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In All the New Excitement, Let’s Not Forget About LA’s Existing Talent

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Plus a new opening in Westwood and the future of food

Chef Christophe Émé, on right
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Ortolan’s chef still has it

If you miss Ortolan, West Hollywood’s modern French statement restaurant from the late aughts, you might still be able to experience a bit of the past this week. That’s because chef Christophe Émé is going to be kicking around at Papilles in Hollywood for a few nights (starting tonight), working a $75 five-course tasting menu for folks who stop by.

The evening event, which features everything from black truffle to foie gras, to sea urchin, should be a delight for the senses. But more importantly it’s a welcome return for Émé, who has been under the radar since his restaurant closed back in 2011. With all the attention these days on who is coming from out of town to open big, shiny new restaurants in Los Angeles, it’s a welcome sight to find older French mainstays like Émé still doing their thing — especially at restaurants as great and charming as Papilles.

Sweetfin Poke takes Westwood

Today’s the day for Sweetfin Poke in Westwood, as the grab-and-go iteration of the expanding chain lands at 1146 Westwood Boulevard. The grand opening kicks off at 11 a.m. with a collaboration between Sweetfin and the Thug Kitchen team, with 20% proceeds from their mash-up bowl going to the non-profit Groceryships.

Sweetfin

Scratch Bar gives back, again

It’s another February, which means once again the time has come for Scratch Bar Encino’s Back of House Appreciation Month. The idea is anyone who works in a kitchen in greater Los Angeles can show a pay stub and come in for a complimentary nine-course tasting menu (alcohol excluded). Bring a non-BOH friend and their meal is 50% off, all month long.

The Future of Food

The Autry Museum is hosting a fun event called the Future of Food on February 24, where for $45 guests can learn all about sustainability efforts, changes in agriculture, and what the next generation can expect on their plate. And yes there will be food served.

A big-time grilled cheese party

There’s a massive new Grilled Cheese Meltdown coming to the Majestic in Downtown, as hosted by Time Out. The Sunday event costs $30 and nets guests samples from restaurants like the Grilled Cheese Truck, Fred 62, and more, plus beers from Angel City.

Party with La Descarga

If you can believe it, tonight marks the seventh anniversary for La Descarga. The beloved bar is doing a big party tonight to celebrate, with three bands, burlesque shows, tacos, and more. The get-down starts at 8 p.m. and rides all night.

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