This week we gear up for America’s birthday with a rundown of awesome food things to do starting today and continuing through the weekend.
Tops on list: Afters Ice Cream collaboration with Sanrio launching this Thursday, a Red, White and BBQ bash presented by Time Out L.A. on Saturday and a Rooftop Fourth of July Celebration at DTLA’s WP24 by Wolfgang Puck on the 4th.
Also of note this week is a super rare beer festival, the Culver City Centennial Westside Food & Wine Festival and much more.
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Sanrio Partners with Afters Ice Cream
Sanrio, the creators of pop icon Hello Kitty are teaming up with Afters Ice Cream home of the Milky Bun Ice Cream for a super duper cute cold treat. On June 29 Afters Ice Cream will launch two limited edition ice cream flavors created specifically for Hello Kitty: Mama’s Apple Pie – vanilla ice cream with apple sauce, apple pie filling, and cinnamon; and Yummy Strawberry Cake – vanilla ice cream loaded with fresh strawberries, house made strawberry swirl, and shortcake bits. Both flavors are served up in custom designed, Hello Kitty branded cups and Afters’ famous Milky Bun. The promotion runs through August 13 at all 15 creamery locations. Head to Afters Ice Cream flagship store in Irvine for the kick off party this Thursday, June 29 from 7 – 10pm and meet Hello Kitty and receive a free Hello Kitty ♥ Afters Ice Cream t-shirt (first 100 people.)
Summer Happy Hour Alert
Need a new summer happy hour hang out? Busby’s West in Santa Monica has happy hour every single day with appetizers starting at $5, $2 off all draft beers and $5 house wine and well drinks. If you’re not familiar with Busby’s it’s more than a bar, it’s an adult playhouse with a wide selections of arcade games, shuffle board and beer pong.
Food Events for this Week in L.A.
Tuesday June 27th, 2017
Enjoy Westbound’s new Summertime Happy Hour every Tuesday through Sunday from 5-7 p.m. The menu includes $5 Peroni beer, $8 glasses of rosé, $10 aperitivo-style cocktails and more. Order the French onion cheeseburger ($12) and make it a meal!
Wednesday 28th 2017
BLVD Kitchen (BLVD Kitchen) turns one this Wednesday and will celebrate with an Open House with complimentary food, drinks, demos, prizes and more. The Sherman Oaks spot is a retail shop, commercial kitchen offering cooking classes, and an event space all wrapped up into one.
Forman’s Whiskey Tavern in Toluca Lake will be hosting “Whiskey Wednesdays” every week from 9 p.m. until close. The bar will feature two specialty whiskey cocktails at a discounted price, as well as whiskey flight tastings.
Sherman Oaks Boneyard Bistro brings back their World BBQ Tour this Wednesday with platters of Bali-inspired BBQ eats. Only availble four times a year, the menu features 8-Spiced BBQ Spare Ribs, Indonesia Fried Ramen Cakes, Grilled Sesame-Crusted Prawns and more.
Thursday June 29th, 2017
Pasadena restaurant The Raymond 1886 teams up with Woodford Reserve, for a special food and bourbon pairing. Woodford Reserve Distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in the U.S. and is designated a National Historic Landmark. The evening will consist of a special presentation of the Woodford Reserve Portfolio, followed by a tasting and a three-course dinner menu. Tickets are $90 per person.
There’s a Fair Food Dessert Pop Up at Nest at WP24 in DTLA featuring a Funnel Cake station, cakes, ice cream, pie, a Apricot Cremeux and more.
Get a taste of three different French Rosé wines, along with Parisian inspired tapas during Pitchoun! Bakery Wine Tasting Night.
Friday June 30th, 2017
Italian hot spot Culina, introduces a new Milanese-inspired menu at their Beverly Hills restaurant. Influenced by the flavors of Northern Italy, Culina’s new menu features summer bites such as Santa Barbara spot prawn crudo, ricotta-stuffed egg pasta, stone crab, a cauliflower soufflé and much more.
Saturday July 1st, 2017
Red, White and BBQ, a Time Out L.A. barbecue bash featuring some of Los Angeles’ best cook-out grub, a Golden Road Brewing beer garden, games, music and more will take place at Start Los Angeles. Stuff your face with pulled pork sliders, hot links and BBQ chicken from vendors including Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, the Carving Board, Cheezus and Lucille’s BBQ.
Beer Fest for Beer Geeks presents The Rarest Experience an outdoor festival featuring 30 extremely rare beers collected and cellared by Stout Burgers & Beers in Hollywood. Beer lovers are in for a real treat, many of these beers are not available for purchase in the U.S. Confirmed breweries include Firestone Walker, High Water Brewing, Dogfish Head Brewery, Jolly Pumpkin Beer, Het Anker, Tahoe Mountain Brewing, and many more.
Grand Opening of Dry River Brewing’s tasting room in Boyle Heights has arrived! A ticketed ($15) celebration on Saturday and Sunday, each guest will receive two beers, with the option to buy additional pours. The party is broken down into 90 minute sessions.
Sunday July 2nd, 2017
The Culver City Centennial Westside Food & Wine Festival returns to the Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Westside in Culver City for a day of tastings from Culver City, Mar Vista, Venice, and West Los Angeles restaurants, along with wines and spirits. Participating eateries include Mayura Indian Restaurant,Wildcraft, Hanjip, LA Gastronomy and more. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Backpacks for Kids program.
Bottlefish in Brentwood will celebrate with specials such as a Lobster boil ($54) Maine lobster, clams, andouille, grilled corn & potatoes, baby back ribs, white sangria and bourbon iced tea. The specials run Sunday, July 2 to Tuesday, July 4.
Where to Eat on 4th of July
WP24 by Wolfgang Puck is throwing a Rooftop Fourth of July Celebration with a barbecue, and panoramic view of surrounding fireworks including the Grand Park celebration! Guests will dine from several stations featuring items such as Spicy & Sweet Baby Back Ribs, Pulled Kurobuta Pork Shoulder, BBQ Glazed Grilled Jidori Chicken, and a selection of gourmet sausages. The meal ends on a sweet note with picnic-style desserts and s’mores macarons. Cocktails include frosé, beer, wine, and more. Tickets cost $49 per person.
The Castaway in Burbank is hosting a Red, White & Boom Party on their impressive patio with panoramic views of the greater Los Angeles area. Guests will enjoy a BBQ buffet spread featuring burgers, hot dogs, ribs, tri tip, shrimp cocktail and more. Tickets cost $65 for adults and $30 for kids.
Beverly Grove restaurant TART will throw a BBQ feast serving 14-hour peach smoked beef brisket, roast suckling pig with chili dry rub and all the fixings.
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken releases a special treat for the 4th of July. The USA Doughnut will be available for one day only for $3.10