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Feria de los Moles, Sausage Fest at Fig, guest chef at Melisse

October 04, 2012|By Russ Parsons

Mole Festival: How much do you like mole? The fifth annual Feria de los Moles Sunday at Olvera Street will give you a chance to find out. Billed as the largest Mexican food festival in the U.S., this year's event will pit Puebla versus Oaxaca in a mole-off featuring local restaurants and vendors from each region. Team Puebla will include Delicias Poblanas, Elenitas Moles, Goyos Nieves, Mole de San Miguel Xaltepec, Mole Doña Kaelita, Mole Doña Socorro and Mole Santa María Nenetzinla. Team Oaxaca will have JJJ Burritos, Juquila Restaurant, Sabores de Oaxaca, Saby's Cafe, Tacos Manzano and Tatiana's Catering. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Olvera Street, north of downtown. There's no admission, but food and drinks are for purchase.

Sausage Boys: Here's an Oktoberfest with a difference -- star chefs Vartan Abgaryan from Public Kitchen, Greg Daniels from Haven Gastropub, Daniel Mattern from Cooks County, Bernhard Mairinger from Bier Beisl, Kris Morningstar from Ray's and Stark Bar and host Ray Garcia from Fig Santa Monica will be preparing bratwursts, and craft breweries Haven Brewing, Smog City Brewery, Eagle Rock Brewery, Hopf Wheat Brewery, Nope Ale Works and Brouwerij West will be pouring. And, yes, there will be polka -- from Igor Khramov and the Raving Polka Band. The event takes place on Sunday and will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $69 and may be purchased at the restaurant or online. Fig, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.

Dufau at Melisse: Michelin-starred chef Christophe Dufau from Les Bacchanales in Provence will be joining Josiah Citrin in the kitchen for three nights, Oct. 17 to 19, at Melisse in Santa Monica. The two will collaborate on a version of Melisse's 10-course prix-fixe "10 Menu" and will feature ingredients they've sourced at the nearby Santa Monica farmers market. Dinners are $150 before wine, tax and tip. 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 395-0881, www.melisse.com.

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