Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant and Wine News in the San Fernando Valley

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kynewpic110BY KAREN YOUNG

If you are looking for new appliances, check out Universal Appliances and Kitchen  Center in Studio City today.  They’re having a live cooking  demonstration from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. If you miss today, stop by on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for another demonstration.  To find out about more demos in  Studio City or Calabasas locations,  check the schedule here.

Enjoy a Greek wine tasting happy hour at Woodland Hills Wines on Thursday, June 20  from 4:30 p.m.= 6:30 p.m. Markus Stolz, WSET certified Greek wine expert will conduct the tasting. representatives from the wineries as well. Woodland Hills Wine Co.22622 Ventura BlvdWoodland Hills, 818-222-1111. $15/person (reservations encouraged)

MDF fave Peasant Wine Bistro in Tarzana is having a winemaker dinner with Greg Bjornstad from Bjornstad Cellars on June 24. His distinctive Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from Sonoma are very highly rated and hard to find. From small production, single vineyards, the grapes are farmed sustainably or biodynamically and carefully fermented using traditional Burgundian techniques. Enjoy a five-course pairing dinner that includes a baby heirloom tomato salad, Santa Barbara spot prawns, Cornish game hen, Maine lobster, Kurobuta pork chop and for dessert, a Filo dough tart with mascarpone cream and fresh berries. Seating is limited for this private event. $75 per person. RSVP online at www.peasantwinebistro.com, email eat@peasantwinebistro.com or call (818) 708-7081.

Islands will be joining Mendocino Farms in the mixed use building currently under construction on Ventura Blvd. just west of Hazeltine in Sherman Oaks.   Islands in Encino closed in November 2011 and will be replaced with My Fit Foods, a national quick service chain founded in Texas by personal trainer, Mario Mendias.   The menu consists of pre-packaged freshly made food that is prepared for healthy eating. There’s also  3-Day and 21-Day Challenge jumpstart programs.

Just opened: Chipotle (818-455-4798) and Panera Bread  (818-905-6060)next door to each other in Sherman Oaks. 14708 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks,

Toluca Lake will soon be home to Spin The Bottle Wine Studio, retail wine shop featuring small production artisanal wines from around the world. They will serve wine by the glass with some on tap. 10139 1/2 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake

About Karen Young

Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.