Celebrate Grilled Cheese Month With Tillamook, Grilled Cheese Truck, Beverly Hills Porsche and Eva

Photo credit to rkazda on Flickr

Every food, every cocktail and probably every action has its own designated month or day – but Grilled Cheese Month is one of the few I’ll willingly celebrate. Hello, Spring!! And, hello, April!!

It starts no later than this Friday, April 1st! Tillamook, the Oregonian (not Wisconsinite) cheesemakers, will be giving out free grilled cheese sandwiches off the Grilled Cheese Truck for an hour at Beverly Hills Porsche (8425 Wilshire Blvd). Don’t miss it, since it’s only from 11 AM – 12 PM. I’d recommend getting there even before 11, since “free” will almost certainly mean a long line!

But wait! There’s more! Next week Tuesday (April 5th), you can continue to ring in the month at Eva Restaurant. And who better than Dave Danhi, the chef behind the truck, to make that happen and go course-for-course with Mark Gold? This is a great way to witness a reunion of sorts since Danhi and Gold know each other from the kitchen at Water Grill, where they were Executive and Sous chefs together, respectively.

Take a peep at the menu below for what’s in store:

Four-course Menu – $35

1) Dave’s Melt: sharp cheddar & gruyere with a parmesan crust on sourdough bread
Paired with Mark’s: heirloom tomato soup

2) Dave’s Melt: fontina cheese with caramelized onions and prosciutto crust on black peppercorn bread
Paired with Mark’s: braised artichoke and cioppolini onion tart

3) Dave’s Melt: ‘faux’ cheesesteak sandwich provolone, homemade pickles and crispy onions on french bread (Cheez Whiz on the side!)
Paired with Mark’s: prime beef, over charcoal

Dessert
Dave’s: vanilla mascarpone cheese and balsamic strawberries on sweet brioche
Paired with Mark’s: chocolate fondue

Five-course menu – $50

1) Dave’s Melt: sharp cheddar & gruyere with a parmesan crust on sourdough bread
Paired with Mark’s: heirloom tomato soup

2) Dave’s Melt: fontina cheese with caramelized onions & prosciutto crust on black peppercorn bread
Paired with Mark’s: braised artichoke and cioppolini onion tart

3) Dave’s Melt: ‘faux’ cheesesteak sandwich provolone, homemade pickles & crispy onions on french bread (Cheez Whiz on the side!)
Paired with Mark’s: prime beef, over charcoal

4) Dave’s Melt: truffled mac and cheese melt with fontina cheese
Paired with Mark’s: butter poached lobster

Dessert
Dave’s: vanilla mascarpone cheese & balsamic strawberries on sweet brioche
Paired with Mark’s: chocolate fondue

The butter poached lobster definitely has me excited. Also, wine pairings are available for an additional $20. Call the restaurant to make your reservation ASAP.

Of course, we can’t forget the Grilled Cheese Invitational, which is on Saturday, April 23rd this year. Advance $12 tickets are available right now. So what are you waiting for? Get your tasty sammiches!

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Free grilled cheese on Friday, April 1, 2011: 11 AM – 12 PM

Beverly Hills Porsche
8425 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211-3202
310.557.2472

Grilled Cheese Truck/Eva Pairing on Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Eva Restaurant
7458 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036-2701
323.634.0700

Grilled Cheese Invitational on Saturday, April 23, 2011

Los Angeles Center Studios
1201 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Tillamook Love Loaf Tour Wraps Up Metro LA

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler With Tillamook Cheddar at Akasha

You may have heard the Tillamook name being touted around food news lately – more specifically as a result of their recent Love Loaf Tour, which actually wraps up their Metro L.A. leg of good will and free cheddar goodness today. Well, that is with exception to the Grilled Cheese Invitational, which they are the official cheese sponsor of.

Tillamook Baby Loaf (yes, they really are small!)

A couple weeks ago I joined the ranks of a few other food bloggers, writers and all-out cheese lovers at the Baby Loaf’s stop at Akasha Restaurant in Culver City. We enjoyed platters of triangle-sliced Tillamook as well as Chef Akasha Richmond’s creative genius in incorporating the cheddar into her recipes. We garnished toasts with her mango chutney and fig-avocado spreads, enjoyed her baked mac ‘n cheese and gobbled up half-baked fingerling potatoes. My favorite bite, however, was definitely the pulled pork sliders which came encased in biscuits and sandwiched with coleslaw. The hands-down most creative usage of Tillamook was the White Tillamook Cheddar melted atop Chef Akasha’s Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler! It gave the otherwise sweet dessert a nice cheesy tang and made the dish quite savory. Truly, you can do anything with cheese.

Good thing Angelenos can still get their free samples of Tillamook … today, only. Check out the locations below for the Baby Loaves’ stops for today, only. Looks like if you’re in Mid-City, South L.A. and Century City today, you’ve lucked out.

Food at Akasha Restaurant-Tillamook media event was hosted; pictures of Chef Akasha Richmond’s and my cats were shared.

Further reading:

My Life-Long “Loaf” Affair With Tillamook Cheese – Diana Takes a Bite

Akasha Means “Enlightening One’s Tongue With Joy” – My Last Bite

My Tillamook – Charles at 1HundredMiles

Love Loaf Tour LA concludes today (Monday, April 12, 2010) at:

Food 4 Less
1717 S. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90019
12 – 7 PM

Food 4 Less
1091 S. Hoover Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037
12 – 7 PM

Ralph’s
10309 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
11 AM – 6 PM

@TillamookCheese
@AkashaCC

The 8th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational on April 24, 2010

Photo credit to rkazda on Flickr

It’s here, again. The famous Grilled Cheese Invitational is back and bigger than ever – and ready to press. You may have heard in past years how crazily crowded the event has been, and with good reason – Is there a more loved sandwich out there? Thankfully, Tim Walker, who started the event back in 2003, and his team have spent time revamping and redesigning the invitational: You can get your tickets in advance! There will be separate categories for amateur and professional competitors! You can register pre-event to be a judge! Even…a costume contest?

And if you want to register to compete, you can still do that – so long as they haven’t reached their cap of 300 already. The categories of competition are Missionary (bread, butter, cheese), Kama Sutra (freestyle) or Honey Pot (freestyle, dessert). Also be sure to check out the rules of the competition. If you want to help out, they are also asking for volunteers. This year, the invitational is sponsored by Tillamook Cheese, who will be culminating their Love Loaf tour at the event by giving out samples of their cheese.

See you with sammich in hand!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

12 PM – 6 PM

Tickets: $10 + $2.40 service fee per ticket

Grilled Cheese Invitational
Los Angeles Center Studios
1201 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

@grilldcheez
@tillamookcheese