Hinoki & the Bird will celebrate the Japanese tradition of the Tanabata star festival through the month of July. Tanabata is a Japanese tradition that takes place on the seventh day of the seventh month of the year when two stars that representing two deities, usually separated by the Milky Way, are able to meet. Chef Kuniko Yagi will offer five-course tasting menus nightly, based on ingredients found at local farmers markets, for $85 per person. As a part of the Tanabata tradition, guests will be given a card to write a wish on that will be hung in the restaurant. The menu is limited to 10 people per night and is available by reservation only Tuesday through Friday evenings starting July 1. 10 Century Drive, Los Angeles, (310) 552-1200, www.hinokiandthebird.com.
The inaugural Food GPS Rib Festival takes place Sunday, July 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Chinatown’s Central Plaza. The event features 12 L.A. chefs preparing their distinct take on ribs, including: Chad Colby (Chi Spacca), Vartan Abgaryan (Cliff’s Edge), Eduardo Ruiz (Picnik), Dave Danhi (Grilled Cheese Truck), Matt Poley (Heirloom LA), Chris Oh (Escala), Erwin Tjahyadi (Komodo Food), Esdras Ochoa and Javier Fregoso (Mexicali Taco & Co.), Johneric Concordia (The Park’s Finest), Freddy Vargas (Scarpetta), Bryant Ng (The Spice Table) and Jason Neroni (Superba Snack Bar). Desserts, craft beer, cocktails and soda also will be served. General admission tickets are $65 per person in advance, and $75 per person at the door, if still available. VIP tickets (which include reserved seating and early admission) are $90 in advance and $100 per person at the door, if available. Tickets can be purchased at www.foodgps.com/ribfest. Chinatown Central Plaza, 943-951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles.
Terroni DTLA and West Hollywood invite World Cup fans to watch Italy vs. Costa Rica at 9 a.m. on Friday. Both Terroni locations are offering a special prima colazione for $4; it includes a cappuccino and either a croissant or brioche. Terroni DTLA, 802 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, (323) 954-0300; Terroni West Hollywood, 7605 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, (323) 954-0300; www.terroni.com.
Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s Tavern in Brentwood will host a Carolina-style Low Country boil on Sunday, June 29. The event is inspired by chef de cuisine Amy Deaderick's childhood in South Carolina. The prix-fixe dinner includes watermelon salad with tomato, mint and feta; Charleston-style shrimp and grits with Caledonian blue prawns, house-cured Tasso ham and pickled green tomato; and Carolina seafood boil with crawfish, crab legs, andouille sausage, potatoes and sweet corn. For dessert, Tavern offers a cornmeal cobbler with blueberries and buttermilk ice cream. Wine pairings suggested by Styne and signature cocktails also will be featured. The dinner is $55 per guest and will be served from 3 to 9 p.m. Tavern, 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 806-6464, www.tavernla.com.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times