p.m. Grill & Chill celebrates the many ways that different cultures embrace the experience of cooking over an open flame, featuring chefs Roy Choi, Michael Cimarusti, Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, Ricardo Zarate and more. Along with delicious tastings, admission includes alcoholic beverages, and recipe ideas. For those looking to beat the crowds, there is a VIP ‘Diamond’ ticket that gets guests in 60 minutes early with VIP access to the Chefs’ Tasting Arena™.

Following are Los Angeles restaurants where you can experience the acclaimed culinary creations of Grill & Chill participating chefs.

Lucky Chinese Dishes in Los Angeles

02/02/2014

Clarissa Wei

The Chinese New Year begins on February 19, 2015. It’s the start of the Lunar Calendar and the onset of the agricultural season. For the Chinese, this date is single-handedly the most important holiday of the year. It’s a 15-day soiree - a time of reunion, a time for family. Each day has a new theme. The first day is for lighting fireworks and bamboo sticks, the fifth day is for dumplings, and so on. The last day of the festival is called the Yuan Xiao Festival, reserved for eating tang yuan – a sweet rice ball stuffed with sesame paste, grounded peanuts or red bean. The common link for each day is food: the half-month is filled with an abundance of dishes. After all, food is the cornerstone of Chinese culture. Traditional dishes are steeped with symbolism – many of which are homophones for lucky phrases.

Here are ten auspicious Chinese dishes and where to get them in the greater Los Angeles area.

The Best Nachos in Los Angeles

01/27/2014

Joshua Lurie

Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya supposedly invented nachos at the Victory Club, a Piedras Negras restaurant located just across from the Texas border. What’s now a widespread classic initially featured fried tortilla chips topped with melted cheese and jalapeños. In L.A., they’re rarely so restrained, and while nachos typically appear at Mexican restaurants, that's not always the case. Here are 10 of our favorite Los Angeles nachos.

Photo Tips for Restaurant Week

01/20/2014

Rick Poon

Taking great photos of food with a phone isn't easy, just ask Martha Stewart. To give you the best opportunity to win our "Dine. Snap. Win" contest during dineLA's Restaurant Week (Jan. 19-Feb. 1), we've asked Los Angeles photographer, Rick Poon, to share a few secrets on how to take gorgeous food photos from a smartphone. The images below are Instagram-ready, so you can share with friends who are in need of a few helpful tips.

Lubov Azria's Picks for dineLA's Restaurant Week

01/13/2014

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Lubov Azria is the Chief Creative Officer of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP. Established in 1989 in Los Angeles by Founder and CEO Max Azria, BCBGMAXAZRIA is recognized globally for its high-quality, chic and sophisticated offerings. Lubov joined the company as a designer in 1991 and was named Creative Director in 1996. During Lubov’s tenure, the BCBGMAXAZRIA brand has evolved from an emerging contemporary line to one of America's leading design houses, with collections that include evening dresses, denim, outerwear, footwear, swimwear, handbags and small leather goods. In recognition of her accomplishments as a designer and creative leader, Lubov was inducted into the CFDA in 2010. 

In honor of dineLA’s Winter 2014 Restaurant Week, Lubov Azria picks some of her favorites, ranging from casual dining to high end restaurants.

The Best Vegetarian Dishes in Los Angeles

01/05/2014

Caroline Pardilla

Los Angeles makes it so easy to be a vegetarian. The City of Angels (to Animals) not only boasts a diverse array of vegan- and vegetarian-only restaurants, but foodie hotspots piloted by world-renowned chefs whose best dishes just happen to be animal-free. Our eateries go beyond tofu and salads - think savory dishes that will even make carnivores envious. For your plant-eating pleasure, here are the best vegetarian dishes by LA restaurants, ranging from veg-only to flexitarian foodie favorites.

The Top 10 dineLA Stories of 2013

12/29/2013

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We look back at the Top 10 dineLA stories of 2013, a delicious year of multicultural dishes and dining guides to popular destinations throughout Los Angeles.

Celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes in Los Angeles

12/23/2013

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The Feast of the Seven Fishes, aka La Vigilia (The Vigil), is a traditional Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration that commemorates La Vigilia di Natale, the wait for the midnight birth of the infant Jesus. The feast typically features at least seven different seafood dishes, which are served before midnight Mass. The custom of eating seafood on Christmas Eve comes from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstinence - i.e., no meat or milk products - on the eve of certain holy days. 

Although La Vigilia’s true origins are unknown, the custom is said to have begun in Southern Italy. The number seven may refer to the seven sacraments, the Seven Hills of Rome, or perhaps the idea of completion - according to Genesis, God rested on the seventh day. Baccalà (salted cod fish) is a traditional favorite of the sumptuous meal, along with a myriad of other seafood dishes.

From traditional family-style menus to modern twists, restaurants across Los Angeles are celebrating the Feast of the Seven Fishes.

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