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Chaya in Venice is one of my go to restaurants for special occasions for the last 20 years; I have celebrated several of my birthdays and a graduation here. Because of their wonderful eclectic Asian food and outstanding service, this is also one of my short listed restaurant recommendations for friends and business acquaintances.

Twenty years in the restaurant business in Los Angeles is like twenty years of a good marriage in this town, a rare and wonderful reminder that some good things do last. Chaya is closing to remodel (a restaurant version of a face lift), from tomorrow, March 27, through Wednesday, March 31, and opening up a mini version of their menu for only $20 per person starting at 5 pm offering all you can eat sushi, beer, wine and sake! All this will be held in the archway next to the restaurant and all proceeds will benefit C-Cap the charity that benefits education in the culinary arts.

It is not often you get to enjoy a longtime favorite at unbeatable prices for a good cause, it’s like winning a culinary trifecta! Go Chaya!

The Hammer Museum is screening a free film on April 1 called “What’s on your plate?“. The film is a documentary that follows two 11 year olds as they visit New York’s food sources, talk to activists, farmers, store owners, and their families as they try to understand what’s on their plates and how it got there. The kids will find out how the food is grown, prepared, shipped, cooked, and what is done with the packaging and leftovers. The screening is at 7 pm and free. Seating will be on a first come first served basis with a question and answer period after the film with the director, star, and actor-activists Ed Begley Jr. and Esai Morales.

This is officially water week, which means that from March 21-27, UNICEF’s TAP program is asking diners to donate $1 per glass of water (yes, including tap water, hence the name) to provide safe drinking water to a child for 40 days. There are over 9,000 eateries which are participating in this endeavor, including local favorites like Swingers, Real Food Daily, and Hugo’s. The complete list is here, and this program is nationwide, so type in your zip code and donate or dine and donate, so that others can drink safely.

Having access to food and water every day is a luxury to many people, so share your resources and your knowledge whenever possible; one day you may need others to do the same for you.

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