SOURCE: dineLA Restaurant Week

January 18, 2008 13:00 ET

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to Officially Launch dineLA Restaurant Week

LA's Most Exciting Culinary Event Kicks Off With Over 140 Participating Restaurants

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - January 18, 2008) -


"dineLA Restaurant Week will showcase the diversity of LA cuisine and allow diners to see that our city is one of the great restaurant cities of the world." -- Wolfgang Puck

Los Angeles-area restaurants are gearing up for the opening day of dineLA Restaurant Week on January 27, 2008. To mark the launch of what is expected to become one of LA's most anticipated culinary events, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at a press conference at 10:00a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, at LA's critically acclaimed Grace Restaurant, 7360 Beverly Blvd.

dineLA Restaurant Week has over 140 restaurants participating throughout the Los Angeles area, from Downtown to the Westside, Long Beach to Woodland Hills and beyond.

The official dineLA Restaurant Week Web site, www.dineLA.com, lists participating restaurants offering prix-fixe lunches for $15 or $22 and dinners for $25 or $34, exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuity. The Special three-course menus will showcase some of LA's most talented chefs who personalize each menu to reflect their culinary style and highlight locally grown, seasonal ingredients. Reservations may be made online at www.dineLA.com or by calling participating restaurants directly.

The dineLA Restaurant Week restaurant list, searchable by cuisine and location, not only includes a wide variety of Zagat rated restaurants, but also features 30 restaurants highlighted in the prestigious Michelin Los Angeles 2008 guide, including Patina, which received a coveted Michelin star.

"dineLA is bringing a greater awareness and understanding of all of LA's dining opportunities as a world-class culinary destination," said Joachim Splichal, Master Chef and Founder of The Patina Restaurant Group.

To get an "insider" look at some of the gastronomic choices available to diners during dineLA Restaurant Week, videos of participating restaurants and chefs are available online at Clear Channel Radio Stations including: KIIS FM and KOST 103.5 FM at http://www.kiisfm.com/cc-common/losangeles/247/dinela.html and http://www.kost1035.com/cc-common/losangeles/247/dinela.html, or log onto any of their radio stations and use search keyword: DINE. Additionally, recipes of these dishes are available on the site.

Chef cooking demonstrations highlights include the following dineLA Restaurant Week participants: Evan Kleiman of Angeli Caffe; Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger of Ciudad and Border Grill; Ben Ford of Ford's Filling Station; Neal Fraser of Grace; Katsuya of Katsuya Brentwood and Katsuya Hollywood; Andre Guerrero of Max Restaurant; Kerry Simon of Simon L.A.; Govind Armstrong of Table 8; Jared Simons of Violet, and many more including: Asia de Cuba, Bistrotek, Chinois on Main, Encounter, La Bodeguita de Pico, Pinot Bistro, Sushi Roku - Pasadena, Red Seven, Zucca Ristorante.

"LA's first dineLA Restaurant Week will help shine the spotlight on our city's great dining scene. Visitors to LA are discovering why LA dining deserves special attention," said Mark Liberman, President and CEO of LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau.

About dineLA Restaurant Week

dineLA Restaurant Week unites restaurants from the traditional to the ultra trendy to promote the extraordinary diversity and brilliant culinary expertise found throughout LA's restaurant scene. Presented by LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau and American Express, the annual dineLA Restaurant Week was established to introduce diners to the vast array of restaurants in neighborhoods throughout LA County. dineLA Restaurant Week takes place over two consecutive weeks January 27 - February 1, 2008, and February 3 - February 8, 2008, and offers a selection of specially priced three-course menus from some of LA's best restaurants. Sponsors and media partners of dineLA Restaurant Week include American Express, The Los Angeles Times, Clear Channel Radio, KTLA, The Gas Company and American Airlines. For more information, please visit: www.dineLA.com.

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