Walk With Sally Culinary Event
Walk With Sally presents its 9th annual “White Light White Night” culinary benefit on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 5 p.m. at the Top of the Plaza at Continental Park. Guests can enjoy food, libations and music with sweeping views of Downtown L.A., LAX and the beach. Small plates from more than 20 restaurants will be available, as well as specialty cocktails, a local craft beer garden and boutique wine garden. Super Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute band, will perform. The event benefits Walk With Sally, which provides free mentoring support programs and services for children of parents and siblings with cancer. Tickets start at $200. 870 Nash St., El Segundo. (310)322-3900.
Orange Chicken Love Truck
The Panda Express Orange Chicken Love Truck will launch its tour on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Chinatown Summer Nights event hosted by KCRW. Free samples of Panda Express’ original orange chicken and waffles will be offered. Visitors can receive one-of-a-kind Panda Express giveaways and compete for the title of the number one orange chicken fan in Los Angeles. An orange chicken chefs challenge will also be held with some of Los Angeles’ top culinary chefs and judges. Admission is free. West Plaza/Chung King Court, 961 N. Hill St. Fans can follow the truck via www.orangechickenlove.com and #OrangeChickenLove.
Wine & Brine at Blue Plate Oysterette
Blue Plate Oysterette on 3rd Street is hosting “Wine & Brine” on Sunday, Aug. 23 from 3 to 6 p.m. – a special oyster and wine pairing event with executive chef Paolo Bendez’u, who will be shucking east and west coast bivalves. The oysters will be paired with old and new world wines. An assortment of appetizers will also be served, including mini lobster rolls, hamachi crudo and ceviche. Tickets are $50 per person. Guests can call for advance reservations; walk-ins also accepted. 8048 W. 3rd St. (323)656-5474.
The District by Hannah An – Dinner & Music
The recently opened contemporary Vietnamese dining destination, The District by Hannah An, presents its “Hidden Beach Summer Music” concert on Wednesday, Aug. 26 in its upstairs private dining room. The concert showcases talented up-and-coming artists and guests making a dinner reservation are guaranteed admission to the concert. The menu will feature An’s signature turmeric-crusted Chilean sea bass and the District wok lobster, as well as themed cocktails. Dinner reservations begin at 6 p.m. Guests can reserve a table with a two-drink minimum; standing room only space is available. 8722 W. 3rd St. (310)278-2345.
Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails
Jason Scoppa presents The Overstreets New Orleans Jazz Band performing every Wednesday beginning on Sept. 2. The doors open 7:30 p.m.; shows begin at 9:30 and 11 p.m. A $20 standing room entrance fee includes admission and one beverage. A $30 three-course prix fixe menu prepared by “Top Chef” Season 9 fan favorite Chris Crary is also available. Diners are encouraged to call for seating and dinner reservations. 8117 Sunset Blvd. (323)940-1650.
Summer Jazz & Stuff Music Festival
Guests can celebrate a warm summer night under the stars on Thursday, Aug. 27 during the InterContinental Hotel’s Summer Jazz & Stuff Music Festival. Food and specialty cocktails will be served in the hotel’s outdoor garden from 6 to 10 p.m. Aya and Jazz Eclectic will perform. Dishes include jalapeño crab cakes with pickled onions and avocado mousse; pork tacos with pork shoulder; and smoky sliders with chipotle aioli. Desserts include lime cheesecake pops and crunch chocolate mousse cake. There is no cover charge. 2151 Avenue of the Stars. (310)284-6500.
Chef Nyesha J. Arrington, of LEONA restaurant, is offering a seasonally-driven, ethically-harvested and globally inspired brunch featuring a mosaic of ingredients from the Golden State. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The innovative menu includes brown butter pancakes with whipped coconut and sea-salt vanilla butter, and Korean latkas with creme fraiche and pink lady apple sauce. LEONA also features a rotating menu of craft beers and international wines. 123 W. Washington Blvd., Venice. (310)822-5379.
Cooley Takes Back The Abbey
The global hospitality and entertainment company SBE has announced an agreement to sell its interest in The Abbey Food & Bar and Cooley’s back to their founder, David Cooley. Additionally, The Abbey will serve brunch on its patio. Guests can enjoy summer spritzers and $30 mimosa pitchers on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Signature dishes include eggs Benedict, almond crusted French toast, breakfast flatbread, croque madames, veggie wraps, bagels and lox and huckleberry waffles. The Abbey is pet friendly until 8 p.m. on weekdays, and until 2 p.m. on weekends. Sunday is “Sunday Funday” at The Abbey, featuring cocktails made with Grey Goose and Bacardi. 692 N. Robertson Blvd. (310)289-8410.
Craft Beer and Wine Garden
Ashland Hill restaurant in Santa Monica is launching its lunch service running Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chef Brad Miller serves his newest creations on the restaurant’s outdoor patio. Menu highlights include fish tacos, meatball mini sandwiches, free-range chicken shwarma wraps and grilled turkey club sandwiches. Ashland Hill also offers weekend brunch and an “afternoon delight” menu, available between lunch/brunch and dinner hours. 2807 Main St. (310)392-3300.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill Brunch
Romano’s Macaroni Grill is serving crafted Italian food takes on traditional brunch fare on Saturdays and Sundays until 4 p.m. The innovative dishes include Nutella French toast with berries and orange-whipped mascarpone; chicken parmesan eggs Benedict with Roma tomatoes, crispy parmesan potatoes and ciabatta crostino; and farmhouse skillets with three eggs, fonduta, thick bacon, Italian sausage, peppers, onions, arrabbiata sauce, crispy parmesan potatoes and ciabatta crostino. The dishes can be paired with $2 mimosas and bloody Marys. www.macaronigrill.com.
Chavela Now Serving Lunch
Chavela, a plant-based Latin America-inspired restaurant by Jorge, Walter and Eduardo Rodriguez, of Los Balcones, and executive chef Rachel Carr, is serving lunch every Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Dishes are available à la carte and a prix fixe lunch is available for $20. It includes one appetizer and one entrée, a glass of wine or choice of non-alcoholic beverage. The menu includes heirloom tomato and avocado ceviche; pan seared kabocha and chayote; barbacoa portobello tacos; and black bean nachos made with organic, non-GMO chips. Entrées include chile rellenos; mole verde enchiladas; chipotle mac-n-cheese; and gluten-free pasta with chipotle cashew cheese, sunflower chorizo crumble and arugula. Gluten-free options are available. Guests who sign up for the new Chavela newsletter will receive 25 percent off their first lunch bill. The monthly newsletter offers vegan recipes from Carr, as well as information about the restaurant’s new dishes and discounts. Chavela opens for dinner daily at 5 p.m. 1358 Vine St. (323)871-8099.
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