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Michelin-starred lunch at Viviane
Take off the afternoon on Friday, Aug. 24, from noon to 2:30 p.m. and sit by the pool at the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills for a Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival lunch. Viviane’s new chef Michael Reed, formerly of Osteria Mozza and Michelin-starred Sona, will be in the kitchen with Food Network chef Robert Irvine. The lunch is $125 per person. bit.ly/2PpdWlY. 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., (310)407-7791.
Free Halo Top scoops
Be one of the first 100 guests on Friday, Aug. 24, at the new Halo Top Scoop Shop at The Grove, and you will receive a complimentary Halo Top soft serve or a scoop of the hard-packed ice cream. Halo Top Creamery has partnered with Caruso to bring the Scoop Shop at The Grove to life, and the grand opening celebration takes place on Aug. 24-25 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. It continues on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with an exclusive “playground.” Play with life-sized ice cream pints, jump in a cake-themed ball pit with confetti-speckled balls, swing in a rainbow dreamland and pose in a strawberry hot air balloon basket. Enjoy creative toppings for your free ice cream, such as potato chips, caramel corn, and bacon bits, for sweet and savory combinations. The shop will also feature gourmet toppings, including locally baked cookies and chocolate-covered strawberries. This delicious ice cream is lower in calories and offers 20-24 grams of protein per pint. 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, (323)900-8080.
Explore Indonesia festival
On Saturday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy one of the largest Indonesian cultural festivities on the West Coast. Highlights from the festival include a variety of traditional music and dance performances; fashion shows; a kids’ corner with games and prize, and face painting; Jumputan tie-dye workshops; environmental talks; and food booths featuring Indonesian delicacies. Enjoy Pandan cake, chicken woku, beef curry, yellow rice, beef satay, lamb satay, grilled stuffed rice, and a coffee and tea bar. Consul General Simon Soekarno will be on-hand for the cutting of the tumpeng, a traditional cone-shaped rice dish. 645 S. Mariposa Ave., Los Angeles, (213)383-5126.
Magical cocktail at Prawn
Grand Central Market is teaming up with the Academy of Magical Arts, the nonprofit that supports the Magic Castle, to present a pop-up Magic Club on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 7 to 10 p.m. Prawn, gourmet seafood concept from chef Mark Peel, will serve up a specialty cocktail with Soju tequila, passion fruit lemonade and blood orange purée float for $7. This refreshing drink pairs perfectly with a Thai lobster roll or seafood paella. Sip as magicians perform illusions and tarot card readings for the perfect Saturday night. 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, (213)628-3400.
The Lexus Grand Tasting at the Barker Hangar
On Saturday, Aug. 25, and Sunday, Aug. 26, meet more than 25 celebrity chefs and enjoy delicious tastings and pours from 200 wines at the Barker Hangar. This L.A. Food & Wine Festival event will feature book signings and photo opportunities with some of the biggest celebrity chefs, including Curtis Stone, Michelle Bernstein and Alex Seidel. General admission tickets offer access from noon to 3 p.m., and are $175 each. VIP tickets allow entrance at 11:30 a.m., and are $225 per person. 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, (855)433-5239.
Community tribute to Jonathan Gold
On Sunday, Aug. 26, a free public tribute to the late Los Angeles Times food critic will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall. The event will feature L.A. Times staff writer Carolina Miranda as well as Mark Gold, Gold’s brother and UCLA associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability; Evan Kleiman, of KCRW’s “Good Food”; Laura Gabbert, producer and director of “City of Gold”; Councilman José Huizar, 14th District; Michael Cimarusti, chef and co-owner of Providence; Bricia Lopez, co-proprietor at Guelaguetza; Sang Yoon, chef and proprietor of Lukshon; and composer Carl Stone. KCRW’s Anthony Valadez will provide tunes for Angelenos enjoying some of L.A.’s favorite food trucks. At 7:30 p.m., there will be a screening of favorite and never-before-seen moments from “City of Gold,” the documentary about Gold. 200 N. Spring St.
Studio City’s barbecue and bingo
“Big Kid Bingo” is on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Barrel & Ashes from 7 to 10 p.m. Home to one of the most extensive American whiskey collections in Los Angeles, Barrel & Ashes offers guests Belle Meade Bourbon cocktails to sip on while they play bingo for a chance to win prizes like a mini barrel, flight boards, shirts, hats, and Barrel & Ashes gift cards. The $22 entry ticket includes a Memphis barbecue-style sandwich, choice of a Belle Meade cocktail or flight, and a bingo card. Additional bingo cards along with happy hour food and drink specials will also be available for purchase on-site. For tickets, visit bit.ly/2w0OzPy. 11801 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, (818)623-8883.
Savor the summer season at Kendall’s Brasserie with the perfect pairing of signature raw bar options paired with a featured rosé. Choose one raw bar item and a bottle of rosé for $55 until Aug. 31. This special is available Tuesday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. 135 N Grand Ave., Los Angeles, (213)972-7322.
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