Food

How Cecconi’s Executive Chef Andrea Cavaliere celebrates Thanksgiving

Plus chef shows us how to make Black Truffle Mashed Potatoes

Originally from Turin, Italy, Andrea Cavaliere has cooked around the world. From England to New York and now Los Angeles, he’s been working for the SoHo House Group for seven years, an English hospitality company that operates hotels, private clubs and restaurants around the world. Andrea is not only responsible for Cecconi’s in West Hollywood, he spends about ten days out of the month overseeing the kitchen operations at Soho Beach House, a private members’ club, in South Beach and New York. So, What does a busy chef like Andrea Cavaliere do during Thanksgiving? Read More

Public School 612’s ‘Darker Side of Beer and Dessert’ event, Hot’s Kitchen’s food drive, holiday beers at City Tavern

Public School 612 in Downtown L.A. having an open class with Norm Stackhouse from Stone Brewing Co. to educate on the Darker Side of Beer and Dessert on Monday, December 5 at 7:30 PM for $25. Public School 612 is a restaurant/bar whose focus is on “Education in the Art of Food and Beer.” For reservations call 213-623-1172. 612 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90017.

Hot’s Kitchen in Hermosa Beach is helping the less fortunate with a canned food drive. Bring in three canned goods and get a complimentary beer. 844 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA, 90254.

For the month of December, City Tavern in Culver City is offering holiday brews, rotating up to five different tap handles until the kegs run out. 9739 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. Read More

The ‘Heads Up’ from Alex Day of Proprietors LLC

Video recipe created & presented by Alex at their 'test bar' Chapter and Verse

The Heads Up is a cocktail Alex Day describes as an “adult soda.” Preparing the ingredients is best left to the video while making the drink is fairly straightforward. Read More

Ra Pour Restaurant & Lounge set to open

Ra Pour in Rancho Cucamonga, CA lead by restaurateur Karim Webb and Executive Chef Greg Stillman will open for dinner Monday, November 21. The restaurant’s approach includes craft cocktails and combines indulgent ingredients, global influences and classic Americana. Think Lobster Pops, Kobe Carpaccio, Chicken & Waffles, Wood Fired Pizzas and larger plates like Cola-Brined Pork, Bone-in Prime Filet, and Duck Bolognese.

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Proprietors LLC debuts ‘Chapter and Verse,’ a test bar in their office

A look into cocktail & hospitality experts David Kaplan and Alex Day + video with Alex

Just to be clear, this isn’t going to be the next L.A. hotspot to have a drink at. It’s a bar that Proprietors LLC partners David Kaplan and Alex Day (pictured above) opened in their office. Why would anyone want to open an awesomesauce factory like this? First you have to know the men behind the bar. Read More

Beaujolais Nouveau 2011 release event, L.A. Works 20th Anniversary Beer Garden and more!

Find something to do this weekend in L.A.

Friday

Beaujolais Passions
French food, live music, and Beaujolais Nouveau 2011.
Cost: $55 – $75
When: 7 PM – 12 AM
Where: The Beverly Hills Country Club, 3084 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064 Read More

Vosges Haut-Chocolat Beverly Hills Boutique's launching event

A world of sweet and pure imagination

Beverly Hills officially welcomes Vosges Haut-Chocolat into town as Chocolatier Katrina Markoff brings us truffles, bon bons, chocolate bars and much more. At the Wednesday, November 16, launch of Vosges newest boutique in Beverly Hills, guests celebrated and experienced an evening of exotic and experimental chocolate. Read More

Dripp, the boutique coffee shop in Chino Hills with world class brews

Officially opening today

Artisanal coffee in Chino HillsDripp is a quality and craft focused boutique coffee shop opening today. We got an early tasting, had a chat with the founder, Rabih Sater, and a video of our man Jamil at work. Read More

Beachwood BBQ to celebrate 5 years in Seal Beach

For the month of December, Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach will celebrate their 5 year anniversary with discounts, specialty beers and events. Beachwood BBQ partnered with five breweries and created five beers as part of the celebration. Read More

Feast before you feast at Koreatown's Beer Belly

Plus Thanksgiving food drive helping the LA Food Bank

If stretching is warming up to exercising, then eating turkey before the holidays is warming up for Thanksgiving. Chef Wesley Lieberher over at Beer Belly, in L.A.’s Koreatown has prepared a Thanksgiving-themed menu along with (salted) Carmela Ice Cream’s Pumpkin Spice to top you off. The menu will run until November 23.

Also, Jimmy and Yume Han over at team Beer Belly are helping the LA Food Bank. Boxes will be setup to take food donations with a 400 pound goal. Read More

The Six Restaurant expands to Studio City today

West L.A.’s, The Six opened its expansion in Studio City today. Serving American cuisine from Executive Chef Sean Mindrum with dishes like Turkey Sloppy Joe Sliders with Portobello, Rosemary Potato Pizza with Garlic Tapenade, and Pot Pie with Braised Short Rib and Roasted Vegetables. The restaurant also offers signature cocktails, beer and wine. The Six Restaurant, 12650 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604.

Brew day with Ladyface Ale's Cyrena Nouzille and David Griffiths

Discussing women in craft beer and a video of brew day

Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie sits at the bottom of the Ladyface Mountain in Agoura Hills, CA about 35 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Co-owner Cyrena Nouzille and brewmaster Dave Griffiths have been producing beers at this location since November of 2009.

Besides the Agoura Hills restaurant, craft beer lovers can try their brews at Southern California bars like Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank and Far Bar in Little Tokyo to name a few. As the Ladyface team is getting ready to plan their 2nd anniversary in January, we visited brewmaster Dave and Cyrena during one of their brew days to chat about expanding the brewery, homebrewing and women in the beer industry. Read More

Tony's Darts Away to host fundraiser, Locanda del Lago offers Black Friday cocktail deals

Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank is hosting a “Save the Beagles” fundraiser on Monday, November 21. For each vegan hot dog sold on Monday, half the proceeds will help the Beagle Freedom Project. In addition, from 6 PM – 2 AM, for each Golden Road Brewing beer you purchase $1 will be donated.

Starting on November 25 until December 31, Locanda del Lago in Santa Monica will be offering discounted Italian inspired cocktails for $9 each and $20 for one-liter carafes all day. Discount available for Santa Monica shoppers with same-day receipts from a Santa Monica retail store. Read More

Have a girls' day at Laguna Beach's Pacific Edge Hotel

Cyndi Lauper was right

It might be winter, but that won’t stop the Southern California sun from seeping through. Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach is offering a “Girls Just Wanna Have Sun” package.

Starting at for $800 for up to four of your BFFs, the package includes a full day cabana rental, valet parking, 30 minute full body massages, manicure or pedicure, lunch, gift bags, and a cabana host. Gift bags include sunscreen, lip gloss, lotion, waterproof mascara, flip flops and beach towels. Call 949-290-9039 to book or email rpeng@jdvhotels.com.

Photography provided by Pacific Edge Hotel

Celebrate the release of the 2011 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau at the Beverly Hills Country Club

French Beaujolais winemaker and longtime arts supporter Georges Duboeuf will be hosting an art and wine inspired party with Nouveau Expression, food, and wine tasting on November 18, at the Beverly Hills Country Club, from 7 PM – 12 AM. Read More

Nissan partnering up with local food trucks for the 2011 LA Auto Show

Nissan’s first venture into commercial vehicles is partnering with The Grilled Cheese Truck and Coolhaus at the 2011 LA Auto Show by serving sandwiches and ice cream to media. The Nissan NV food truck concepts come with custom fold-out serving windows, work counters and full exterior graphics.

Photography provided by NISSAN NORTH AMERICA