Celebrate Negroni week at Cal Mare
Tonight, June 27, Chef and Owner Adam Sobel is throwing a vibrant party in his Amalfi-inspired restaurant from 7 to 10 p.m. Guests can choose their own Negroni style at the full bar. Try classic Negroni with Campari and gin mare, or one made with mezcal or vintage amaro variations. They even make one with CBD-infused bottles. Savory bites from the brick oven and grill will be passed while a DJ spins throughout the night. Purchase $50 tickets at eventbrite.com/e/negroni-week-party-tickets-62957259859. Four-hour valet parking available with validation. 8500 Beverly Blvd., (424)332-4595.
Summer concerts at the Garland
The first summer concert is tonight, June 27, with musical guest Love Stoned at the Garland Hotel. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the performance begins at 8 p.m. Each month, guests of the hotel and locals who are 21 and older can enjoy inventive drinks, bites and live music. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com/e/songs-of-summer-at-the-garland-tickets-62519621872. A $5 entry fee benefits the local charity the Village Family Services. 4222 Vineland Ave., (818)980-8000.
Movie night at Bacari on W. Third St.
To kick off the summer, the first movie night at Bacari is on Sunday, June 30, from 8 to 11 p.m. Start with a three-course cicchetti-style dinner and a selection of unlimited candy, snacks and popcorn while watching the ‘90s cult favorite “10 Things I Hate About You,” starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger. Tickets for dinner and the movie are $50 and can be purchased at eventbrite.com/e/movie-night-in-the-garden-tickets-63712946137. 8030 3/4 W. 3rd St., (323)452-9149.
Pot luck dessert from Little Dom’s
Swing by the deli at Little Dom’s to pick up an apple crisp with oat streusel, or a torta frutti di bosco double-crusted tart filled with vanilla pastry cream and topped with whipped cream and berries. Each serves 10-12 people. Orders for the Fourth of July must be placed in person or by phone before Monday, July 1. 2128 Hillhurst Ave., (323)661-0055.
Fourth of July barbecue at Hotel Shangri-La
The art-deco hotel in Santa Monica is hosting a family-fun pool party with barbecue fare on July 4. Starting at noon, the grill will be fired up for build-your-own Kobe beef burgers, marinated flank steak, chicken breasts, hot dogs and vegetable skewers. Corn on the cob, guacamole and homemade potato chips are also on the menu. The party will last in the courtyard until 6 p.m. Guests not staying at the hotel can purchase a pool day pass for $25 and spend a minimum of $25 per person on food and beverage. 1301 Ocean Ave., (310)394-2791.
July Fourth party at Skyspace
Take a Skyslide ride while watching fireworks all across Los Angeles from 1,000 feet in the air. Guests can enjoy a live DJ and all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet, plus two drink tickets for $75 a person. Seniors pay $70 and youth $45. The fun lasts from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. 633 W. 5th St., (213)894-9000.
Du-par’s for Fourth of July Pie!
Du-par’s at the Original Farmers Market is celebrating Independence Day with Flagberry pies. The patriotic pastry combines cherry for the stripes and blueberries for the stars, topped with a flacky crust. Get them now for a limited time. 6333 W. Third St. (323)933-8446. dupars.net.
Bring pies for Fourth of July
Marie Callender’s pie sale is now through July 31. Buy one pie and get the second one for $4.99. It’s perfect timing for a Fourth of July party. Guests can choose from more than 20 varieties. 11324 National Blvd., (310)478-0347.
Omakase Yasu in Beverly Hills
A new sushi restaurant Yasu opened on June 20 in Beverly Hills. Owner and Executive Chef Yasuhisa Ouchi, formerly of Osaka, Japan, offers only one menu with two seatings. An omakase chef’s choice experience, featuring a daily fresh selection of traditional and gourmet sushi, sashimi and dessert, costs $130 per person. 265 S. Robertson Blvd., (424)355-0257.
Nic’s on Beverly opens in former Ponte space
A new, plant-based restaurant focusing on California cuisine opened last week in the former home of the Ponte. Doors open for lunch at 11 a.m. and service continues through dinner. Nic’s on Beverly founder Nic Adler gathered a collection of culinary creatives including culinary director and Chef Steven Fretz, partner and operator Stephane Bombet, executive chef Ryan Ososky, beverage director Jason Eisner and wine list curator Rajat Paar. The menu features a melting pot of cuisines showcasing local Californian produce in a casual-yet-fun setting. Meet friends over drinks at the bar before enjoying plant-based dishes. Menu items include avocado crispy rice, falafel burger, vegetable pot pie, wood-fired Detroit-style pizza, Chinois on Beverly salad with yuzu sesame vinaigrette, and summer corn agnolotti. Sit inside or on the pretty tree-shaded patio. Brunch service will begin on Saturday, June 29. 8265 Beverly Blvd., (310)600-7770.
Beverly Hills’ andSons Chocolatier
Award-winning pastry chef Kriss Harvey from the Bazaar by José Andrés is making beautiful artisan chocolates for the Beverly Hills boutique andSons Chocolatier. The sons, Phil and Marc Covitz, grew up in their mother’s established Teuscher chocolates of Switzerland store in Beverly Hills. She taught them the fine flavors of different chocolates, how to be respectful and friendly to customers, and the importance of becoming part of the community. The brothers hired celebrity Nate Berkus & Associates to design their retail store. Chef Kriss handmakes gorgeous chocolates and places them in award-winning, designer slide-open boxes, which make a wonderful gift. 9548 Brighton Way, (310)276-2776.
The Dolly Llama artisanal ice cream
French restaurateur and entrepreneur Samuel Baroux and real estate leader Eric Shomof will soon add two locations to their two L.A. stores. One is being built on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks and the second is planned for the Northridge Fashion Center Mall. At Dolly Llama, the bubble waffle-style cones hail from Hong Kong’s street food scene. The batter is crispy and offers a custard-like texture. Ice cream flavors include horchata, speculoos cookie, cinnamon toast crunch cereal, and a caramel sauce drizzle. The Dolly Llama offers unlimited toppings and signature shakes. 611 S. Spring St., (213)283-8615; 273 S. Western Ave. at Third Street, (213)908-5353.
Le Grand three-course lunch
Chef/brother duo Alex and Chris Manos have created a new three-course fixed price lunch menu for $25. For the first course, guests can choose a Little Gems salad, yellowfin tuna poke bowl served in a grilled coconut, or avocado toast on activated charcoal bread. For the second course, diners can select a vegan superfood bowl; Wagyu burger with caramelized onions, romaine lettuce and Brebirousse d’Argental cheese; Mary’s chicken pita wrap; or branzino provencale. Finish with baklava made with pistachio tuile and a scoop of housemade Greek yogurt ice cream, or the passionfruit pavlova, made with lemon cream, strawberries and coconut sorbet. 707 S. Grand Ave., (323)303-2535.
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