The Front Yard block party
On April 15, join in an afternoon of fun with a variety of outdoor activities including a photo booth, lawn games and live music from the Rick Cowling Duet. From 2 to 5 p.m., indulge in gourmet samplings prepared by executive chef Larry Greenwood and sip some of California’s best brews and wines from 10 Span Vineyards, Slow Press, Knee Deep Brewing Company and Landmark Vineyards. All proceeds will benefit the East Valley Family YMCA. The spring block party encourages attendees to bring items for small children including toys and board games. Tickets are $29 per person with complimentary valet parking and can be purchased at bit.ly/2HqsE8Z, or for $38 per person at the door. 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, (818)255-7290.
Perk up on tax day
The DTLA underground cocktail lounge Birds & Bees is offering a tax day special on April 17 from 5 p.m. to midnight. Enjoy the special Hamm on Rye – a tallboy of Hamm’s beer and a shot of rye whiskey for $10 all night long. Park at 215 S. Broadway. Birds & Bees is located in the northwest corner of the parking lot. Follow the wooden fence alongside the red brick wall (of 207 South Broadway) to the front entrance. 207 N. Broadway, (213)537-0510.
Brack Shop Tavern tax day flight
With tax day on April 17, Brack Shop has invited Three Weavers Brewing in for a special evening of flights and tastings. A Three Weavers representative will be on hand to talk with guests. Enjoy $5 flights of Midnight Flight stout, Expatriate IPA and Seafarer Kölsch. Come back on Friday, April 20, to sip Lagunitas’ Waldo’s special 420 ale on tap. A representative will bring 420 schwag for guests. Brack Shop will also offer the stoner challenge that includes eight sliders, 16 atomic wings, fries and one doughnut. It’s a $50 feast that is free for any guest who finishes the challenge in 42 minutes. 525 W. Seventh St., Los Angeles, (213)232-8657.
Rock & Brews gives back
Both locations of Rock & Brews in El Segundo and Redondo Beach will have a special fundraiser on Wednesday, April 18, from 4:30 p.m. to closing. Bring your friends and families to eat, drink and rock for a great cause. Rock & Brews has partnered with the nonprofit Richstone Family Center, a trauma-focused treatment and child abuse prevention center. Mention the fundraiser and the restaurant will donate 15 percent of all sales to the nonprofit. The restaurant also sponsors Richstone’s annual Pier to Pier Walkathon, scheduled for Saturday, April 28, at the Manhattan Beach Pier. 615 Main St., El Segundo, (310)615-9890. 6300 Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, (310)378-4970.
Market City Caffe provides tax season relief
Enjoy a tax-free wine dinner featuring St. Supéry Winery. The exclusive five-course dinner prepared by executive chef Robert Chaidez will be paired with selections from St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery on Wednesday, April 18. A cocktail reception will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Guest speaker Peter Hirsh will showcase the estate-grown varietals from the winery located in the heart of Napa Valley. St. Supéry is renowned for producing exceptional sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, and sustainably farmed red and white blends. Tickets are $82 per person plus gratuity, but no tax. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. 164 E. Palm Ave., Burbank, (818)840-7036.
Jar honors Harvey Gussman
On April 24, chef Suzanne Tracht and Jim Cascone of Huntington Meats honor longtime butcher to Los Angeles’ best restaurants, Harvey Gussman, the now-retired owner of Harvey’s Guss Meat Company. After a successful 60 plus years in Los Angeles, Gussman will be paid tribute with a dinner that will benefit the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai with a donation of 20 percent of the dinner’s sales. The meal ends with Nancy’s Fancy, the premium ice cream by Nancy Silverton. Pricing for the dinner is $175 per guest, exclusive of beverages, taxes and gratuity. Reservations are recommended and are offered from 5:30 p.m. 8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323)655-6566.
French-themed restaurant opens
Gabi James, the newest restaurant from the Gabriele family (Love & Salt), has opened in Redondo Beach. Executive chef Chris Feldmeier’s menu is inspired by Spanish and coastal French cuisine, with notes of North Africa and Andalusia contributing to the flavors. The cocktail program by Vincenzo Marianella mirrors the Mediterranean experience with light, effervescent gin and tonics, the national drink of Spain, as well as a number of cocktails featuring vermouth, sherry and amaro. Spanish and French wines feature prominently on the wine list, curated by Sara Gabriele, a certified sommelier and French wine scholar. Enjoy a beer list featuring a Spanish lager on tap, as well as local selections from the South Bay and Southern California breweries, many made exclusively for Gabi James. Open Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. 1810 Catalina Ave., (310)540-4884.
Viale dei Romani opens in West Hollywood
Located at La Peer Hotel, Viale opened in January as a modern West Hollywood trattoria created by chef Casey Lane, with a focus on wood-fired pizza, seafood, vegetables and handmade pastas. The Italian and Mediterranean menu is made with ingredients from California’s coastal produce and raw fish dishes like crudos. The 140-seat restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining. A courtyard bar sits adjacent to the pool.623 N. La Peer Drive, (310)691-1600.
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