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Taco Madness Party at Villain's Tavern, Church & State Hosts "Good France" Dinner March 19

And Matthew Biancaniello pops up at The Fat Dog's oyster celebration.

Villain's Tavern
Villain's Tavern

DOWNTOWN— Voting is officially open for Taco Madness. This year's bracket-style tournament pitting taco specialists against each other by category isn't all hard competition though, with a freshly announced day party announcing the winner scheduled for April 4 at Villain's Tavern. Kicking off at 2 p.m., expect live street art, specialty cocktails, DJs, and, of course, a selection of some of the best taco trucks in town (Guerrilla Tacos, Mariscos Jalisco, etc) selling their wares. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

DOWNTOWN— Church & State will join the global "Good France" initiative led by Chef Alain Ducasse tomorrow, March 19, for a special French tasting menu. The initiative honors French cuisine, with 1,300 restaurants around the world celebrating the sourcing of "clean food." The tasting menu will be offered at $85 with dishes like bouillabaisse and rack of lamb. Call 213-405-1434 for reservations.

BEVERLY GROVE— Angelenos sure love their oysters. The Fat Dog is throwing an all out oyster bonanza Tuesday, March 31 with a variety of raw and cooked bivalves. Cocktail maven Matthew Biancaniello is getting in on the action by hosting a pop-up behind the bar with a whole slew of cocktails fitting the occasion. Full menu below:

Oysters with mezcal, Sriracha, passionfruit and oyster blossoms served with Pascal's wild beers

Oysters with Surinam cherry infused Saint Germain granita

Strawberry gazpacho oyster shooters

Smoked tomato infused gin, wild mustard greens and garlic

White fir infused tequila with pine sap saint Germain and fresh kiwi

Oyster juice sangaritas with tangerine lace and bergamot tequila

Seaweed margaritas

Shots of wild juniper infused mezcal

Blood orange cracker with caramel and wild bay leaf ice cream sandwiches