2006 L.A. Cultural Dining Tour: Eating Around the World in 20 Days

— by Caroline on Crack

Flickr shot by Aikitherese
Flickr shot by Aikitherese

I’m so mad that I’m just finding out about this now…well, I heard about it before but didn’t really pay attention. The L.A. Cultural Dining Tour is a 20-day feast of L.A. restaurants. But not only do you get prix-fixe menus at some fine SoCal dining establishments but there are fun activities involved with every event–Flamenco dancing, Chinese zodiac readings, rum tasting, a fusion Asian dance party.

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February 15th Girls’ Night Out Italian Style: Martini Wednesday at Villa Sorriso, where you get schooled in Italian beauty techniques and dating rituals while you pamper your hands in paraffin wax and sip martinis during a screening of every girl’s fave show, Sex and the City. I don’t think that’s Italian, but who cares? Sounds fun.


Appetizers: Mista Salad: Wild baby greens with parmesan ribbons & garlic croutons in house vinaigrette OR Caesar Salad

Entrees: Chicken Marsala: Seared chicken breast with wild mushrooms & Marsala wine, parmesan cheese & fettuccini OR Salmon with lobster sauce

Desserts: Tiramisu OR Creme Brulee

_Villa Sorriso
168 W. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, California 91105
Reservations: (626) 793-2233
Ask for the Cultural Dining Tour prix-fixe menu from your restaurant’s server.

February 19th European Pub Crawl has you loading a 30-passenger L.A. party bus and hitting pubs from Pasadena to Santa Monica, drinking European beer and sampling European pub grub.

2:30-3:30pm — The day starts off at Brit’s in Pasadena where you’ll spend an hour shooting darts.

Brit’s PRIX FIXE $21.95
1770 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, California 91106
Reservations: (626) 578-1301

4:30-5:30pm — You stop off at Finn McCool’s in Santa Monica to listen to traditional Irish music.

Finn McCool’s PRIX FIXE $19.85
2702 Main Street
Santa Monica, California 90405
Reservations: (310) 452-1734

6-7pm — Warszawa Polish Cuisine in Santa Monica, where you’ll observe a Polish poetry reading and listen to great music. As the third stop on the pub crawl, who knows what kind of mood you’ll be in to listen to Polish poetry. Stop snickering!

Warszawa PRIX FIXE $27
1414 Lincoln Blvd.
Santa Monica, California 90401
Reservations: (310) 393-8831

8-9pm — The last stop of the pub crawl lands you at Uzbekistan Restaurant in Hollywood where you face the challenge of learning a traditional Russian dance.

Uzbekistan PRIX FIXE $25
7077 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90028
Reservations: (323) 464-3663

With each Cultural Dining Tour prix-fixe meal served, the participating restaurant will donate $1 to the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness and COPE Health Solutions.