An Umami Soba workshop will take place Sunday at a private residence in Santa Barbara from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sonoko Sakai from the cultural and educational project Common Grains will teach guests about bonito flakes, konbu seaweed, dried shitake mushrooms and koji-fermented seasonings such as soy, sake and mirin. Sakai will also demonstrate how to make essential broths and dipping sauces. During the second half of the workshop, attendees will learn how to make soba noodles from scratch using freshly milled buckwheat flour from Japan and authentic tools. Some of the dishes that will be demonstrated include soba chips with sea salt, dashimaki tamago (Japanese omelete), Hot soba with bamboo shoots, pork and scallions and more. The workshop is $155 per person and includes ingredients costs. Attendees are asked to bring two large containers to take home their noodles and sauce. 2415 Foothill Road, Santa Barbara, www.commongrains.com.
The Taste of Beverly Hills food and wine event will take place Sunday from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. as part of the BH100 Centennial Block Party. The event will celebrate the Beverly Hills Centennial Cookbook, which features recipes from Beverly Hills restaurants The Blvd., CUT, The Grill on the Alley and more. Guests can sample food and beverages from Beverly Hills Brownies, Spago, Mr. Chow and more. There will also be a 10-foot high, 11-foot wide and 23-foot long, 4,000-pound cake by Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive and Guittard Chocolate Company corporate pastry chef Donald Wressell. An estimated 15,000 slices of the cake will be served at 6 p.m. Carnival rides, games, two four-story Ferris wheels and musical performances also will be part of the celebration. The event will span the 200, 300, and 400 blocks of Rodeo Drive between Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards. Tastes, rides and games are $3 to $5 each while supplies last. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit The City of Beverly Hills Community Charitable Foundation.
The first annual Bite at the Beach food and beer pairing event will take place May 14 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Manhattan Beach. Participating restaurants include MB Post, Fishing with Dynamite, Darren's Restaurant and Paul Martin's American Grill. Participating breweries include Ohana Brewing Company and Alosta Brewing Co. Food Network star Adam Gertler will host a panel on "The Art and Craft of Beer Pairing." There will also be a panel on "Fun with beer" to discuss the varied uses for beer. General admission tickets are $100 and include food, beer and wine. VIP tickets are $200 and include a special hour from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. with passed appetizers by Circa, tastings of Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection and a presentation by Pacific Gravity Home Brew Club, in addition to the food, beer and wine. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation. Tickets can be purchsed at ManhattanBeachChamber.com. MBS Media Campus, 1600 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach.
Sushi Roku Hollywood will have a Wagyu Week featuring a special menu highlighting the A5-grade Japanese beef April 28 through May 4. Menu items include Wagyu carpaccio with Parmesan and avocado, Robata skewers, Wagyu beef sushi and more. A Wagyu tasting for two will also be available for $62 per couple. Guests can also order off the full Sushi Roku menu. Reservations are recommended. 8445 W. Third St., Los Angeles, (323) 655-6767, www.sushiroku.com.