Wow, so many guest chef gigs are happening it's hard to keep track of who's cooking at whose restaurant. Over the next couple of months, Ben Ford of Ford's Filling Station will be at the Strand House in Manhattan Beach, Shinichi Sato flies in from Paris' Passage 53 to cook at Melisse, and Jason French of Portland's Nedd Ludd will be at Superba Snack Bar in Venice. Then there's the who-can-keep-track continuing guest-chef series Test Kitchen at Bestia downtown. Here's a calendar:
Ben Ford of Ford's Filling Station (Culver City) at the Strand House (Manhattan Beach): On Monday, Nov. 12, the Strand House wraps up its Master Chef Dinner Series with Ben Ford of Ford’s Filling Station. Violet Grgich of Grgich Hills Estate will present wine pairings to go with passed appetizers, including smoked fish dip, chile verde tostadi with crispy pigs ears and lamb meatballs, and a four-course menu: oyster stew; grilled Monterey Bay squid; lamb sirloin; rabbit paella; and cappuccino cookie sundae. Dinner is $100; wine pairings are $50. Reception begins at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, (310) 545-7470, www.thestrandhousemb.com.
Shinichi Sato and Guillaume Guedj of Passage 53 (Paris) at Melisse (Santa Monica): At Josiah Citrin's Melisse, for three nights -- Tuesday, Nov. 27, to Thursday, Nov. 29 -- chef Shinichi Sato (the first Japanese chef in France to be awarded two Michelin stars) of Passage 53 in Paris will create the 10-course "TEN Tasting Menu," reflective of the cuisine at the restaurant in the historic Passage des Panoramas. $185 per person; wine pairings are $95 and $175. Optional truffle and caviar courses for supplemental charge. Call for reservations. 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 395-0881, www.melisserestaurant.com.