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Monday:

Celebrate National Lemonade Day with Free Lemonade
Lemonade is excited to celebrate National Lemonade Day with free lemonade for all catering orders and Lemonade-themed Beyoncé classes at select SoulCycle locations. For all catering orders on Monday, use code LEMONADEDAY at checkout to receive free lemonade along with your food! Lemonade will provide enough lemonades to cover the number of people for each order. Lemonade unveiled its new catering menu last month and you can create packages that include main dishes and sides, such as the Lemonade Sunshine Sandwich Package that features a Chef Sandwich along with a choice of salads or any of Lemonade’s signature hot dishes like their famous Mac N’ Cheese, Red Miso Beef Short Rib or Harissa Roasted Cauliflower. All items come in ready-to-serve containers, complete with utensils and napkins. Seasonal items, such as the new fan favorite Mango Chicken Bowl, also appear on the menu. Channel Your Inner Beyoncé because Lemonade is partnering with SoulCycle to offer Lemonade-themed rides at select studios in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area on Monday too. These special classes will feature music by Beyoncé and free lemonade samples for all riders post-workout. Participating SoulCycle studios and “Beyoncé: Lemonade” class times: San Francisco (SOMA) – 6:30 pm; Beverly Hills – 5:30 pm; DTLA – 5:30 pm; West Hollywood – 10:30 am; Newport Beach – 9:30 am; and La Jolla – 5:30 pm. Monday; all 28 Lemonade restaurants

Gabi James Announces First Winemakers’ Dinner with Michael Cooper of Spain’s Vinos del Viento Winery
Gabi James, the new Redondo Beach spot for Spanish and Coastal French cuisine, will host their first Winemakers’ Dinner with the accoladed, young winemaker, Michael Cooper, of Vinos del Viento Winery. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Cooper witnessed the renaissance and evolution of California winemaking during the first 20 years of his life. In 2002, he moved to Spain, where he saw, similarly, the Spanish winemaking revolution and new generation of Spanish winegrowers. Cooper’s passion for wines, specifically Spanish wines, led him down the path to wine writing and winemaking. In 2009, with no official education in oenology and no experience in winemaking, he began experimenting with Carignan from the Cariñena appellation in Spain. He continues to experiment with Spanish varietals and was one of the first winemakers to use Garnacha Blanca in Aragón, the first to use Garnacha Peluda, and the first to make a rosé using the Cariñena grape. Cooper’s goal is to make unique wines that express the identity of the regions where they are grown. For the event, Cooper will present a selection of his wines, paired with a thoughtful, seasonally-inspired menu created by Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier. $100; Monday, 6:30 pm; Gabi James, 1810 S. Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA; 310.540.4884

Endless Summer Package at Shore Hotel and Ocean View Hotel
Santa Monica’s oceanfront sister hotels, Shore Hotel and Ocean View Hotel, are inviting you to enjoy an endless summer with 15% off best available rates for stays from August 20 – October 8. You will also receive a free beach tote with reef-friendly sunscreen from Raw Elements and two complimentary specialty cocktails in addition to the discounted summer rates. Shore Hotel, Santa Monica’s premier eco-friendly boutique hotel, and Ocean View Hotel sit steps from the Santa Monica Pier and offer panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. With Santa Monica’s best dining, shopping and attractions all within walking distance, both properties are ideal for celebrating one last hurrah before the end of summer. $296+; Shore Hotel, 1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401; Ocean View Hotel, 1447 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401; Shore Hotel: book here; Ocean View Hotel: book

Tuesday:

Red Herring’s Slow and Low BBQ Slam
Summer means time to BBQ. Head to Red Herring as co-owners Chef Dave Woodall and Alexis Martin Woodall throw down some serious summertime BBQ. Enjoy all the meat you can eat, with a selection of pulled pork, ribs, hot links, brisket and chicken, paired with classic sides like slaw, beans and potato salad and most importantly, a slice of homemade pecan pie. $35; Tuesday, 5 – 10 pm; 1661 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Wednesday:

Los Angeles Food & Wine
The 8th annual all-star chef lineup featuring a blend of nationally-acclaimed star chefs as well as Los Angeles’ most-celebrated restaurants, is back! Featuring four nights and five days of tastings, lunches, dinners, cooking demos, and more; some of the festival’s marquee events and talent this year include: a brand-new Kick-Off Dinner Series (Wednesday) begins the festivities this year, taking place at two beloved Los Angeles restaurants, including: Lasa – FOOD & WINE’S “Best New Chef”Jon Yao (Kato Restaurant) joins chef Chad Valencia at his “Best New Restaurant” winning spot; and Big Boi– loved for her desserts, Barb Batiste (B Sweet Dessert Bar) teams up with Alvin Cailan at her new Fillipino concept on the Westside; The first downtown marquee event of the festival is Ultimate Bites of L.A. (Thursday) Hosted by Alvin Cailan & Antonia Lofaso;  The returning Power Lunch Series presents cross-country chef collaborations (Fr
iday); replacing the traditional Night Market in Downtown Los Angeles is an all-new Heat on the Street on Grand Avenue, hosted by Robert Irvine, Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken, and Aarón Sánchez. This “Friday Fiesta” brings all the nuanced flavors of Latin cuisines to the plate, serving ceviche, tacos, carne asada, nopalitos, and more, with perfectly paired cervezas, tequila, and delectable wine (Friday); hosted by Curtis Stone & Tiffani Thiessen, the marquee tasting event features a lineup of can’t-miss star chefs, stellar wines, craft beers and cocktails, and more, along with music spun by DJ Questlove (Saturday);  and the Lexus Grand Tasting at The Barker Hangar is a Westside strolling event featuring more than 25 celebrity chefs and 200 wines where you can enjoy endless bites and sips, book signings and photo opportunities with some of the weekend’s biggest celebrity chefs, including Curtis Stone, Lexus Culinary Master Michelle Bernstein, and Alex Seidel (Saturday & Sunday). $125-$225; Wednesday-Sunday; 855.433.5239

Thursday:

CAVA Opens in Pasadena
CAVA, the Mediterranean fast casual restaurant and culinary brand is opening its newest location in Pasadena, marking its sixth location in the greater Los Angeles area and the 10th in SoCal. To celebrate the arrival of the restaurant, CAVA will host a “Community Day”, providing free lunch between the hours and free dinner. CAVA will also take donations during Community Day to benefit local partner Garden School Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to providing integrative education through garden-based learning in low-income neighborhood schools throughout Los Angeles. CAVA’s build-it-yourself, seasonally-inspired menu features a variety of customizable meal options (salads, grain bowls or pitas) made from scratch in-house every day. The menu features over 50 offerings! The Pasadena location will highlight the current seasonally inspired ingredients and menu offerings, including the Spicy Lentil Soup, a modern, spiced-up take on the traditional Mediterranean soup; Seasonal Roasted Vegetable Medley, including grape tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, sweet potatoes; White Bean Salad, a hearty portion smothered in fresh herbs; and Spicy Apricot Dressing, which is sweet and spicy. Community Day: Thursday, 11 am – 1 pm, 5 – 7 pm; Opens: Friday; 345 South Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

Marugame Udon Opens
Marugame Udon is expanding its footprint as it opens at the newly revamped Beverly Center. To celebrate, this Thursday (opening day), the restaurant will offer $1 Kake Udon bowls, a $10 gift certificate for the first 100 customers, and validation for free all-day self-parking. Marguame Udon serves bowls of small batch broths, expertly brewed with Japanese-imported kelp, dried fish, and soy sauce, fully customizable with assorted tempura and a toppings bar. Signature hot and cold bowls include Kake Udon (udon noodles in Kake soup); Nikutama Udon (Kake sauce, udon noodles, sweet beef, poached egg); and Crispy Tofu Salad Udon (cold udon noodles, fried tofu, carrots, mixed greens, and garlic dressing). Utilizing Japanese-imported Oshikiri copper circular fryers, a wide selection of freshly fried Tempura is always at hand, from various proteins such as shrimp, squid, and chicken, to seasonal vegetables including pumpkin, asparagus, zucchini, and Shishito peppers. Also available are various Musubi (rice balls with assorted fillings) and Inari (fried bean curd sushi) Udon bowls start at $4.50. Thursday, 12 pm; The Beverly Center

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