Lobster brunch and rosé at Descanso Gardens
Maple’s executive chef Philip Mack is preparing special brunch dishes to pair with Domaine de Cala rosé. Now available until Sept. 2, the menu features a chardonnay-poached Maine lobster tail on toast with lobster bisque-whipped cream and avocado. Other delights include lobster lettuce cups with Cape Cod lobster salad, avocado and tarragon citrus aioli. The lobster Benedict is served with creamed baby spinach on a toasted brioche with hollandaise sauce. For an even more decadent dish, try the grilled lobster served with chipotle butter and a side of guacamole and chips. Before or after brunch, take a stroll among the various blooming gardens. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, (818)864-6435.
Ray’s & Stark Bar
Executive chef Fernando Darin is preparing beautifully curated lobster dishes to pair with Domaine de Cala rosé during dinner from July 30 through Sept. 2. Main course dishes include lobster spaghetti with burrata, and a wood-fired lobster with corn on the cob and potato salad with béarnaise sauce. Glasses of wine start at $13. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, (323)857-6180.
Take a trip to Spain with Lucques
On Monday, July 30, secure a table at Lucques for a celebratory reunion with former Lucques chefs Wylie Dufresne, Gabrielle Hamilton, Paul Kahan, Michael Schlow and Paula Disbrowe. When Suzanne Goin took a trip to Spain in 2001, the experience opened her eyes to the flavorful dishes of the Iberian Peninsula, which she then shared with her extraordinary group of chefs at Lucques. The chefs will cook together again for this one-night-only dinner. Reservations are required to experience the Spanish-inspired dinner at $215 per guest. 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, (323)655-6277.
Vegetarian dinner at Rustic Canyon
On Tuesday, July 31, executive chef Jeremy Fox and chef de cuisine Andy Doubrava will create a special five-course vegetarian tasting menu showcasing the versatility of Southern California’s produce. Sommelier Ferdinando Mucerino is offering curated wine pairings for $45 per person, and bar manager Nate Reed is crafting nonalcoholic cocktail pairings for $25 per person. For reservations, visit bit.ly/2NIyZ1c. 1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310)393-7050.
DAOU dinner and summer night specials
On Aug. 1, Café Pinot will offer a wine and dinner experience with executive chef Phillip Martin preparing special dishes to pair with glasses of Paso Robles winery DAOU. The five-course meal, starting at 6 p.m., is $110 per person, and excludes tax and gratuity. The starter is a trio of canapés paired with a 2017 DAOU rosé. Other courses include Dungeness crab with a 2017 chardonnay, duck breast with a 2016 cabernet sauvignon and lamb saddle with a glass of 2015 Estate Soul of a Lion. Martin is also offering summer night specials at Café Pinot. The California-French fusion menu includes an exclusive starter and entrée on Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Starters include a lobster salad with charred endive or grilled figs with bacon. Entrées include beef tenderloin or mahi-mahi. 700 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, (213)239-6500.
Oysters and rosé at Nick & Stef’s
From Aug. 1 through Sept. 4, executive chef Megan Logan will offer grilled oysters with house-made butter and semi-sparkling Fritz Müller rosé. Sip and enjoy these delicacies among the mid-century modern decor with a contemporary flair. There is also one more day to enjoy the summer dineL.A. menu featuring a special summer lunch for $25 and a prix-fixe dinner for $49. 330 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, (213)680-0330.
Summer cocktail party
On Aug. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m., come meet executive chef Ian Gresik (former chef at Drago Centro) and his friends at The Arbor for a one-of-a-kind charity affair. Gresik will prepare special hors d’oeuvres with some of the industry’s best chefs. Visiting chefs include Evan Gotanda, of Salt House in San Francisco; Kevin Meehan, of Kali in Los Angeles; Santiago Migoya, of Mia Domenicca in Mexico City; Jacob Ramos, of JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live; and Benjamin Dave, of Sysco Los Angeles. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the chefs and learn about the inspiration behind their dishes. There will be lots of wine and beer to enjoy with all the tasting plates. Tickets are on sale for $75 per person. A portion of the event’s proceeds will go to Gresik’s charity of choice, the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House. For tickets, visit bit.ly/2LMH5p9. 527 S. Lake Ave., Ste. 120, Pasadena, (626)396-4925.
Brunch at Hayden
Hayden, the all-day neighborhood cafe and wine shop at Platform in Culver City, is now offering a California-inspired Sunday brunch starting at 10:30 a.m. Led by Ari Kolender, a James Beard semifinalist, Hayden offers a menu with seasonal favorites and an emphasis on seafood and local produce, complemented by a carefully curated selection of wine and beer. The beverage program, by Akari Yamamura, features young and fresh producers from California, France and Italy. Bottles are available to enjoy there or to take home. The brunch menu includes trout roe with waffle points, eggs and nonna sauce, and cocktail classics like the michelada and Garibaldi. It’s served until 7 p.m. Come back later during the week during “Golden Hour” for $2 oysters and $8 glasses of wine from 5 to 7 p.m. Open daily from 11:30 to 9 p.m. 8820 Washington Blvd., (310)593–4777.
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