01/28/2013 02:39 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

DineLA: 12 Days Better Than Christmas

Dorothy Parker once remarked of Los Angeles that it was 72 suburbs in search of a city. But twice a year, it unites around the table as a grand one-of-a-kind metropolis. And what powerful force can bring such disparate people together under a single banner? Food, of course. And the bi-annual event that showcases the L.A. dining scene? DineLA's Restaurant Week -- the premier opportunity for Angelenos to experience the best of their city's cuisine without breaking the bank.

Between now and February 1, more than 250 participating restaurants will offer specials which display the creativity that is taking place in kitchens all over the city.


Chef Micah Fields. (Photo by Scott Bridges)

To help kick off the event, Chef Micah Fields (The Restaurant at The Standard, Downtown LA) provided a select group of diners with a sample of what was in store for the city's diners -- from his colorful salmon sashimi with avocado crema and Sriracha soy foam (you read that right) to braised beef tongue, paired with Monterey's Chalone Vineyards Merlot.


Salmon sashimi with avocado crema and Sriracha soy foam (Photo by Scott Bridges)

Fields' entrées included ahi and charred uni with a citrus vinaigrette, roasted baby chicken, and savory pumpkin and sage risotto. And the chef topped it off with desserts such as the bacon waffle and chocolate gelato sandwich.


Ahi and charred uni with citrus vinaigrette (Photo by Scott Bridges)

If you're anything like me, then just reading about a delicious meal is enough to whet the appetite. And now is the time to satisfy that appetite because the deals being offered allow patrons to visit new neighborhoods, sample their way through exotic tasting menus and explore dishes that might have been too adventurous at full price.


Bacon waffle and chocolate gelato sandwich. (Photo by Scott Bridges)

And furthermore, it's an opportunity to get out there and meet your fellow food lovers. I hope to see you at the table.

For a full list of the more than 250 participating restaurants in the Winter 2013 program see this website.