Stay and dine this summer on Sunset
Kicking off tonight, June 21, and running through Sept. 3, “A Tribute to the Summer of Love” commemorates the nearly 100,000 young activists and dreamers who traveled to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury during the summer of 1967 to join a community of artists, musicians, poets and radicals for the landmark “Summer of Love.” West Hollywood’s Summer on Sunset series reignites that cultural movement, one that celebrates the influence of counter-culture through music, dining and entertainment on the Strip. Book a hotel reservation at reservations.visitwesthollywood.com for $100 towards a two-night stay between June 21 and Sept. 3 at participating hotels as well as an exclusive Summer on Sunset VIP card valued at $200. Promotional offers include 50 percent off signature cocktails at the Sunset Trocadero and Cabo Cantina. Enjoy complimentary small plates at The Jeremy West Hollywood’s Joao Cocktail Bar. Purchase an entrée and receive a complimentary beverage at The Den on Sunset, Katana, Roku and BOA. Dine at Pearl’s or Rock & Reilly’s and receive 20 percent off the entire bill. The festival also pays homage to the city’s iconic entertainment venues such as The Viper Room, Whisky a Go Go, The Standard and Sunset Marquis. For information, visit visitwesthollywood.com/summeronsunset.
Summer tastes at Jean-Georges Beverly Hills
Located at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, Jean-Georges Beverly Hills offers an intimate, outdoor cooking demonstration led by the hotel’s top-notch team of chefs. Guests will have the opportunity to enroll in one of three demonstrations offered, each featuring a different chef and focusing on a seasonal ingredient. All classes begin at 3 p.m. and will also feature a summer cocktail demonstration with sommelier Jordan Nova following the main presentation. On Saturday, June 23, the class, “Cooking with Avocados,” will be led by executive pastry chef Deden Putra. Dishes include hamachi tartare, guacamole and avocado soufflé. On July 21, chef de cuisine Richard Archuleta leads a “Cooking with Tomatoes” demonstration. Learn how to make tomato gazpacho, and heirloom tomato with heart of palm and coconut water vinaigrette. Joseph Castro, chef de cuisine of The Rooftop by JG, will lead “Cooking with Eggplant” on Aug. 25, featuring dishes like crunchy eggplant Parmesan, fresh mozzarella and basil, and eggplant caviar. Space is limited. Each class is $89 per person. To make a reservation, contact email@example.com. 9850 Wilshire Blvd., (310)860-6566.
Summertime crab boil at Red Herring
On Monday, June 25, from 6 to 9 p.m., co-owner and chef Dave Woodall and co-owner Alexis Martin Woodall are cracking into the first-of-the-season crab to pay homage to the chef’s Maryland roots. Come join in the fun, old-fashioned Chesapeake Bay blue crab boil that includes shrimp, sausage and potatoes, accompanied by classic sides like cole slaw, macaroni salad, cornbread and baked beans. The family-style meal includes two drinks (beer and wine), dinner and gratuity. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $80 per person and can be purchased at bit.ly/2JOtZus. 1661 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, (323)739-0004.
The NoMad’s salads and sandwiches
Now at the NoMad’s Coffee Bar between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., guests can enjoy new sandwiches that include The Italian with soppressata, mortadella, finocchiona, provolone, stracciatella and giardiniera, or the black truffle chicken sandwich with Gruyère. Salads spotlight seasonal produce, such as snap peas with kale, mint and pecorino, and cucumber with pickled strawberries, parmesan and lemon. This Coffee Bar menu is also available for delivery via Caviar. 649 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, (213)358-0000.
Mid-day aperitif at Ivory on Sunset
Located on the Sunset Strip in scenic West Hollywood, Ivory on Sunset offers a new mid-day aperitif menu from 3-6 p.m. everyday. The summer aperitifs pair nicely with California-inspired shareable bites. Highlights include tuna and hamachi tartare and lobster salad. Summertime sips and spritz selections are $12. Guests can also enjoy a “Sunset Wine & Brine” special offering a petite shellfish platter and bottle of Txakolina wine. 8440 Sunset Blvd., (323)848-6000.
Sunsets at Andaz West Hollywood
Formerly known as the Riot House, Andaz West Hollywood will host Sunsets on Sunset every Thursday this summer from 5 to 9 p.m. Guests and locals can enjoy music, food, cocktails and games while taking in the 360-degree views from their rooftop pool. 8401 Sunset Blvd., (323)656-1234.
Prawn’s Trivia Nights
Have some fun at Prawn’s locations in Pasadena and the Grand Central Market every Tuesday and Wednesday during the summer. The fast casual seafood spot by chef Mark Peel is hosting a pop-up Trivia Night on Tuesdays in the expansive One Colorado courtyard in Pasadena. Enjoy food and drink while playing trivia and listening to a KCRW DJ spin from 6 to 7:30 p.m. It’s free to play and there are great prizes to be won from surrounding business and breweries. Prawn will also be offering happy hour specials until 7 p.m. A special grilled cheese menu will be available until 8:30 p.m. At the Grand Central Market location, Prawn is hosting Trivia Night every Wednesday until the end of August. Trivia starts at 7:30 p.m., and happy hour specials are from 4 to 7 p.m. Winners can expect brewery swag prizes and gift cards for other Grand Central Market vendors. 16 Miller Alley, Pasadena, (626)219-6115. 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, (213)628-3400.
Summer fun at The London
The London’s Boxwood on the Roof restaurant celebrates the summer season with a crystal-inspired cocktail menu on Tuesdays and live music by Jacob Mondry on Wednesday nights. Come back on Sundays to enjoy an ice cream sundae to start the week on a sweet note. 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, (310)854-1111.
New cocktails at The Roger Room
Los Angeles’ iconic award-winning mixology bar presents five new cocktails for the summer designed to keep you cool during hot nights. Bartenders Bruce Hood and Sean Stewart crafted the menu from ingredients from local farms and continually seek out new and noteworthy liquor and liqueurs. The new cocktail Highlands In The Stream is made with Macallan 12-year single-malt scotch, L’Orgeat liqueur, Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6, Lucid absinthe rinse and orange peel. Hood named this drink for the homeland of Macallan and the Hemingway novel “Islands in the Stream,” which later became a film featuring the classic Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers duet. The Roger Room is open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Monday through Friday, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, and from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday. 370 La Cienega Blvd., (310)854-1300.
New chef at the Castaway
Recently re-opened in May, the beloved restaurant perched atop the scenic hills of Burbank offers captivating views of the surrounding valley. The new executive chef Perry Pollaci prepares a seasonally inspired, steak-forward menu offering a variety of smoked and dry-aged cuts of meat, a raw bar, vegetable sides and customizable charcuterie boards. Pollaci educates guests at the highly coveted Chef’s Table, a 10-seat set up that gives diners a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Castaway world, with the ability to interact with chef while enjoying an intimate meal. Sink into the comfortable booths throughout the restaurant or at a table near the wine cellar stocked with an impressive array of reds and whites. On warm summer nights, the multi-level patio offers unparalleled views and a perfect California sunset. 1250 E. Harvard Road, (818)848-6691.
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