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Fresh & Innovative California Chinese at Mandarette Café

Mandarette Café – the longtime Chinese restaurant on Beverly Blvd near the Beverly Center – celebrated their 35th anniversary open recently so we decided it was high time to get back to the West Hollywood mainstay to see if their famous strawberry shrimp is as delicious as I remember it, to taste some of Chef Yang’s newest savory dishes for the fall, and to have a soju and ginger cocktail or two.

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Photos From Los Angeles Times’ The Taste at Paramount Studios

The LA Times labor of love Labor Day tradition continued over the past Labor Day Weekend with The Taste LA. Along with celebrating amazing and inventive cuisine by Southern California’s best chefs, The Taste also celebrated the legacy of the late Jonathan Gold. His image appeared in certain shadows of the event space as if he were watching from above and smiling down. We went to all three nights of the event!

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The Best of SoCal Chefs at The Taste Labor Day Weekend at Paramount Studios

Los Angeles Times’s The Taste food & wine festival returns to Paramount Studios this Labor Day weekend and if you are in the mood for end-of-summer craft cocktails, local brews and award-winning wine from the best players in the beverage space and, of course, plenty of bite-sized, mouth-watering eats from the best of the culinary scene in Southern California, plus live music, cooking demonstrations, panels with celebrity chefs, and lots more, you won’t want to miss the foodie event of the year. Read on for tickets, other info, and a who’s who of participating restaurants, wineries, breweries, and distilleries.

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A Taste of East LA Meets Napa

Another year, another amazing AltaMed’s East LA Meets Napa food and wine festival. What sets the annual downtown Los Angeles apart this year is the vast and growing need for support AltaMed provides. The spate of current events have left many people in Los Angeles and Orange counties, and around the country, feeling vulnerable, fearful to seek medical treatment and other services they made need. That makes AltaMed, who presents the festival, more vital than ever. The always sold-out event draws 2,000+ people annually and proceeds benefit AltaMed’s initiatives and services that create access to health and dental care, senior and HIV services, teen mentoring programs, and more to undeserved families in Southern California. It’s an excellent way to eat amazing food, drink spectacular wine, and support a great and necessary local cause. It’s an event you won’t want to miss in 2020.

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East LA Meets Napa Returns to L.A. Live With Several Michelin Starred Chefs

On Friday, July 26, in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, East LA Meets Napa returns to L.A. Live bringing over 100 top LA chefs, restauranteurs, award winning Napa wine-producers, and premium spirit distributors. We’ve covered the food and wine festival several times over the past few years and it has undoubtedly become our favorite festival in the city. But what separates the festival this year is the inaugural Michelin Guide California has been revealed and the highly anticipated list features several of this year’s AltaMed Food Wine Festival participants! Get your tickets, follow AltaMed Food on Wine on Instagram, and read on for more info on this annual culinary bash.

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Celebrate the Last Days of Pride Month & Support The Trevor Project at Pikoh

Pride Month is quickly coming to an end and although Los Angeles celebrates Pride Month every month, proceeds from the purchases of a refreshing cocktail at West Los Angeles’s best new restaurant, Pikoh, will support The Trevor Project for only the remainder of June. If you’re unaware of Pikoh, it’s the latest venture from Chef Ricardo Zarate, whom you may recall recently wowed us with his Peruvian dishes at Studio City’s incredible Los Balcones. You may have just until June 30th to drink to support a great and necessary LGBTQ+ nonprofit group, but Pikoh offers perfect brunches, delicious dinners, and craft cocktails during an awesome happy hour daily.

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Last Minute Easter Sunday Brunch, Hunts, & More in Los Angeles

Happy Easter Sunday! If you’re hoping to trade peeps for pasta on Sunday, April 21, you may be in luck. All of the restaurants below have tables available to celebrate the holiday for both brunch and dinner. If you’re making last minute Easter Day plans, check out the list, which also highlights a dish or two, desserts, whether the restaurant is all ages or best for adults, and we’ve thrown in an Easter egg hunt or two at the end. Enjoy!

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Tax Day Specials at L.A.’s Best Restaurants & Bars

Two weeks after April Fool’s Day, and like a cruel joke, tax day falls on a Monday this year. In a just world, shouldn’t it always fall on a Friday? If you’re trying to celebrate big or drown your sorrows, these Tax Day specials are so good, they’re almost guaranteed to cheer you up. Here’s where to celebrate, commiserate and generally just be thankful you got through another year of taxes.

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The Week in Nancy Silverton of Mozza News

This Week in Nancy Silverton.

The celebrated and award winning Los Angeles chef behind restaurants Osteria Mozza, Chi Spacca, and Pizzeria Mozza, has been all over the news lately. First, Silverton is set to open a new Italian restaurant at the legendary Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Second, Nancy is celebrating 30 years of La Brea Bakery. Third, Nancy’s famous grilled cheese returned to L.A. with a bang on Pizzeria Mozza’s late menu. And, finally (until next week, at least), Ms. Silverton is headed to Ojai in the coming months to host a food and wine series. Read on for all the details!

Photo: Courtesy of Finch

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Grilled Cheese Night at La Brea Bakery & 4 Mouth-Watering Grilled Cheese Recipes

Who doesn’t love a good grilled cheese? I know I do. The month of April also happens to be Grilled Cheese Month so if there ever were a whole month to eat grilled cheese guilt free this is it. Legendary bread institution La Brea Bakery is hosting a nostalgic throwback Grilled Cheese Night celebration Wednesday, April 12 from 7pm to 10pm. Live music, champagne and wine pairings, a red carpet entrance, and many, many, many grilled cheese sandwiches will be served. Tickets are $35. But if you’re simply looking for some fantastic grilled cheese recipes to make at home, La Brea Bakery has provided some unique and delectable recipes included here. Enjoy!

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