Pasadena Restaurant Week kicks off next week, running from April 27 to May 2. Local restaurants will offer special prix-fixe menus with two courses for lunch, priced at $15, $20 or $25, and three courses for dinner, at $26, $35 or $44. (Some prices vary, and drinks, tax and tip are not included.) More than 40 Pasadena restaurants are participating, including the Langham Huntington Pasadena (Royce grilled salad, marinated skirt steak and molten chocolate cake at the Royce Wood Fired Steak House is $44), Pie 'n' Burger (cheeseburger, fries and a soft for $10.95) and Picnik (for $18 for lunch or dinner, choose any two sausages and one side dish). Among other participants are Osek, SECO New American, Celestino Ristorante and Bar, Kal's Bistro, Malbec, Trattoria Neapolis, Kathleen's, Green Street Restaurant, Roy's, El Cholo and Dona Rosa. For a full list of restaurants, visit www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/restaurants.
Republique's winemaker dinner series continues with Mathieu Deiss of Domaine Marcel Deiss on April 28. Deiss will present a selection of the Vins de Fruits as well as Premier and Grand Cru Vins de Terroirs. The dinner will feature five courses prepared by chef Walter Manzke and 10 wines from Domaine Marcel Deiss. 7 p.m. $145 per person, plus tax and service. For reservations, contact Laura Teodori at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 362-6115, Ext. 203. 624 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, (310) 362-6115, www.republiquela.com.