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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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