Free pizza cooking class
Marino Monferrato, of DeSano Pizza Bakery has invited master pizzaiolo Attilio Bachetti, from Pizzeria Trattoria da Atillio in Naples, to prepare his famous pies on Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14. Attilio and DeSano will offer four signature Neapolitan pizzas priced at $18 from noon until closing. Attilio will also teach a complimentary two-hour cooking class on Sunday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. Seating is limited. Email your RSVP to Marino.Monferrato@desanopizza.com. 4959 Santa Monica Blvd., (323)913-7000.
KNEAD to host food and music fest
Join chef Bruce Kalman and Marie Petulla, of Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market for the KNEAD to Give Food & Music Fest on Sunday, Aug. 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. The festival is a first-of-its-kind food and music charity event at the historic Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles. Vendors include Valerie Confections, DTLA Cheese, Ramen Hood and CoolHaus. Guests will enjoy performances by Foie Grock, as well as Kalman and Duff Goldman’s cover band. Proceeds will support Food Forward, HoneyLove, Muir Ranch, Hollywood Orchard and Friends of the L.A. River. Adult tickets are $50 and include two drink tickets, food, entertainment and activities. VIP Giving Green tickets are $150 and include three drink tickets, food, music and entertainment, as well as photo ops and a gift bag. Children’s tickets are $25. 317 S. Broadway, www.eventbrite.com/e/the-knead-to-give-powered-by-green-wish-tickets-26629907771.
Rombauer wine dinner
Sonoma Wine Garden is holding a special wine dinner on Wednesday, Aug. 17 with a Rombauer wine tasting. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. with a reception and music. A five-course candlelight dinner paired with Rombauer wines starts at 7 p.m. The cost is $90 per person. Seating is limited; RSVP with Romy Bennett by Monday, Aug. 15. 395 Santa Monica Pier, #300, (424)214-4560.
Watch the Olympics by the beach
Loews Hollywood and Loews Santa Monica Beach invite guests to watch the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio through Sunday, Aug. 21. Enjoy two crafted Caipirinha-inspired cocktails during the Olympic celebration. The “Gingerinha” and “Cali-rinha” cocktails combine fresh Southern California flavors with traditional Brazilian cachaça, lime and sugar. 755 Highland Ave., (323)856-1200; 1700 Ocean Ave., (310)458-6700.
The Olympics at Dog Haus
The Dog Haus Biergarten in Pasadena and Long Beach have big screen televisions to watch the 2016 Summer Olympics. Special discounts are available during happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.; Monday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to closing; and on “Sunday Funday” from 3 p.m. to midnight. Specials include $1.25 sliders, burgers, hot dogs and corn dogs with $1.25 fries and tater tots, and two-for-one select beers, wines and cocktails. 93 E. Green St., Pasadena, (626)683-0808; 210 E. Third St., Long Beach, (562)901-4287.
Kettle Black opens in Silver Lake
Following the success of Sawyer, partners Beau Laughlin, Brett Cranston and Jay Milliken have opened Kettle Black, a new concept restaurant with executive chef Sydney C. Hunter III, of Cafe Pinot. The Italian restaurant is located in a former California Bank building built in 1922 with the original vault, tile, brick and vaulted wood beams. Hunter prepares antipasti and vegetable dishes, as well as pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven. Housemade pasta dishes include gnocchi with braised lamb, garganelli with wood-fired Bolognese and pappardelle with maitake mushroom and nasturtium butter. Save room for the Siciliano with sponge cake, candied pecans and smoked meringue, or vanilla panna cotta with macerated stone fruit. Dario Dell’Anno, from Mozza and Providence has hand-picked the restaurant’s Italian wines. Enjoy a daily happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., with $3 house beers; $4 Peroni; $6 house red, white and rosé wines; and $7 well drinks. A special margherita pizza with choice of a glass of wine or beer is $14. A happy hour menu is served Sunday through Wednesday from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Hours are 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., daily. 3705 W. Sunset Blvd., (323)641-3705.
The Nickel Bar
The Nickel Bar, a new whiskey lounge and gastropub serving New York-style pizza, has opened in West Los Angeles. Executive beverage director James Lamont offers numerous whiskeys and crafts colorful cocktails with gin, whiskey, rum and other spirits. Try the Smog Check, a smoky classic Manhattan, and the watermelon-flavored Last Light of the Summer. Whole pizzas and slices are available. 11363 Santa Monica Blvd., (310)231-0239.
Kids eat free on Sundays
Obica in Santa Monica is offering family fun with a mozzarella bar, antipasti, salads, pizzas, fish and pastas. Kids eat free on Sundays, and the children’s menu includes pizzettas, chicken fingers and fried mozzarella bites. Parents can enjoy a summer classic burrata e pesche with kale, radicchio, hazelnuts, red radish, cherry tomatoes and mint with a glass of Italian wine. 606 Broadway, (310)393-6633.
Tequila at The Larchmont
The Larchmont is offering $8 shots of some of the best tequilas in the world. Enjoy silver or reposado Clase Azul and chef Michael Bryant’s summer charred octopus salad, Harissa seared scallops, and Neiman Ranch patty blend of short ribs burgers. 5750 Melrose Ave., (323)464-4277.
New restaurant on Sunset
Winsome on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park has been named one of Bon Appétit’s 50 Best New Restaurants. Menu highlights include executive chef Jeremy Strubel’s shared plates with whole roasted branzino served with vegetable escabeche, preserved orange and bawang goreng. Winsome’s Aspen Ridge natural rib-eye is served with creamed wild arugula and confit Magic Myrna potatoes. Pastry chef Leslie Mialma makes faloodeh and almond milk slushies with rose water and rice noodle granita, housemade vanilla almond milk and strawberries for dessert. Beverage director Edwin Cruz also creates colorful cocktails, and the coffee bar features selections from La Colombe Coffee Roasters. Winsome is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1115 Sunset Blvd., (213)415-1818.
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