Waldorf Astoria holiday events
The Los Angeles Ballet’s Nutcracker Tea will take place this Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills. The immersive Nutcracker-themed tea party experience appeals to guests of all ages. Enter the splendor of Clara’s dreamy Winter Wonderland filled with falling “snow” and festive music. All guests can participate in sparkling holiday crafts, pose for a keepsake photo with Santa and dance with Clara and other characters. Participants will sip hot tea, hot cocoa or sparkling rosé while enjoying Jean George’s sweets and savories before a special dance performance by Los Angeles Ballet. The special event is approximately 2.5 hours. All proceeds benefit Los Angeles Ballet’s Outreach Education Programs including A Chance to Dance (ACTD) and Power of Performance (POP!). Reserve tea times on Nov. 19, at 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday high tea with the Nutcracker show is at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Packages include complimentary valet parking, champagne, Mystery Box gifts and special overnight experiences at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. For Thanksgiving, Jean-Georges Beverly Hills is serving a three-course, pre-fixe menu featuring butternut squash soup, roasted turkey with mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, Brussels sprouts and pumpkin pie. Additional menu highlights include a whole roasted Maine lobster, mushroom crusted salmon and peppercorn crushed Wagyu beef tenderloin. Live music will be played. Prices start at $175 per person and can be booked via OpenTable. The Rooftop by JG will also be open for the holiday and will offer an a la carte menu. 9850 Wilshire Blvd., (310)860-6700.
Thanksgiving at The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Celebrate at The Belvedere on Nov. 24, enjoying a four-course seated family style dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for $175 per person. A harpist and jazz band will perform throughout the day. Menu highlights include lobster confit, roasted free range turkey and a pumpkin Valrhona chocolate ganache. At The Living Room there are three seatings for a Thanksgiving Afternoon Tea at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m for $125. The tea includes Thanksgiving themed sandwiches, sweets with pumpkin spice and holiday flavored teas. For those celebrating at home, orders must be placed by Nov. 18 for The Belvedere’s three-course family style menu that includes a roasted free-range turkey, saffron risotto and a freshly baked pumpkin pie. Pricing is $625 for six people. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., (310)551-2888.
Matū Philly Cheesesteak lunch special
Now open for lunch on Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests can dine-in at the bar to enjoy one of the best Philly cheesesteaks in town. An 8-ounce grass-fed Wagyu ribeye is served on a freshly baked sesame roll with Cooper Sharp cheese, grilled onions and a roasted hot pepper. It’s served with Matū’s house-made potato chips that are fried in 100% grass-fed Wagyu beef tallow. Come back to enjoy the special Philly cheesesteak at the bar during dinner nightly. Enjoy with a beer, wine or soft drink. Pick-up is also available via Postmates. 239 S. Beverly Drive, Suite 100, (424)317-5031.
Rocco’s nightclub Chippendale pop-up
On Nov. 18 and Nov. 19, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., experience Hulu’s “Welcome to Chippendales” at Rocco’s. It’s a sneak peek pop-up into the origin of the Chippendales brand. The series follows the life and career of Chippendales founder Somen “Steve” Banerjee, with in-person activations to transport guests into the year 1979 in West Hollywood. Attendees will receive Hulu “cash” that they can use for free drinks, food and branded merchandise during the hour-long experience. As guests make their way through the three-room experience, they will get a taste of the “Welcome to Chippendales” series. The pop-up is strictly for 21+. Space will be limited and subject to availability on a first come, first served basis. Tickets can be reserved on fever.com while supplies last feverup.com/m/121370. 8900 Santa Monica Blvd.,(424) 343-0123.
Golden Road Brewing specials
The L.A.-based brewery and creator of the fan-favorite Mango Cart is offering viewing parties and specials at its Atwater Village pub starting on Nov. 21 to welcome avid World Cup soccer enthusiasts. Fans who RSVP online will get a $2 pint, and $2 off Micheladas and $10 Golden State Cerveza buckets, along with a special breakfast menu during earlier matches. Doors open 30 minutes before the 11 a.m. match on Nov. 21, U.S.A. vs. Wales. On Tuesday, Nov. 22, breakfast will be available for the Mexico vs. Poland game at 8 a.m. Come back on Friday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 27 to watch the games starting at 11 a.m. 5410 W. San Fernando Blvd., (818)243-2337.
Liberation Coffee House Social Enterprise Cafe
Open to the public and nestled in the safety and comfort of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Liberation Coffee House sells Verve coffee and Rishi tea, plus pastries from Bakers Kneaded. There are grab and go salads, sandwiches and flatbreads. The revenue collected from these purchases funds programs such as the Intergenerational Culinary Arts Program at the Center, as well as feeding youth and senior residents at the Anita May Rosenstein campus with daily meals twice a day. On Monday, Nov. 21, a public vigil will be held in the courtyard to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia. The Trans Wellness Center is a beacon of safety for the trans community year-round. On Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 3 to 6 p.m., the center hosts its first Intergenerational Thanksgiving Dinner celebration with LGBTQ youth and senior residents in the Pride Hall. The event is full, but there will be other upcoming holiday events. The hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday to 3 p.m. 6725 Santa Monica Blvd., (323)993-8954.
H&H Brazilian Holiday meal
Enjoy a holiday churrasco meal for a special price at $65 per person at H&H Brazilian in the Beverly Center. Get your fill of the traditional and non-traditional with a savory spread of Thanksgiving classics like turkey, stuffing and sweet potato casserole in addition to 16 cuts of grilled meats and appetizing sides. Holiday hours are 12 to 9:30 p.m. and reservations can be placed now. 8500 Beverly Blvd #113, (424)284-7733.
Indulge at Yardbird this Thanksgiving
Yardbird is offering herb-roasted turkey with all the fixings including a green bean casserole and bourbon brown butter-glazed yams or a homestyle Southern meal available for multiple party sizes and for pick up on Thanksgiving Day at the Beverly Center location. The restaurant will be open for Black Friday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 8500 Beverly Blvd Suite 112, (323)250-8034.
Holiday meals at Wolfgang Ospero and Merios
Dine at Ospero on Thursday, Nov. 24 for a Thanksgiving dinner from 12 to 8 p.m. The multi-course dinner is $65 per person. Choose either a honey crisp salad or honey nut squash soup, before a duo of Diestel turkey with Yukon Gold Potato puree with her giblet gravy, Hasselback sweet potatoes, Ciabatta stuffing, buttered green beans and cranberry sauce. Finish with a slice of pumo from an array of freshly baked holiday pies that include a 9-inch classic pumpkin pie, apple or pecan pie and pumpkin cheesecake. They are available to pre-order before Nov. 22. Merois rooftop restaurant is offering a holiday special dinner for $125 per person from 2:30 to 9 p.m. 8430 Sunset Blvd., (323)918-3420 and (323)918-3410.
Eataly LA Holiday Guide
Bring home high-quality ingredients and comforting chef-inspired dishes from Eataly LA for Thanksgiving to take the night off and enjoy being with family. From heritage breed turkeys to hearty sides, artisanal handmade pasta and festive Italian specialties your holiday table will look, smell and taste fabulous. Holiday preorders are now through Nov. 20, with pick up on Nov. 22 and Nov. 23. Go to eataly.com/us_en/stores/los-angeles/la-farm-fresh-thanksgiving. Be sure to include a Panettone “big bread” for a sweet and fluffy dessert. This dome shape symbolizes luck and prosperity in Italy. Eataly has brought this Italian tradition stateside with over 50 varieties of Panettones for the holiday season. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., (213)310-8000.
Nick & Stef’s Diestel Farms Turkey Dinner
Dine in DTLA enjoying a roasted turkey breast, turkey leg confit, mashed potatoes and gravy, roasted butternut squash, pan drippings stuffing and cranberry compote. Finish with pumpkin cheesecake topped with Chantilly crepe and candied pumpkin seeds. Reservations are limited. 330 S. Hope St., (213)680-0330.
1 Hotel West Hollywood
Chef Ginger Pierce at 1 Kitchen is offering a Thanksgiving Day prix-fixe menu for $95 per plate. It includes warm Parker House rolls with Vermont butter and cranberry-orange sauce for the table. Next select one of two different appetizers that include an heirloom apple, endive and baby kale salad or a vegan roasted kabocha squash soup with spicy coconut cream. Entree choices include roasted Heritage turkey with mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts and giblet gravy or a pan roasted salmon with celery root puree. Vegan diners can select a wild mushroom and mixed grain risotto with roasted squash and sage-pistachio pesto. Finish with a dessert on either a Dutch Apple pie or pumpkin spiced pot de creme. The vegan option is a blackberry crisp with coconut cream. 8490 Sunset Blvd., (310)424-1600.
BOA offers traditional dishes with a BOA twist at the West Hollywood, Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach locations. Besides a roasted turkey breast with homemade turkey stuffing, there is also a mixed green salad with dried cranberries and candied pecans, and rosemary dinner rolls. Sides in this special for up to four people include BOA mashed potatoes, sweet potato puree, green beans almondine, turkey stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. This Thanksgiving meal is $330. Additional sides such as Brussels sprouts and bacon, grilled asparagus, loaded mashed potatoes smashed broccoli, mac’ n cheese or creamed spinach are $24 each. Preorder online before Nov. 22. Pick up is on Nov. 23 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Preorder at boacatering.menu. 9200 Sunset Blvd., (310)278-2050.
Mr. T brings French fusion to L.A.’s Sycamore District
Explore global flavors rooted in contemporary French technique by restauranteur Guillaume Guedj, former owner of two Michelin-starred Passage 53 in Paris. Mr. T opened this summer after much anticipation in partnership with Chef Tsuyoshi Miyazaki. L.A. local chef Alisa Vannah helms the kitchen, after training with Miyazaki in Paris together. She has worked at Mozza Group and Republiqué, and opened Tsukabi, a Japanese izakaya restaurant in Echo Park. Mr. T offers dishes such as Thai tuna crudo with Big Eye tuna, vinaigrette, red flame grapes and jalapeno oil. Mr. T comté mac ‘n cheese served flambé with truffle oil and wild mushrooms. Other menu items include Mr. T roasted lamb kebab and uni rice with confit egg yolk and sea urchin crème. The wine selection boasts an extensive list from Bordeaux and Burgundy. Dinner service hours are Tuesday through Saturday starting 6 p.m. Reservations available on OpenTable. mrtrestaurants.com. 953 N. Sycamore Ave., (310)953-4934.
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