The Monterey Park Night Market (MPK Night Market) series will kick off Friday at 5 p.m. at Barnes Park. The event will include street food from more than 25 food trucks and booths, art exhibitions during the first MPK Art Walk, live entertainment, merchandise vendors, carnival games and a beer and wine garden. Admission is free and the event will go on until 10:30 p.m. The series is scheduled to take place once a month, with the next events scheduled for Aug. 22 and Sept. 19. The dates for October and November have yet to be announced. Barnes Park, 350 S. Mcpherrin Ave., Monterey Park, www.mpknightmarket.com.
"A Film About Coffee," a new film that takes an in-depth look at the coffee industry through the eyes of farmers and baristas, is screening at the Vista Theater Thursday. The film is presented by Allegro Coffee and Blue Bottle Coffee. Coffee will be served when the doors open at 6:15 p.m., followed by the film at 7:30 p.m. Immediately after the film, there will be a Q&A with director Brandon Loper and a few people who work in the coffee industry who will be introduced in the film. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance online. Printed tickets or barcodes on your mobile device will be needed for admission. 4473 Sunset, Los Angeles, www.afilmaboutcoffee.com.
Melisse is celebrating its 15-year anniversary with a special protege dinner featuring past chefs who have worked in the kitchen alongside chef Josiah Citrin. On Sunday, Citrin will be joined by Jason Simpson, now at St. Cecilia; Katie Weiner and John Hong, both at Meadowood; local chef Nyesha Arrington; Brendan Collins from Waterloo & City; and Melisse chef de cuisine Ken Takayama. The five-course meal will include an amuse, wild Japanese yellowtail with summer melons, pickled beets and spicy cucumber; abalone eggplant with smoked red pepper and grains; a corn tart with morel mushroom and black truffles; wild summer salmon with fermented fennel and stone fruit; crispy pork belly with roasted scallops, quince and chorizo; and a red velvet dessert. Dinner is $150 per person and $235 with wine pairings. Reservations can be made by calling (310) 395-0881, or at www.melisse.com. 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.
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