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Rosh Hashana at Akasha
Celebrate the Jewish new year on Sept. 9-10 at Akasha with chef and owner Akasha Richmond and partner Alan Schulman for two nights of holiday specials. The evening begins with a pomegranate martini and a traditional plate of crisp apples with local honey. Small plates include matzo ball soup with carrots, dill and parsley, and chopped chicken liver with olive oil challah and crostini. For vegetarians, they offer green bean and walnut “chopped liver.” Yukon Gold potato pancakes with applesauce and sour cream will be served with Richmond’s slow-roasted brisket. For the fish entrée, savor branzino with chermoula, smoky eggplant, tahini purée and green beans with shallots. Finish the evening with honey cake with caramelized apples and pomegranate sorbet. This dine-in Rosh Hashana dinner will be served from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Akasha also offers an expansive Rosh Hashana take-out dinner menu with easy-to-heat-and-assemble dishes. Orders must be placed with a credit card by Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City, (310)845-1700.
Sunday supper at Lucques
On Sunday, Sept. 9, meet author Amelia Saltsman and celebrate the Jewish new year with a dinner inspired by her cookbook, “The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen.” Saltsman will be in the kitchen with Suzanne Goin, Caroline Styne and chef de cuisine Mercedes Rojas making duck liver crostini followed by ricotta dumplings with chicken soup, pecorino and rye-schmaltz crouton. For the main course, choose either the honeynut squash with freekeh, or the braised beef brisket with roasted carrot and sweet potato tzimmes. A European plum meringue torte completes the evening. The menu is $65 per person, and comes with wine pairings by Styne or a special cocktail by Christiaan Röllich. Reservations begin at 5 p.m. 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, (323)655-6277.
Tavern celebrates Jewish new year
For those looking to dine out for Rosh Hashana on Sept. 9-10, chef Suzanne Goin has designed a High Holidays menu prepared by chef de cuisine Joel Walsh. This dinner will be served in addition to Tavern’s regular à la carte dinner menu. The first course includes potato kugel with shallots and horseradish crème fraîche or market lettuce with black Mission figs, herbed goat cheese, borage and sherry vinaigrette. Main entrées include a choice of braised beef brisket, seared sea bass or the vegetarian Tehachapi grains with charred eggplant, sweet peppers, currants, pine nuts, mint and labneh. Finish with a honey-glazed apple upside-down cake with whipped crème fraîche. Select wines curated by Caroline Styne and seasonal cocktails created by Christiaan Röllich are also available. Tavern’s Rosh Hashana menu is $52 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity. Reservations begin at 5 p.m. 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, (310)806-6464.
Takeaway at The Larder at Tavern
Enjoy Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur takeaway menus to reheat at home. Choose from an array of appetizers, main courses, side dishes, Larder Baking Company breads and rolls, and delectible sweets such as chocolate-almond rugelach and an apple honey upside-down cake for the Jewish new year. Place your order by Sept. 6 for Rosh Hashana and Sept. 16 for Yom Kippur. 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angles, (310)806-6464. 8500 Burton Way, Los Angeles, (310)278-8060.
Grand opening at Pitchoun!
On Thursday, Sept. 6, Pitchoun! will offer free samples and food specials between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. With its flagship shop in downtown, the French bakery has opened a second location inside the Beverly Center. Receive a free macaron with the purchase of coffee or tea and a free mini pastry with a $12 minimum purchase of a meal while supplies last. 8500 Beverly Blvd., #103, (323)381-5328.
‘L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade’
Enjoy decadent meals and drinks from over 50 superstar chefs and mixologists on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Royce Quad at UCLA. The event is hosted by James Beard Foundation winners chef Suzanne Goin and business partner Caroline Styne, of Lucques, A.O.C. and Tavern; along with David Lentz, of The Hungry Cat. Money raised from this event will fund childhood cancer research, as well as emotional, financial and logistical support programs such as SuperSibs and Travel For Care for cancer families. The family-fun afternoon event is $195 for adults. Children 12 and under receive complimentary admission with an accompanying adult. For information and tickets, visit bit.ly/2eHMShc. 340 Royce Drive.
Veggie Grill’s new fall menu
On Sept. 12, Veggie Grill will debut plant-based autumn dishes such as penne Bolognese and the new burger with grilled Beyond Meat, truffle “cheese” sauce, roasted mushrooms, arugula, Sriracha ketchup and roasted tomatoes on a poppy seed bun with crispy fries. Other dishes include tortilla soup and pumpkin spice cake. The “Far East Bowl” includes a choice of sesame-crusted chicken or grilled tofu with cilantro, brown rice, green curry sauce, garlic broccoli and green papaya salad. 8000 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (323)822-7575. 6374 Sunset Blvd., Ste. A, Los Angeles, (323)962-3354; 10916 Lindbrook Drive, Los Angeles, (310)209-6070. 110 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, (323)933-3997.
‘An Evening on the Beach’
On Thursday, Sept. 13, join some of Los Angeles’ best chefs for an oceanside celebration of food and wine. Enjoy decadent bites, specialty cocktails and live music as the sun sets over Santa Monica. Dress is casual, shoes are optional and proceeds benefit St. Vincent Meals on Wheels to help provide 3,000 meals for seniors and other vulnerable residents across the Los Angeles area every day. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Jonathan Beach Club and features Zach Pollack, of Alimento and Cosa Buona; Gino Angelini, of Angelini Osteria; Genevieve Gergis, of Bestia and Bavel; Ray Garcia, of Broken Spanish; and more. Specialty cocktails will be created and presented by Shawn Lickliter, of Republique, in addition to the martini bar complete with Petrossian caviar-stuffed olives. Hermosa Brewing Company will offer a selection of local craft beers, and guest vintners include Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Ascension Cellars, Bonaccorsi Wine Company, Liquid Farm, Malibu Vineyards, Workman Ayer and more. Admission is $190 per person and includes parking. For information and tickets, visit eveningonthebeach.com. 850 Palisades Beach Road.
Weekly specials at Trejo’s Cantina
Dine at any of the Cantina locations in Hollywood, Pasadena or Woodland Hills on Monday for $6 margaritas all day. On Taco Tuesday, enjoy street tacos, cocktails, beer, wine and micheladas. Wine Down Wednesday features $7 house wines and sangria. Tequila Thursday features two-for-one tequila specials, and Fiesta Friday offers happy hour drinks all day. 1556 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, (323)461-8226. 37 S. Molina Ave., Pasadena, (626)792-4441. 21550 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills, (818)805-3165.
Decadent chef’s table at Castaway
Every Friday through Sunday, be one of only 10 diners to experience the chef’s table at Castaway. This exclusive dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail in the newly opened Green Room, followed by a six-course seasonal tasting menu at the communal chef’s table where diners can watch chef Perry Pollaci in action. Menu highlights include Hokkaido scallops carpaccio, and Cape Grim beef and Mishima rib-eye steak paired with Maine lobster and truffle-whipped potatoes. Try the wild grouper a la plancha, which comes with Dungeness crab, toasted quinoa, Egyptian cinnamon and smoked tomato. Finish with either the warm chocolate cake, vanilla crème brûlée, coconut panna cotta or chocolate mousse. This one-of-a-kind experience is $125 per person, not including tax and gratuities. There is a $50 optional wine pairing as well. 1250 E. Harvard Road, Burbank, (818)848-6691.
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