Fanny’s Christmas Eve Dinner
Spend a festive evening listening to live jazz music while enjoying champagne, caviar and a family-style menu featuring winter salads, herb roasted chicken with truffle gravy and a branzino en croute. Fanny’s is located in the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Reservations can be made on Open Table. Tickets include tax and gratuity. 6067 Wilshire Blvd., (323)930-3080.
Vodkas and Latkes at AKASHA Restaurant
Celebrate Akasha Richmond’s favorite cocktails and dishes throughout the week of Hanukkah. Enjoy special latkes offered for dine in, takeout and delivery. In addition to her regular menu, starting on Sunday, Dec. 18 through Friday, Dec. 23, Richmond is offering her famous Yukon Gold potato pancakes with apple sauce and sour cream. Her menu also includes starters of chopped chicken liver or a vegan green pea and walnut faux liver. Enjoy with an array of vodka cocktails named Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel made with vodka and citrus; and a Jelly Donut made with Blenheim apricot jam, cranberry and mint-infused vodka and Meyer lemon. Light The Menorah is made with Buddha’s hand-infused vodka, lavender blue lemonade and citrus sugar. Entrées include Creekstone Farms first cut brisket with onion gravy, potato pancakes, apple sauce and roasted carrots or a roasted chicken with tangerines, dates, olives, couscous and Za’atar roasted chickpeas with pistachios, dried apricots and Meyer lemon. Finish with chocolate hazelnut and apricot walnut rugelach and chocolate dipped or plain coconut macaroons. The restaurant is closed on Mondays. 9543 Culver Blvd., (310)845-1700.
Michelin stars for Pasta|Bar
Chefs and owners Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee received one Michelin star for the second year at Pasta|Bar. The award was given for their 12-course tasting menu with a focus on fresh pasta, inspired by the flavors of Los Angeles and complemented by the culinary techniques of Italy. The progressive, seasonal California market-inspired menu begins with Kallas-Lee’s sourdough bread, made daily with house-made cultured butter. Beverage director Gavin Humes’ wine-focused pairings include international varietals from France, Italy and Germany. In addition, Pasta|Bar offers a year-round “Cello” program, which utilizes imperfect fruits or leftover fruits or vegetable trimmings from the kitchen to make creative cellos, including fennel-cello, persimmon-cello, strawberry-cello and a classic citrus cello. This dynamic duo also won Michelin status for their Sushi by Scratch restaurant in Montecito. 16101 Ventura Blvd., (818)646-6506.
Two Michelin stars for Providence
James Beard award-winning chef and owner Michael Cimarusti has been lauded for culinary excellence since the first day Providence opened its doors in 2005. Known as a pillar of sustainably driven dining for nearly two decades, Providence retained their coveted two-star Michelin rating in the California section of the 2023 Michelin Guide. Those who help Cimarusti include front-of-house legend and co-owner Donato Poto and Michael’s wife and business partner, former pastry chef Crisi Echiverri. Open for dinner service on Tuesday through Saturday with the last seating at 9:15 p.m. 5955 Melrose Ave., (323)420-4170.
Whiskey Red’s Christmas Specials
Enjoy prime waterfront dining in Marina Del Rey on Christmas Eve at Whiskey Red’s for a holiday dinner menu offering Atlantic salmon and 8-ounce filet mignon from 4 to 8 p.m. Whiskey Red’s is also offering a four-course Christmas brunch featuring a platter of festive seafood-driven items, salads, plus crab cake Benedict, roast turkey and cheesecake. The price for brunch is $65 for adults and $35 for children. For $38, add a bottle of champagne with a variety of fresh juices to complement your holiday meal. 13813 Fiji Way, (310)823-4522.
Hanukkah in Culver City
The Shay, a Destination by Hyatt will have a menorah lighting event in partnership with Jewish Community of Culver City, on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. Celebrate with a night of soup, sushi, and latkes during a menorah lighting. Registration is required. See other Jewish Community Chanukah events at jewishculvercity.com. 8801 Washington Blvd., (424)361-6700.
Michelin awarded Camphor
The DTLA Arts District French bistro Camphor received one star recognition in the 2023 Michelin Guide. Having just opened in February 2022, Camphor is one of the newest additions to join the revered list. Co-executive chefs Lijo George and Max Boonthanakit worked together in the kitchen at Alain Ducasse’s acclaimed Blue in Bangkok. The menu is a melding of French techniques and subtle Indian flavors. Camphor is open Thursday through Monday from 5 to 11 p.m. 923 E. 3rd St., (213)626-8888.
Christmas wonders at Rock & Brews
This Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Rock & Brews is featuring a festive menu that includes a 10-ounce ribeye, jambalaya, grilled chicken breast with parmesan butter toast and cinnamon bread pudding for dessert. In the spirit of the season, guests can purchase holiday gift cards and receive a gift. Spend $50 in gift cards and receive $10 in Rock & Brew Bucks. Spend $100 and receive $25 in Rock & Brew Bucks. rockandbrews.com. 143 Main St., (310)648-8995.
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