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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf fall flavors
Coffee and tea lovers can enjoy new 12-ounce specialty fall harvest beverages for only $2 today, Sept. 10, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations. The special flavors will be served through Sunday, Nov. 31, and include salted butterscotch with rich notes of buttery caramel and the subtle flavor of salt; nostalgic classic pumpkin with nutmeg and cinnamon spice; and creamy pumpkin chai. The beverages are served as lattes or Iced Blendeds. Guests can also pair their favorite fall beverage with new pumpkin spice doughnuts. 8789 Sunset Blvd., (310)659-1890; 8793 Beverly Blvd., (310)659-4592; 5115 Wilshire Blvd., Unit G, (323)879-8055.
Jackson’s Food + Drink in El Segundo
Jackson’s Food + Drink is celebrating its third anniversary today, Sept. 10 from 4 to 6:30 p.m., with an exclusive “3 x 3 x 3” happy hour menu offering a choice of three signature bites and three classic drinks for $3 each. The bites include Jackson’s parmesan and garlic fries; browned Brussels sprouts with olive oil, garlic, anchovies, walnuts and goat cheese; and mini vanilla bean ice cream sundaes with house-made almond brittle and hot fudge drizzle. Drinks include Moscow mules made with vodka, fresh lime juice and ginger beer; classic margaritas made with tequila, fresh lime juice and homemade agave syrup; and bellinis made with prosecco, white peach puree and fresh lemon juice. The restaurant also hosts “Taco Tuesdays” featuring $1.50 short rib tacos and $4 margaritas. On “Wine Wednesdays”, select wines under $50are 50 percent off and corkage is free. 2041 Rosecrans Ave., Ste.190. (310)606-5500.
Ventura County Taste of Local Expo
Ventura’s epicurean event of the season will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at California State University Channel Islands. The expo showcases chefs emphasizing locally sourced produce, as well as premier local wineries, breweries, distillers, purveyors, farmers and vendors that support the Ventura County agricultural industry. Food and samples will be offered by McGrath Family Farm, Plated Events, Main Course Catering, Scratch Food Truck, Surf Brewery, Four Brix Winery, Poseidon Brewing Company and Cantara Cellars. Visitors can also enjoy the unique music of Dan Grimm’s Flip Flop Honky Tonk. Discussions, seminars and panels, including a forum on the realities and solutions of water resources, will also be held. 1 University Drive, Camarillo. Tickets are $65 per person, and can be purchased by visiting http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/916929.
Cooking class at The Bonaventure
Cooking enthusiasts can join The Westin Bonaventure Hotel’s executive chef Jose Velasquez and executive sous chef Ali Parvinjah on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. for a Pacific Rim cooking class. The class features an 80-pound Hawaiian moon fish – also known as opah – which will be prepared three ways, incorporating fusion cuisine with the flavors of Japan, Korea and the traditional flavors of Hawaii. The chefs will guide students as they prepare their meals, which will be enjoyed at the chef’s table and paired with a wine tasting. Seating is limited to 30 participants 21 and older. The cost is $65 per person. 404 S. Figueroa St. Email Claudia.Lambaren@westinbonaventure.com to RSVP.
Celebrate Rosh Hashanah at Jar
Jar is offering a Rosh Hashanah prix-fixe menu on Sunday, Sept. 13 and Tuesday, Sept. 15, in addition to its regular menu. The special menu features apple celery salad and soup du jour, as well as main dishes such as Jar’s signature pot roast with carrots and caramelized onions, and Lake Superior white fish with butter beans and cipollini onions. Side dishes are served family style and include roasted yams, carrots, brandied prunes and challah bread and butter. Diners can finish with roasted apple bread pudding with vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate pudding. The special dinner is $55 per person, beverages and tax not included, plus a 20 percent service charge. 8225 Beverly Blvd. (323)655-6592.
Umami Burger artist series
In collaboration with actress and author Mindy Kaling, Umami Burger is serving its Mindy Burger for $13 in September, benefitting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The Mindy Burger features Umami Burger’s signature beef patty topped with pickled jalapeños, fried onion strings and house-made sriracha aioli, and served on Umami Burger’s signature bun. Additionally, Umami Burger is serving hard root beer floats. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network provides resources and education for patients and families. The network’s goal is to double pancreatic cancer survival rates by 2020 through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. 655 Hollywood Blvd., (323)669-3922; 189 The Grove Drive, Ste. C-10, (323)954-8626; and 852 S. Broadway, (213)413-8626.
Venice Whaler’s Crab Shell Bar
The downstairs alcove of the Venice Whaler has a new look, culinary team and bar program. Executive chef Nick Liberato’s new dining menu includes Maine lobster roll served on fresh brioche; meaty crab cakes; grilled ahi tuna sandwiches; and spicy and refreshing shrimp ceviche served on house-made tostadas. His new shrimp po’boy features crispy beer-battered shrimp. Pizzas include Da Kine, a twist on Hawaiian pizza with ham, pineapple and jalapeño; and the Hot Mamacita, with cream sauce, Fresno chiles, sausage, garlic, onion and cilantro. New dessert options include Baked in Venice, a play on baked Alaska with burnt meringue-coated sponge cake, ice cream and raspberry coulis; and classic chocolate profiterole cream puffs filled with chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Additionally, new cocktails are made from more than 200 varieties of spirits that include 10 mezcals, more than 40 tequilas and more than 100 whiskies. 10 W. Washington Blvd. (310)821-8737.
USC and Dog Haus
The Dog Haus’ hot dogs and sausages will be served at home games throughout the USC football season near gate 16 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Dog Haus will serve its Long Snap dogs with cheese sauce, bacon and green onions; chicken sausages with buffalo sauce, blue cheese and crumbled barbecue chips; and Thai Breakers made with spicy Thai sausages, peanut sauce, crushed peanuts and toasted coconut. Tater tots topped with cheese sauce, bacon and green onions will also be available. Locations in Burbank, Pasadena, Alhambra. www.doghaus.com.
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