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Jack-o’-lanterns and autumn delights
The family-friendly, Halloween-themed “Nights of the Jack” begins tonight, Oct. 11, and runs through Nov. 4. Starting at dusk, attendees can stroll along a half-mile trail filled with thousands of hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns. Enjoy larger-than-life pumpkin installations and detailed artist depictions of movie stars, sports heroes and animated characters. Seasonal food and beverage offerings will be provided by some of Los Angeles’ top food trucks and vendors. Advanced ticket purchase is required. Tickets are for 30-minute intervals, and are $25 for people 13 years and older. Children tickets are $20, and infants to three-year-olds are free. 26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas. nightsofthejack.com.
Oyster festival at Grand Central Market
On Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14, meet six different oyster farmers setting up shop at the Grand Central Market for a two-day shucking marathon. Taste oysters from Washington state’s Chelsea Farm and Hama Hama, Alaska’s Glacial Point Oysters, British Columbia’s Paradise Oysters, Massachusetts’ Rock Harbor Oysters and Baja California’s Sol Azul Seafarms. The farmers will be located next to The Oyster Gourmet on both days from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last year, more than 14,000 oysters were slurped with a curated selection of French wines by the glass. This year, the farmers will shuck non-stop to beat that amount. Other dining venues at the market will also feature oyster specials, including Horse Thief BBQ, serving Southern fried oysters, and Prawn, offering beer-battered fried oysters with house-made tartar sauce and rouille. At Olio, they are making a po’boy pizza topped with semolina-crusted oysters, fresh heirloom tomatoes, shaved iceberg lettuce, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese and Creole barbecue sauce. As part of the celebration, the Louisiana-rooted and Los Angeles-based group, The Mudbug Brass Band, will inspire festivalgoers to dance and swing to the rhythms of traditional New Orleans jazz, R&B and funk on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. On both days, kids can visit a free art booth hosted by Little Junebugs where they can make their own projects using oyster shells, mini seashells and other underwater-themed decorations. 317 S. Broadway., Los Angeles, (213)624-2378.
Concert and Pink Negroni at The Garland
The Garland hosts the free concert, “The Journey Experience,” tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. Guests of the hotel and locals who are 21 and older can enjoy inventive drinks and bites for purchase. For tickets, visit bit.ly/2ONoM86. The Garland’s signature restaurant, The Front Yard, is also offering a Pink Negroni in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The cocktail is a mix of gin, lemon juice, Aperol and Lillet. For every drink purchased, the restaurant will donate $1 to Casting for Recovery, a charity that provides healing outdoor retreats for women with breast cancer at no cost to participants. 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, (818)255-7290.
Westside Food & Wine Festival
On Oct. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m., over 20 of West Los Angeles’ popular restaurants, food trucks and caterers will be paired with a variety of wines, craft beer, spirits and nonalcoholic beverages. Enjoy live music, DJs, magic shows, vendors and giveaways. Located at the Marriott’s Courtyard Los Angeles Westside, the festival is open to all ages, however only those 21 years and older are allowed in the area where alcohol is poured and tasted. Tickets start at $60. Children under 10 are free with paying adult, but one adult per child is required. Proceeds benefit Westside Food Bank. Every donated dollar allows WSFB to provide food for four nutritious meals. For information and tickets, visit wsfb.org. 6333 Bristol Pkwy., Culver City, (310)827-0873.
Dinner and wine pairing pop-up
On Oct. 17, “MasterChef” runner-up Derrick Fox will prepare a one-night-only, limited-seating dinner at 1212 Santa Monica at 7:30 p.m. DAOU Vineyards will curate the five-course dinner and optional wine pairing. The evening will feature an end-of-summer fig appetizer paired with a DAOU rosé, truffle croquette with a glass of chardonnay, pan-seared scallops with a pour of cabernet sauvignon and a pan-seared oven-roasted filet paired with a taste of reserve cabernet sauvignon. Dessert is a chocolate cake with the DAOU pessimist red wine blend. Dinner is $75 per guest, and the optional wine pairing is $50 per guest. 1212 Third St. Promenade, Santa Monica, (310)576-9996.
Club 23 celebrates LeBron James
Artisanal Brewers Collective’s 12 bars and breweries in Los Angeles have teamed up to launch a members-only beer club. The launch date is Oct. 18 and coincides with LeBron James’ debut game with the Los Angeles Lakers. Membership is $23 and only available for club members 21 years and older. The membership includes an exclusive commemorative mug, bottomless beers during the debut game, a Club 23 membership card and a discounted first pint for only $1 during all 2018-19 NBA Lakers games. Participating locations include Spring St. Bar, Beelman’s, Corner Cantina, Mohawk Bend, Tony’s Darts Away, The Old Chalet, Brennan’s, 6th & La Brea Brewery & Restaurant, The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse, Bluebird Brasserie Brewery & Eatery, and Broxton Brewery & Public House. Select one of these locations to pick up your mug on Oct. 18. To purchase membership, visit bit.ly/2EauqNl.
Celebrity chef dinner at the Jonathan Club
The upcoming 4 Chefs 4 Kids dinner will be held on Oct. 18 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. This special evening hosted by chef Jason McClain, of the Jonathan Club, begins with a cocktail reception. Enjoy a selection of hors d’oeuvres, premium wines, local craft beers and specialty cocktails created by guest mixologist Anthony Greco, an alumnus of the Careers through Culinary Arts Program. All-star chefs Tony Esnault, Sally Camacho Mueller and Suzanne Tracht will participate and hosts include chef Susan Feniger, of Border Grill, and Monti Carlo, of Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” The four-course tasting menu will be paired with selected wines at 7:30 p.m. The evening’s individual tickets are $250 per person. The event benefits the Los Angeles chapter of the Careers through Culinary Arts Program, a national nonprofit that educates and guides underserved high school students toward a bright future. 545 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, (213)624-0881.
Trejo’s and Breast Cancer Angels
This month, sip a Pink Senorita drink at Trejo’s Cantina and $2 from every sale will be donated to the nonprofit Breast Cancer Angels until Oct. 31. Purchase a Think Pink donut at Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts, and they will donate $1 to the organization. Breast Cancer Angels provide financial and emotional assistance for women and their families. Trejo’s Cantina, 37 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, (626)792-4441. 1556 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, (323)461-8226. 21550 Oxnard St., Ste. 125, Woodland Hills, (818)805-3165. Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts, 6785 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, (323)462-4600.
Pink Elephant at Spire 73
Take the elevator up 73 stories to Spire 73 in the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown for a special Pink Elephant cocktail. Throughout the month of October, a portion of every purchased Pink Elephant cocktail will be donated to support breast cancer research in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This pink drink is made with Chopin pink vodka, Tempus Fugit crème de noyaux, sour cherry gastrique, pistachio tincture, chocolate bitters and egg white, and is garnished with cacao nibs and Luxardo cherries. 900 Wilshire Blvd., 73rd floor, (213)688-7777.
The Rooftop Grill at Montage Beverly Hills
Enjoy a new menu developed by Kelly LeVeque, the Montage Hotels & Resorts’ health and wellness expert. Besides an array of seasonal California dishes, LeVeque has created vegan options in the “Be Well” section of the menu. Options include a carrot cake smoothie with carrot flax seed, cinnamon, apple butter, almond milk and Primal Kitchen vanilla collagen. There is a Greek chicken salad; coconut yogurt parfait with hemp hearts; Italian frittata with organic chicken sausage; and lettuce-wrapped shrimp tacos dazzled with a Primal Kitchen chipotle mayonnaise. 225 N. Canon Drive, (310)860-7990.
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