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Mardi Gras at Little Dom’s
Enjoy iconic Cajun and creole inspired dishes at Little Dom’s from Feb. 18 -21. Leading up to Fat Tuesday, New Orleans-native chef Brandon Boudet is preparing a festive menu that includes Jambalaya rice balls filled with andouille sausage; chicken and andouille gumbo; and Louisiana crawfish sautéed with fusilli pasta in a cream and creole seasoning sauce. Two Po Boys are offered on the menu, one filled with smoked top round beef roast braised with beer and the other is a vegan fried oyster mushroom Po Boy. Pastry chef Ann Kirk is making beignets with raspberry sauce, plus slicing king cake and offering an apple bread pudding with hard sauce. For a Southern twist to dinner on Monday nights, starting on Feb. 20, Little Dom’s is offering a fried green tomato salad with house-made ranch dressing, red beans and rice with grilled Andouille sausage and bananas foster gelato sundae. littledoms.com. 2128 Hillhurst Ave., (323)661-0055.
Abernethy’s introduces Chef Lenora Marouani
The Music Center’s prestigious Emerging Chefs Program at Abernethy’s welcomes chef and owner of Barsha restaurant, Lenora Marouani. She was nominated by esteemed executive chef Susan Feniger. Located on the Jerry Moss Plaza, chef Lenora is preparing a menu of elevated Tunisian soul fare, along with beverage direction from her husband Adnen Marouani. The new Abernethy’s menu also includes classics such as Chicken Mosli and Tabil Branzino, alongside chicken liver pate with Tunisian spiced compote. Save room for her fig brownies. Her Tunisian restaurant and wine shop Barsha is located in Hermosa Beach. abernethysla.com. 220 N. Hope St., (213)972-8088.
45th annual L.A. Chinatown
On Feb. 18 and 19, the 45th Annual L.A. Chinatown Firecracker Year of the Rabbit celebrates the arrival of spring. It’s the largest and oldest Lunar New Year 5K/10K/Kiddie/PAW’er dog run, walk and bike ride event in the United States. Each registered participant receives a commemorative 2023 Firecracker race bib, exclusive collectible finisher’s medal, limited edition commemorative t-shirt, goody bag and much more. In addition, participants and their guests will enjoy an opening ceremony filled with lion dancers and the traditional lighting of 100,000 firecrackers. The firecracker post-race expo includes vendor booths, a new chalk art festival and boba garden, and a children’s carnival just for Kiddie Run participants. Virtual participants can take part by downloading and activating the RaceJoy app now through Feb. 19, to partake in an event. The 45th Annual Firecracker has been approved as a 2023 USATF sanctioned event. 943 N. Broadway, firecracker10k.org.
NORMS Four Dueces
On Feb. 22, NORMS will offer its special ‘Four Deuces’ meal for $4. Diners will receive two eggs, two slices of bacon, two sausage links and two hotcakes. It’s valid for loyalty members on this day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sign up to be a loyalty member now to Feb. 22, to receive this promotion. This meal special is available for dine in and to go. Go to norms.com/rewards/. 470 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310)657-8333.
BANDALOOP now at Fairmont Century Plaza
The Vertical stage is set at the Fairmont Century Plaza for guests to witness a one-of-a-kind 19-story vertical dance performance by the immersive aerial artists BANDALOOP. Perfor-mances are on Feb. 18 and 19 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. General admission is free, and there are enhanced experiences that include VIP food and beverage with the show starting at $55 for premium seats. The Sky’s The Limit experience includes premium seats, two cocktails and snacks, plus dinner-for-two at Lumière with a $100 food and beverage credit. VIP Tickets available on Eventbrite. eventbrite.com/e/ the-vertical-stage-aerial-dance-performance-tickets-526695870527. 2025 Avenue of the Stars, (310)424-3030.
National Margarita Day at Hotel Casa del Mar
On Feb. 22 for National Margarita Day, the mixologists at Hotel Casa del Mar are making an Instagram-worthy vivid green avocado margarita. This picturesque cocktail is made with house Serrano infused tequila, plus silver tequila, avocado, Cointreau, lime juice, agave nectar and a dash of orange juice. Sip while overlooking the festive lights on the Santa Monica pier. hotelcasadelmar.com. 1910 Ocean Way, (310)581-5533.
Ginger margarita with a view
On Feb. 22, celebrate National Margarita Day at The Rooftop by JG at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. While taking in the views of Beverly Hills and beyond, sip a balanced combination of Casamigos Reposado tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime juice and ginger. waldorfastoriabeverlyhills .com. 9850 Wilshire Blvd., (310)860-6666.
Sunday Brunch at Ardor
Michelin-Starred chef John Fraser creates a new vibrant, California brunch menu honoring the restaurant’s vegetable-forward, hyper-local ingredients. Savory and sweet plates include a waffle fried chicken, and a brie and truffle omelet. Award-winning beverage director Amy Racine’s creates a brunch cocktail program featuring a customized bloody Mary and caffeinated options such as a latte with Japanese whiskey, turmeric, oat milk and honey to jump start your morning. ardorweho.com. 9040 Sunset Blvd., (424)310-1572.
Cooking classes at Eataly
Throughout the month of March, Eataly Los Angeles is hosting seven different cooking classes in partnership with CHLA for Make March Matter. Eataly will donate 20% of the sales from these events to the hospital. Reserve now a class to learn how to make authentic Italian ragu’ on March 3, or learn how to make a variety of Italian sauces including Cacio e Pepe and Carbonara on March 11. This class is available in the afternoon and there is an evening class. Those who want to learn how to make lasagna or famous Pizza alla Pala’ class should register now, because these classes will fill up. Make March Matter is a month-long campaign where culinary, fashion, fitness, beauty brands and other businesses in Los Angeles rally together to raise money and awareness for the lifesaving care at CHLA. Over the last seven years, Make March Matter has raised more than $10 million for CHLA, while working with over 275 partners, and hosting more than 150 events. eataly.com/us_en/stores/los-angeles/. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., (213)310-8000.
Happy Trails in Beverly Hills
A new series of eight urban walks around the city of Beverly Hills is tailored for foodies, history buffs and culture aficionados. The self-guided tour includes a “Caviar & Bubbly” trail visiting Jean-Georges at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and Wally’s Beverly Hills. The “Sweets & Treats” trail takes participants to some of the finest chocolates, pastries, cakes and ice cream destinations in the city. There is also a “Step Back in History” and a “Scene and Be Seen” trail.
“Beverly Hills continues to shine brightly with new development – the world’s top chefs are continuing to seek out locations in the city, our incredible hotels are constantly debuting new concepts, and artists choose our parks and palm tree-lined streets to house their prized works,” said Julie Wagner, CEO of the Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau. “These trails make it easier for consumers to experience the highlights of Beverly Hills, while honoring the city’s storied legacy appealing to every generation.” The “Red Carpet Ready” trail is a peek into the most popular beauty and shopping venues for a red carpet event or awards show. Beyond the trails, travelers can extend their stay in Beverly Hills for an overnight in one of the city’s premier luxury accommodations. Beverly Hills is home to one of the largest concentrations of Forbes Five Star hotel per square mile in the U.S. Visit lovebeverlyhills. com/hotels and begin your “Happy Trails” journey by downloading the guide for interactive QR codes. These lead directly to Google Maps for easy navigation lovebeverlyhills.com//happy-trails.
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