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Special Ladurée dinner
The first West Coast Ladurée recently opened at The Grove. With an outdoor dining patio, the two-story boutique and restaurant offers a Parisian culinary experience including its famed macarons and freshly made pastries, as well as complete breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Caruso Rewards members will enjoy an exclusive three-course dinner menu at Ladurée at The Grove daily from 5 to 10 p.m. through Thursday, Aug. 31. Mention the Caruso Rewards menu to a server and receive the $49 special, which includes a signature Kir Royal Ladurée cocktail. 189 The Grove Drive, (323)456-0282.
Sunday Funday Grooves at FIGat7th
Visit the TASTE Food Hall Courtyard on Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Sunday Funday Grooves at FIGat7th. Enjoy fresh bites and a cold margarita or beer from one of 20 participating restaurants and eateries including Loteria Grill and Gulp Sushi Alehouse. Also, listen to a free performance by hip-hop artist and trumpet player Rych Jane at 2 p.m. The free event is open to the public. FIGat7th is located near the Harbor (110) Freeway by Figueroa and 7th streets. 735 S. Figueroa St., (213)955-7170.
Pop-up tiki lounge at CUT
Go Hawaiian at Beverly Wilshire’s CUT Lounge during its tropical takeover transporting guests to an island paradise in the heart of Beverly Hills. The menu features Polynesian dishes and hand-crafted cocktails. Share a coconut shrimp cocktail and kalbi short ribs while sipping a refreshing Garden of Eden tropical tea infused with vodka, lemon and mint. The pop-up is offered daily from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. through Saturday, Sept. 2. 9500 Wilshire Blvd., (310)276-8500.
The Jeremy West Hollywood opens
With a cool ambience that symbolizes the best of WeHo’s culture, the 286-room Jeremy West Hollywood hotel features 50 suites and a personalized food and beverage experience. The casual eatery Etcho Cafe serves “Cali-fresh” cuisine. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the cafe’s menu features salads and small plates. Start with charcuterie before enjoying an entrée of grilled swordfish, ribeye and bucatini. The hotel’s lobby bar, JOÃO, is inspired by the iconic Sunset Boulevard location and features elements from old Hollywood and re-imagined libations with a touch of glamour. To celebrate the hotel’s debut, the “Say Hi To Jeremy” package includes 30 percent discounts on rooms and a complimentary upgrade through December. 8490 Sunset Blvd., (800)301-0171.
The Proud Bird hosts Bludso’s BBQ
Visit The Proud Bird on Saturday, Aug. 26 for a festive barbecue picnic with Kevin Bludso, the legendary Food Network barbecue master and owner of Bludso’s BBQ. Rib eating contests will be held at noon and 2 p.m. with prizes including $100 gift cards. Specials include $2 off all barbecue items, and $5 off full racks of ribs. Each guest will also receive a complimentary jar of Bludso’s special spice rub. 11022 Aviation Blvd., (310)670-3093.
The Taste in L.A.
Stroll the Paramount Studios backlot and enjoy food and wine tastings from Friday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 3. The ”Opening Night” event features the Los Angeles Times’ top-tier food staff and many of L.A.’s esteemed chefs and mixologists.
Participating restaurants include Baran’s 2239, Bourbon Steak, Chinese Laundry, Crying Tiger, Fat Dragon, Friends & Family, Georgie, Hatchet Hall, Lao Tao, Little Fatty, Mainland Poke, Scratch Bar & Kitchen, Side Chick, Simone, Tabula Rasa Bar and Tar & Roses. Other highlights include a discussion with chef Sang Yoon, of Lukshon, and a dinner hosted by restaurant critic Jonathan Gold. Events include “Field to Fork,” “Dinner with a Twist,” “Sunday Block Party” and “Flavors of LA.” Tickets range from $95 to $150; Los Angeles Times subscribers save $25 on Saturday and Sunday events. Parking is available at 783 N. Van Ness Ave. extras.latimes.com/taste.
Labor Day in Hermosa
Enjoy the beach on Labor Day weekend at Fiesta Hermosa. The annual festival runs from Saturday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Hermosa Beach. Visitors can sample food at 400 stalls, view work by local artists and listen to music. Hermosa and Pier avenues, (310)376-0951.
626 Night Market
The largest night market opens on Labor Day weekend from Friday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 3 beginning at 4 p.m. at Santa Anita Park. Enjoy hundreds of food options, merchandise, local arts and crafts, and entertainment. The 626 Night Market is named after the 626 area code in the San Gabriel Valley. Tickets are available at the gates; children 6 and under are free. 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. santaanita.com/events/626-night-market-2/#.WZna0bGZNfQ.