Palladin Benefit: Many of Southern California's top chefs cook dinner tonight in a benefit for Jean-Louis Palladin, the legendary Washington, D.C., chef who is ill with lung cancer. Among those at the stove are Campanile's Mark Peel, Josie's Josie LeBalch, Spago's Lee Hefter, L'Orangerie's Ludovic Lefebvre, Joe's Joe Miller, Jean Pierre Bosc from Mimosa and Cafe des Artistes, Melisse's Josiah Citrin, Bastide's Alain Giraud, Jiraffe's Raphael Lunetta and La Cachette's Jean-Francois Meteigner. The Regency Club, 10900 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. 6 p.m. Reservations can be made through La Cachette at (310) 470-4992. $175 for a six-course meal with wines.
Food Festival: Restaurants like Hama Sushi, Delmonico's, Brasserie des Artistes, Mamounia and Confete lay out tastes and perform cooking demos. 6 to11 p.m. Outdoors at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, near the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. For tickets call (888) 237-8635 or visit http://www.efestivals.com. $10 admission; tastes priced separately. Also Saturday noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Edible Containers: Diane Weber takes fruits and vegetables and turns them into edible containers at this Les Dames d'Escoffier event. 10 a.m. Hortus Nursery, 284 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 792-8255. Register by calling Yvonne Kopina at (562) 428-1720 by Thursday. $30.
Mario Demo: Radio host Mario Martinoli demonstrates pasta salad caponata and grilled chicken breast with chimichurri sauce. Arrive early for seating. 12:30 p.m. The Cellar, Macy's Del Amo Home and Furniture Store (level 1), 21800 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance. (310) 370-8511, Ext. 2680. Free.
Garden Lunch Class: Khaled Aly prepares a garden lunch. 12:30 p.m. Zeidler's Cafe at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. (310) 440-4500. To register, call Dieter Bohning at (310) 440-4574. $40, pre-paid.
Learn at Joe's: Joe Miller gives ideas for tomatoes. 7 p.m. Joe's Restaurant, 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 399-5811. Register through Jean Brady's Cooking School at (310) 454-4220. $75.