04/17/2012 04:49 pm ET | Updated Jun 17, 2012

Los Angeles Dining Deals and Events April 16-22


What better way to brighten a Blue Monday than with the $15 prix fixe supper at Little Dom's in Los Feliz? Guests can expect a regularly changing light meal that, this week, features escarole salad with walnuts and pecorino, risotto with English peas and parmesan, and raspberry sorbet. Bottles of house red and white are $12 each and Peroni beer will be sold for $3 (323-661-0055).


Chef Dan Moody -- best known as Ludo Lefebvre's sous -- joins with chef Adam Horton (a 30 Under 30 honoree) at Raphael from 5:30 p.m. on for a six-courser that includes palm sugar cured amberjack with pickled daikon; scallop crudo with uni ice cream; beef tartare made with beef heart and boudin noir; and 48 hour veal cheeks with creamed morel mushrooms ($65 per person; 818-505-3337).


From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. tonight, mixologists Sam Ross, Julian Cox and Joel Black will be in house at Comme Ça to prepare a wide assortment of spring cocktails to go with chef-owner David Myers' freshly introduced bistronomy menu -- poached asparagus with cured salmon; pan-seared ling cod with lemon confit; artichoke agnolotti with clams and purple basil and more (323-782-1104).


Dario Cecchini of Panzano in Chianti is the most famous butcher in the world, and he's spending today at Valentino, offering a pig butchery class from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a lunch of (what else?) pork ($65, all inclusive, with proceeds going to the Meyer Children Hospital in Florence). And then, from 6 p.m. on, he's serving the food of Panzano, including his arista alla porchetta and his crostini with lardo ($125 inclusive; $155 with paired wines;  310-829-4313).


Nick + Stef's executive chef Megan Logan continues her ongoing monthly series of Meat 101 classes tonight with a lecture and tasting of New York steak and ribeye, perfect for those who have always wondered about the difference, but haven't been sure of who to ask (8-9 p.m.; $40 per person, including wines to match; 213-680-0330).


This weekend (Saturday and Sunday) is the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA , free of charge, with the Cooking Stage busy from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with demonstrations by Nancy Silverton, Anne Burrell, Michael Voltaggio, Chris Cosentino and more (University Park Campus, Downtown, for more details click here).


Wilshire chef Nyesha Arrington (a 30 Under 30 honoree) is joining with Chris Crary of Whist for a backyard pig roast on the patio at Wilshire with a potluck of dishes by Top Chef participants Alex Reznick, Antonia Lofaso, Ilan Hall, Jamie Lauren, Sally Camacho, Marcel Vigneron, CJ Jacobson, Danielle Keene, Mark Peel and Suzanne Tracht -- a benefit for Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation (noon-4 p.m.; $55 per person; go to for details; 310-586-1707).