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The Night of Ethiopian Music at the Getty Center and Dinner at the Restaurant

Hi everyone,

Happy Holidays! Hope you're enjoying the special season of the year with lots of good food!) 

Some of you might still remember the Ethiopian cooking meetup last February we had at Surfas:

I just can't believe it's been already 10 months!  It was such a fun and informative class and the food was amazing!!  I've wanted to have another lesson by Yemi, the gracious cook/instructor, but unfortunately she's gone back to Ethiopia...(( 

But I also heard that she might come back next year.. So let's keep hoping.

This is a special music event at the Getty Center and it's free.  I'd love to listen to the group called "Krar Collective":

"Dubbed "the White Stripes of Ethiopia" for its minimalist rock sound, Krar Collective bases its repertoire on traditional Ethiopian songs while creating a style "unlike any music coming from Africa in recent years." Hailing from London via Addis Ababa, krar (a 5- or 6-stringed lyre) player Temesegen Zeleke, vocalist Beli Nigussie, and percussionist Grum Begashaw offer a unique and powerful take on Ethiopian music. Rooted in tradition, soaked with attitude, and rising in the world-music community, Krar Collective provides a fitting start to Sounds of L.A. 2014."

Date: Saturday and Sunday, January 18 and 19, 2014

Time: 7:00 p.m. (Saturday) and 3:30 p.m. (Sunday)
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required, limit of four seats per reservation. Call (310)[masked] or use the "Make Reservation" button below.

The performance starts at 7pm on Saturday and I made a reservation for 4 people for the concert. On Sunday it starts at 3:30pm, and it would be nice to go to Ethiopian restaurant before or after the performance, but I'm not available on that Sunday. So I'm going to the Saturday concert, and I chose to dine at the restaurant at the Getty Center before the concert. I just made a reservation for a table of 4 at 5pm as online reservation can only take 4 people. If more members are interested to join, maybe  someone can make more reservations?  You have to make separate reservations for the concert and a dinner.

Anyway, here's the menu for the restaurant:

It's regular menu, not particularly Ethiopian.


$10.00 Daily Soup - Chef’s creation of seasonal produce.

$15.00 Dungeness Crab Cake - Asian slaw, yuzu jalapeno aioli, sesame seeds, ginger gastrique.

$14.00 Albacore Tataki - Jalapeno, bonito flakes, pickled mushrooms, grilled shishito peppers, yuzu vinaigrette.

$12.00 Beef Carpaccio - Baby tatsoi, onion, sweet pepper, parmesan reggiano, garlic chips, chimichurri, sherry mustard.

$14.00 Kumamoto Oysters - Apple mignonette, seaweed salad, bonito flakes.

$12.00 Roasted Apple Salad - Endive, humboldt fog goat cheese, onion, candied almonds, white balsamic vinaigrette.

$16.00 Roasted Quail - Stuffed with wild mushrooms, chestnut puree, pancetta, crispy Brussels sprouts, cranberry reduction.

$14.00 Burrata Alla Panna - Herb toast, smoked bacon, caramelized shallots, asparagus, citrus basil vinaigrette.


$22.00 Cauliflower Risotto - Pearl barley, melted leeks, wild mushroom, parmesan reggiano, crispy shallots.

$36.00 Pacific Swordfish - Roasted fingerling potatoes, sprouting broccoli, globe carrots, chanterelles, lemon garlic butter.

$36.00 Sea Scallops - Pork belly, butternut squash, sunchokes, wilted arugula, fermented black garlic, pumpkin seed oil.

$28.00 Bouillabaisse - Mussels, clams, shrimp, chorizo, coriander, saffron cream, orange, fried onion.

$26.00 Shelton Farms Chicken - Polenta cake, braised escarole, glazed carrots, pearl onion, rosemary honey mustard.

$36.00 Beef Flat Iron Steak - Fried potatoes, farmers market vegetables, horseradish cream, port reduction.

$34.00 Duck Breast - Garnet yam puree, yu choy, baby shitake mushrooms, persimmon glaze

$32.00 Pork Osso Bucco - Shelling bean ragu, crispy prosciutto, fennel, citrus, roasted red pepper and tomato broth.

To attend, please RSVP and specify whether you're coming to the dinner only, or the music only, or both! Thank you.

Looking forward to seeing you there,


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  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry guys. Went there and couldn't find any of you. :(

    January 19, 2014

    • Sally

      Henry, we were sitting at the restaurant at 5pm to 6:45pm (last one was me to settle the bill) and were at the auditorium where the concert was. Did you ask for Sally's group at the restaurant? Hard to imagine why you could see us at all. Or did you come to the concert only? How did you get in without the ticket number.

      January 20, 2014

    • Sally

      meant :hard to imagine why you couldn't see us at all."

      1 · January 20, 2014

  • Eva

    Sally, you did it again what a great Meetup. :)

    January 19, 2014

  • Martha

    I hadn't expected the quality of food available from a museum restaurant! Excellent!
    Love hearing ethnic music! Music was great fun! HIGH energy, could use it for exercising!

    January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do we meet at the restaurant at 5PM? Any one want to carpool / split parking cost from Torrance?

    January 17, 2014

    • Martha

      Erica come to my place in el segundo and ride with two of us.

      January 17, 2014

  • Sally

    Hi Erica, Martha and others, I've been meaning to email you attendees about where to meet, etc tomorrow during my lunch break, but I've been so busy I haven't taken lunch yet... Hopefully will do in an hour, so please look for my email in your inbox, or could be in Spam box, anyway, within an hour or two. Thanks. Sally

    January 17, 2014

  • Sal

    I'm sorry want to go but have a family emergency.

    January 12, 2014

  • Eva

    I also got 4 tickets and made reservations for 4 for dinner.

    December 27, 2013

    • Sally

      Thank you, Martha and Eva, for making the additional reservations so that I could increase the number!)

      December 27, 2013

  • Martha

    Also made dinner reservations for 4 (so now we have a total of 8) at the Getty restaurant for 5pm.

    December 26, 2013

    • Martha

      Please let Sally know if all are joining for dinner. Sally - I will be with my guest.

      December 26, 2013

  • Martha

    I just ordered 4 more tickets. I will use two, so if two others want to join!

    December 24, 2013

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