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Free cocktail class at The Wallace
Greg Bryson, director of beverages at The Wallace Bar & Garden, joins Adan Maldonado, of Ilegal Mezcal, for a cocktail class on Saturday, Aug. 19. Learn how to make agave spirits and mezcal cocktails as well as cocktails Bryson serves at The Wallace. The free class begins at 2 p.m. Afterward, head back over to The Wallace to enjoy pastry chef Rebecca Morris’ sweet and savory creations such as cucumber watermelon granita with angel food cake, cucumber-sorrel gelee and condensed milk, and peach cornbread with crème fraiche ice cream and honey cider. Panna cotta lovers will enjoy whipped yogurt panna cotta with pistachio financier, plum jam and tarragon. Morris also makes peanut butter cake with milk chocolate ice cream, frozen caramel pudding and raspberries, and chocolate chess pie with white chocolate ganache, drunken berries and spicy berry sorbet. 3833 Main St., (310)202-6400.
National Aviation Day at The Proud Bird
Aviation enthusiasts and food lovers can celebrate National Aviation Day on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The Proud Bird, which was recently renovated. View 16 aircraft while exploring interactive exhibits on the history and future of aviation. Afterward, enjoy a meal at the reimagined food bazaar while sipping $7 aviation-themed cocktails. Visit the Mile High Club Bar & Lounge patio for panoramic views of the LAX runways. LAX and airline employees receive a special 15 percent discount. 11022 Aviation Blvd., (310)670-3093.
New Lawry’s Beverly Hills menu
Lawry’s Beverly Hills’ new lounge menu and late night happy hour menu features shareable appetizers. Try corn fritters with sweet chili lime dipping sauce, and chicken lollipops topped with ground sesame and chili threads. Loyal Lawry’s fans will enjoy a half prime rib sandwich with jus and horseradish cream sauce. The new late night menu is offered Sunday through Friday from 8:30 to 10 p.m. and includes $7 wines, $5 beers and $9 specialty cocktails such as the La Cienega Mule Ride, a Lawry’s twist on a mule with bourbon or vodka, and a whiskey and orange Whisk Me To Rodeo Drive. 100 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310)652-2827.
Jane Q offers a laidback California vibe
Jane Q and Ever Bar recently opened at the Kimpton Everly Hotel in the heart of Beachwood Canyon. Jane Q serves food with locally sourced, seasonal farmers market ingredients. The counter-style eatery features a menu by executive chef Bryan Podgorski in collaboration with chef de cuisine Jason T. Hall. It includes house-made coconut bread and freshly baked sticky buns. Unique shared plates are heirloom eggplant with tahini-yogurt and avocado parfait with housemade focaccia. Also available are hearty oven-fired pizzas, cioppino and roasted game hen. Desserts such as the farmers market fruit crostada pair well with LAMILL specialty drip and espresso coffee. Ever Bar offers a 25-bottle wine list featuring selections from small California producers. Beers are available on tap and by the bottle. Food and beverages from Jane Q and Ever Bar are also available on the adjacent Kimpton Everly Hotel’s room service and poolside dining menus. Jane Q’s menu is available daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Ever Bar is open Sunday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. 1800 Argyle Ave., (213)279-3534.
Gluten free menu at Baldoria
Baldoria, a communal restaurant with finger foods, bottled cocktails and a casual come-as-you-are vibe, now offers pizzas made with gluten-free dough. Try a Lil Tokyo steak pizza with miso-marinated flat iron steak, yuzu kosho, shiitake, shishito, cherry tomato, red onion and mizuna. The Mrs. Croque has Black Forest ham, Grand Cru gruyere, browned butter béchamel and Chino Valley eggs. 243 S. San Pedro St., (213)947-3329.
New fried chicken at Baran’s 2239
Restaurant owners and brothers Jonathan and Jason Baran, of Baran’s 2239, are excited about chef Tyler Gugliotta’s gluten-, dairy- and nut-free fried chicken smoked and fried with soy and chile gastrique. The restaurant’s extra spicy jerk wings are also gluten-, dairy- and nut-free. 502 Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach, (424)247-8468.
Vegan milkshakes and fried rice
Hot Hot Food in Silverlake can satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth or craving for savory food. All the signature fried rice dishes can be made vegan such as the Kale-ing made with mushroom and cauliflower rice. Hot Hot Food also serves vegan milkshakes and homemade slushies, including toasted marshmallow coconut milk and strawberry shakes, lemon olive oil and sea salt shakes and Mexican chocolate shakes. Slushies include ginger turmeric lemonade and watermelon chili salt lime Ice Ice Babies. 654 N. Hoover St., (323)522-6927.
Vegetarian bar food
Brack Shop Tavern in downtown Los Angeles is a sports-friendly tavern serving elevated bar bites, classic cocktails and vegetarian and vegan dishes, upon request. The mole tacos are made with cauliflower, pickled red onion, lime crema and homemade tortillas. Falafel sliders feature fresh falafel, sumac onions, avocado hummus, arugula, tomato, naan and spicy tahini. 525 W. Seventh St., (213)232-8657.
Prank Bar’s healthy dishes
Prank Bar offers a menu with many vegetarian options made with non-GMO, hormone- and antibiotic-free ingredients. The Fatflower Burgette features organic cauliflower, sriracha sweet chili sauce, caramelized onions, garlic aioli, lettuce and tomatoes on a brioche bun. Try it with a blue corn meal crust, remoulade sauce, lemon zest and fresh parsley. 1100 S. Hope St., (213)493-4786.
Mr. C’s summer events
Mr. C’s “On Deck” summer events are held every Thursday from 7 to 11 p.m. through Aug. 31. Enjoy fizzy drinks, tasty eats and summer beats on the yacht-inspired pool deck with an exclusive Italian spritzer menu. Guests can relax on plush lounge chairs and couches, and play corn hole, life-size Jenga, ping pong and classic board games. A DJ spins contemporary music. Admission is free, but guests must purchase food and beverages. Mr. C also features a Tuesday night poolside cinema series ending on Aug. 22. Seating begins at 7 p.m. on the pool deck and guests can pre-reserve seats with a purchase from the Mr. C Cinema prix-fixe menu featuring casual Cipriano fare. Caprese-style popcorn, candy and mini bottles of Moët & Chandon Champagne are offered during movies. 1224 Beverwil Drive, (877)334-5623.
Sundays on the Riviera at the Beverly Wilshire
The historic Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, has partnered with Carbonadi Italia to bring the Mediterranean to the heart of Beverly Hills every Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m. Listen to live jazz by pianist Ricky V while enjoying ultra-premium vodka martinis by Carbonadi Italia. The micro-oxygenated and filtered Carbonado (black diamond) martini includes Classico Italia with dry vermouth; the Tuscan Sun is made with Martini Ambrato, Aperol and grapefruit bitters; the Erbe D’oro features Amaro Nonino and orange bitters; and the Dolce Vita is made with Amaro Montenegro and Jerry Thomas bitters. A flight of three martinis is available for $30. In addition to items on the regular menu, guests can enjoy two ounces of Petrossian Kaluga caviar served with traditional garnishes, and 12 mini blinis with Osetra caviar, crème fraiche and chives. 9500 Wilshire Blvd., (310)275-5200.
New design and menu at Bar Toscana
Owners Mike and Kathie Gordon have updated Bar Toscana’s Milan-style interior and stuzzichini (small bites) menu at their location in Brentwood. Kathie Gordon and local designer Kathleen Hunt’s new interior ranges from an old farm-style to contemporary, with aged oak tables with distinctive copper trim. Enjoy a new menu of shared plates and traditional cocktails like an Aperol spritz or perfectly mixed Negroni with salumi and formaggi. 11633 San Vicente Blvd., #100A, (310)820-2448.
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