Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s high roller
On Friday, April 20, order the high roller burger at Hopdoddy Burger Bar made with a taco-seasoned beef patty, pepperoni, mozzarella, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos ketchup and ranch fries on a hemp seed bun. For one day only, the burger is priced at $11. 12746 Jefferson Blvd., #1120, Playa Vista, (310)410-2337.
Celebrate Earth Day at Spinfish
Spinfish Poke House is offering $5 green bowls on Earth Day, April 22. The bowl contains tofu and a mixed greens base, with the option to add toppings such as edamame, avocado and seaweed salad. 808 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310)260-1321.
Free Halo Top ice cream
Join others at the grand opening of the new Halo Top Scoop Shop on Tuesday, April 24, at the Westfield Century City from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Load up your guilt-free soft serve with over 50 specialty toppings, including chocolate drizzle, fresh blueberries, mochi pieces and cheesecake crumbles. Guests can top off their visit by capturing their soft serve creations with an interactive photo booth and experiencing an incredible 3D art installation. Soft serve flavors include vanilla bean, chocolate, strawberry and seasonal flavors like blueberry crumble. Halo Top’s latest shop will also carry a selection of its beloved ice cream pint flavors, such as vanilla bean, chocolate chip cookie dough, red velvet, mint chip and caramel macchiato. The shop will also carry two of Halo Top’s dairy-free and vegan flavors, chocolate and chocolate chip cookie dough. Each flavor can be spooned into a classic cup; topped on a cake, sugar, waffle or Halo Top puffle cone; loaded into a Halo Top taco; or pressed between two cookies. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles.
El Silencio mezcal dinner
On Tuesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m., Tallula’s Restaurant’s new “Hecho Con Agave” series features mezcaleros and tequileros making small-batch agave spirits. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and four-course dinner paired with pours and four cocktails made with El Silencio’s Espadín and Joven Ensamble. During the dinner, participants have the opportunity to meet El Silencio owner Fausto Zapata and the team. Learn about the artisanal process behind these premium and organic mezcales. This event is in Tallula’s upstairs private dining room and is $110 per person. 118 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica, (310)526-0027.
Oregon wines at the LINE Hotel
On Tuesday, April 24, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., enjoy tastes from 50 Oregon wineries, as well as Olympia Provisions, Salt & Straw Ice Cream and Stumptown Coffee Roasters. It’s an evening bringing Oregon wine country to Los Angeles. For general admission $75 tickets, visit oregonwinetrailla.eventbrite.com. For participating wineries, visit oregonwine.org/trail. 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.
Horse Thief BBQ and beer garden
Movie nights return on Wednesdays to the Horse Thief BBQ patio. Grab a beer and some delicious barbecue. Diners can enjoy their pulled pork, ribs and smoked brisket al fresco on picnic tables with a view of the historic Angels Flight in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. In addition, Horse Thief’s walk-up bar features select wines and a dozen taps including Texas favorites like Shiner Bock and Shiner White Wing, as well as a rotating list of local and West Coast craft beers. All movies feature open seating and begin at 7:30 p.m. On April 25, the eatery will show “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.” On May 2, the movie of the night will be “Finding Nemo” and on May 9, “Overboard.” 324 S. Hill St., (213)625-0341.
Sake at Inko Nito
During the month of April, all guests dining at Inko Nito Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. can enjoy sake and nigaki pairings. Diners will receive a glass of Sierra sake for free with the purchase of any nigaki. This special is limited to one per guest. 225 S. Garey St., Los Angeles, (310)999-0476.
Masters of Taste
The third annual Masters of Taste, a premier food and beverage festival is taking place at the iconic Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium on Sunday, May 6. Stroll the 50-yard line as you feast on dishes from Los Angeles’ top chefs and restaurants, including chef Michele Lisi at Nerano, chef Tony Esnault at Spring and Church & State, chef Paul Shoemaker at The Flats, chef Kyle Johnson at Bourbon Steak and personal chef Christina Xenos of Sweet Greek. Sip signature handcrafted cocktails from master mixologists, and enjoy tastes from some of California’s most eclectic wineries and local craft breweries. This event gives 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit Union Station Homeless Services. VIP tickets are $165 each and allow early entrance at 3 p.m. Watch culinary demonstrations, enter the VIP lounges on the field and enjoy unlimited tastings. General admission tickets are $105 and offer unlimited tastings from all of the top Los Angeles restaurant vendors, wineries, breweries and craft cocktail bars from 4 to 7 p.m. Participants must be at least 21 years old and ID is required. Visit masteroftastela.com. 1001 Rose Bowl Drive.
Celebrate Lawry’s 80th anniversary
The iconic prime rib destination is hosting a celebratory prime rib lunch and panel discussion on May 12 in partnership with the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl and Jonathan Gold. Four of the city’s most beloved chefs – Nancy Silverton, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Sang Yoon – will reinvent Lawry’s most recognizable dishes for the event, from the spinning bowl salad and classic cart sides to the signature C.C. Brown’s hot fudge sundae. After lunch, the chefs, along with Lawry’s CEO Richard Frank and Lawry’s executive chef and Vice President Ryan Wilson, will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Jonathan Gold. The four-course lunch with wine pairings is $150 per person, including tax and gratuity. All net proceeds will be donated to The Midnight Mission, which offers paths to self-sufficiency for homeless individuals in Los Angeles. 100 La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310)652-2827.
Mother’s Day at Jean-Georges
Celebrate Mother’s Day on May 13 at Jean-Georges Beverly Hills with a special pre-fixe brunch. Highlights of the menu include a chilled shellfish platter with Kumamoto oysters, king crab, littleneck clams, wild Gulf shrimp and Maine lobster. Main courses include a wood-grilled Pacific snapper with organic potato purée, steamed spring peas and black bean vinaigrette, or roasted organic chicken with lemony potatoes, crunchy sweet onions and herbs. The desserts offered are a lychee rhubarb trifle with an almond crumble or a warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. The brunch starts at $155 a person and is from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 9850 Wilshire Blvd., (310)860-6566.
Weekend brunch at Baltaire
Executive chef Travis Strickland is offering a spring weekend brunch with sweet favorites that include blue spirulina yogurt with fruit compote and pecan granola; cinnamon monkey bread; Nutella and banana toast; and cast-iron skillet orange cornmeal hotcakes. Savory dishes include smoked salmon avocado toast and a Tunisian and Israeli shakshouka in a black skillet with poached eggs in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, onions and spiced with cumin. For a decadent treat, order either the prime filet Benedict with avocado or the slices of harissa-spiced lamb served with an almond and olive relish and duck fat-roasted potatoes. Open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 11647 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, (424)273-1660.
New chef at 1 Pico
The signature restaurant at Shutters on the Beach has appointed David Almany as chef de cuisine. This native Los Angeles chef graduated from the Santa Barbara School of Culinary Arts and worked for Nancy Silverton and Matt Molina at Osteria Mozza. Almany was selected by Silverton, Mario Batali and restaurateur Joe Bastianich to spearhead Mozza’s international brand expansion. After a five-year tenure as the executive chef of the Osteria Mozza in Singapore’s luxurious Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Almany returns to Southern California to develop 1 Pico’s new culinary program. 1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, (310)587-1717.
Free coffee for a year at Jane Q
Join the Mug Club at the all-day Hollywood eatery Jane Q for $25 and receive a year’s worth of coffee. Mug Club members will receive a card granting them unlimited free LAMILL drip coffee to drink in the restaurant, valid for one year from the date of purchase. Members also have the option to upgrade to lattes, nitro cold brew and other specialty coffee drinks for just $3. Jane Q is also offering a new spring daily brunch and happy hour. 1800 Argyle Ave., Los Angeles, (213)279-3534.
Employees Only cocktail bar and restaurant
Midnight Hospitality Group’s Steven B. Weisburd and Tom Sopit have opened a speakeasy restaurant and bar in West Hollywood. Employees Only co-founder and mixologist Dushan Zaric executes the world-class bar program. Veteran chef Sascha Lyon serves bistro-style, wood-fired oven fare. This hidden speakeasy concept offers a rotation of three psychics in residence every evening. For $25 a session, they will guide you through 15-minute spiritual readings. There is also spin the bottle at the bar, allowing patrons to spin a wheel and select their spirit of choice. A special cocktail will be made by the bar team. The extended bar menu includes aperitifs, cocktails and long drinks. There is also a New Orleans-inspired cocktail menu in Henry’s Room, paying homage to one of the original Employees Only co-founders, Henry LaFargue (who was from The Big Easy). The menu includes Sazerac, French 75, Ramos Gin Fizz and the visually striking Café Brûlot, prepared tableside. Open seven days a week from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. 7953 Santa Monica Blvd., (323)536-9045.
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