Descanso Gardens RISE
Descanso Gardens presents RISE of the Jack O’ Lanterns running Oct. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 1 in the Descanso Rose Garden. Guests can stroll through an ancient forest and view a new garden of plants common during the Jurassic period, including a cycad collection donated to Descanso Gardens last spring. During the evening, thousands of jack-o-lanterns will be illuminated for the family-friendly Halloween-themed event, including automobiles and dragons crafted from pumpkins. The Descanso Café, by Patina Restaurant Group, will offer seasonal favorites such as popcorn, churros, warm apple cider and hot chocolate, as well as selected entrees. 1418 Descanso Drive. Adult tickets start at $26; $22 for children. Call (818)639-8981, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.therise.org.
Barrel-aged Beer Day
Beer lovers are invited to join Barrel Down on Friday, Oct. 2 for specialty barrel-aged beers served on tap, including The Bruery’s Smoking Wood, an imperial smoked rye porter; Firestone Walker Brewery’s Stickee Monkee, a Central Coast Belgian-style quad; and Farmers Reserve Citrus, a wild ale. 525 W. 7th St. (213)232-8657.
Greek Theater BBQ and Bluegrass
The Greek Theater will be transformed on Saturday, Oct. 3 for a festival of bluegrass music, food and fun. The festival is co-founded by actor, comedian and musician Ed Helms, and presented by The Bluegrass Situation, Goldenvoice and Nederlander Concerts. The Greek will become a backyard barbecue featuring food from L.A. culinary hot spots including Cassell’s, which is cooking a full pig on a spit; Status Kuo; Malo Malo S’mores; Oyster Club LA and The Lobos Truck. California’s Lagunitas Brewery Company will offer craft beers, and specialty cocktails and wines will be served. Guests can play lawn games, receive free guitar and banjo lessons from Weber Mandolins; and listen to performances by emerging acts such as Sam Outlaw, Spirit Family Reunion, Jonny Fritz, The Dustbowl Revival and The Wild Reeds. Tickets start at $35 and include access to the food and plaza activities beginning at 2 p.m. The main stage kick-off is at 5 p.m., with performances by Dawes, Punch Brothers, Gregory and Alan Isakov, The Lone Bellow and Della Mae. 2700 N. Vermont Ave. (323)665-5857, www.GreekTheatreLA.com.
Austrian Sunday Suppers
BeirBeisl Imbiss is offering a Sunday menu featuring Austrian gourmet specialties from chef Bernhard Mairinger. The Sunday Supper menu features a main course and dessert. On Sunday, Oct. 4, guests can enjoy beef tafelspitz – a national dish of Austria – served with classic condiments and dampf noodle dumplings with plum jam and vanilla sauce. BeirBeisl Imbiss is located in the Spring Arcade Building, 541 S. Spring St. (213)935-8035.
Beachwood BBQ SourFest 2015
Beachwood BBQ’s SourFest 2015 runs Tuesday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 11, offering tastings of some of the finest sour beers. Every two years, Beachwood owner and “beer hoarder” Gabriel Gordon clears his cellar and offers more than 100 kegs of acidic and tart masterpieces from around the world. Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach and Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach will fill nearly every tap with sour beers during the six-day event, with a unique tap list at each location. Rare offerings include Avery Brewing from Boulder, Colorado; Allagash Brewing from Portland, Maine; and Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project from Denver, Colorado. Beachwood will offer 5.5-ounce and 10-ounce pours, allowing guests to sample as many sour beers as they wish. Slow-smoked, dry-rubbed southern style barbecue will also be served. 131 Main St., Seal Beach, (562)493-4500; 210 E. 3rd St., Long Beach, (562)436-4020.
Movies at Santa Monica Pier
Film lovers can enjoy a movie under the stars every Friday from Oct. 9 through Oct. 30 at the Santa Monica Pier. The Cinema Lounge opens with music at 6 p.m.; films start at 7:30 p.m. Guests can order movie-themed cocktails and small bites to complement the films, which are shown on a large inflatable screen. “Big Hero 6” will be shown on Oct. 9, followed by “The Imitation Game” on Oct. 16, “Guardians of the Galaxy” on Oct. 23 and “Ghostbusters” on Oct. 30. Eat|See|Hear and Front Porch Cinema present the screenings. 200 Santa Monica Pier. (310)458-8901.
New Chef at Tam O’Shanter
Culinary artist Juan Escamilla has been named the new executive chef at Tam O’Shanter, one of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles. Escamilla is a Los Angeles native and Le Cordon Bleu graduate, and previously worked at Union in Pasadena and Bouchon in Beverly Hills. To celebrate Escamilla’s arrival, Tam O’Shanter is offering a special fall menu that highlights his creative flare. Classics such as toad in the hole, filet mignon, Yorkshire pudding, burgundy wine sauce and Scottish salmon are on the menu with guest favorites such as grilled portobello mushroom with goat cheese, and the Tam’s famous prime rib. The Tam is also offering “Chef Juan’s Choice,” a weekly special in which Escamilla will take guests on a unique culinary adventure and provide background on his favorite dishes. 2890 Los Feliz Blvd. (323) 664-0228.
The Rockefeller welcomes football lovers with numerous large-screen televisions and $16.99 bottomless brunch mimosas on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during football season. The restaurant limits bottomless mimosas to two hours at the Hermosa Beach location, and one hour at the Manhattan Beach location. Guests can choose from orange, guava, peach and watermelon flavors. 418 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, (310)372-8467; 1209 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, (310)545-5810.
Crossroads New Fall Menu
Vegan chef and Crossroads’ owner Tal Ronnen, and executive chef Scot Jones, recently released their new fall menu, featuring new items and classic favorites. The fall menu highlights ingredients such as pumpkin, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts and squash. The new items include fall squash puree flatbread with caramelized onion, spicy toasted pumpkin seeds, almond ricotta, crispy Brussels sprout leaves and mustard greens; and porcini crusted eggplant with caramelized eggplant, celery salad and rossini sauce. Crossroads will still offer its artichoke oysters, crab cakes and scaloppini marsala. Soups, salads, breads, pizzas, small hot plates and comforting classics are also available, and can be paired with chef-inspired cocktails. Crossroads master vegan baker Serafina Magnussen is also celebrating the season by baking with hazelnuts, spices and fall fruits. For dessert, diners can enjoy pumpkin mousse verrine spice cake with almond crunch and whipped cream. The cake is egg- and dairy-free. Ronnen’s cookbook “Crossroads,” by Artisan Books, is also being launched and includes many of his fall recipes. 8284 Melrose Ave. (323)782-9245.
Hinterland for Lunch
Hinterland is open for lunch, with chef Max DiMare serving specialties from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu includes the Hinterland burger with aged cheddar, bacon, caramelized onions and pickles, and served with skinny fries. Grilled Scottish salmon salad with roasted corn, frisee, poblano aioli and balsamic glaze is also available, as well as a charred octopus Greek salad with oil-cured olives, hummus, cucumber and red wine vinaigrette. Sandwiches include croque champignons with roasted mushrooms, sherry onion, a parker house roll, béchamel and greens. Hinterland also opens for dinner daily at 6 p.m., and brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. 2917 Main St., Santa Monica. (310)399-0805.
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