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Los Angeles Weekend Roundup


Billecart-Salmon Champagne Dinner at Jean-Georges Beverly Hills

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills will host an exquisite 6-course tasting experience at their signature restaurant, Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, in partnership with Billecart-Salmon. Featuring sought after vintages, and rare Cuvees from world-renowned Billecart-Salmon, the one-night event will feature the award-winning culinary team of Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills guiding guests through an immersive tasting experience. Drawing on all senses, the artfully crafted menu is perfectly complimented by a selection of exclusive labels per course, each reflective of the meticulous art of blending, historic terroirs, and radiant flavors and aromas signature to Billecart Salmon. Crafted by Michelin Star Chef Steve Benjamin, indulge in a seasonally driven menu, featuring farm-to-table highlights and discover the iconic culinary innovations of Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. Menu highlights will include Caviar with Santa Barbara Uni, Madai Tartare on Ice, Langoustine Wrapped in Buckwheat crepe, Spice Charred Duck Breast, and more.  $450; Friday, 7:00 pm; Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills – 9850 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; 310.860.6700

Urban Plates Launches New Menu Items

Chef-driven fast-casual restaurant Urban Plates launches six new dishes, including three new mains and seasonal sides! The latest additions to Urban Plates’ menu board include Osso Bucco, Asian Noodle Salad, Chili Grilled Tofu Bowl, and new Seasonal sides: Asparagus with garlic shallot oil, parsley, and lemon, Maple Butternut Squash with Toasted Coconut, and Cremini & Oyster with garlic parmesan butter. The newest offerings are now available at all 17 Urban Plates locations in California. Various hours and locations

albertz benda and Friedman Benda Art and Design Gallery

albertz benda and Friedman Benda welcome you to view their shared art and design gallery in the heart of West Hollywood. Located steps from the famous Chateau Marmont, the shared gallery currently features two thought-provoking exhibits that will close on 3/18. Free; Tuesdays – Saturdays (through 3/18), 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; 8260 Marmont Lane, Los Angeles, CA 90069

  • albertz benda Los Angeles Presents the Group Exhibition Do You See Me: This is the last week to view group exhibition Do You See Me at albertz benda art gallery. The group exhibition features a brilliant sextet of young artists, including Dustin HarwoodLanise HowardLarissa De SouzaNatalie WadlingtonRobert Peterson, and Sydnie Jimenez. Via each artist’s chosen medium, this ensemble show represents the ongoing curiosity surrounding identity through painting, sculpting, and collage. In addition, the sextet employs a powerful imagination to investigate their own subjectivities while embracing the embodiment of trying to advance social, political, and theoretical concerns. 
  • Friedman Benda Los Angeles Presents Ebitenyefa Baralaye’s Making Space: Tracing Tomorrow: Ebitenyefa Baralaye’s solo debut, titled, Making Space: Tracing Tomorrow, will close at Friedman Benda next weekend. The calculated and intuitive show offers viewers a look into Baralaye’s exploration of the Black Diaspora through a collection of contemporary works by the ceramicist. Presenting three distinct bodies of work, the exhibition reflects Baralaye’s personal negotiation of and concern with the fragmented and transitional presence of the Black diaspora. The up-and-coming artist explores cultural, spiritual, and material forms, texts, and symbols interpreted through a diaspora lens and abstracted through an extensive education in craft and design. 
A photo of the albert benda shared art gallery.
albertz benda and Friedman Benda welcome you to view their shared art and design gallery in the heart of West Hollywood. Located steps from the famous Chateau Marmont, the shared gallery currently features two thought-provoking exhibits that will close on 3/18.

The Best Bottomless Brunches in Los Angeles

Here in LA, booze and brunch go together like peas and carrots. Whether you want Waffles, Eggs, or Avocado Toast, nothing complements your meal like an ice-cold cocktail, especially if that glass is endless. But where can you find these brunches with bottomless cocktails and tasty bites? Don’t stress; I got you. I’m here to give you a list of the best bottomless brunches in Los Angeles. So all you have to do is grab a cute brunch outfit and your date, and get ready to indulge in fun, good food, and drinks. Cheers!

A photo of Ariel with food and a mimosa for brunch at Blaqhaus
Love brunch and cocktails? I’ve got a list of the best bottomless brunches in Los Angeles, like this one at Blaqhaus in NoHo. Cheers!

Corey Helford Gallery Presents Three-Artist Exhibit The Power of Three

Corey Helford Gallery Presents Three-Artist Exhibit The Power of Three featuring Chen-Dao Lee, Jesús Aguado, and Sun-Mi. Chen-Dao Lee’s pieces include portraits of people wearing celebrity masks (from films and animations), placed in unique frames resembling sculptures. Jesús Aguado is a Spanish illustrator whose series “consists of eight female figures wrapped in universes and peculiar stories.” Sun-Mi’s work is a way of documenting her life and is depicted by her constant struggle to express her sheltered emotions. Her work is a response to coping with a recent loss of a loved one. “I not only lost someone, but a part of myself. I neglected my sadness and now these feelings are coming in waves and I’m drowning. My mind is frozen and my heart is broken. I just don’t know who I am,” says Sun-Mi. Free; Tuesdays – Saturdays through 4/15, 12 – 6:00 pm – 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033; 310.287.2340


Benny Boy Brewing x Milkfarm Cider & Cheese Pairing

Benny Boy Brewing and Milkfarm are back with another cider & cheese pairing event. Each ticket includes a flight of 4 ciders, expertly paired with 4 artisan cheeses. 21+ only. Valet parking is available, along with food for purchase from pop-up food vendors. $35; Sunday, 7:30 – 8:30 pm; 1821 Daly St., Los Angeles, CA 90031

Sunday Funday at the Vegan Exchange

Calling all vegan and vegan-friendly Angelenos. Every Sunday, North Hollywood hosts the Vegan Exchange, a weekly vegan market featuring food, apparel, cosmetics, candles, and other vegan lifestyle vendors. Vendors rotate, so check the schedule to see if your favorite vegan sellers will be there. Free entry; Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; 5300 Bakman (Between Chandler Blvd. and Weddington St.), North Hollywood, CA 91601; 323.290.9620

A photo of vegan ice cream.
Calling all vegan and vegan-friendly Angelenos. Every Sunday, North Hollywood hosts the Vegan Exchange, a weekly vegan market featuring food, apparel, cosmetics, candles, and other vegan lifestyle vendors. Shop, mingle, and eat sweet treats like this delicious vegan ice cream.

I|O Godfrey Hollywood Hosts Black Tie You’ve Been Nominated Oscars Watch Party

Tonight is Oscar Sunday, Hollywood’s biggest night. To celebrate the evening, I|O, the 12,000 square ft. indoor and outdoor rooftop lounge at the Godfrey Hotel, is hosting a black tie watch party, complete with a red carpet, photographer, 5 large 75″ TVs, and a cash bar. In addition, VIP packages are available and include guaranteed seating, a buffet, a welcome glass of Champagne, and a premium cash bar. $0 – $40; Sunday, 2 – 8:00 pm; 1400 Cahuenga Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028; 323.762.1000

Coming Soon

(3/17): Caldo Verde Partners with Katie Parla to Bring Food of the Italian Islands to Los Angeles

Caldo Verde is excited to announce that Suzanne Goin and team will partner with acclaimed Rome-based author, television and podcast host, journalist, culinary guide, and educator Katie Parla for a special lunch on 3/17. The special menu highlights the New York Times best-selling author’s most recent release. It also marks the signature restaurant’s first book lunch event as part of an ongoing event series spotlighting chefs, restaurateurs, and food connoisseurs from around the globe that have inspired Goin and Styne throughout the years. The menu features Insalata di Carciofi e Bottarga, Fregola con Arselle (toasted couscous with clams, white wine, garlic rapini), Coniglio all’ Ischitana (braised rabbit in the style of ischia), Torta Caprese + Granita di Mandorla (capri’s flourless almond cake + almond granita), and more Italian delights. $45; Friday (3/17), 11:30 am – 2:30 pm; Downtown LA Proper Hotel – 1100 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213.806.1023

(3/18): LA County High School For The Arts Presents Future Arts Gala!

LA County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), the number one arts high school in America, is hosting its 6th Annual Future Artists Gala on Saturday, 3/18. The event will take place at the AVALON Hollywood, one of Hollywood’s most historic landmarks, spotlighting special celebrity guests, exciting student performances, exclusive auction items from internationally renowned LACHSA artists, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, cocktails, delectable food, and much more! The Future Artists Gala will feature world-class entertainment by some of the most talented student artists in LA County in music, theatre, cinematic arts, dance, and visual arts. LACHSA alum Corbin Bleu (High School Musical and the Tony-nominated Kiss Me Kate on Broadway) will be the host for the evening. Tony Barbieri from Jimmy Kimmel Live! will serve as live auction host. Tony®, EMMY®, and four-time GRAMMY®-nominated LACHSA alum Josh Groban will be honored with the LACHSA Luminary Award and Warner Bros. Television Group Chairman and CEO, Channing Dungey, will be honored with the LACHSA Arts Advocate Award. This incredible evening will also feature a special performance by LACHSA alum Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and the Tantrums. Renowned actor, writer, and LACHSA Foundation Board Member, Melina Kanakaredes is this year’s event producer. The event raises funds to directly support the tuition-free arts education and programming at LA County High School for the Arts. $250+; Saturday, 3/18, 6:30 pm; Avalon – 1735 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028; 323.462.8900

(3/23) and (4/20): SALT Introduces Boozy Monthly Drink Series

SALT invites you to celebrate the creators of some of the top spirits, wines, and brews with the Meet Your Makers Series. Each month, the “Meet Your Makers” series offers the food & drink connoisseurs (or those who just want a nice night out on the town!) the chance to enjoy delicious aperitifs and learn what it takes to create a world-renowned liqueur, wine, and beer. Each event will offer vastly different food offerings paired with the highlighted drink to ensure that epicureans have a unique experience each time. 3/23, and 4/20; 13534 Bali Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292; 424.289.8223

(4/2): The 6th Annual Masters of Taste

Mark your calendars! The 6th annual Masters of Taste is approaching. The premier outdoor luxury food and beverage festival will return to the historic Pasadena Rose Bowl on 4/2 with Chef Michael Reed and Kwini Reed as Hosts. Host Chef Michael Reed is a classically trained chef and restaurateur who has spent 19 years as a chef for restaurants across New York and Los Angeles. Today, Chef Reed is the co-owner and Executive Chef behind two Los Angeles restaurants, Poppy + Rose of Downtown Los Angeles and Anaheim’s Poppy & Seed. In addition to the two concepts, Chef Reed and his wife and co-owner, Kwini Reed, also run an upscale catering company, Root of All Food. 100% of the proceeds will directly benefit Union Station Homeless Services, a non-profit organization celebrating 50 years of providing homeless services and housing for thousands of neighbors. $155 – $225; Sunday (4/2), 3 – 7:00 pm; Pasadena Rose Bowl – 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA 91103; 626.791.6677

Mark your calendars! The Masters of Taste (the premier outdoor luxury food and beverage festival) will return to the historic Pasadena Rose Bowl on 4/2.




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