When in doubt, start with something free!
This Thursday, April 20 Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will be handing out free scoops of excellent ice cream as part of their grand opening of a new location in Larchmont Village. And remember that on that same day our city’s 4/20 enthusiasts will be celebrating with a few choice cannabis tastings/pairings , several of which are listed below.
Over next few weeks we’ll see some major food festivals coming our way like LA Weekly’s Burgers & Beers and A Taste of The Valley. To that end you’ll want to start getting your calendar in order and buying early if/when discounts apply.
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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Grand Opens with free ice cream!
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is opening their third scoop shop in Larchmont Village giving away free scoops to the public on April 20, from 7–11 p.m.
Get a taste of whats in the Valley
The 18th annual Taste of the Valley returns to the San Fernando Valley on April 26. This ultimate tasting experiencing of 45+ local restaurants and wine, spirits and beer from over 120 wineries, breweries and local makers. Our friends at Goldstar has discounted tickets while supplies last for GA and VIP!
LA Weekly is back with Burgers & Beer
LA Weekly is back with their signature Burgers & Beer event on April 29 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Gain access to unlimited slider samples and beer pours from some of L.A.’s best restaurants and breweries. We spot some discount tickets (affiliate link) over on Goldstar for this event 😉
420 Dinner Tastings!
Celebrate this unofficial holiday with a 4/20 pairing dinner. Taking place in a private gallery featuring great views of Downtown Los Angeles, you’ll enjoy high-end cannabis tastings paired with chef-created dishes devised to complement the flavors and notes of each cannabis strain. A cannabis epicure will be on hand to impart a deeper understanding of each weedy course, and DJ Professor Moses & Hyim will spin all evening. There will also be live performances, a tea bar offering freshly brewed teas, and discovery stations that will help you to try new brands and products, like dabs, extracts, concentrates and edibles.
Lagunitas Brewing Company and Craft Hill in Monrovia are teaming up to celebrate 4/20 with a special five-course craft beer dinner for $50 a person. The brewery has a long-standing relationship with cannabis and was famous for its weekly 4/20 parties until its Director of Marketing was arrested for smoking weed at a Lagunitas St. Paddy’s Day party back in 2005. Lagunitas continues that tradition in a more brew-centric way now, with a yearly herbaceous special-edition release, The Waldos, unveiled each April 20.
Dinner in a zoo
The L.A. Zoo is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a sustainable wine and dinner series. Each event will include a five-course farm-to-table dinner accompanied by wine from local vineyards. There will also be a zoo walk-through with education and entertainment highlights, along with up-close animal encounters. On April 27 Malibu Wines will be the featured winery and the dinner will take place on the terraces of the L.A. Zoo’s Mahale Mountains.
National Prime Rib Day is coming up…
Prime rib specialist Lawry’s will celebrate National Prime Rib Day on April 27 by offering a tasty one-time-only dinner special. For $69 guests can embark on something called the “Ultimate Prime Rib Experience” which includes a Meat & Potatoes Martini (with prime rib-stuffed olives), the pastry-wrapped prime rib “cigar” appetizer, a Prime Rib Hash recipe card (perfect for leftovers), and, the classic Prime Rib meal (Lawry cut of prime rib + mashed potatoes and gravy + Yorkshire pudding + a side dish).
Best thing we ate this week…
Southeast Asian concept Bone Kettle opened it’s doors in early 2017 to glowing reviews. The 36 hour bone broth made by Chef Erwin Tjahyadi’s is one of the most ordered dishes on the menu but the Steamed Oxtail Dumplings made with Oxtail tips, mushrooms and San Bai Sauce is a MUST try. Delicate and savory, the dumplings are an explosion of umami flavors reminiscent of Taiwanese beef noodle soup. Designed as an appetizer, I found it difficult to share this delicious find.