Free Italian Food Party, Eggplant Ice Cream & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

Angelenos love food… and so do we!

So to help keep you on the pulse of the culinary scene every week here’s a weekly roundup of the best food related news bites (get it?) into one easy-to-digest rundown.


This week includes a Free Italian Food Party, Fish Bowl Drinks, Eggplant Ice Cream, Beers at the Zoo and LOTS more.

Your food news CliffsNotes start after the jump.

Bon Appétit!

Photo Credit: MidiCi

Free food alert!

There’s a Free Italian Food & Wine Tasting Party at MidiCi in Sherman Oaks to celebrate National Friendship Day. The free wine tasting will include Rose, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Prosecco and a beer sampling of Belgian ales and American craft brews. Come in on August 6 from 6-9 p.m. to redeem.

Update: In a previous version of this article we stated there will be free pizza. Please note the pizza will not be free instead a range of Neapolitan fare from meatballs to bites of antipasti, house-marinated olives and gelato will be free. We apologize for any confusion. 

Beers at the zoo

Booze it up with animals when Brew at the Zoo returns for a summer evening of beer tastings from 50 local breweries after hours at the Los Angeles Zoo.

LA Food & Wine is coming soon

The Los Angeles Food & Wine festival takes over Los Angeles August 25-28 featuring some of LA’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurants for a four-day event that’ll delight any foodie. Check out the impressive line up of events here.

It’s crawfish season

The Long Beach Crawfish Festival is back at Rainbow Lagoon Park. The festival features live entertainment, dance floors, specialty drinks and plenty of crawfish.

Yamashiro’s Pagoda Bar is up and running

Yamashiro’s outdoor pagoda bar is doing a 5-8 p.m. “Lucky 7” happy hour every Friday through Sunday with $7 cocktails and food.

LA Craft Beer Crawl with 100+ Beers

Ok, I’m not telling you to drink 100+ beers but at the 7th annual LA Craft Beer Crawl attendees will have over 100 craft beers to sample across 7 downtown bars and restaurants. The crawl is all within walking distance so you can walk off that buzz. Happening August 13, get your tickets here.

LEONA turns 1!

August 7 marks one year for Nyesha Arrington’s restaurant in Venice to celebrate they’ll be throwing a Seaside Cookout. Tickets are $40 a pop.

Alma checks in at The Standard officially 

According to LA Weekly the alma team now directs all food and beverage at the hotel. So basically you can dine on Ari Taymor’s creations for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Salazar hosts a boozy Agua Fresca & Raw Bar night

On August 9 at 9 p.m. Salazar will host its first Agua Fresca night, kicking off with an “Under the Sea” theme. Beverage Director Aaron Melendrez’ creation, the Savila y Coco will be served in a fish bowl featuring aloe pulp, young coconut water, chlorophyll, gin, mezcal and topped with a gummy shark. Chef Esdras Ochoa will be offering a specialty fish taco and a raw bar to compliment Melendrez’ drinks!

Knead & Co. throws a party!

Knead & Co. at Grand Central Market will hosting a food and music party with local non-profit Green Wish on August 14 from 6 – 10 p.m. Guest will enjoy eats from a variety of GCM vendors including Ramen Hood, Moruno, DTLA Cheese, Valerie Confections and Knead & Co. who’s latest CoolHaus collab. “The Freddo” a cannoli ice cream sandwich will be available for guests that evening. Proceeds go to Green Wish which in turn gives money to eco-friendly charities like Food Forward, Muir Ranch, Friends of the LA River, and more. Grab your tickets here.

Public School Olympics Bingo Party

Hang out at Public School during the 2016 Rio Olympics from August 5 to August 21, all Public School locations will be hosting Gold Medal Nights. Watch the games try out the new Gold Medal Cocktail, and play Olympic Bingo to earn free school snacks. Just ask for an Olympic Bingo Card to participate.

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Image Credit: Public School

Goodbye El Chavo

El Chavo is closing for good this time per their website. The pop-up will officially wrap up over Labor Day Weekend.

Peninsula Beverly Hills is popping Champagne all month long

To celebrate their 25 years, the Peninsula Beverly Hills will be serving free champagne during afternoon tea inside the hotel’s Living Room lounge from Monday through Thursday.


Taste your way through a new food event 

There’s a new food tasting event coming this October 1 to DTLA called the Eat Show and it promises to be less festival-like but more of a culinary expereince with 50+ vendors and a limited number of tickets to maintain the crowd.

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Photo Credit: Eat Show Facebook

Must hit up place of the week goes to…

This month, Salt & Straw spotlight’s the best of SoCal’s seasonal bounty with a “Farmer’s Market” ice cream series. Featuring Caramel Corn on the Cob, Eggplant Honey Custard, Green Fennel & Maple, Strawberry Tomato Water Sherbet, and California Avocado & Hazelnut Praline Sorbet. Flavors will be available at all three locations until August 25!

Finally, just a quick snapshot of the best thing we’ve eaten in the past week…

The Lobster Burger with spicy slaw at L’Ami in Brentwood.


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