Cigar Bar Pop-up at Copper Lounge
Tonight, Dec. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m., the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City is offering a one-time-only Cigar Bar Pop-Up at the Copper Lounge. For a sophisticated holiday gift, cigar expert Josh Ampe of Fumar Cigars will be hand-rolling high-grade cigars. They can be purchased for $10 each. Additionally, guests can explore the world of whiskey through a curated tasting flight featuring some of the rarest craft whiskeys from around the globe. InterContinental Los Angeles will have their exclusive blend of Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey available for purchase. 2151 Avenue of the Stars, (310)284-6500.
Le Petit Paris Champagne dinner
Celebrate the holiday season with an authentic Parisian brasserie in the heart of downtown Los Angeles tonight. Enjoy a Champagne and sparkling wine dinner on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. Sip wines from four beloved wine regions of France, as the restaurant pairs unique bottles of Champagne and sparkling wines with a contemporary French menu by Executive Chef Baptiste Grellier and Pastry Chef Stephane Carriere. Guest speaker Guillaume Blanchet of Planet Wine L.A. will share detailed notes on the history, terrain and grapes of the Champagne region with guests. The five-course food and wine pairing is $139 per person with tax and gratuity included. 418/420 S. Spring St., (213)217-4445.
Now until Dec. 15 celebrate the first anniversary of Bottlefish with $2 oysters and a complimentary half-bottle of Champagne with the purchase of a grand raw bar platter. Keeping the birthday bubbles flowing through the month of December, Bottlefish is gifting half-bottles of brut with orders of their most celebratory specials, including ROE caviar served with house-made chips, crème fraîche, chopped eggs and minced red onion. 11677 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 200, (310)954-9596.
Milk Bar comes to Jon & Vinny’s and Smorgasburg L.A.
Milk Bar creator Christina Tosi will be in Los Angeles to give L.A. foodies a peek into her new shop that is scheduled to open on Melrose in early 2018. Jon & Vinny’s welcomes Tosi and her team on Dec. 15 from 3 to 9 p.m. as she debuts cookies, cake truffles and signature crack pie. The first 50 guests will receive a Milk Bar tote bag. All guests will have a chance to win a class in Milk Bar’s L.A. “Bake the Book” classroom in 2018. There will be crafts, games, photobombs and Milk Bar souvenirs while supplies last. On Sunday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Milk Bar will be at Smorgasburg in Row DTLA serving colorful treats with their friends at The NoMad Truck. Jon & Vinny’s, 412 N. Fairfax Ave., (323)334-3369. Smorgasburg L.A., 785 Bay St., (718)928-6603.
Feast of the Seven Sustainable Fishes
From Dec. 17 to Dec. 24, Roe Seafood chef and owner Arthur Gonzalez will feature one locally and sustainably sourced seafood dish per night. Each dish comes with a “Catch Card” providing insight about the fish species, catch location or fish origin, and the names of both the fisherman and the boat. The Feast of the Seven Sustainable Fishes dish is offered alongside the regular dinner menu. Raw bar bites and small plates starting at $5; shareable and family-style plates up to $65. 5374 E. Second St., Long Beach, (562)546-7110.
Let it snow at The Beverly Wilshire
Experience a nightly snowfall near the porte cochère from 6 to 8 p.m., now through Dec. 25. Be sure to visit Pastry Chef Chris Ford’s ornate and edible life-size gingerbread house. Holiday gifts are available for purchase, including caramel popcorn and gingerbread emoji cookies. The grand lobby is an enchanting holiday wonderland. Shades of red, gold and copper adorn the expansive space, with a 12-foot Douglas fir as the centerpiece surrounded by glistening metallic tree sculptures and elegant floral arrangements by Square Root. Cozy around the fireplace at THE Blvd or out on the winter wonderland patio to enjoy items from an exclusive menu. Be sure to sip one of the Champagne house Moët & Chandon cocktails, or a hot chocolate made from 72 percent Valrhona chocolate. 9500 Wilshire Blvd., (310)275-5200.
Herringbone Santa Monica
“Top Chef” alum Brian Malarkey has crafted the new vegetarian leek and white bean cassoulet with roasted mushrooms, celery, carrots, and a butter and herb breadcrumb topping. A portion of the proceeds from this vegetarian-friendly dish will be donated to L.A. Kitchen until Dec. 30. 1755 Ocean Ave., (310)971-4460.
Festival of Lights at Mission Inn
This is the 25th year that Duane and Kelly Roberts, the owners of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, have installed the largest holiday light collection in Southern California. There are over 5 million lights on the building, and over 70,000 spectators are estimated to admire them this year. Be sure to make a dining reservation to see the interior of the historic hotel’s decorated lobby and dining patio. There is a holiday dinner buffet for $42 per person and $18 for children 5 to 11 years old. Diners can order à la carte too. There are 12 holiday-themed cocktails to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas. Be sure to admire the Gingerbread Mission Inn in the lobby made by Executive Pastry Chef David Blaine. This large-scale replica of The Mission Inn Hotel took 10 weeks to make using 500 pounds of gingerbread, icing and candy. 3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951)784-0300.
Christmas and Hanukkah doughnuts
Come into Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts before Christmas to enjoy a variety of donuts that include a Santa-inspired raised donut with red icing, a Hanukkah raised donut with berry jam, a Snowman donut filled with eggnog pastry cream icing, and a peppermint-chocolate cake donut with peppermint-cream glaze and peppermint candy. There is even a present-themed raised donut with white chocolate glaze and royal icing. The pastry chef is also making a vegan banana cake with dark chocolate glaze and sprinkles. 6785 Santa Monica Blvd., (323)462-4600.
Holiday festivities at Rock & Brews
Rock icons Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS are offering holiday-themed menu specials, beer flights and gift cards. The holiday burger is a signature blue cheese bacon burger with cranberry sauce and onions. The Winterland Brownie Sundae features crushed peppermint candies and white chocolate syrup. Holidays beer specials include local beer flights as well as Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada, and the Goose Island Noel, an unspiced Belgian-style dark ale with balanced notes of caramelized sugar, toasted bread, black cherry and dried apricot within a warm, deep mahogany body. Rock & Brews is offering $5 back in Rock & Brews bucks to be used on a future visit with every $25 purchased. Gift cards are redeemable from Jan. 1 to Feb. 29. 143 Main St., (310)615-9890. 6300 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, (310)378-4970.
North Italia bottle and board special
A wonderful dining destination to refuel after holiday shopping in Santa Monica is North Italia. Relax and refresh with a bottle of house wine and your choice of a chef’s board or daily pizza for $25. It’s available Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. 1442 Second St., (310)382-2460.
Green tea cannoli at The Standing Room
The Standing Room has created a new dessert that will give you a sweet fusion taste of Italy and Asia. Made with cannoli shells and the chef’s signature green tea filling, the dish is enhanced with a drizzle of white chocolate ganache, as well as sprinkles of dark chocolate garnish and powdered sugar. Enjoy one or two after eating the restaurant’s famous Napoleon Burger stacked with braised short rib and truffle fries. 1320 Hermosa Ave., (310)318-1272. 144 N. Catalina Ave., (310)374-7545.