Saturday, January 13, 2018

DineLARestaurant week eat like a celeb for less through Jan. 26

Top chefs create affordable menus for annual foodie fest
Patti Pietschmann

Wolfgang Puck offering $95 a person dinner at Spago BH (photo by Patti Pietschmann)
It's the Diva's favorite time of the year, the winter edition of DineLARestaurant week when super chefs lower their prices a bit so foodies with limited budgets can get to dine where celebrities usually thread.  We've already booked a few lunches and dinner via OpenTable. And you might want to consider a dine around for yourself, partner and friends.

This month's event goes through Jan. 266 and includes various price fixed menus.  “The focus of Winter dineL.A. aims to reflect upon the remarkable growth and accomplishments of Los Angeles’s dining scene over the past 10 years,” explained dineL.A. Director, Stacey Sun. “During our Summer 2017 program, we saw a record number of new restaurants participate and learned that three out of four diners tried a restaurant that was new to them. We’re seeing locals and visitors embrace the city’s geography, year-round seasonal ingredients, and multiculturalism—all of which contribute to L.A. becoming the country’s most exciting food city in 2018.”
The current foodie fest showcases 10 notable restaurants and chefs that have played a large role in the evolution and innovation of the city’s diverse and distinctive dining scene over the past decade. Joining the roster  of more than 300 restaurants are  Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken’s Border Grill, which has participated in dineL.A. from the very first season, along with Mélisse, which was among the first to join dineL.A.’s Exclusive Series. 
Many dineL.A. bastions who have arguably shaped the city’s dining scene over the past decade include Michael Cimarusti’s Providence, Suzanne Goin’s Lucques and a.o.c., and Roy Choi’s Kogi Taqueria. Some of L.A.’s newest restaurants that are participating in Winter dineL.A. include the Nozawa Group’s new HiHo Cheeseburger and UovoLunetta Dining Room and Bar by Chef Raphael Lunetta, and Quinn and Karen Hatfield’s The Mighty.
Some food for thought from past dineLAResaurant weeks photographed by Richard Pietschmann

To commemorate the anniversary year, American Airlines is introducing a dineL.A. Golden Dish Contest, awarding one winner 100,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® miles. During the event one lucky diner will discover a special course served on a gold commemorative plate that will mean they won the AA prize--so keep your eyes open. The more you participate the more chances to win.  
Okay, here's what to expect: lunch menus  from $15, $20, and $25, dinner menus priced at $29, $39, and $49, and an Exclusive Series starting at $95.  The Exclusive Series presented by American Express offers diners a chance to enjoy some of L.A.’s most luxurious restaurants across the city, including Providence, Spago Beverly Hills, The Royce, BOA Steakhouse, and The Arthur J. Diners may visit the dineL.A. website to book reservations starting today. 
For more information about Winter dineL.A., visit