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Hanukkah dinners from Lucques
Have executive chef Suzanne Goin, Caroline Styne and Lucques Catering make your celebratory Hanukkah meal. They are preparing potato latkes with applesauce and crème fraiche, braised beef brisket, Moroccan beets with labneh, roasted root vegetables and braided challah for takeout. For dessert, there is an apple-cranberry crumble with cider crème fraîche. The dinner is available tonight, Dec. 10, through Dec.12 and Dec. 17-19. It serves six people and is priced at $275. Hand-painted Hanukkah cookies can be added for an additional $36 a dozen. Through Dec. 12, Lucques Catering is offering Westholme Australian Wagyu assembling kits for up to four people for $375. Ordering for takeout is exclusively through Tock for safety-compliant curbside pickup at Lucques Catering in Beverly Hills. Pickup hours are noon to 4 p.m. Delivery is also available with DoorDash. Go to exploretock.com/lucquescatering/experience/227363/menu/holiday-entertaining-dinner-pick-up. 345 N. Maple Drive, (310)800-1789.
Jerry’s Patio Café & Bar Holiday menu
Bring home a special holiday menu that includes a choice of soup or salad, main dishes and dessert for up to six people for $200. They also have a few à la carte options that include a quarter pan ricotta kugel with cornflake streusel. Other menu items include their famous matzo ball soup, a first-cut brisket and crispy potato latkes with housemade apple sauce. Wine and cocktails are available for pairing. 13181 Mindanao Way, (310)821-6626.
12th annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl
This year’s event focuses on takeout food and drink specials during the month of December. On Saturday, Dec. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m., virtual crawlers can participate in bingo game night while supporting local bars and restaurants. Host Brian Thomas Smith from “The Big Bang Theory” and DJ Kooleo of Free Space Virtual Events provide cocktails, games, trivia and a ton of prizes including hotel stays and gift certificates to local restaurants. Attendees are encouraged to order takeout and keep the receipt for a chance to win. Funds raised during this one-night event will go to the Westside Food Bank. Over the past 12 years, the Santa Monica Pub Crawl has raised enough money to provide a half a million meals to those less fortunate during the holidays. This new virtual version of the holiday fundraiser is $20 for non-alcoholic drinkers and $55 for those who want to enjoy a four-pack of canned cocktails, chips and pico de gallo, and a commemorative holiday mask from Lanea Cocktail Bar. The ticket price includes free delivery for those in Santa Monica or Venice, plus tax and gratuity. santamonicapubcrawl.com/tickets.
Baltaire Prime Rib dinners to-go
Celebrate the holidays with the help from executive chef Travis Strickland, who is launching holiday prime rib dinners for up to eight people. The thoughtfully crafted holiday carryout dinners feature an herb-crusted prime rib roast, traditional sides and wine. The Baltaire team will have your order packed and ready for pickup on the day and time of your choice. Included in the order are easy preparation instructions, a roasting pan and thermometer to cook your prime rib roast to perfection. Baltaire’s prime rib and wine packages are available for pickup throughout the month of December, including on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, with some festive additions. Prime rib packages start at $295 for a three-pound, herb-crusted prime rib roast, au jus and creamy horseradish, creamy lobster bisque, baby gem Caesar salad, olive oil whipped potatoes, roasted heirloom carrots, Epi baguette with cultured butter and a chocolate silk pie. Guests can also order everything but the roast for four people for $155. Add three bottles of wine that include a white, red and sparkling wine for $99. The order link is waltzin.com/restaurant/baltairesholidaydinnercarryout. 11647 San Vicente Blvd., (424)273-1660.
Grain Traders opens on Fairfax
A Good Food Company eatery from Singapore debuts its first U.S. location in West Hollywood at the intersection of Fairfax and Santa Monica Boulevard. The expansive new restaurant is repurposed from an automobile repair shop and features a menu of dishes composed of whole grains, fresh vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and plant-based and lean proteins inspired by the season. Signature dishes include yellowfin tuna tatak and grilled Gochujang tofu steak topped with tempeh crisps. Organic whole grains include forbidden black rice mixed with caramelized leeks and onions. Plant-based entrees include green papaya coleslaw made with an Asian-inspired peanut dressing. Warm comfort dishes include green curry casserole with generous chunks of braised eggplant. The beverage program features sustainably sourced, locally-roasted coffee from City Bean, as well as custom blended craft teas from Taiwan. Open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for takeout and delivery via Postmates, GrubHub and DoorDash. 1010 N. Fairfax Ave., (323)591-3200.
Maddalena Restaurant family meals
San Antonio Winery may be closed; however, Maddalena Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles is open, offering two family meal bundles to enjoy at home. The Famiglia Special is kid-friendly with the choice of two of their most famous dishes: a half tray of spaghetti and meatballs or penne chicken Alfredo, one French baguette with butter, a half tray of mixed green salad, a single-serving of tiramisu and cheesecake, and a choice of either a bottle of San Antonio chianti or burgundy for $85 plus tax. The Winery Special includes a half tray of chicken Parmigiano or chicken marsala, served with a half tray of imported penne with sauce, one French baguette with butter, a half tray of autumn chopped chicken salad, a single-serving of gourmet chocolate cake and gourmet carrot cake. This order also comes with a bottle of either San Antonio chianti or burgundy for $90 plus tax. Call to order, 24 hours in advance. 737 Lamar St., (323)986-2360.
Manuela’s Supper for Two takeaway
Manuela in the downtown L.A. Arts District is offering its nightly Supper for Two takeaway special, available after 5 p.m. for $48. It includes an entrée, seasonal salad, vegetable sides, two biscuits and dessert. Rotating daily specials: Tuesday, grilled skirt steak; Wednesday, duck sausage; Thursday, white shrimp; Friday, whole fish; Saturday, barbecue pork ribs; and Sunday, fried chicken. The regular menu is also available as are seasonal batched cocktails. To-go offerings are available Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. via curbside pick-up and delivery by Tock and Postmates. 907 E. Third St. (323)849-0480, manuela-la.com.
Big Dave’s Eggnog
The Hungry Cat cult favorite is now available from A.O.C. to gift or enjoy during the holidays. Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne are thrilled to announce the return of chef David Lentz’s proprietary Big Dave’s Famous Eggnog. It’s a classic eggnog made with a secret blend made of spiced rum, cognac and Jameson whiskey and finished with nutmeg and cinnamon. The eggnog $24 for 16 ounces, and $42 for 32 ounces. Order online through Dec. 31 at aocwinebar.com for pickup or delivery from DoorDash. 8700 W. Third St., (310)859-9859.
Culver City virtual holiday show
Tonight, starting at 6 p.m., join others virtually for the 2020 annual Downtown Culver City Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration presented by Amazon Studios. It’s a free celebratory show hosted by Downtown Business Association President Darrel Menthe and features a 22-foot artificial Rocky Mountain pine adorned with 7,500 warm LED lights and virtual appearance by Academy Award winner Tim Robbins, artistic director of the Actors’ Gang. There is a specially created dance film from Invertigo Dance Theatre, vocal performance by Lesili Beard of Vox Femina Los Angeles, holiday greetings by the mayor and City Council, and Santa. The virtual event is family friendly for everyone to enjoy safely at home. No login credentials or pre-registration required. Go to downtownculvercity.com.
The Bite L.A. Holiday Show
Enjoy eight different festive sweet holiday bites along a stay-in-your-car, drive-thru holiday wonderland. Each car receives bags of snowballs to thrown at dancing snowmen and a holiday stocking to take home. Drive along holiday lights and themed stops to receive holiday cookies, candies and special treats. Finish with a movie, music and a live performance by Santa. Tickets start at $38 per person. thebitela.com. 751 Santa Anita Ave., South El Monte.
Holiday Road USA
Take a safe drive now through Jan. 10, 2021, to King Gillette Ranch for a festive drive-thru holiday installation. See twinkling lights, candy canes and themed holiday decorations while listening to holiday music and receive waves from Santa, Mrs. Claus and busy elves. Purchase tickets in advance starting at $75 a car at holidayroadusa.com. 26800 W. Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas.
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