The Bakesale for Japan takes place across the country on Saturday, April 2, and Los Angeles is stepping up to the plate in a big way. What was initially going to take place at the Black Cat on Fairfax has now been expanded to seven locations around the L.A. area, including Akasha, Angeli Caffe, BLD, Brentwood Country Mart, Chefs Center of California and Forage. While some of the superstar names involved make the prospect of contributing stuff from my own kitchen just a tad bit intimidating, I’m hoping to bring by some chocolate chip cookies to Forage; nothing exciting or showy, but reliably tasty. (If only I had a working color printer do make cute labels!) No matter what, we’ll be buying and eating lots of special sweets this weekend to support this incredible effort and important cause. I’m psyched to see what tempting treats lure dollars out of wallets; all proceeds will be donated to Peace Winds, and thousands of origami cranes will be folded as a gesture of support. MAJOR props to Tavern pastry chef/Bites of Sugar blogger Breanne Varela for her massive coordination work.
In the true spirit of the friendly neighborhood restaurant that it’s always been, Canelé restaurant in Atwater continues to give back. The most recent example of this ethic is a series of special monthly dinners called Closed on Mondays organized by brunch chef Aliza Miner and her friends Marjory Garrison and Savita Ostendorf. Yup, they take place on Mondays. And yup, this is a day when the restaurant is typically closed. (Not that chefs and restaurant workers don’t deserve at least one day a week off, yeesh!) The $35 cash only, prix-fixe, first-come-first-served dinners raise money for selected non-profit organizations working around issues of food, youth, community and education. Previous events supported the RootDown LA, Milagro Allegro Garden, and the Micheltorena School Garden Project. Full details of the next menu on Monday, April 4 between 5 and 9:30 p.m. benefiting the Garden School Foundation follow after the jump — including a $15 To Go option!
Escarole with anchovy-garlic dressing, breadcrumbs and Parmesean
Chilled fat asparagus salad
House made English pea ravioli
House made ricotta gnocchi with lamb ragu
Burnt sugar budino
Olive oil cake with poured chocolate and candied kumquats
TO GO option:
Braised lamb on toasted ciabatta with roasted tomato, ricotta, arugula and olives ($15)