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Auntie Em’s birthday; Drago Centro tomato menu; gyoza-eating contest

Auntie Em's Kitchen in Eagle Rock is celebrating its 10th birthday.
(Damon Winter / Los Angeles Times)

Auntie Em’s 10th birthday: In celebration of its 10 years in business, Auntie Em’s Kitchen will present a five-course dinner once a month starting Aug. 29. The first of these dinners will feature summer vegetable tempura with lemongrass crème fraiche and lime green chile lentils; slow-roasted smoked pork shoulder with mashed fingerling potatoes and tomato confit; and a pluot and peach galette. A kid’s menu will be offered during the first seating only. For the month of September the restaurant will offer “10 items under $10” each day, including breakfast items such as open-face egg sandwiches with Cajun turkey sausage, black forest ham and applewood-smoked bacon. 6 and 8:30 p.m. Aug. 29, Sept. 26, Oct. 24 and Nov. 14. $45 for five-course dinner, $10 for children under 10 years old. Reservations can be made by emailing info@auntieemskitchen.com. 4616 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 255-0800. www.auntieemskitchen.com.

A six-course tomato menu: Drago Centro is offering a six-course dinner menu honoring the summer fruit, including heirloom tomato salad; bocconcini mozzarella and olive oil powder; sand dab, tomato water, cuttlefish and orzo; rigatoni, pork Bolognese and smoked ricotta salata; New York steak, tomato-crusted potato and olive puree; and chocolate budino, pistachios and tomato sorbet. $70 per person. 424 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, (213) 228-8998. www.dragocentro.com.

Gyoza-eating championship: Day-Lee Foods is sponsoring its annual World Gyoza Eating Championship during the 72nd Annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center Plaza. The world’s top two competitive eaters, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut and Patrick “Deepdish” Bartoletti, and amateur eaters will compete in the event. 2:30 p.m. Saturday. 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles. www.niseiweek.org.


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