Stefano De Lorenzo and Morihiro Onodera

We invite you to experience a very special culinary event, “Chef2”, featuring legendary Michelin starred chefs Stefano De Lorenzo and Morihiro Onodera as they artfully fuse Italian and Japanese cuisine. The two-night performance cuisine will take place at Santa Monica’s landmark Italian restaurant La Botte (620 Santa Monica Blvd.) on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19. 



dineLA’s Restaurant Week is a 12-day dining event (January 20-31, 2014) showcasing Los Angeles as a premier dining destination, highlighting the diversity of culinary experiences LA has to offer. Locals and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus from some of LA’s best restaurants.


something magical in the kitchen


Chef Stefano De Lorenzo of La Botte is going to help us cook up a recipe for revolutionizing LA’s food system on the panel at EatingLA. We’re so lucky to have him! Stefano grew up in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, and began his restaurant career with Ristorante Il Meloncino at Lago Ghedina. He visited Los Angeles in 1995 and was instantly captivated by the splendor of Southern California. He hasn’t left since and has worked his way around various restaurants throughout our beautiful city.

Eating LA, Artisanal Food Fare

Our marketplace features a variety of handmade delectables by some of LA’s finest cottage and artisan food makers. Our forum offers 2 panel discussions (1PM & 3PM) about ways to grow our local food system and features change-makers such as Larry Santoyo (Earthflow Design Works), Rick Nahmias (Food Forward), Elliott Kuhn (Reedley St. Farms & TreePeople), Mud Baron (Muir Ranch), Rafael Quezada (The Waters Wheel), Megan Hanson (RootDownLA), and Erin McMorrow (Kiss the Ground), plus restauranteurs and chefs such as Flynn McGarry (teenage protégé and chef of Eureka), Tom Elliott (Venice Alehouse), Stefano De Lorenzo (La Botte Ristorante), Matthew Geller (SoCal Mobile Food Vendors Assn.), and Cristina Urioste (Rasa Foods).

Chef Gino will be cooking with the kids and the Master Food Preservers will teach you how to make preserves at home. Plus, Ray Cirino will be baking pizza in his dragon pizza oven.

EarthWE will screen the new documentary Growing Cities at 5:30, so stick around for a movie and popcorn.

La Botte Ristorante will offer a special menu that evening highlighting local food from LA’s urban farmers, gleaners, wild-food foragers.

The event is free but seating is limited. Please RSVP at:

La Botte at Eating LA


Chef Stefano of La Botte will join some of LA’s most famous urban gardeners, permaculturists, food revolutionaries, and other restauranteurs and chefs at EatingLA’s Food Forum to participate in a discussion of how to create a more locally-supplied food system in LA. This panel includes experts on the both the “supply” and “demand” side of the local food movement and will be moderated by Erica Wohldmann.

La Botte is also sponsoring EatingLA, and will be offering a special menu that night for people who would like to see the vision of EatingLA turn into a reality. Many of the ingredients used in the menu that evening will be supplied by LA’s urban gardeners and gleaners, and some will even be wild-harvested right from the mountains that surround our beautiful city.

Sunday, December 15, 2013
EarthWE @ Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Space D5, Santa Monica, CA 90404

CLICK HERE to go to EatingLA Facebook page.

La Botte proudly sponsors “Best in Show”


La Botte Ristorante proudly sponsors CreateFixate for the “Best in Show” Prizes. Release your inner art critic!

Create:Fixate’s newest program “Best in Show” brings out the art critic in all our event guests and allows patrons to vote for their favorite artists in the show.

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dining with Federico: 8 ½ course menu

The 34th American Film Market returns to Santa Monica this November, and to celebrate, La Botte Ristorante will pay a culinary homage to the great Italian director Federico Fellini.

La Botte’s Chef Stefano De Lorenzo will guide diners on a tour of the tastes and scents of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, evoking Fellini’s typical menu at his country table in Rimini.

La Botte proposes to “channel” Fellini’s culinary predilections and traditions, playfully manifested in a “8 ½ Course” menu. Each course will introduce an aspect of Fellini’s passion for country cuisine. For Fellini, the culinary style of the Emilia-Romagna region was just as passionate a devotion as film-making.

la notte del tartufo bianco

La Botte welcomes the season of the white truffle with the best, freshly imported “diamonds of the kitchen” from Alba in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy.

Tuesday, November 12 join us for a gourmet sensorial experience featuring white truffle as the star ingredient. On this special evening, Chef Stefano De Lorenzo will be cooking for you an exclusive four-course menu that’s an inviting canvas for the addition of the white truffle’s bold earthy flavor. This will be a luxurious and decadent culinary event not to be forgotten!

Mori Onodera at La Botte

Introducing “Chef2” Dual Culinary Performance: Italian and Japanese Styles Fuse, with Stefano De Lorenzo and Morihiro Onodera


Chef Stefano De Lorenzo of La Botte in Santa Monica welcomes legendary chef Morihiro Onodera for two special “Chef2” dinners on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19. The Michelin-starred virtuosos will creatively meld innovative Italian cuisine with minimalist Japanese taste.