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Cafe del Rey
Tonight from 6 to 8 p.m., Marina del Rey’s iconic seaside dining destination is offering the second annual Rockin’ the Red Bar II cocktail competition. In honor of Go Red for Women, a chapter of the American Heart Association, Café del Rey is helping raise awareness about American Heart Health Month. Tony P’s Dockside Grill, Marina Grill & Bar at the Hilton Garden, Beachside Restaurant and Bar at the Jamaica Bay Inn, Whiskey Red’s, Hal’s Bar & Grill, and the Warehouse Restaurant will join Cafe del Rey to compete for the best red-hued drink featuring Tito’s handmade Vodka and seasonal ingredients. For $40 per guest, enjoy an unlimited sampling of the contending libations and the chance to vote for their favorite cocktail of the evening. To complement the cocktails, Cafe del Rey’s Executive Chef Chuck Abair will create cobia ceviche, salmon tartare, eggplant hummus and grilled tofu with tangerine and spinach. Additional menu specials served in the main dining room for dinner service include Sea Bass and grilled Bison. 4451 Admiralty Way, (310)823-6395.
Petrossian West Hollywood
The premiere caviar house is sharing the secrets of many of the restaurant’s signature items in an exclusive cooking demo and dinner series beginning on February 27. Each month Executive Chef Giselle Wellman will guide patrons through easy to execute recipes of popular items such as the egg Royale, blinis with caviar, caviar salad, caviar pasta, and the decadent vanilla Panna Cotta with caviar espresso. Following the demo, attendees will enjoy a decadent five-course dinner on the last Thursday of every month for $99 per person. 321 N. Robertson Blvd. (310)271-6300.
Oscar Fun at Upper West
Come to a televised Oscar party on March 2 from 4:30 p.m. to closing. With a $20 donation to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, guests will win prizes during raffle drawings and Oscar picks contests. 3321 Pico Blvd. (310)586-1111.
Come try the Oscars inspired Golden Trio meal for $25 per person during Oscar’s week at the SLS hotel. The first dish is an award-worthy Philly cheesesteak decorated for the occasion with fine gold dust. The second is sweet, golden chocolate bonbons from the Patisserie. Pair this with a Spanish golden ale cocktail with sherry, gin, chocolate bitters, gold dust, tonic and lemon air. The Golden Trio will be available at The Bazaar through Sunday, March 2. 465 S. La Cienega Blvd. (310)247-0400.
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Toasting award season with themed cocktails and bites that can be enjoyed the week of the Oscars or watching the event live from The Bar. Having been selected to serve Hollywood’s finest for 20 years, master chef Wolfgang Puck has created menus for both The Bar and the main dining room that are inspired by the Governors Ball menu. A perfect match for these plates are cocktails such as Paint the Town Red with Ketel One Citroen, Cointreau, lemon juice, simple syrup and raspberry puree and Platinum Toast with Henriot Brut Souverain, Grand Marnier, Angostura Bitters, Sugar Cube. 701 Stone Canyon Rd. (310) 472-1211.
Throw Your Own Oscar Party
This Sunday, March 2 is the 86th Academy Awards Oscar show. Here are a few tips to host you own party. Print and distribute Oscar party ballots to your guests at http://cdn.media.oscar.abc.com/media/2014/pdf/2014/nominees_ballot.pdf. Offer prizes to guests who predict the winners during the show. Greet each guest with a range of wines or a signature cocktail. At the Govenor’s Ball following the Oscars, Sterling Vineyard Wines will be served with dishes prepared by Wolfgang Puck and his team of chefs. You can find the menu on the Oscars website or visit www.wolfgangpuck.com/recipes to create some of the renowned chef’s dishes. Some of the desserts that will be served at the Governor’s Ball include chocolate dipped strawberry cheesecake pops, chunky chocolate popcorn and tiny golden Oscar statures.
The Great Race Place
On Saturday, March 8 there will be a Big Cap Craft Beer & Musical Festival at the Santa Anita Racetrack. The event offers an infield jubilee dedicated to craft beer, live music and thoroughbred racing. With over 30 craft breweries joining the event, beer enthusiasts will indulge in some of their craft beer favorites including, Eagle Rock Brewery, Lagunitas, Stone, Saint Archer and Great Divide. Guests will enjoy musical performances from some of SoCal’s most talented and eclectic country-inspired acts like LA Hootenanny featuring Todd Lowe from HBO’s hit series True Blood. Other musical acts include Doublewide as well as the soulful strumming from local blues guitarists, Brother Yusef. Prices range from $40 to $100 per ticket. There is a discount code with 50 percent off at checkout when you type in CRAFT. Log onto www.santaanita.com/events 285 W. Huntington Dr. Arcadia
RivaBella New Chef
The Innovative Dining Group (IDG) welcomes Michelin star Chef Luigi Fineo as the new executive chef at RivaBella, Los Angeles’ premier destination for haute Italian fare. At RivaBella, Chef Luigi brings a modern flair to the menus. Fineo will implement changes in the coming weeks adding dishes such as roasted sunchoke Cappellacci, with prosciutto di Parma and black truffle; butter poached lobster, and Beef Filet, with bone marrow, fava bean purée, roasted oyster mushrooms, and Samoriglio sauce. 9201 Sunset Blvd. (310)278-2060.
Mardi Gras Festivities
Chef Brandon Boudet, co-owner and head chef of Los Angeles hotspots Dominick’s and Little Dom’s, is a New Orleans native who shares his love of Louisiana and Italian cuisine with Angelenos. Each year Dominick’s and Little Dom’s celebrate Mardi Gras in true Bourbon Street style with cocktails, bites and of course, Jambalaya. Chef Brandon has transformed Dominick’s and Little Dom’s menus into a Fat Tuesday feast, from King Cake to Po Boy’s on the menu. Menu items will include catfish dredged in buttermilk, gumbo with chicken, Andouille sausage and shrimp, Jambalaya and beignets served hot with lots of powdered sugar and raspberry sauce. 8715 Beverly Blvd. (310)652-2335 and 2128 Hillhurst Ave. (323)661-0055.
Tuesday Night Tapenade
Every Tuesday enjoy a variety of California Mediterranean-influenced dishes to share with others from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Chef Ressul Rassallat prepares an entrée and two other choices from his menu for two at $58. If you bring more people, add $29 per person. All bottles of wine are 20 percent off. Some of the choices include a variety of Brussels sprouts, warm octopus, tuna tartare and wild seabream or lamb shank. There is also a new Lunch Break special for $20 that includes three courses available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 11301 W. Olympic Blvd. (310)312-6233.
Superba Food and Bread
This new Venice restaurant is opening in March with an open kitchen featuring a large bread oven imported from Italy. Head baker, Jonathan Eng will bake fresh breads daily. The breakfast menu will offer a selection of hot savory dishes, including a warm grain bowl with pulled rotisserie chicken, a soft egg and pickled greens. The fried egg sandwich on a biscuit has braised kale, and add-ons such as bacon and avocado. Superba Food and Bread will also be partnering with Stumptown Roasters to make traditional espresso drinks, cold brew on draft, and drip and iced coffees under the label Superba Coffee. The bakery will feature its own coffee corner, complete with a walk-up window, where guests can easily order coffee, beans, and fresh-baked snacks to go, or to enjoy on the cedar patio. Fresh juice, lemonade, low-alcohol sparkling wine, cider, and a full wine and beer list will also be offered for dinner. The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the weekdays, and for weekend brunch and dinner. 1900 Lincoln Blvd. (310)399-6400.
Lunch at Q
Take a new client or special friend to lunch at Q Sushi. Chef Hiro serves a selection of international and domestic delicacies from his “Trust the Chef” menu. The 10-course lunch begins with tsumami (Japanese appetizers) dishes, followed by nigiri, sashimi and more. It’s available on Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. for $75 per person. 521 W. 7th St. (213)225-6285.
Ricardo Zarate offers guests a taste of authentic Peruvian cuisine and libations every day from the weekly “OG” five-course tasting menu, daily Happy Hours, and Bottomless Weekends. On Tuesdays, the five-course prix fixe dinner is $27 per person with dishes inspired by Mo-chica’s first location. Such adventurous fare includes rock shrimp with avocado mousse, chicken breast with aji panca aioli and tempura vegetables. He also serves a cheese fondue, marinated lamb loin and grilled hanger steak. Save room for red yam housemade ice cream. Happy Hour specials are from 2:30 to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday brunch begins at 11:30 a.m. with all you can drink Bloody Marys or Mimosas for $10 until 2:30 p.m. Pair this with an entrée, two sides, rice and dessert for $15 or a half chicken with fries for $10. Happy Hour starts at 2:30 and continues until 5 p.m. 514 W. 7th St. (213)622-3744.
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