What’s new in the City of Angels this month? Here is a food and lifestyle news update for December.
Scratch/Bar & Kitchen Launches New Takeout Tasting Menus
Chefs Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas Lee have teamed together to offer beautiful, elegant and exclusively curated tasting menus specifically designed for takeout. Limited to 10 guests per night, diners can pick up the special Scratch/Bar & Kitchen 10-course menu Wednesday to Sunday evenings at 7pm, priced at $125 per person. They also are offering a delicious Sushi/Bar takeout menu including their 16-course menu of nigiri, offered daily for pickup at 7pm, $95 per person. Visit https://www.exploretock.com/scratchbarandkitchen.
Wonderland Brings Holiday Cheer to LaLa Land
Experiential Supply Co’s new Wonderland holiday drive thru experience is taking place now through December 23rd and December 26 through December 30th from 5 to 11pm at the Westfield Promenade site in Woodland Hills. This unique in car experience leads guests through a dazzlying display of holiday lights and scenery, tickets at www.socalwonderland.com.
Serendipity Brings Nostalgic Flavors to Your Table
Serendipity, the delicious decadent super premium ice cream inspired by Serendipity3’s menu inspired flavors and ingredients, is bringing classic nostalgic flavors to your holiday table this year, as well as new flavor releases such as Selena Gomez’s Cookies & Cream remix which is inspired by global music phenomenon and Gomez’s latest single “Ice Cream.” Their new line of pints features ingredients inspired by the famous restaurant’s signature dishes. Cookies & Cream Remix is made with pink vanilla ice cream, cookie bites and lots of gooey fudge. Other flavors include Humble Pie with peanut butter ice cream and swirls, chocolate chunks and graham cracker pieces; Strawberry Fields Sundae with strawberry ice cream, strawberries and cheesecake pieces; Frozen Hot Chocolate with home chocolate flavored ice cream and a whipped cream swirl with chocolate shavings and Salty Caramel Pretzel with vanilla ice cream and chocolate covered pretzels with a salty caramel swirl, Flavors are $5.99 and available at supermarkets and convenience stores, and also at https://serendipitybrands.com.
Essentia Water has partnered with mixologist Apartment Bartender to create delicious fun creative holiday cocktails that are perfect to make with Essentia Water. Each of the Essential Tom Collins, Overachiever Vanilla Coffee Old Fashioned and The Supercharged Hot Toddy Bar feautures Essentia, the top alkaline water on the market. Essentia should also be used for ice to ensure a clean smooth taste. Essentia is also delicious to drink on it’s own, sold in most supermarkets. Find recipes at https://essentiawater.com/.
Diageo Spirits x Pacifica Hotels Virtual Cocktail Class
Led by Diageo Spirits Specialist Jorge Raptis and Pacifica Hotels’ Food and Beverage Director Manny Nieves, this Virtual Cocktail Class on December 22 at 9PM EST will allow guests to taste Don Julia Tequila and Union Mezcal in a variety of cocktails. Cocktail kit is available for pickup at SALT restaurant and bar inside the Marina del Rey Hotel between 11am and 6pm, $75, purchase tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com.
Mora Rooftop Offers Specialty Pizza for Pickup
WeHo’s Mora Rooftop added a specialty pepperoni pizza to their menu, specifically for takeout. Chef Mindy Oh’s tribute to lock-down comfort food, this yummy pepperoni pizza ($18) houses giant pepperoni with a side of house made specialty ranch (+$2). Available for both pickup and delivery.
Da Michele Opens Grocer Marketplace
Hollywood’s Da Michele has launched a grocer marketplace. They will prepare your entire grocery order and have it ready for pickup. Plus, customers will get a free margherita pizza with a $100 purchase. They provide items such as their make-at-home pizza kit, quality cheeses, fresh produce, eggs, milk, handmade pasta, and fresh pasta sauces. Additionally, the restaurant has promised those with reservations on the books during the now locked-down weeks that they will honor their reservation time and deliver their meal to their homes, without delivery fee.
Citizen Detective Now at the Geffen
Based on an unsolved 1920s Hollywood murder, this virtual detective show mixes theater, mystery and code-breaking. Audience members are broken into teams to decipher clues and uncover evidence. Watch out for the celebrity special appearance near the end, $65, now through December 20, tickets at https://www.geffenplayhouse.org.
Manuela Offers Supper for Two
Downtown’s Manuela is again offering their nightly Supper for Two takeaway special for $48. Diners receive an entrée, seasonal salad, vegetable sides, two biscuits and dessert. Entrée’s change nightly, curbside pickup and delivery are available via Tock and Postmates, call 323.849.0480 to order.
Freedman’s Offers Hanukkah Takeout
Silver lake’s Freedman’s Jewish comfort food restaurant is offering family style Hanukkah dinners from December 10 – December 12. For two ($100) or four (200) people, dinners include choices of brisket or roast chicken, challah, latke, matzo ball soup and vegetables, available for pickup or deliver. Pre-order starting December 4, visit https://www.freedmansla.com.
AKASHA Offers Holiday Gifts & Baskets
Culver City’s AKASHA restaurant is offering an assortment of gift baskets including cordials, nocino, snack mixes, granola, chutneys, jams, spice blends, olives, dates and other ingredients wrapped up in blankets and baskets, prices vary, available Tuesdays from 11am to 7pm and Wednesdays through Sundays from 10am to 8pm, visit www.akasharestaurant.com for information.
Randy’s Donuts Offers Ugly Christmas Sweater Donuts
Throughout December, Randy’s Donuts is offering Ugly Christmas Sweater Donuts with green or red frosting and holiday sprinkles. They are also offering Hanukkah Rounds topped with powdered sugar available Dec. 10 – 18.
Griffin Club Unveils $20 Million Renovation
Griffin Club, a members only social and athletic club has unveiled the final stage of their $20 million renovation. Including a new junior Olympic size adult swimming pool, new cabanas and Jacuzzi, the club also offers virtual workout classes, remote work spaces and socially distanced time slots for swimming, tennis and exercise.
DoorDash Launches Bilingual Art for Foodies
DoorDash has launched their first bilingual campaign aimed to uplift and amplify Latin voices in the restaurant and art communities. Art for Foodies is featuring a Miami based and national promotion. Miami based residents can participate in a virtual art-event and Angelinos can enter a national sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 50 signed prints from Miami based artist Fracisca Oyanharte. Through December 6, customers can place an order with the code “ARTWEEK” at checkout for a chance to win, visit https://get.doordash.com/artforfoodies/miami.
Baltaire Offers Holiday Prime Rib Dinners
Brentwood’s Baltaire steakhouse from Chef Travis Strickland is launching holiday prime rib dinners for groups of 4-8 people, as well as wine bundles giving access to the restaurant’s 500+ bottle wine list. Baltaire’s prime rib and wine packages are available for pick-up throughout the month of December, including on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve with some festive additions. Baltaire’s reserve Tsar Nicoulai caviar is also available as a supplement, $155 and up, order at https://waltzin.com/restaurant/baltairesholidaydinnercarryout.
BOU Brings Big Flavor to Holiday Meals
BOU, a new alternative to the traditional bouillon cube, is low sodium and all natural. These cubes come in a variety of flavors to spice up any holiday dish, including Ginger Miso Broth, Cinnamon & Coconut Miso Broth, Indian Curry and Gravy Cubes, available at Whole Foods Markets.
Jamba Offers New Kids Smoothies and Reward Cards
Jamba is offering two new colorful kid smoothies, Sash’s Splash and Croodaceous Coller, inspired by DreamWorks Animation film The Croods: A New Age. To celebrate the two newest smoothies and the upcoming holiday season – from now through December 28, when Jamba guests spend $30 on a Jamba gift card, they’ll get two $5 rewards cards.
NICK’S Ice Cream Offers Subscription Service
NICK’s ice cream, the Swedish style light ice cream, is offering a subscription service so ice cream lovers can never miss getting their favorite pint. Each serving is keto-friendly with sixteen flavors to choose from, at https://nicks.com.
California Gummy Bears Get A Makeover
California Gummy Bears have reinvented the beloved gummy bear treat using fresh fruit and natural ingredients. Flavors are non-GMO, kosher, soy, fat and gluten free and include their best selling fruit mix with 10 flavors including peach, lime, blueberry, cherry, raspberry, strawberry, pink grapefruit, tangerine, mango and grape ($6.95) and the California Gummy Bears Gift Set which includes three customizable mixes ($22.95), at https://www.cagummybears.com.
Dunkin’ Launches Sugarplum Macchiato
Dunkin’ has launched a new Sugarplum Macchiato and other festive treats including a frosted snowflake donut and packaged coffee in special winter flavors. The new macchiato features bright berry flavors with notes of vanilla and pairs perfectly with the frosted snowflake donut, $2 for a medium size, at participating Dunkin’ stores.
Foo Fighters Taco Comes to Casa Vega
Casa Vega has teamed up with Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters to create a limited edition Foo Fighters taco ($7). The taco features smoked brisket in a Mexican spice rub with BBQ sauce and Mexican coleslaw. There is also a special Foo Fighters cocktail with La Gritona Reposado tequila and lime juice ($14). Profits will be donated to No Us Without You, a charity for undocumented back of house staff and their families.
Rhum Barbancourt Brings Haiti to Your Holiday Celebration
This year travel to Haiti without leaving your house with Rhum Barbancourt, a rum used to make Kremas cocktails. Kremas mix condensed milk, coconut, rum, vanilla, lime juice and cinnamon for a taste of Haiti.
Glad’s Flex’n Seal Bags Help Keep Holiday Leftovers Fresh
Looking for a way to stretch leftovers? Glad’s Flex’n Seal stretchy storage bags are perfect for leftovers as well as portable snacks and holiday baked goods. Glad also has helpful YouTube videos with recipes for all your leftovers at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B1OHB4Hf9g&feature=youtu.be.