626 Night Market
The original and largest Asian themed night market returns for a final event at Santa Anita Park Sept. 12 through Sept. 14. There are over 200 food and merchandise vendors, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions. Event hours are 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday and 4 to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $3 and parking is free. Children 6 and under are free. 285 W. Huntington Drive.
Suzanne Tracht is celebrating the 13th anniversary of Jar restaurant on Beverly Blvd. through September. Just wish your server a “Happy Anniversary” and you will receive a complimentary glass of champagne. Some of her classic dishes include her signature pot roast, Kansas City steak, wild and sustainable fish, lemon grass chicken and black mussels with lobster Béarnaise and fennel salt. 8225 Beverly Blvd. (323) 655-6592.
New Chef at Ray’s & Stark Bar
Patina Restaurant Group’s downtown hot spot Ray’s & Stark Bar welcomes Viet Pham as the new executive chef. Pham has been with the culinary team since the opening as sous chef of the art-inspired restaurant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Pham capitalizes on the restaurant’s garden located on campus, as well as from distinctive local vendors. His signature curry ketchup for dipping with the popular Ray’s & Stark Bar fries is a hit. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. (323)857-6180.
Burger enthusiasts can celebrate National Cheeseburger Day by enjoying a 100 percent Wagyu beef patty topped with heirloom tomato relish, onion marmalade, frisse, truffle vin, tallegio cheese and garlic aioli at Rockefeller Gastropub. On Tuesdays, the restaurant offers 99 cent burgers. The burgers pair nicely with one of the dozens of beers on tap. With two locations in the South Bay, find them at 422 Pier Ave. Hermosa Beach, (310)372-8467 and 1209 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, (310)545-5810.
Wine Special at The Grill on the Alley
During California Wine Month enjoy 50 percent off select California wines by the glass or bottle at The Grill on the Alley every Thursday. The offer is available for lunch and dinner. Try some of the new menu items on their redesigned happy hour menu, which includes a “Build Your Own” margarita, seasonal cocktails, Mediterranean chicken lettuce cups and chicken kickballs. New entrées have been introduced including kale chicken Caesar salad, Moroccan spiced chicken and Tuscan brick chicken. 9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills (310)276-0615 and 6801 Hollywood Blvd. (323)856-5530.
Oktoberfest at Cafe Rockenwagner
Enjoy the taste of Munich as Bavarian-born Hans Rockenwagner brings Oktoberfest to Los Angeles with a traditional biergarten, Lebkuchen hearts, and traditional German gingerbread made just for Oktoberfest from Sept. 16 to Oct. 26. There will be a daily Stein hoisting contest, an Oktoberfest favorite where patrons hoist a one liter stein for as long as possible. 1168 S. Barrington Ave. (310)478-6313.
Better Breakfast Month
During September, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® invites customers to start their day right with $1.50 bakery items, upon purchase of a large beverage. This special is available at all company-owned stores throughout the month. Some of their new seasonal bakery items include a harvest cranberry walnut toast that is cut one-inch thick and served with a choice of spread. Pair alongside Coffee Bean’s new fall beverages, such as Butter Nut and Pumpkin Lattes. 8789 Sunset Blvd. (310)659-1890, 8735 Santa Monica Blvd. (310)659-8207 and 235 Beverly Blvd. (323)934-1449.
Cooking on the Edge with Chef Ali
The Westin Bonaventure is hosting the fifth culinary class of 2014 on Saturday, Sept.13 at 1 p.m. Chef Ali will prepare a first course of buttermilk fried quail salad, watermelon, chino farms corn succotash and bacon lime. Learn how to make sea bass and rock crab, apple fennel salad, aromatic broth, cilantro and onion puree. Finish with a pistachio and berry tart topped with vanilla crème fraiche and pistachios. Seating is limited to 30 participants, over 21 years of age, with a cost of $55 per person. 404 S. Figueroa St. RSVP to Claudia Lambaren@ Claudia.Lambaren@westinbonaventure.com
BOA Steakhouse New Lounge
A new lounge located adjacent to the restaurant’s bar area, showcases revamped libations and savory bites, as well as new, sophisticated décor and comfortable, oversized furniture situated around a big screen TV for NFL game days. The bar and lounge area offers blue crab toasts with avocado tartare and yellowtail crudo with avocado crema, radish, and sea beans. Try a BOA classic cocktail, including the BOA barrel-aged Manhattan with Bulleit rye whiskey. Football fans enjoy elevated interpretations of classic football-friendly dishes, like BOA burger sliders, boneless sweet Thai chili wings, lobster grilled cheese sandwiches and the truffled cheese nachos with house-made potato chips, diced tomato, parsley, and creamy truffled cheese sauce. These items are offered only on game days. 9200 W. Sunset Blvd. (310)278-2050.
American Tea Room
The Beverly Hills tea room just launched a new line of bottled iced teas in three signature American Tea Room flavors: Sweet Lullaby, American Beauty, and Coconut Oolong. Brewed by hand in the Beverly Hills store, each 16 oz. bottle contains little or no caffeine and uses all-natural ingredients to enhance the pure flavors of the organic teas. 401 N. Canon Drive (310)271-7922.
Charm City Cakes West Classes
Cake decorating classes for September and October are led by the bakery’s team of professional decorators. Students will learn a variety of decorating fundamentals in classes that range from romantic lace and ombré ruffle to designs celebrating the rococo and art deco periods. Classes are for participants ages 14 and up, with vegan and gluten-free cake options available. Charm City Cakes West also offers private lessons, small group classes, bachelorette parties, team building, and gift certificates. Cake decorator Rachel will teach participants to decorate a romantic lace cake on Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. Each student will receive a 6” iced cake, learn piping techniques, and how to create intricate floral designs and handmade roses. On Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. create a regal rococo design, inspired by the French Queen Marie Antoinette. Participants will learn to airbrush pre-made roses, make fleur de lis cutouts, and pipe gold detailing on a 6” iced cake. It’s fit for a queen! Each class is $150 per participant. 8302 – A Melrose Ave. (323)642-7234.
Sharing the Bounty Dinner
On September 18, the top Beverly Hills chefs will lend their talents in crafting savory dishes for the 20th Anniversary celebration of the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market. The event starts at 5 to 8 p.m. in the Beverly Canon Gardens. Add a touch of country fashion flair and join Beverly Hills for an outdoor western-themed affair featuring farm-to-fork cuisines and music from Western State of Mind. Using fresh ingredients and local ranchers from the Farmers’ Market, the five-star lineup of Beverly Hills chefs, included Bouchon, Crustacean, Domenico’s Foods, Il Cielo, Scarpetta, Spago, Via Alloro and Nespresso. It’s a fundraising event and exclusive opportunity to enjoy crafted tastings while sharing the bounty and giving back to those in need in the community. Spago will be preparing rack of lamb, while Domenico’s Foods will share their penne pasta with pesto sauce to attendees. Finish with Bouchon’s peach tarte tatin with creme Chantilly. A portion of event proceeds will support pathways to housing for homeless individuals in Beverly Hills. Tickets are $120 and can be purchased by visiting the http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/farmersmarket/20thanniversaryofthebeverlyhillsfarmersmarketsharingthebounty/ticketssharingthebounty/ or purchase tickets at the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market information booth every Sunday. Complimentary self-parking for ticket holders is available in the Beverly-Canon parking structure with entrances located at 241 N. Canon Drive and 242 N. Beverly Drive. (310)285-6830.
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