Like the sound of pastrami dumplings, gin cocktails and shaved ice? Open your calendar app and pay attention. Here are three food events you should known about:
The 7th annual L.A. LuckyRice grand feast is happening at Vibiana in downtown L.A. July 29. The event will highlight food from Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, China, Vietnam, Korea and the Philippines. The event will include spicy Thai larb salmon; chicken and Thai basil dumplings and pastrami dumplings with sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing; sushi handrolls; soy milk panna cotta; and Park's BBQ short ribs. Cocktails will be provided by the event's host, Bombay Sapphire East. The festivities start at 7 p.m. for VIP guests and 8 p.m. for everyone else. Tickets are $88 per person for general admission and $150 for VIP access. 214 S. Main St., Los Angeles, www.luckyrice.com.
Mitsuwa Marketplace, the Japanese grocery store chain, is throwing its first Nagoya Fair from July 29 to 31 at its Torrance store and Aug. 5 to 7 at its San Jose store. The event will feature food from Nagoya, a city in central Japan, as well as handmade accessories from the area. Food highlights include Nagoya-style chicken wings (fried chicken in a sweet soy glaze), eel bowls and shaved ice. Multiple locations at www.mitsuwa.com.
Cookbook author Amelia Saltsman is hosting a farmers market tour at the Santa Monica farmers market Wednesday at 9 a.m. Saltsman, who wrote the 2007 book "The Santa Monica Farmers' Market Cookbook," will give guests a crash course in what's best to buy now and how to efficiently shop for food. Participants will also be able to meet many of the farmers at the market during the 90-minute tour. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at www.ameliasaltsman.com.
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