Salt & Straw’s Flavor Flashback
Salt & Straw’s Larchmont Village and Abbot Kinney ice cream shops are offering a Flavor Flashback starting Friday, March 4 through Thursday, March 31. Fans voted for the new small-batch artisanal flavors in a social media campaign in January. Enjoy creamy Pots of Gold & Rainbows ice cream with Lucky Charms marshmallows, and Lemon Amaretto Sour sherbet made with lemon egg cream. The salted caramel cupcake ice cream is made with cupcake crumbs, and Matcha, Matcha Man is a blend of cream, blood orange and matcha. Another favorite is coconut with salted caramel bars dotted with housemade chocolate ganache. 240 N. Larchmont Blvd., (323)466-0485; 1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd., (310)310-8429.
El Coyote turns 85
Celebrate El Coyote’s 85th anniversary on Saturday, March 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. with mariachis, commemorative party favors, prizes and bowls of housemade chicken tortilla soup for 85 cents. El Coyote is also offering dine-in customers a choice of one shredded beef, shredded chicken or potato taco with rice and beans, or a cheese enchilada with rice and beans, for 85 cents on March 5. The specials are limited to one per person; not available on take-out orders. Throughout March, dine-in guests can also enjoy an El Coyote pizza for 85 cents per table. The El Coyote’s managers, owners and service staff planned the month-long specials to thank loyal customers. Be sure to order El Coyote’s world-famous margaritas. 7312 Beverly Blvd., (323)939–2255.
National Crab Day
On National Crab Day, Wednesday, March 9, The Lobster is offering crab cakes Benedict with Schaner’s poached eggs, Windrose Farm smoked chili hollandaise, arugula and dried tomato and fennel salad during brunch. Enjoy The Lobster’s crab taquitos with avocado puree during happy hour and crack the steamed Alaskan king crab served with lemon and drawn butter or chilled dungeness crab with lemon and sweet mustard. 1602 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica (310)458-9294.
All-Star Chef Classic
The third annual star-studded All-Star Chef Classic returns to L.A. LIVE in downtown L.A. on Wednesday, March 9-12. More than 40 Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-winning chefs from Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Paris and Mexico will prepare dishes for a four-part master dinner series held in a custom-built restaurant stadium. Participating all-star chefs include Alain Ducasse from Rivea in Las Vegas, Jose Andres of The Bazaar in Beverly Hills, Ludo Lefebvre of Trois Mec in Los Angeles, and Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo from Animal in Los Angeles. Two tasting events are in the open, market-style chef’s arena. An interactive children’s cooking class will also be held. 1005 W. Chick Hearn St., downtown Los Angeles. www.allstarchefclassic.com.
Culinary celebration at Melisse
Chef Josiah Citrin of Melisse Restaurant and six of his peers will prepare a culinary celebration to support the Ment’or BKB Foundation on Sunday, March 13. Enjoy a seven-course prix-fixe menu featuring contemporary Parisian fare including porcini mushroom lasagna; seared Liberty Farms duck with foie gras; and charcoal grilled Snake River Farms rib eye steaks with green garlic gnocchi Parisienne, sweet carrots, pea shoots and Meyer lemon vinaigrette. Citrin is also hosting a culinary-themed auction with proceeds benefiting the foundation’s education and mentorship opportunities for culinary professionals. Auction items include a dinner for four at Republique in Los Angeles and a two-night stay at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego. The first seating is 5 to 6:30 p.m., and a second seating is 8 to 9:30 p.m. The dinner is $195 per person. 1104 Wilshire Blvd., (310)395-0881.
Family recipes served at Ox & Son
Ox & Son chef Brad Miller’s signature marinade for his 10-ounce char-crusted filet mignon with blue cheese herb butter is a family recipe. The sauce recipe was handed down by his father, Gary “Ox” Miller, a Chicago butcher who is the restaurant’s namesake. Gary Miller instilled a love for all things meat in his son Brad. At Ox & Son, the Butcher Block section on the menu offers meats with port green peppercorn, carrot top chimichurri, miso lime bearnaise and horseradish cream sauces. Try the eight-ounce hanger steak with umami butter. 1534 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (310)829-3990.
Comfort cuisine & jazz at Le Petit Paris
Looking for home cooking in Los Angeles? Cannes-based restaurateurs David and Fanny Rolland’s menu at Le Petit Paris offers grandma’s luscious chicken stew with potatoes, diced bacon and onions. Enjoy the dish while listening to Wednesday Night Jazz on March 9 with singer Leslie Nesbitt. 418-420 S. Spring St., (213)217-4445.
Hey 19 Public House South Bay
Hey 19 Public House, named after owner Demi Stevens’ son’s hockey jersey number and a classic Steely Dan song, showcases modern takes on classic American dishes. Stevens works hand-in-hand with executive chef Vasili Tavernakis on dishes incorporating local, non-GMO and organic products – a deeply personal cause for the owner. Sharable plates include The Hendrickson, made with spearmint tea crusted rack of lamb with crispy pee wee potatoes; pork osso bucco made with sustainable Niman Ranch pork; and a weekly rotating selection of foie gras specials on “Foie Gras Fridays.” Weekend brunch includes fried chicken and waffles with a house scramble. The restaurant also offers an extensive cocktail menu. Order a #19 cocktail with house-infused orange bourbon mixed with fresh lemon, lime and orange. 4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance. (310)378-8119.
What do Chrissy Teigan, Common and Ellie Goulding have in common? They enjoy a midday pick up or meal at Beaming. Founder Lisa Odenweller has established herself as an organic entrepreneur specializing in cleansings and raw food. Beaming’s chef created healthy menu items including low-glycemic juices, antioxidant-packed snacks, salads, soups, smoothies and super food elixirs. Unlike typical juice-only cleanses, Beaming incorporates fresh salads, soups and snacks so customers never starve or feel depleted. Beaming has three locations: 605 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310)299-7691; 1426 Montana Ave., (310)299-7622; 131 S. Barrington Ave., (310)299-7538.
Wine hour at Pizza Romana
Guests are invited to explore Pizza Romana owner Alex Palermo’s curated collection of regional Italian wines in the casual, neighborhood pizzeria’s unpretentious environment. The new Romano-inspired late night special includes pizza bianca with salumi and baked pasta al forno. The dishes are paired with glasses from a rotating selection of red, white and sparkling wines for $6. The specials are available from 9 p.m. to closing. 615 N. La Brea Ave., (323)939-1148.
McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams opens in Studio City
McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams’ fifth scoop shop is open in Studio City. The shop serves a rotating roster of 22 flavors available by the scoop. Special flavor selections change with the seasons, and McConnell’s also offers classics like salted caramel chip, Eureka lemon and marionberry and vanilla bean. The shop also features shakes, floats, sundaes and ice cream sandwiches.12073 Ventura Place, (818)308-7789.
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