French Canadian Dinners, Pie Contests

Starting this weekend, French Canadian dinners at The Grill on the Alley and Public Kitchen and Bar, and beginning next week, the Good Food Festival comes to Santa Monica, culminating in the third annual KCRW Good Food Pie Contest.

Québec in Hollywood: September 10-17
The Grill on the Alley in Hollywood will host Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Curtat from the famed Restaurant Nuances at the Casino Montreal. The award-winning chef will highlight some of Québec’s unique food products while overseeing the Hollywood kitchen. His menu will include Nordic shrimp chartreuse with asparagus, Granny Smith apple and cilantro caviar; and roasted Magret duck, beer and endive tartin. Public Kitchen & Bar at The Roosevelt Hotel will host Chef Laurent Godbout, from Montreal’s famed Chez l’Épicier Restaurant. His dishes will feature Québecois-style fare such as white turnip open ravioli; Atlantic scallop carpaccio; rolled veal shoulder with cinnamon butternut squash purée; and a caramelized pear bread pudding with Québec maple syrup, fleur de sel caramel and whipped crème fraîche.

Good Food Festival, Santa Monica: September 14-18
From farmer and chef cooking demos to a street food fair, this event sponsored by KCRW, will take over areas of Santa Monica near the promenade and the High School. Don’t miss “Chefs at Play” with Suzanne Goin, Sang Yoon, Nancy Silverton, Sherry Yard, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger taking place over the weekend (September 17 and 18). Tickets range from $10 to $250.

Good Food Pie Contest: September 18
The general public is invited to attend for free, from 2 to 4 p.m. at LACMA, and KCRW is still seeking pie submissions from home professionals and amateurs. All who attend will taste a slice of the entries. Prizes will be awarded in five categories plus best in show. This year’s surprise competition category is the “Tim Burton-Inspired Pie.” Join celebrity chefs Eric Greenspan, Kris Morningstar and Karen Hatfield, among other judges.

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