After taking a year off, the Los Angeles Garlic Festival returns July 13 and 14, but with a breath of new life. What's new? The location: the Federal Building in Westwood. The duration: The festival's turned into a two-day event. And the festivities: New events include a garlic soup-tasting contest; celebrity cooking demonstrations; a wine-tasting booth, and a 5K run.
Some things, however, haven't changed. As in the past, the festival will feature continuous live jazz performances. And director Katherine Veniero will once again persuade 30 Los Angeles restaurants (including La Toque, Stringfellows, Tribeca, Orleans and Nucleus Nuance) to serve their favorite garlicky dishes. Tastes will cost from $1 to $4 each.
A portion of the festival will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Services and the Salvation Army's Project Westwood, which supports the homeless. Admission price is $7 per day. For more information, call (213) 939-9023.
DIAL M FOR MONEY: Some of L.A.'s top restaurants (L'Ermitage, Trumps, Citrus, Maple Drive, Patina, Bistro Garden and Le Chardonnay) are going up against Pizza Man, thanks to a new service called Dial-A-Dinner. There are, however, a few caveats.