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New chef (and tables) at Son of a Gun, baking Mexican sweets, Malibu Pier fish dinner

New chef (and tables) at Son of a Gun, baking Mexican sweets, Malibu Pier fish dinner
Say goodbye to the communal table at Son of a Gun. It will be replaced by tables and chairs for reservations. (Los Angeles Times)

Son of a Gun, the 3-year-old seafood-centric restaurant from Animal chef-owners Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook, announces a new chef. Jeffrey Yuguchi is now Son of a Gun's chef de cuisine; he was formerly sous chef at Animal and has worked at Patina and Craft. The restaurant also will be getting rid of its communal table for walk-ins as of Friday, to be replaced by new tables and chairs that the restaurant says will allow for more reservations and reduce long waits. The bar and a small number of tables will still be available for walk-ins, and the communal table supposedly will be relocated to Shook's backyard. 8370 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (323) 782-9033, www.sonofagunrestaurant.com.

La Tienda at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes presents cooking series Platicas y Pruebas with chef and historian Maite Gomez-Rejon. On Thursday, Gomez-Rejon explores the history of baking in Mexico, including breads, cookies and cakes that blend traditional and modern flavors, ingredients and techniques. The class is from 7 to 9 p.m., and a ticket costs $10, available online. The purchase supports programs at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and its mission to reclaim, preserve and present the story of Mexican American culture in Los Angeles and beyond. 501 N. Main St., Los Angeles, (213) 542-6200, www.lapca.org.

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Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar and executive chef Jason Fullilove host "Leaders of the New School" on Sunday, March 23, with guest chefs Kris Morningstar of Ray's and Stark Bar, Brendan Collins of Waterloo & City and Larry's, and Phillip Frankland Lee of Scratch Bar. On the menu are dishes featuring seafood such as squid with fava beans, duck prosciutto and 63-degree duck egg, along with smoked black cod, chrysanthemum leaves and horseradish cream, from Fullilove; hand-rolled cavatelli with octopus and blue prawns with blistered green beans from Morningstar; Lee's pork belly with oysters and mussel-and-urchin shooter; and monkfish cheeks with veal tongue and truffle jus, and chocolate marquis with marshmallow and banana brulee, from Collins. 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $45 and available online. Live music. 23000 Pacific Coast Highway, (310) 456-8820.

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