Monday, September 13, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Join Us for a Cooking Class Benefitting St. Joseph Center's Culinary Training Program


Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 6 to 9 pm
St. Joseph Center, Venice

A hands-on cooking class/dinner spotlighting summer entertaining with a Northern Italian flavor and benefiting St. Joseph Center's Culinary Training Program is presented by Roberto Maggioni, executive chef at Santa Monica's Locanda del Lago, on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 6 to 9 pm, at St. Joseph Center in Venice.

The evening, sponsored by Whole Foods Venice, is the newest in St. Joseph Center's CULINARY EXPERIENCE FOR A CAUSE series of cooking classes, which most recently featured chefs from CafĂ© Pinot of the Patina Group, Ado Ristorante and Gourmandise Desserts. St. Joseph Center's Culinary Training Program is an innovative vocational initiative that provides classroom and kitchen training for unemployed men and women to help get them back on their feet, obtain jobs and establish a career path with opportunities for advancement. Students from the program will act as Chef Maggioni’s kitchen assistants during the class.

Maggioni's participatory class features hands-on instruction and demonstration for a three-course menu of Northern Italian cuisine ideal for entertaining in the summer weeks to come. Selections are VELLUTATA DI VERZA E CAVOLINI FRITTI (Cream of Roasted Savoy Cabbage Soup with Fried Brussels Sprouts), RISOTTO ALLE BARBABIETOLE MANTECATO AL GORGONZOLA DOLCELATTE (Market Red Beet Risotto with Gorgonzola "Dolcelatte") and FILETTO DI MAIALE AI FUNGHI E CAROTE GLASSATE CON BROCCOLI MORNAY (Pork tenderloin with Wild Mushroom Sauce, Glazed Carrots and Broccoli Mornay). Following instruction, class participants dine on the delicious results. Aprons, tools and all ingredients are included.

Roberto Maggioni possesses an exceptional resume and the vast international culinary experience of a chef twice his age. His passion for cooking, his knowledge of regional Italian gastronomic traditions, and his familiarity with the newest cooking methods originating from Spain elevate Lago to new culinary heights. Born in Milan, Maggioni was inspired by his mother, Cristina -- a baker by trade -- to embrace the career of a professional chef. After attending culinary school in Milan, Maggioni worked at the most renowned restaurants of the area's metropolis and then traveled through Europe to broaden his culinary experience, taking posts at La Pergola in London, Il Giardino in Mallorca, Spain, and several notable restaurants in France.

Lago, the upscale Italian restaurant which has been attracting foodies, celebrities, locals and travelers since opening in 1991, is dedicated to providing the ultimate restaurant experience with exceptional flavors in each dish coupled with meticulous, friendly service. The kitchen features the most flavorful ingredients available in conjunction with traditional and innovative recipes to keep guests coming back for new experiences.

St. Joseph Center is an independent, non-profit 501 (c)(3), community-based organization whose mission is “to provide working poor families, as well as homeless men, women, and children of all ages, with the inner resources and tools to become productive, stable and self-supporting members of the community.” The Center was founded by, and remains affiliated with, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, but it does not provide religious services or instruction and assists persons regardless of their religious affiliation or lack thereof. It creates an environment that develops self-reliance and promotes action in people capable of becoming productive members of the community. The Center serves more than 6,000 individuals annually through 10 integrated programs and a Thrift Store, which offers used items for sale to the public and offers vouchers for free clothing and household goods to those in need. To learn more about St. Joseph Center’s comprehensive services, please visit

St. Joseph Center is located at 204 Hampton Drive in Venice. The class fee (50% is tax deductible) is $80 per person or $150 for two tickets purchased at once. Space is limited, and registration is required by June 18. For tickets and more information, contact Madelaine Goodreau at or 310-396-6468, x 328.

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

You're Invited to Join Us for Authentic Italian Cuisine at its Finest!


June 5 - June 20

We're one of six top Italian restaurants offering special prix fixe menus featuring only the finest and authentic ingredients Italy has to offer!

The Italian Trade Commission-Los Angeles, in collaboration with the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West, invites Angelenos to experience Italian cuisine at its most authentic. With the goal of raising awareness of the use of authentic Italian ingredients in America, the Italian Trade Commission and Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West selected the restaurants based on a series of parameters including quality and authenticity of Italian products used in the kitchen, the presence of Italian chefs and sommeliers, and the presentation of an Italian-centric wine list.

Restaurant/Food writer Sophie Gayot, who attended the media preview, said this about our risotto with market red & gold beets: "The most interesting dish from the impressive meal was the risotto from Locanda del Lago, which was very creative, light and colorful. " Read her full story HERE.

Chef Maggioni has created wonderful lunch and dinner menus highlighting unique flavors of Italy and the local summer season by pairing Italian products with fresh, organic produce from the Santa Monica Farmer's Market.

Click HERE to view the menus.

Make your reservations now!
(310) 451-3525

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Lago Introduces MEATLESS MONDAYS to Santa Monica


Locanda del Lago, celebrated for its imaginative Italian cuisine spotlighting seasonal flavors and the freshest local ingredients, introduces MEATLESS MONDAYS to Santa Monica with several offerings on its lunch and dinner menus, rotating weekly, that are prepared with no meat or meat-related products including butter, cheese and milk.

"With Meatless Mondays we are pleased to be the first Santa Monica restaurant to join a movement that proposes to help the environment by reducing demand for meat products," says Lago's co-owner West Hooker-Poletti. "I first heard of this effort while attending a screening of the film Avatar where our long-time customers James Cameron and his wife, Suzy, ardently discussed how our carbon footprint would be drastically reduced if everyone resolved to avoid meat one day per week."

Lago's MEATLESS MONDAYS began on May 17, with a choice of Salad of Dungeness Crab with Arugola, Baby Artichokes and Button Mushrooms; Pumpkin Ravioli with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Sage; and Tasmanian Trout, Blood Orange Reduction with Baked Peruvian Potato and Garlic Spinach.

"These selections were especially popular," said Hooker-Poletti, "and several of our guests who tried them told me they enjoyed putting aside meat for a day in favor of the flavorful and delicious alternatives."

MEATLESS MONDAYS continue regularly at Lago, which maintains a unique identity in L.A. by spotlighting the cuisine of Bellagio on Lake Como in Northern Italy. The upscale Italian eatery, with its warm, inviting interior, expansive windows and a sidewalk patio overlooking the colorful Third Street Promenade, has been attracting foodies, celebrities, locals and travelers for more than 19 years. Lago is dedicated to providing the ultimate restaurant experience with exceptional cuisine coupled with meticulous, friendly service. The kitchen offers the most flavorful ingredients available in conjunction with traditional and innovative recipes, and the menus feature produce and other foods from the Santa Monica Farmers' Market.

Lago is located at 231 Arizona Avenue, Santa Monica. (310) 451-3525.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Valentine's Day, Super Bowl-A-Thon Fund-Raiser, LAist Lago Review

Menu di San Valentino
for Valentine's Day
Lasts All Week!

Join Us In Supporting the
Westside Shelter and
Hunger Coalition's
Super Bowl-A-Thon
XIV Fund-Raiser
Friday, February 5

Check Out a Wonderful
Lago Review
from LAist!

Monday, January 18, 2010

DINE LA Restaurant Week Returns!

Gourmet Dining at a Great Price!

DineLA 2010
January 24 - 29 and January 31 - February 5

3-Course Lunch ($22)
3-Course Dinner ($34)

Check out our menus