Free ice cream
In honor of National Ice Cream Month, Los Angeles-based Choctál, will host a Chill Out event today, July 21, from noon to 2 p.m. by handing out 200 free cups of single-origin varietals in Old Town Pasadena at One Colorado from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena. For more information, visit www.choctal.com.
On Saturday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wildwood Ovens chef Michael Gerard will carve organic free range chickens and make authentic Japanese Izakaya (bar bites) cooked over Kishu Binchotan Komaru Charcoal Kushiyaki. Learn about skewered and grilled meats on authentic yakitori grills. Each guest will prepare and enjoy four unique and authentic dishes. The class is $150 per person. 5020 Eagle Rock Blvd., (323)255-6578.
Thai Town tour
Celebrity chef Jet Tila’s “Flavors of Thai Town” will tour the Los Angeles neighborhood Sunday, July 24. Guests will enjoy dining with Tila, while enjoying his hand-picked favorite Thai dishes at a variety of neighborhood cafés and restaurants. Guests will taste papaya salad, Jade noodles, “pork jerky” and finger desserts, and will learn insider tips for shopping for Thai ingredients and recipes. The tour begins at 10:30 a.m. and runs about two hours. The cost is $175 per person. Purchase a ticket through Melting Pot Food Tours, (424)247-9666. www.meltingpottours.com.
Summer at Church Key
Church Key offers fried chicken carts on Tuesday nights this summer. Enjoy buttermilk fried chicken, in half and whole portions, along with cheddar jalapeño biscuits. To cool down, Church Key has brought back boozy Otter Pops. On Wednesdays, tequila and taco carts will be offered at the restaurant. Tequila shots are $5 and margaritas are $6. During Saturday and Sunday brunch starting at 10 a.m., enjoy bottomless mimosas or rosé. A special dineLA menu is offered until July 31 with a multi-course $25 lunch/brunch and $39 dinner. 8730 Sunset Blvd., (424)249-3700.
dineLA at Fogo de Chao
A new gaucho lunch menu at Fogo de Chao is starting at $15, and is served Monday through Friday. Enjoy a visit to the market table and feijoada bar with seasonal soup, fresh salads, exotic vegetables, black bean stew and rice. Add grilled meats cut tableside by a gaucho for an additional fee. Brazilian sides are included. Seafood options are offered daily. During dinner through July 31, mention dineLA’s “Restaurant Week” and receive visits to the market table and feijoada bar, continuous table service of grilled meat by gaucho chefs, and Brazilian side dishes and desserts for $49 per person. 133 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310)289-7755 and 800 S. Figueroa St., (213)228-4300.
Le Petit Paris dineLA menu
Through Sunday July 31, Le Petit Paris’ special appetizer and entrée lunch menu is $25. Add dessert for $5. During the dinner hour, dineLA offers a three-course dinner for $49 from Sunday through Wednesday from 5 to 11 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday until midnight. Enjoy housemade duck foie gras with chutney, steak or roasted salmon. 418 S. Spring St., (213)217-4445.
Seafood specials at the Water Grill
DineLA at the Water Grill restaurant brings lunch and dinner specials in both the downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica locations. The two-course lunch is $25 and three-course dinner is $49. Lunch is from 11:30 to 4 p.m. through July 31. Dinner begins at 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday evenings. 544 S. Grand Ave., (213)891-0900 and 1401 Ocean Ave., (310)394-5669.
Downtown LA, Pitchoun! Bakery
Enjoy a fresh selection of French pastries, artisan breads and savory salads and sandwiches baked fresh each morning. Offering both to-go and dine in options for lunch, the bakery is perfect for French-themed picnics or as a relaxing place to wine and dine with friends. The dineLA lunch at Pitchoun! is available from Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $15. The menu includes a prosciutto or caprese panini with mixed greens; one bag of paprika or Provencal herb flavored chips; fruit salad and a choice of soda or bottled water. The Express to go menu is $15 with a choice of a salad or sandwich; chips, cookie and a soda or bottle of water. There is a tapas menu for $29 with a choice of three tapas, a pastry and glass of wine or beer. The $39 dineLA menu features an olive ramekin and choice of two sharable boards. Top it off with two glasses of wine or beer and two macarons. 545 S. Olive St., (213)689-3240.
Knuckle and Claw dineLA
For a dineLA lunch at Knuckle and Claw, guests can select chips or slaw and then enjoy a fresh Maine lobster roll with a split-top bun, chipotle aioli, avocado, and crumbled cotija cheese. Guests can also choose a California salad made with fresh Maine lobster, romaine lettuce, fresh corn, avocado, crumbled cotija cheese, and dressed with chipotle honey vinaigrette. For dinner, the restaurant offers chips or slaw to hold guests over before serving 1/4 dozen freshly shucked oysters or a cup of chowder. Additionally, guests can select either the California roll or salad. The dineLA lunch is $25 and dinner is $29. Both include a drink and whoopie pie. 3112 W. Sunset Blvd., (323)407-6142 and 2715 Main St., (310)399-9939.
Manhattan House celebrates their first year
Guests who have a birthday during the month of July can dine with friends and receive a complimentary entrée up to $25. To qualify for the birthday special, guest must show proof of birth date with a government issued ID. Also this month, Manhattan House has launched “Happier Hour” with drinks, including beer, wine, cocktails and mocktails 51 percent off everyday from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Additionally, Executive Chef, Diana Stavaridis, prepares a rotating gourmet small bites menu. Dishes include the grilled Sonoma lamb burger and the signature “House Burger” with a complimentary addition of foie gras. 1019 Manhattan Beach Blvd., (310)574-2277.
dineLA Obicà Santa Monica specials
Enjoy lunch near the beach with a choice of appetizer, main course and a glass of sparkling wine or orange non-alcoholic beverage for $20 per person at Obicà. During dinner, guests will receive a glass of wine with their three-course dinner for $39. Guests can bring their receipt back to the restaurant within the next 30 days and receive a free mimosa during lunch, brunch or dinner. 606 Broadway Suite #100, (310)393-6633.
Curtis Stone opens Gwen
Curtis Stone and his brother Luke recently launched a world-class restaurant and European-style butcher shop – Gwen. A five-course degustation menu showcases a mix of individually plated and shared dishes including charcuterie from the butcher shop. There are classic and innovative vegetable and pasta dishes, and beautiful meats prepared with primitive fire-cooking methods over the in-house fire pit and asador. Vegetarian options are available for each course. Set in a 1920’s old Hollywood building, the elegant 80-seat restaurant pays homage to the original character of the building with one-of-a-kind furnishings. The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays. 6600 Sunset Blvd., (323)946-7500.
Hollywood’s new Chocolate Bar
The recently-opened Chocolate Bar Pastries Café serves an assortment of tarts, cakes, French eclairs, cannoli’s, truffles and hot churros with a chocolate dipping sauce. In the morning there are freshly baked croissants, chocolate bars, cinnamon rolls, and almond croissants. The state-of-the-art Italian Espresso machine delivers a perfect cup of cappuccino, lattes, blended and iced coffees. Enjoy a sandwich made fresh to order with a fresh juice from the juice bar and a sweet cool treat from the gelato bar. 1635 Vine St. (323)467-7577.
Enjoy “100 Wines. One Summer” through August 20 at Fleming’s Steakhouse. Guests receive complimentary tastings of two select wines featured from the Fleming’s 100®. If guests like the featured wines, they can enjoy a bottle for half off the regular price that same evening. Each Wednesday, the steakhouse pours two Reserve Pour wines, perfect for #WineWednesday. From July 20 through August 2, the chefs feature Wild Alaskan line caught halibut braised in parchment paper and served table side with grape tomatoes, black olives, capers, zucchini, basil, and thyme. Guests can also enjoy a three-course summer menu, paired with A Noble Rose cocktail, now thru August 31 starting at $55.95. Every Sunday and Monday, Fleming’s offers a three course prime rib dinner for $34.95. Fleming’s at L.A. Live offers a dineLA lunch for $20 and dinner for $49.The dineLA multi-course dinner at the Beverly Hills location is $39 per person. Enjoy two glasses of wine for an extra $20. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213)745-9911 and 252 N. Beverly Drive, (310)278-8710.
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