Holiday (and beyond) Party Options

Now that the Thanksgiving turkey is well behind us, there’s still time to turn our attention to the holiday get-together!  We have been coordinating a monthly ladies luncheon for the last three years so we’ve got a pretty good list of great places to check out if you are thinking of having a holiday or New Year’s lunch with friends.  Check out some of our past events here (i.e. before the blog!) and don’t forget to look at some of the great places we’ve been to in the last 6 months as well (The District by Hannah An, Son of a Gun, Commissary, Redbird, and Jar).  These are great places to look into all year round too!

In no particular order, here are some great places from all over LA to check out.

Osteria Mamma–Osteria Mamma is a great place for a fantastic Italian meal.  The dining room is divided into two areas, the back one holding up to about 40 and would allow a little separation (although it is not private) from other diners if you want to have a bit of your own area.  The pasta is made fresh every day by hand and it is amazing!  The sauces are divine and the portions are great so  it would be suitable for your guests to either order their own dishes or, as we did, to have everything served family style.  As an added bonus,  co-owner, Filippo, is a certified sommelier and can assist your in choosing suitable wine pairings.

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Handmade pasta
Pasta being made by hand
Frittura Mista--fried calamari, shrimp, zucchini, and carrots
Frittura Mista–fried calamari, shrimp, zucchini, and carrots
Polipolata--Grilled Mediterranean octopus, fresh celery, lemon, extra-virgin olive oil, potatoes
Polipolata–Grilled Mediterranean octopus, fresh celery, lemon, extra-virgin olive oil, potatoes
Crostini Di Burrata--Burrata Crostini with black truffles and Parma proscuitto
Crostini Di Burrata–Burrata Crostini with black truffles and Parma proscuitto
Tre Colori Salad--Treviso radicchio, Belgian endive, baby wild arugula, aged Grana Padano
Tre Colori Salad–Treviso radicchio, Belgian endive, baby wild arugula, aged Grana Padano
Pizze Arianna--Mozzarella, walnuts, speck, truffle oil.
Pizze Arianna–Mozzarella, walnuts, speck, truffle oil.
Bigoli Neri alla Bottarga--Black squid ink bigoli, organic cherry tomatoes, shrimp. and bottarga.
Bigoli Neri alla Bottarga–Black squid ink bigoli, organic cherry tomatoes, shrimp. and bottarga.
Gnocchi ai Porcini--Light6 cr4eam sauce, Porcini mushrooms and all natural free range jidori chicken.
Gnocchi ai Porcini–Light6 cr4eam sauce, Porcini mushrooms and all natural free range jidori chicken.
Ravioli di Zucca--pumpkin and ricotta cheese ravioli in butter and sage sauce.
Ravioli di Zucca–pumpkin and ricotta cheese ravioli in butter and sage sauce.
Battuta Florentina (grilled Jidori Chicken breast) and grilled vegetables.
Battuta Florentina (grilled Jidori Chicken breast) and grilled vegetables.
Assorted Dessert--Tiramisu, Torta della Nonna, Torta di cioccolato e arance, Torta di Ciliege
Assorted Dessert–Tiramisu, Torta della Nonna, Torta di cioccolato e arance, Torta di Ciliege
Panna Cotta
Panna Cotta

 

Barrel and Ashes–Barrel and Ashes is the popular Studio City BBQ restaurant featuring food by Executive Chefs Rory Hermann and Timothy Hollingsworth and Chef de Cuisine Michael Kahikina.  The brisket is a standout but there are plenty of options for the non-meat eater too!  The salads are great and the sides are addicting.  The menu has its standard items but also has seasonal dish and daily specials to keep things new and interesting for repeat visits. The decor and larger communal style seating makes for a relaxed, fun vibe which, along with the acclaimed cocktail program, makes Barrel and Ashes a great choice for your holiday get-together, particularly if you are looking for a relaxed, fun place with a wide age range of attendees. Not only that but Kenny Perez, the GM, is one of the best we’ve ever worked with and he and Chef Mike will be happy to work with you to have the menu and event you are looking for.  They are really dedicated to creating just the right experience for your group!

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Smoked Salmon Rillettes
Smoked Salmon Rillettes
Pork Rinds
Pork Rinds
Pear and Endive Salad
Pear and Endive Salad
Frito Pie
Frito Pie
Half Chicken
Half Chicken
Brisket
Brisket
Miner's Potatoes
Miner’s Potatoes
Shells and Cheese
Shells and Cheese
Hoe Cake
Hoe Cake
Banana Pudding
Banana Pudding
Apple Cobbler
Apple Cobbler

 

Republique–Republique is a beautiful restaurant with fantastic food.  The space was the former home of Campanile and was originally built in 1929 as an office for Charlie Chaplin.  This means that the beautiful space has lots of different private and separate areas for groups of different sizes.  The food is delicious and a bit eclectic (Kim Chee Fried Rice!) but you won’t go wrong whatever you choose to order but do make sure to save some extra room to have some of the best baked goods in town!  They may require an extra charge if you want a formal sit down lunch service as we had but they do a great job and if you have a larger group, it should be worth it.

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Heirloom Tomato--gioia burrata, watermelon, basil, olive oil
Heirloom Tomato–gioia burrata, watermelon, basil, olive oil
Little Gems Salad with Rotisserie Chicken--arugula, peaches, pistachio, lemon, olive oil
Little Gems Salad with Rotisserie Chicken–arugula, peaches, pistachio, lemon, olive oil
Kimchi Fried Rice--soft egg, beef short ribs
Kimchi Fried Rice–soft egg, beef short ribs
Quiche of the Day--kale, caramelized onion, bacon, gruyere
Quiche of the Day–kale, caramelized onion, bacon, gruyere
Smoked Salmon Tartine--avocado, lemon, capers, shaved onions, multigrain toast.
Smoked Salmon Tartine–avocado, lemon, capers, shaved onions, multigrain toast.
Assorted Pastries.
Assorted Pastries.

 

Faith & Flower–Faith & Flower is another gorgeous restaurant located in Downtown LA and has a separate, more private area that holds about 40.  The food is great for sharing and the bar  program is quite acclaimed as well.  The cuisine is Californian with a bit of a vintage flair in a space that is decorated to reflect the cuisine.  Although the executive chef has changed since our event, you should still be able to count on a lovely event.  Bright and airy, it makes a really elegant place for you and your guests to celebrate the season.

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Kampachi Ceviche--Mike Lay's Ginger Beer, Potato Chips
Kampachi Ceviche–Mike Lay’s Ginger Beer, Potato Chips
Fennel and Citrus Salad--Toasted Pistachio, Manchgeo Cheese
Fennel and Citrus Salad–Toasted Pistachio, Manchgeo Cheese
Grilled Jidori Hen Breast--Dirty Ric, Lapsong Sausage
Grilled Jidori Hen Breast–Dirty Ric, Lapsong Sausage
Oxtail Angolotti--Bone Marrow Butter, Asian Pear Salsa, Beef Tendon Chicharrones
Oxtail Angolotti–Bone Marrow Butter, Asian Pear Salsa, Beef Tendon Chicharrones
Handmade Egg Spaghetti--Roasted Mushrooms, Baby Kale, Parmigiano Broth
Handmade Egg Spaghetti–Roasted Mushrooms, Baby Kale, Parmigiano Broth
Grilled Broccolini--Garlic Anchovy Salsa, Califronia Chilies
Grilled Broccolini–Garlic Anchovy Salsa, Califronia Chilies
Assorted petite cookies
Assorted petite cookies

 

Racion–Racion is a smaller restaurant located on the edge of Old Town Pasadena.  The cuisine is Spanish/Basque-inspired tapas and perfect if you want a family style meal with lots of different options.  The food is delicious with interesting ingredients and definitely not run of the mill.  It is a place to get your small plate fix that is truly different from the regular Californian-style small plate cuisine.  This is a great option for those with ambitious palates who want to stay in the San Gabriel Valley area of LA.

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Salt cod fritters, lemon cream
Salt cod fritters, lemon cream
Braised beef tongue, pickled shallots, honey aioli
Braised beef tongue, pickled shallots, honey aioli
crab salad, creme fraiche, lemon and muscat-soaked raisins
crab salad, creme fraiche, lemon and muscat-soaked raisins
Roasted heirloom carrots, coconut gel, brown butter crumbs
Roasted heirloom carrots, coconut gel, brown butter crumbs
Charred spring onions, potato, idiazabal, smoked olive oil
Charred spring onions, potato, idiazabal, smoked olive oil
House-made squid ink pasta, mussels, piquillo peppers, saffron foam
House-made squid ink pasta, mussels, piquillo peppers, saffron foam
Duck sausage-stuffed squid, brava sauce, onion ash oil
Duck sausage-stuffed squid, brava sauce, onion ash oil
Freshly baked bread
Freshly baked bread
Spanish custard "crema catalana" with date sauce, pistachio meringues
Spanish custard “crema catalana” with date sauce, pistachio meringues
Olive oil cake, vanilla panna cotta, rhubarb gel
Olive oil cake, vanilla panna cotta, rhubarb gel
Churros, chocolate custard, toffee sauce, mint
Churros, chocolate custard, toffee sauce, mint

 

Baco Mercat–Baco Mercat is first of Chef/Owner Josef Centeno’s four restaurants near the corner of Fourth and Main in Downtown LA and is named for the signature flatbread sandwich, the “baco”.  It opened in 2011 and was a place we had long hoped to hold a lunch.  However, the restaurant itself is relatively small, which makes a group event difficult.  However, in December 2014, Chef Centeno opened his newest restaurant Ledlow, located next door to Baco Mercat.  Ledlow has  special private area that allows the restaurant group to serve menus from any of his four restaurants (the other two are Bar Ama and Orsa & Winston).  The space is bright and welcoming.  Events director, Ashley Williamson, is easy to work with and very helpful.  She will help you navigate through all your delicious options.

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Crispy Sunchokes
Crispy Sunchokes

 

Caramelized Cauliflower
Caramelized Cauliflower
toron baco (1)
Toron Baco
Bondiga Coca
Bondiga Coca

 

double mushroom coca
Double Mushroom Coca
Caramel Upside Down Cake
Caramel Upside Down Cake
Hazelnut Chocolate Cream
Hazelnut Chocolate Cream

 

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