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Angel City Brewery tasting series
The Mixing Room at JW Marriott Los Angeles is offering complimentary samples of Angel City Jameson Irish Imperial Red Ale today, Oct. 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. The limited edition ale is brewed by Angel City Brewery in partnership with Jameson Irish Whiskey. It was aged in a Jameson whiskey barrel and will be unveiled to the public for the first time at the Mixing Room. Guests can also enjoy signature dark chocolate and Grand Marnier ganache cake from Fords Filling Station, located in the hotel. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., (213)216-3390.
Great Pumpkin Roadshow
Villains Tavern presents the Elysian Brewing Great Pumpkin Roadshow tonight, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Downtown Arts District. Sample eight pumpkin-flavored beers from Seattle’s Elysian Brewing including Night Owl, Dark o’ the Moon, The Great Pumpkin and Punkuccino. The event includes music, pumpkin bowling and fortune telling. Guests must be 21 or older. 1356 Palmetto St., (213)613-0766.
Susan G Komen Los Angeles Culinary Showdown
Susan G Komen Los Angeles is holding a fundraiser with a gourmet dinner and cooking competition on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Loews Hollywood Hotel. Start with a celebrity chef cooking class from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for home cooks, amateur chefs and foodies. At 6 p.m., join celebrity chefs Tyler Florence, Michael Voltaggio, Ben Ford, Elizabeth Falkner and Antonia Lofaso for a team cooking challenge. The 50 highest fundraisers will have the opportunity to put their culinary talents to the test on stage with the celebrity chefs. The Culinary Showdown is a “Chopped”-style competition. Five teams will create three unique dishes and be judged on taste and presentation. A cocktail reception starts at 6 p.m. before the dinner and culinary showdown. All participants who raise over $250 can view the competition as they dine and have a chance to participate. People who raise $1,500 can participate in the Celebrity Chefs School. 1755 N. Highland Ave. (310)575-3011, www.sgklaculinaryshowdown.org.
Viva L’Italia at Cultivate LA
The Italian Chamber of Commerce offers a unique dining experience on Saturday, Oct. 22 at a private Italian-style villa during Cultivate LA. Participating chef ambassadors include Josef Centeno of Bäco Mercat; Hugo Vasquez of Toscana; Joachim Splichal of Patina Restaurant Group; Eric Greenspan of Maré; Food Network’s “Chopped” winner Elderoy Arendse of Tender Greens; and Matt Poley of Heirloom LA. Cultivate LA features over 60 restaurants, bakeries, craft distilleries, breweries and wineries. Chef Brendan Collins of Birch will sign his cookbook “Cooking, Blokes and Artichokes.” A special VIP reception starts at 6 p.m. and includes early entrance, special pours and a meet-and-greet session with the chefs before general admission opens at 7 p.m. Tickets are $175 per person with proceeds benefitting the United Friends of the Children. www.unitedfriends.org/event/cultivate-l-a.
Book signing Sunday supper
On Sunday, Oct. 23, join Katie Button for a discussion on her new cookbook “Cúrate” as the chefs at Lucques prepare a multi-course dinner. The menu features watermelon and tomato salad, squid ink pasta, lamb chops and almond cake with cream sherry, brandy, lemon and thyme ice cream. The unique dinner is inspired by recipes from Button’s cookbook and her Asheville, North Carolina restaurant. The dinner is $75 per person. 8474 Melrose Ave., (213)655-6277.
‘Pints for Prostates’
The new Shade Hotel Redondo Beach celebrates its grand opening with a “Pints for Prostates” beer tasting on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. Sample beers from local craft breweries such as King Harbor Brewing Co., Strand Brewing Co. and HopSaint Brewing Co. The tasting is held in partnership with the Torrance Memorial Medical Center, which will provide information on men’s health. A prostate cancer survivor will also discuss his experiences fighting the disease. Admission is $20; proceeds will benefit the Movember Foundation, an organization committed to improving men’s health. 655 N. Harbor Drive, (310)517-4728.
New Salt & Straw
The fourth Los Angeles Salt & Straw scoop shop is open in Downtown L.A.’s Arts District. Salt & Straw has been hosting pre-opening fundraisers with its ice cream truck in the surrounding community, raising more than $1,200 for Inner-City Arts, an arts education provider in Skid Row. The ice cream is made with 100 percent natural cream from Scott Brothers Dairy and churned in Salt & Straw’s Boyle Heights kitchen. 829 E. Third St., (213)988-7070.
Newest Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
The fourth Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is open on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, offering lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. To pay homage to the history of commercial fishing in Santa Monica, executive chef Sean Yontz has created a selection of seafood-focused appetizers and entrées with modern twists on traditional dishes from New England and the Gulf of Mexico. The seafood platter includes lobster, shrimp, calamari, mussels, clams, yuzu cocktail and tartar sauce. The menu also includes Plan Check’s signature lineup of towering burgers, loaded fries and innovative condiments. New dishes such as chowder fries, Nashville hot crispy mahi-mahi sandwiches, and Plan Check lobster rolls made with Kewpie mayo, gochujang, shallots, key lime and chives are available. Try the lobster pot pie with curried lobster bisque, baby beets, green beans, corn, carrots and potatoes. Brunch is on weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring fried chicken and crullers, breakfast doughnuts glazed with cereal milk, and pork belly Benedict with sriracha leather. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with $5 select draft beer and house wine, and $6 to $8 cocktails. 1401 Ocean Ave., (310)857-1364.
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