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National Rum Day at Fairmont Century Plaza
Celebrate National Rum Day on Aug. 16, with a special ‘Havana Night’ at Century City’s new luxury Fairmont Century Plaza lobby bar. The lively social hub will have a Cuban band and dancers perform starting at 5 p.m. They will be rolling cigars, offer rum tastings and making signature rum cocktails including frozen pina coladas and strawberry daiquiris. 2025 Avenue of the Stars, (310)424-3030.
Seoulmates fast casual Korean fusion
Seoulmates in West Hollywood is a new spot to get a KBBQ fix without driving to Koreatown. Korean American Christina Hong prepares a menu of items featuring authentic traditional Korean flavors with Californian favorites. The menu features tacos, bowls and hoagies, plus vegetarian and vegan options. Delivery is available via Postmates, Grubhub, Ubereats and Doordash. Open daily from 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. 8320 W. 3rd. St., (630)401-6673.
Grand opening of Pachamama
Chef Vick Vannucci’s fast-casual restaurant Pachamama on the Venice Beach boardwalk, is having a grand opening celebration on Aug. 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The festivities begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony, and the first 50 guests will receive a complimentary vegan taco. It’s served in a crispy green corn tortilla and filled with organic greens, cherry tomatoes, Peruvian salsa criolla, aguacate, amarillo sauce and black beans. Small bites of anticuchos will also be passed for guests to sample. Travis Wolf from Bee Leaf USA, a humane honeybee rescue company, will bring an observational hive and offer complimentary honey lollipops and honey samples. Live music will be played on the boardwalk. Pachamama is partnering with nonprofit Kiss the Ground, and a portion of the grand opening proceeds will support the efforts to increase awareness about the extraordinary benefits of healthy soil. 1425 Ocean Front Walk, (858)432-9395.
Uncle Morty’s Haus Burger
Emmy-award winning TV and YouTube personality Chef Sam Zien – “Sam the Cooking Guy” – is collaborating with Dog Haus to launch the Uncle Morty burger. It’s an all-beef patty with white American cheese, mustard-grilled pastrami complimented by dill pickles, caramelized onions and garlic aioli. It’s perfectly stacked between a grilled King’s Hawaiian Roll. This limited-time item is available at Dog Haus locations nationwide now through Sept. 30. For each purchase of the Uncle Morty, Dog Haus will donate $1 to its national charity partner, No Kid Hungry, whose mission is to end childhood hunger in America. For up-to-date location and brand information, visit doghaus.com. 3817 W. Olive Ave., (818)566.4287.
Jean Georges Summer Taste Series
Join the second cooking class and dining experience led by Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills executive chefs. On Aug. 27, attend an intimate live demonstration by executive chef Peleg Miron, who will teach participants how to make seared hamachi, and executive sous chef Alan Chang who will lead a demonstration on how to prepare ricotta gnocchi. A sophisticated three-course lunch and summer cocktails will follow the demonstrations. The event begins at 11 a.m. on the outdoor terrace. Space is limited and starts at $95 per person. Reservations can be made at opentable.com/booking/experiences-availability?rid=350623 &restref=350623&experienceId=95939. Jean Georges Beverly Hills at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, 9850 Wilshire Blvd., (310)860-6700.
On Aug. 16 and 17, explore the Best of O’Shaughnessy Winery with a thoughtfully paired six-course tasting menu at both BOA Sunset and BOA Santa Monica. Executive chef Dana Dare and wine director Guy Sandin have curated a one-of-a-kind VIP dinner experience that is paired with some of the best of O’Shaughnessy wines. Menu includes items may include scallop crudo, Chilean sea bass, Australian Wagyu tartare, seared duck breast, braised short rib and a special dessert. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and is $200 per person. Reservations are required. The BOA Sunset dinner is on Aug. 16 and BOA Santa Monica is on Aug. 17. boasteak.com/wine. 9200 Sunset Blvd., (310)278-2050.
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