Front Porch Cinema
Movie lovers are invited to free outdoor Friday night films through Friday, Oct. 27 at the Santa Monica Pier. The films are presented by Squarespace and produced by Eat|See|Hear. “Beauty and the Beast” will be shown on Oct. 20, and audience members can take photos with costumed characters. The Cinema Lounge invites guests 21 and older to arrive early for movie-themed cocktails and small bites. Front Porch Cinema’s food menu includes “Belly & Snout,” with chef-owner Warren Almeda serving pork adobo grilled cheese sandwiches. Other options include offerings from the Japanese curry food truck LuckDish, and the authentic French eatery Crêpe De Ville. Doors open at 6; films begin at 7:30 p.m. 200 Santa Monica Pier A. frontporchcinema.com.
Burbank Beer Festival
On Saturday, Oct. 21, the Burbank Beer Festival will feature 85 craft beer tastings spread over a five-block area. Session 1 is from noon to 3 p.m. and tickets are $40, followed by Session 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. with tickets priced at $45. Admission includes a tasting glass and three-ounce craft beer samples from Island Brewing Company, Poseidon Brewing Company, Golden Road Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, House Beer, Chaucer’s, The Dudes’ Brewing Company, Angel City Brewery, Enegren Brewing Company, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, MadeWest Brewing Company, St. Killian Importing, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company, Riley’s Brewing Company, Inland Empire Brewing Company, Elysian Brewing Company, Guinness and Shock Top. Also participating are Mt. Lowe Brewing Company, Brewyard Beer Company, Stella Artois, Goose Island Beer Company, Baja Brewing Company, Verdugo West Brewing Company and Lincoln Beer Company. A free street fair runs from noon to 7:30 p.m. with vendors, DJs and musical performers. The main stage will be located at San Fernando Boulevard and Olive Avenue. Performers include Rey Fresco, Adelaide and DJ Cue. Dine at The Boiling Crab, Chronic Tacos and Yard House. Tickets for designated drivers are $10 and include entry to the beer zones and a bottle of water. A complimentary shuttle will be provided to and from hotels, and attendees who book a hotel through visitburbank.com will receive two free tickets to the festival. (866)899-6635, dtnbur.com.
Bakers Will Bake benefit at
Hollywood Farmers Market
On Sunday, Oct 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Roxana Jullapat of Friends & Family is hosting her annual fundraising bake sale at the Hollywood Farmers Market. This year’s Bakers Will Bake benefit supports The Farm to Face Environmental STEAM Magnet at Thomas Starr King Middle School. Jullapat and her fellow bakers have raised over $25,000 for local, garden-based school programs over the past five years. The Hollywood Farmers Market is held at Ivar and Selma avenues, between Hollywood and Sunset boulevards. facebook.com/bakerswillbake.
Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival
Celebrity Chef Richard Blais will participate in the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival at Waterline at the Balboa Bay Resort. Blais will be joined by Executive Chef Rachel Haggstrom for a special five-course dinner on Friday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. The intimate dining experience includes a menu of dungeness crab cakes, butternut squash soup, cavatelli pasta bolognaise with sage and walnut, 72-hour short ribs and candy apples made with white chocolate and melted caramel over green apples with classic pan d’epice. For reservations, visit newportwineandfood.com. 221 Coast Highway, (949)645-5000.
New flavors at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
Celebrate National Pumpkin Month at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken with square Pumpkin Pie doughnuts with pumpkin pastry cream, pumpkin spice glaze, orange sugar and vanilla buttercream. During fall, the downtown eatery is offering “candy bars” made with a rich chocolate cake doughnuts with salted caramel glaze, crushed peanuts, crushed pretzels and caramel drizzle. The “candied apple” is a pillow doughnut with apple compote filling and apple cider glaze, dusted with sugar and torched. The circular coconut dream doughnut has a coconut cream glaze, toasted almond slivers and chocolate drizzle. 516 W. Sixth St., (213)622-7876.
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
CEO Aaron Caddel of Mr. Holmes Bakehouse now has two Los Angeles locations, including a new shop on Larchmont Boulevard. Caddel created the sweet “oatcruffin” and California “sushi” croissant. A fall menu is debuting at the newly-opened Larchmont Village shop. 248 N. Larchmont Blvd., (213)712-6308; 101 N. Ave. 59, (323)739-0473.
Pre-theatre dining before Hamilton
Katsuya Hollywood offers a pre-show, prix fixe dinner menu for groups of eight or more. Menu highlights include edamame, crispy rice with spicy tuna, chicken teriyaki and assorted classic rolls such as baked crab and vegetable, tuna and salmon nigiri. Prices start at $45 per person. Show theater tickets and receive a 15 percent discount on meals. 6300 Hollywood Blvd., (323)515-8782.
And Cleo post-show
Located steps from the Pantages Theater, Chef Danny Elmaleh’s Cleo offers contemporary Mediterranean cuisine including sharable plates and flatbreads to enjoy with a cocktail. The decor is a playful marriage of old Hollywood glamour and relaxed Mediterranean charm. Visit Cleo after seeing “Hamilton” at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre and receive 15 percent off the bill. 1717 Vine St., (323)962-1711.
Flower Child welcomes autumn
Flower Child, a healthy, fast-casual bohemian restaurant by Sam Fox, is celebrating fall with new dishes such as hearty vegetarian “Brussels and squash” salads made with arugula, roasted Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, organic apple, clementines, ancient grains, cranberries, goat cheese, sprouted almonds and chia seed vinaigrette. The vegan yuzu Brussels sprouts are prepared with golden miso and Thai basil. Fall bowls include wild mushroom pho and heirloom bean burrito bowls with quinoa chile beans, street corn, brown rice, tomato, avocado and guajillo salsa. 1332 Second St., (310)382-2901.
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