The annual Bread Festival
On June 15, the iconic Grand Central Market is showcasing a special selection of vendors offering traditional pastries and cinnamon rolls, pepper jams and nut butters at a pop-up in the marketplace. Live demonstrations and key speakers including chef Gemma Stafford of Bigger Bolder Baking, Elizabeth Belkind of Cake Monkey and Rose Lawrence of Red Bread, will be present. Additional vendors include Pop’s Bagels, Spread the Love and Just What I Kneaded. 317 S. Broadway, (213)624-2378.
Toscana brings back their 1989 menu
Through Sunday, June 16, owners Mike and Kathie Gordon will honor the past 30 years by inviting regulars and the public to Toscana restaurant to experience some of the classic dishes on the menu. The chefs and staff will serve salsicce all’ uccelletto; ravioli radicchio; scampi e fagioli; pollo al mattone; costolette d’Agnello alla trevisana; and florentina ala bracie, which were on the opening-night menu and continue to be favorites to this day. The Gordons, who have created a special memento to thank diners, will be in-house nightly to personally greet their many loyal guests and to welcome new customers. 11633 San Vicente Blvd. #100, (310)820-2448.
Maggiano’s Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish
Maggiano’s has a goal of raising $1 million to grant transformative wishes for children battling critical illnesses by donating a portion of sales of some of their favorite dishes. Guests can enjoy angel hair saffron langostino lobster or Amalfi lemon chicken in June. In July, select pesto perlini mozzarella pasta or salmon with crispy Calabrian shrimp. For each special menu item ordered, $1 will be donated to Make-A-Wish. Order the “Create Your Own Pasta” carryout package between June 10-21 or June 27 through July 8 and $3 will be donated. Share a photo of your experience at Maggiano’s on Twitter and/or Instagram using #EatADish4MAW. 189 The Grove Drive, (323)965-9665.
Jeni’s Splendid Pride Month flavors
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant Nina West is collaborating with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams to release some colorful flavors, along with an online collection and t-shirt during Pride Month. The season 11 “Drag Race” contestant and fan favorite has partnered with the artisanal ice cream queen to create Dream Puff, a slightly salty vanilla custard ice cream swirled with pastry flakes and a ribbon of strawberry sauce. Order a collection of flavors including Nina’s favorites Gooey Butter Cake, Sweet Cream Biscuit and Peach Jam, Blackout Chocolate Cake and a new dairy-free Cold Brew with Coconut Cream. Profits from this collection will be donated to the Nina West Foundation to support LGBTQ+ causes. 1954 Hillhurst Ave., (323)928-2668; 123 N. Larchmont Blvd., (323)745-0407; and 540 Rose Ave., (310)314-2024.
Father’s Day weekend at JAR
Suzanne Tracht’s Jar offers a special menu all Father’s Day weekend. Enjoy some of Tracht’s favorite Dad’s Day dishes, like fried chicken. Or order à la carte and start with peach salad with celery, arugula, watercress, marcona almonds and reggiano. Entrees include a softshell crab with black garlic butter, braised oxtail with English peas and cipollini, Jar’s signature pot roast with roasted carrots and caramelized onions, and a prime porterhouse for two all weekend. A clafouti is served in addition to Jar’s irresistible butterscotch pudding, sundae and banana cream pie. Pre-order the Sunday fried chicken dinner by June 15. 8225 Beverly Blvd., (323)655-6566.
Public School Father’s Day summer menu
Executive Chef Jonathan Wood is serving an A+ lunch and dinner menu on Father’s Day and all summer long. His brand-new items include a southwest chicken bowl and a lighter tuna poke bowl prepared with mixed greens, quinoa, avocado, cucumber, carrots and a sweet rice vinaigrette. Try the crispy fish tacos or cast-iron chicken. The new Hot Mess sandwich features smoked turkey, white cheddar, caramelized onions, pickled jalapenos and au jus wrapped in a hoagie roll. Burgers include a plant-based Impossible Burger served with arugula, tomato jam, peppered mushroom, truffle aioli and a parmesan crisp on a fresh brioche bun. Chef Jonathan is also making the favorite PB&J burger. 9411 Culver Blvd, (310)558-0414; 612 Flower St., (213)622-4500; and 15300 Ventura Blvd., (818)728-9818.
Take dad on a whiskey flight at the Pikey
Navigate your taste buds by trying a variety of whiskies from near and far. A half tour around the world is priced at $15, while a full trip is $25 for four destinations. From Kentucky all the way to Canada and Ireland, tasters can experience whiskey from around the world. Father’s Day dinner specials include a traditional Sunday roast starting at 3:30 p.m. The chefs also are making barbecue pork ribs with corn bread and half a fried chicken served with hot honey. 7617 W. Sunset Blvd., (323)850-5400.
Free “man-mosas” at the Independence
On June 16, complimentary man-mosas will be served to every dad on Father’s Day with the purchase of an entree. The well-known brunch spot serves coconut cornflake French toast with maple butter, fried egg sandwiches with aged cheddar and arugula, and smoked salmon eggs Benedict with fried capers. 205 Broadway, (310)458-2500.
Father’s Day at Baltaire
On Sunday, June 16, treat dad to a brunch buffet at Brentwood’s beloved steakhouse from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The spread features a full raw bar; carving board featuring prime rib and fried chicken; classic brunch items like an omelette bar, shakshuka and crispy potatoes; salads; and pastries and desserts like chocolate and almond croissants, lemon meringue tart, and carrot cake. The festive buffet is $89 per adult and $49 per child. 11647 San Vicente Blvd., (424)273-1660.
Father’s Day at Beauty & Essex
Treat dad to tuna poke wonton tacos or the grilled cheese, smoked bacon and tomato soup dumplings for dinner. While you are there, have him select a gift of one-of-a-kind cufflinks that are 20% off at the Beauty & Essex’s pawn-inspired retail shop. Dad will find vintage treasures and an eclectic array of “one-off” pieces of jewelry. 615 N. Cahuenga Blvd., (323)676-8880.
Culina and Vinoteca winemaker dinner
On 7 p.m. June 18 at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Culina and Vinoteca Sommelier David Gary will host a wine and dinner event on the eateries’ garden patio featuring guest speaker and winemaker Paul Hobbs. Guests will sip six opulent wines from Paul Hobbs Winery while savoring a meticulously paired six-course prix-fixe dinner prepared by Chef de Cuisine Luca Moriconi, whose authentic and innovative culinary perspective embodies the spirit of Tuscany in the heart of Los Angeles. All six wines will be available for sale, and tickets are $225 per person, including tax and gratuity. 300 S. Doheny Drive, (310)860-4000.
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