Tote for two at 6th & La Brea
Whether you’re headed to the Hollywood Bowl or a LACMA Jazz Night, pick up a $40 picnic bag filled with spiced crunch chickpeas, two main dishes, two freshly baked vegan cookies and two 16-ounce crowlers. Menu options include garbanzo beans cup, pork belly or tofu bahn mi sandwich on sourdough bread, hummus sandwich, Chinese chicken salad, kale tofu salad and chicken Caesar salad. 600 S. La Brea Ave., (323)998-8565.
New ramen bowl at Bushi by Jinya
The recently launched Tonkotsu red ramen bowl – made with pork broth, pork chashu, kikurage, green onion, seasoned egg, nori, red hot chili oil, spicy bean sprouts and thick ramen noodles – offers diners the option to choose a spice level from 1 to 10. To help diners cool off, guests will receive a complimentary hand roll with the purchase of this ramen bowl now through the end of May. 5168 Wilshire Blvd., (323)954-6477.
New Cal Mare lunch
Enjoy a three-course Vespa lunch for $28 per person at the coastal Italian-inspired restaurant at the Beverly Center. Chef Adam Sobel introduces new dishes from his Italian and Jewish heritage, such as focaccia topped with buffalo mozzarella and fennel-cured salmon, and a juicy cheeseburger with fontina cheese and a tangy Calabrian chili aioli. Cal Mare also offers an all-day happy hour with a variety of seasonal spritz selections, Negroni variations and plenty of nibbles. 8500 Beverly Blvd., #115, (424)332-4595.
BEVERLY HILLS & CENTURY CITY
Mr. C Venetian pasta at Eataly L.A.
Executive Chef Giuseppe Manco from Mr. C Beverly Hills will be at the La Pizza e La Pasta Guest Chef series at Eataly. Come in tonight, May 16, for special Mr. C’s pasta dishes 6-9 p.m. Guests have the opportunity to meet Chef Manco and taste his food, calamarata con gamberetti e pomodorini with shrimp, sweet cherry tomatoes and sauce à l’Armoricaine. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., (213)310-8000.
Rocco’s Tavern soon to open in WeHo
Singer Lance Bass has partnered with Rocco’s Tavern to open a casual eatery/nightclub on Santa Monica Boulevard. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant/bar seats 200 guests with indoor and outdoor dining. Special promotions will be offered seven days a week. Vegetarians and vegans have dining options, including a vegan pizza. The drink menu consists of Rocco’s WeHo signature cocktails, bloody marys, wines and 20 beers on tap. Open Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends to accommodate brunch. Other locations include Studio City, Culver City, Pasadena and Westwood Village. 8900 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, (424)343-0123.
LA Times Food Bowl dinner
During LA Food Bowl, Wood & Vine will host a special evening on Wednesday, May 22. The kitchen will stay open until midnight, and the restaurant will donate 15% of the evening’s proceeds to the American Cancer Society. 6280 Hollywood Blvd., (323)334-3360.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele opens
The world-renowned Naples pizzeria debuts an open-air restaurant in the former Cafe des Artistes space. Owner and designer Francesco Zimone has reimagined the 6,000 square foot space. The menu will focus on L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele’s simple, yet sophisticated pies, including the classic margherita, marinara and a deep-fried pizza. Under the culinary direction of Head Chef Antonio Giordano, the restaurant will be expanding the taverna menu. 1534 N. McCadden Place, (323)366-2408.
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