The Raymond 1886 Celebrates Summer with a New Menu and New Wine Program
Executive Chef Tim Guiltinan’s introduces his imaginative new menu along with a decadent new dessert menu from new Pastry Chef Raymond Morales and a new wine program! Start off with the Quick Bites section of the menu, which kicks off with Oysters from a co-op of small oyster growers in Massachusetts that do not sell to anyone else in Los Angeles. The Raymond 1886 features just one type of oyster at a time, which can be enjoyed raw with a house made barrel-aged hot sauce or can be grilled with a jalapeño butter sauce. The rest of the Quick Bites includes snacks like spicy Hand Cut Smoked Onion Rings, Sticky Potato in a Korean-style sesame-chili sauce, Be Calm and Eat ‘Nduja, a dish of fiery house made spreadable salami served with Guiltinan’s Parmesan crackers. Starters include Tandoori Cauliflower served with a mint-cucumber dip; Roasted Golden Beets with citrus, crushed pistachio, watercress, and Greek yogurt; and Grilled King Alaskan Crab with a sweet and spicy Thai nam jim, radish salad. Entrées include Columbia River Salmon with Maitake mushrooms, English peas, basil and a potato emulsion; Scallops with Chinese black garlic, quinoa “fried rice” and edamame; Short Rib with liquefied potato, haricots verts and a radish-onion-carrot slaw; and Shredded Beef & Layered Pasta made with wild and farmed summer vegetables and a goat cheese mornay sauce. Pastry Chef Raymond Morales joins The Raymond and has two fresh offerings including the High on Fire featuring walnut oil dark chocolate ganache, Applewood smoked salt caramel, caramelized arlette, smoked brown butter powder, dark chocolate sorbet and walnut cocoa soil, and the Peach and Destroy, made of Fromage Blanc cheesecake, roasted peaches, charred peach and buttermilk sherbet, pickled blueberries, macadamia nougatine, buckwheat graham cracker and a variety of microgreens and herbs. Maxwell Leer, also a new addition, helms the brand new Wine Program & List. 1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105; 626.441.3136
Eat These Fish!
Elia Aboumrad (Hotel Normandie), Tristian Aitchison (Providence), David LeFevre (M.B. Post, The Arthur J, Fishing with Dynamite), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill), Samuel Monsour (Preux & Proper, Chefs Collaborative Local Leader), and Christian Page (Cassell’s) come together at DTLA’s Preux & Proper for Eat These Fish!, a celebration of well-managed and under-appreciated species of fish caught on the west coast of the U.S. and a taste of what happens when conservationists, fishermen, government, and chefs work together. The night features a champagne and raw oyster bar as well as wine pairings from Southern Wine and Spirits. You will enjoy five entrée courses highlighting west coast seafood species such as lingcod, vermillion rockfish, and longspine thornyhead. Proceeds from the event will benefit Chefs Collaborative, a national nonprofit network of chefs and food professionals building a better food system. $125 (includes food, drink, tax and gratuity); Monday, 6:30 – 9 pm; Preux & Proper, 840 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Scratch|Bar & Kitchen‘s Meatless Monday Tasting Menu
They are introducing a summer meatless Monday tasting menu as well as a new summer tasting menu available every night throughout the summer. Enjoy six courses of dishes likePickled Strawberries with Rutabaga and Cherries; Roasted Colors of Cauliflower; Tomato Studded Roasted Zucchini; Charred Carrots with Cabbage and Pistachio; Cherry Tomato and Cucumber Ceviche; and Coconut Pudding. If meat is more your thing, feast on their new summer offerings ($45/6 courses; $85/12 courses; $125/18 courses) including Green Mussel and Sea Urchin Sake Shooter; Pork Belly and Raw Oyster; Grilled Cheese and Caviar Sandwich; Bay Scallop and Sweetbread Ceviche; Grilled Octopus “Pasta”; Smoking Salmon with Seaweed Chips and Pickled Veggies; King Crab “Gazpacho”; Crawfish and Fresh Sausage Gnocchi; PEI Mussels. Bombay Curry. Sourdough; Dry Aged Ribeye Carpaccio; Brioche Crusted Branzino; Double Double Style Cheese Burger; Tomato Studded Roasted Zucchini; Dry Aged Hanged Steak; and 30 Day Dry Aged Prime Ribeye 3.5/ozThey have also changed their hours of operation and are now open for lunch Monday – Friday, 12 – 2 pm and for dinner Monday –Sunday, 5 – 10pm. $45; 16101 Ventura Blvd #255, Encino, CA 91436; 818.646.6085
Free & Discounted Classes at The Bar Method
The Bar Method — a leader in the barre-based fitness niche — will be celebrating its 15th anniversary by offering free / discounted classes at your local studio. In just an hour, you can complete this body shaking and strengthening workout alongside your friends and trained Bar Method instructors…for free. Monday through August 21
Westbound‘s Late Night Happy Hour
The Art’s District’s newest neighborhood bar and eatery is offering a late night happy hour menu for a specially-priced nightcap and a selection of elevated midnight snacks. Enjoy classic cocktails for $10 prepared by Head Bartender Dee Ann Quinones. Cockails include the Blue Lagoon made with Vodka, lemon juice, curacao, and soda water; the Gold Rush made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, honey syrup, and lemon juice; and the Paloma made with Cimarron Tequila, grapefruit, simple syrup and soda water. Small bites are also available through the night from Executive Chef Gary Nguyen, including: Fried Pork Rillette ($9) with mustard seed aioli, masago, tarragon, and pickled vegetables; Chips & Dip ($7) with purple potato chips, vadauvan, mustard seed aioli, and black garlic; and Beef Tartare ($15), kohlrabi, beef dressing, pickled onion, and candied pumpkin seeds. Guests who stay till 1am will also be treated to complimentary fresh baked brownies topped with a toasted meringue. Tuesday-Thursday, midnight-2 am;
Del Frisco’s Grille Pasadena Announces All New Happy Hour
Sip, share and savor at Del Frisco’s Grille’s new happy hour with select bites and drinks at the bar. The long-awaited happy hour features a variety of dishes and cocktails for $6, like Chef Angel Flores’ new Wagyu Corn Dogs and French Onion Dip and the classic Cheesesteak Egg Rolls, and all draft beers are only $5. To kick-off the “Sip & Share” cocktail hour, the Grille will host a launch party on Tuesday, at the bar and patio with giveaways and special offers from 4-6:30 pm. RSVP at here to ensure entry. Monday-Friday 4-6:30 pm (Tuesday kick off party); Del Frisco’s Grille, 55 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
Steal The Glass Event at Eureka!
You are invited to join the all-American restaurant for an exclusive Steal The Glass event (happening every Wednesday). Eureka! features a specific beer from a local brewery and when you buy this beer, you take home the branded glass it comes in. This exclusive Steal The Glass is featuring Rogue’s own Honey Kolsch, a light and sweet beer that is brewed with honey that is foraged straight from the bees at rogue, to the bottle. In addition to featuring Honey Kolsch for Steal The Glass, Eureka! will also be tapping Rogue’s Marionberry Braggot, which combines the same foraged honey with hand grown marion berries right from Rogue farm. Pair one of these beers with Eureka!’s Jalapeño Egg Burger featuring cheddar cheese, bacon, pickled jalapeños, chipotle sauce, and a fried egg, for a perfectly well-rounded meal. Wednesday, 6 pm; 12101 Crenshaw Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250; 6250 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Herringbone Santa Monica Debuts New Evening Pearl Menu & New Lunch Fare
Brian Malarkey’s Herringbone Santa Monica is debuting a new Pearl Menu, which offers an interactive seafood experience, and refreshed lunch fare. The Pearl Menu will offer a curated selection of fresh seafood and items from the grill available solely for guests of Herringbone’s Salt & Brine bar, an intimate dining experience within the restaurant that has both the flavors of sea and land. Highlights from the limited seasonal menu include Hiramasa with paddlefish roe, yuzu koshu, white soy, micro shiso, and avocado and Whole Spanish Mackerel with chimichurri, grilled lime, and black garlic. Rounding out the unique new dining option will be the availability of an exclusive Chef’s Tasting, an omakase-style alternative for adventurous eaters that includes six dishes crafted by Executive Chef Jason Witzl. New weekday lunch options include a new wallet friendly “Lunch Box” including a salad and sandwich combo, with selections ranging from a Stone Fruit Salad to a Crab BLT; favorites like Fish & Chips, Yellowtail Tartar, and Buffalo Ranch Octopus will still be available. For the duration of the summer, the restaurant will also offer its Happy Hour menu during lunchtime for guests looking for quick, affordable bites like Meatballs, Albacore Sashimi, and Truffle Fries. Starting Thursday; Herringbone Santa Monica, 1755 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310.971.4460
Echo Park Rising
They have announced its 2016 lineup. Chicano Batman, La Luz, the Weirdos are among the dozens of bands playing the sixth annual Echo Park Rising, which expands to more venues and features (for the first time) a family stage on its four-day run. Other local L.A. favorites performing are The Frights, Harriet Brown, Meatbodies, Mind Meld, Part Time and L.A. Drones. Check out the full line-up here. The outdoor main stage at the intersection of Liberty and Reservoir will transform into a street festival with viewing areas, craft beer gardens, vendors and food trucks. An up to date list of participants can be found here.
Open Call 2016: Play
Taking place at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) at Barnsdall Art Park, The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and LAMAG continues its commitment to emerging SoCal artists with this community-based, thematic biennial, which explores the notion of “play” in all its forms. This year’s Open Call continues what is among the largest and longest running non-juried exhibitions in Los Angeles. The show is set to showcase work of more than 300 promising artists from across Southern California including Tom Wheeler’s Desert Fun, Allison Stewart’s inkjet work on archival paper, Gettysburg 2013, Nathaniel Paderanga’s oil painting Happy Birthday and Nicole Sloan’s photograph Rock with Eyes. Through September 18th; Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Nerd alert (but, hey, it is pretty cool). This event featuring moon-inspired art and sound from around the world includes lectures from Bill Nye (The Science Guy!), the creator of Jimmy Neutron, live music, and viewings of celestial bodies through massive telescopes. $15+; Thursday, 7-10 pm; Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 East Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101