L.A. Beer Week
Salt’s Cure is hosting an L.A. Beer Week celebration on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Verdugo Bar. The chefs will serve pulled pork sandwiches, housemade hot links and grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, to be paired with a selection of craft beers from New Belgium Brewing. Salt’s Cure’s menu and craft beers from Verdugo’s 22 taps will also be offered. 3408 Verdugo Rd. (323)257-3408.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
The taps at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar are being taken over by San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewery through Sunday, Sept. 28 in celebration of L.A. Beer Week. The restaurant’s two locations will offer special Ballast Point cocktails priced from $10 to 12, and classic Ballast Point Brewery beers on draft for $6 a pint. Plan Check Fairfax is also hosting a “Crafting & Drafting” event tonight, Sept. 25, from 6 to 11 p.m. Special guest malt mixologist, Brady Weise, will create specialty cocktails using Ballast Point spirits and limited edition Ballast Point Brewery beers. 351 N. Fairfax Ave. (310)288-6500 and 1800 Sawtelle Blvd. (310)288-6500.
Hakkasan Beverly Hills
Hakkasan Beverly Hills is offering a culinary program paying tribute to “Golden Week” — China’s national annual holiday — running Monday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 12. Chef Ho Chee Boon will create a special menu priced at $138 per person that includes Peking duck with caviar; a dim sum platter; spicy Szechuan rib-eye beef with enoki mushrooms; roasted crispy chicken with wild mushrooms in oyster sauce; and fried rice with diced abalone. Deep-fried black sesame and chocolate dumplings with ginger and yuzu tea will be served for dessert, and guests will receive a special gift box with hand-made golden macaroons. Hours are Monday through Wednesday from 5:30 to 9:45 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. 233 N. Beverly Drive. (310)888-8661.
Dominick’s and Little Dom’s
Chef Brandon Boudet presents a twist on a traditional San Gennaro Feast while drawing inspiration from his family heritage during a special offer running tonight, Sept. 25 through Sunday, Sept. 28 at Dominick’s and Little Dom’s restaurants. Boudet will serve arancini (rice balls), and guests can choose from chicken parmesan rice balls and shrimp scampi balls. Market summer vegetables are used in ”The Hipster”, and vegetarian customers and diners who prefer gluten-free foods are encouraged to try the housemade almond ricotta. Boudet is also offering spiced apple balls served with cinnamon cream for dessert. 8715 Beverly Blvd. (310)652-2335 and 2128 Hillhurst Ave. (323)661-0055.
Chicken and Waffle Cone
Carb & Nation is bringing the chicken and waffle cone to Tested.LA on Saturday, Sept. 27. Chefs Kevin and Fata are creating their version of a chicken and waffle cone to be served for one-night only, starting at 5 p.m. After receiving an overwhelming response for the Indonesian fried chicken during their last pop-up event, the chefs are also offering an Indonesian chicken and waffle cone, and an American-style chicken and waffle cone. Tested.LA provides a concept kitchen to local food entrepreneurs, allowing them to experiment and create. 3329 Division St. (323)577-2027.
Blue Plate Oysterette
Santa Monica seafood favorite Blue Plate Oysterette recently opened a new location on West 3rd St. The restaurant’s menu and casual style offers a California twist on classic East Hampton lobster bakes and New England favorites. Executive chef Andrew Bice stays true to the Santa Monica flagship restaurant with signature seafood dishes, such as East Coast and West Coast oysters on the half shell, grilled oysters, oysters Rockefeller, buckets of New England steamers, lobster rolls and fish tacos. Other favorites include branzino, fish and chips, and lobster mac n’ cheese. For non-seafood or shellfish eaters, the menu also includes the blue plate burger, New York strip steak, crisp butter lettuce salad and the organic, half Mary’s grilled chicken. Beer, wine and champagne are served. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday. 8048 W. Third St. (323)656-5474.
Chef-owner Darren Weiss, of Darren’s Restaurant, has created seasonal dishes for fall, such as creamy butternut squash ravioli topped with parmesan cheese and pumpkin seeds, and served in a seasoned butter sauce. For dessert, he has also created a chunky pumpkin crème brûlée. 1141 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. (310)802-1973.
The Must is Nostalgic
Executive chef Drew Coleman is offering dishes to satisfy the inner kid in everyone, such as sharp cheddar gooey mac n’ cheese with goldfish crumble, smashed tater tots with roasted garlic ranch, and duck sloppy joes with ground duck ragu, parsley and reggiano cheese served on a sesame bun. Diners can also enjoy a “Fluffernutter” for dessert made with peanut butter, marshmallow fluff and bananas, and served on grilled brioche with dark chocolate ganache. The Must also serves a wide selection of beer, 100 wines by the glass and nostalgic brunch cocktails such as the Clown Shoes Imperial coffee milk stout, a plavac mali wine from Croatia described as tasting like rhubarb Pop Rocks, and bottomless sorbet sparklers made with a scoop of fresh fruit sorbet and topped with sparkling wine. 117 Winston St. (213)628-2000.
Barton G. LA — The Restaurant
Restaurateur, author and hotelier Barton G. Weiss is offering artistic, shareable seafood dishes for National Seafood Month in October that include voodoo shrimp rolls; Maine lobster pop tarts; one pound of Maine lobster truffle mac n’ cheese; samurai Hawaiian ahi crusted with rice crackers; and spicy peanut soba noodles with sizzling long beans with fermented black bean, seared shishito peppers, and a pomegranate miso. The laughing bird popcorn shrimp is served with dipping sauces. 861 N. La Cienega Blvd. (310)388-1888.
Veggie Grill Loves UCLA
The Veggie Grill on Lindbrook Drive is celebrating vegetables in innovative ways, and is offering UCLA students a meal deal. The “Bruins Meal Deal” includes an entree and fountain drink priced at $7, and is available for students with a UCLA school ID on weekdays through Jan. 31. The offer is only available at the Veggie Grill restaurant at 10916 Lindbrook Drive. (310)209-6070.
Sunset & Dine
A community food festival and concert titled “Sunset & Dine” is being held on Thursday, Oct. 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood. Local restaurants and bars will offer food, beer and wine. An all-access pass is priced at $25. Amoeba Records will curate live music selections, and a portion of proceeds will benefit the Center at Blessed Sacrament’s programs to end homelessness in Hollywood. 1201 Vine St. For tickets, visit http://www.tunestub.com/event.cfm?id=164289.
Chef Bernhard Mairinger will offer Dodger dugout season ticket holders an Austrian version of a Dodger Dog on Friday, Sept. 26. Sausages on pretzel bread will be served with sauerkraut and a traditional plum streusel cake. On Saturday, Sept. 27 from 5 to 11 p.m., Mairinger will also offer a special pop-up menu at Si Laa Thai restaurant with traditional Austrian dishes, priced at $70 per person. The menu includes amuse bouche hors d’oeuvres, BierBeisl salad with crispy pork lardons, veal wiener schnitzel with potato-cucumber salad, and lingonberry compote. Diners can also order the beef short rib goulash with spatzle, and Kaierschmarrn with roasted plum compote. Reservations are encouraged. 1128 S. Robertson Blvd. (310)858-7738.
L’Auberge Del Mar’s Endless Summer
A special package is offered through Friday, Oct. 31 at L’Auberge Del Mar that includes coastal accommodations, and a $50 resort credit that can be used for al fresco dining at KITCHEN 1540, or at Spa L’Auberge. Guests will also receive a beach gift tote with two oversized L’Auberge Del Mar beach towels, sunscreen, bottled waters and more. Reservations required before Oct. 17. 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. (858)259-1515.
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