Jonathan Gold tribute at Taste
The Los Angeles Times will honor late restaurant critic Jonathan Gold with several tributes at The Taste, the upcoming annual food festival held from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 at the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood. On Friday, attendees can take photos in front of a silhouette of Gold at Cafe L.A. Times. A light installation will display his “Five Rules for Dining in Los Angeles.” Many participating restaurants, including Faith & Flower, Pacific Dining Car, Herringbone Santa Monica and Chiguacle Sabor Ancestral de Mexico, will offer special dishes inspired by Gold. Herringbone will serve a golden snapper ceviche with chilies, cilantro, citrus and crispy nori chips, while Pacific Dining Car will offer a classic steakhouse plate – Gold was fond of the dry-aged meat. Your ticket is all-inclusive and is good for unlimited food, beer, wine and spirits tastings, plus all stage activities. Tickets start at $115 per person and can be purchased at bit.ly/2wvJmhZ. Attendees must be 21 years and older. 783 N. Van Ness Ave.
‘Made in LA’ with Golden Road
Golden Road Brewing presents “Made in LA,” a two-day music and arts festival on Sept. 1 and 2 celebrating Los Angeles art and culture with food trucks and art installations. Music on Saturday includes Dorothy, Mondo Cozmo, Dâm-Funk and J Rocc. Headliners on Sunday include Los Angeles band Saint Motel, Andre Power and Duckwrth. Doors open at 5 p.m. both days. Attendees must be 21 and over. Purchase a one-day ticket for $10 or a two-day ticket for $20 at bit.ly/2MEiebu. 5410 W. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, (213)373-4677.
Broad Street Oyster Company pop-up
Visit the four-day Broad Street Oyster Company pop-up at Silver Lake’s We Have Noodles, with all-day service from Sept. 6 through Sept. 9. Founder Christopher Tompkins has expanded his offerings to include fresh Santa Barbara uni and a seated prix-fixe menu. The five-course menu is $45 with optional add-ons, including Maine lobster rolls; Santa Barbara sea urchin from Stephanie Mutz, of Sea Stephanie Fish; geoduck ceviche; octopus salad; and oysters from Morro Bay. Drinks include wine by the glass for $12 and bottles starting at $55, as well as beer curated by Tabula Rasa Bar’s Zach Negin. This pop-up will accommodate walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis for up to 25 guests. On Sept. 6 and Sept. 7, dinner begins at 4 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday, Sept. 9, the pop-up begins at noon. 3827 W. Sunset Blvd, Ste. C., (323)284-8726.
Marugame Udon at the Beverly Center
The popular udon noodle brand has opened its doors at the Beverly Center. It’s the second location of the chain in Los Angeles, with the first on Sawtelle. The upscale, cafeteria-style noodle destination offers signature hot and cold udon bowls with a tempura bar featuring tempura-fried vegetables and proteins, and a toppings station with freshly grated ginger, cilantro, sauces and more. Open seven days a week starting at 11 a.m. 8500 Beverly Blvd. 2029 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, (424)317-2222.
Labor Day celebrations
Labor Day summer barbecue at The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Relish in sunset views on Labor Day weekend from above Little Santa Monica Boulevard. The Roof Garden at The Peninsula restaurant will celebrate the long weekend Friday through Sunday, from 5 to 9 p.m. Watch executive chef David Codney grill traditional barbecue specialties such as coffee-and-chipotle-smoked beef ribs, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer can chicken, charred branzino and pulled pork biscuit. Finish with delicious house-made s’mores. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., (310)975-2855.
Poolside Labor Day fun at Viviane
Executive chef Michael Reed will offer a limited menu and poolside DJ sets from Sept. 1 to 3 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy the mid-century modern vibe designed by Kelly Wearstler while enjoying Labor Day summer dishes that include salads, grain bowls and creative sandwiches. 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310)407-7791.
Baltaire’s Labor Day brunch
Executive chef Travis Strickland will offer a special brunch menu with five sweet and savory toasts, each paired with a different rosé wine this Labor Day weekend. This special is served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Each toast and rosé pairing is available à la carte and priced separately. 11647 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, (424)273-1660.
Labor Day brunch at Public School on Tap
Los Angeles’ favorite scholastic-themed gastropub will serve brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. all weekend and on Labor Day, Sept. 3. Known for its creative fare and craft beer, PS on Tap will offer pitchers of mimosas and bloody Mary’s along with chicken wings, fried chicken and waffles with red-eye gravy and a fried egg, or an eggs Benedict pizza with prosciutto, Grana Padano cheese, hollandaise sauce and two fried eggs. 9411 Culver Blvd., Culver City, (310)558-0421. 612 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, (213)622-4500. 15300 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (818)728-9818.
Circa 55 at The Beverly Hilton
Celebrate Labor Day early on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Circa 55. This poolside barbecue features burgers, ribs, beer and more, along with live entertainment next to the hotel’s iconic Aqua Star Pool. 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310)887-6055.
Enjoy a sky-high Labor Day barbecue
Enjoy a poolside Labor Day party on Saturday, Sept. 1., on the rooftop of The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. The celebration, from noon to 5 p.m., features savory, smoky and sweet classics from the hotel’s WP24 by Wolfgang Puck. Bask in panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles as executive chef John Lechleidner prepares prime beef brisket and baby back ribs with a mesquite smoker. Grilled sausages and glazed chicken will be served with traditional sides such as potato salad, asparagus, grilled corn salad, mac and cheese, and corn bread. Sweet Labor Day treats include freshly made berry crumble cake, brownies, cookies and macarons. For drinks, Champagne floats and other beverages will be offered. Tickets are $45 per person. For reservations, call and reservations (213)743-8824. 900 W. Olympic Blvd.
Esters Wine Shop & Bar’s happy hour
Now on Mondays, including Labor Day, guests can enjoy $9 glasses of house wine, burrata crostini for $7 and half-dozen oysters for $18 from 3 p.m. to closing. The corkage fee is also waived at Ester’s on Mondays. Also this weekend, brunch is extended through Monday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cool down on the patio with chilled build-your-own buckets for $24 that include four canned craft beers and wines of your choice. A tableside mimosa service for $28 comes with a bottle of prosecco alongside three, fresh-squeezed orange, watermelon and lemon mint juices. Menu items include spicy shrimp and grits with corn, bell peppers, honey and barbecue beer glaze. The made-to-order frittatas, featuring kale, onion, shiitake mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes, come with the option to add speck or prosciutto. Esters is open until 11 p.m. on Labor Day. 1314 Seventh St., Santa Monica, (310)899-6900.
All-American Labor Day barbecue
Downtown Los Angeles’ walk-up Prank Bar is hosting a special Labor Day event on Sept. 3 from 2 p.m. to midnight. Executive chef Ricardo Sanchez grills racks of ribs and chickens and serves them alongside mac and cheese, coleslaw and fries. Enjoy drink specials on beer, boilermakers, and the “All-American Truffle Shuffle” made with a PBR tall boy and a shot of George Dickel rye whiskey. 1100 S. Hope St., (213)493-4786.
Labor Day at Melody
Virgil Village’s Melody will honor Labor Day with executive chef Justin Abram grilling burgers on Monday, Sept. 3, as guests play cornhole on the patio. A country DJ set will entertain attendees enjoying oysters; chilled red, white and pink wines; burgers and sandwiches. Come in from 4 to 10 p.m. 751 N. Virgil Ave., Los Angeles, (323)922-6037.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.