SoFi Stadium, home of the L.A. Chargers and Rams, has partnered with chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo to help highlight the stadium’s upcoming culinary program made up of four different concessions inspired by the James Beard award-winning duo. Starting Thursday, April 22, SoFi Stadium will release a video each week announcing a concept and will highlight its inspiration and ingredients. The videos will feature the Animal and Son of a Gun owners walking fans through the stadium’s new culinary program produced together with the Legends hospitality group. To watch the videos, go to SoFi Stadium’s YouTube channel, beginning April 22.

Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo at SoFi Stadium  (Jakob Layman)

1800 Cristalino Tequila and GRAMMY-winning artist Kali Uchis are hosting Sin Miedo: La Experiencia, an immersive virtual concert experience on Thursday, April 22! Kali Uchis will perform hits from Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) for the first time since its release, including “Telepatía” and “Te Pongo Mal.” 

For the at-home viewing experience, 1800 Cristalino and Kali have teamed up with Cocktail Courier for a cocktail in which fans can mix and sip on Kali’s favorite libation, the 1800 Por Vida, made with 1800 Cristalino, citrus tonic, grapefruit bitters and light agave nectar. Fifty percent of kits sold will benefit the Human Rights Initiative which provides free legal and social protections for immigrant communities in need.  

 Tune into Sin Miedo: La Experienca featuring Kali Uchis at 6pm via, and order the 1800 Cristalino x Kali Uchis cocktail kit at prior to the performance. 

This weekend, Chef Kuniko Yagi of Pikunico, the Japanese fried chicken concept at ROW DTLA, will team up with Chef Jihee Kim of Perilla LA, the Instagram pop-up restaurant serving market-driven Korean banchan, for a limited-time collaboration dish to be served at Pikunico from April 17 to May 1. Chicken Dupbap by Perilla & Pikunico is made with Kim’s one-year aged kimchi, marinated kombu seaweed, sesame shishito peppers, Pikunico chicken tenders and seasoned egg, served over ginger rice. Limited quantities available daily for dine-in and phone orders for pick-up only at (213) 278-0407. 

Jobs are coming back to Southern California and Randy’s Donuts has a position for hopeful applicants. On Tuesday, April 20 Randy’s Donuts will host a COVID-safe in-person hiring event at the Inglewood location from 1pm – 3pm for all positions: managers, supervisors, cashiers, bakers, fryers, decorators and cleaning crew. No experience is necessary. Randy’s Donuts offers paid training along with other perks and benefits – including free donuts during every shift for employees. 

Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, with locations all across L.A. County, is offering a smokin’ hot deal on 4/20: Buy one sandwich and get two free bags of chips to quell the munchies all day. Ike’s is now open in Culver City, El Segundo, Burbank, Northridge and Long Beach with a menu of more than 800 sandwiches lathered in Ike’s Dirty Sauce on Dutch Crunch bread. Vegan and gluten-free options abound. 

If you make one of the first 420 orders  of Kiva Confections on Kiva Direct from Friday, April 16 through Tuesday April 20, 2021, you’ll get  a free $25 food delivery gift card within 24 hours to help support a local restaurant. To sweeten the deal, use the code 420MUNCHIES for 20% off your full Kiva Direct order through 4/20.

Chicken Dupbap (Courtesy Perilla & Pikunico)

To celebrate 4/20 and the newest strain in their Kush Collection, genderful fragrance brand Boy Smells and L.A.-based pizza shop La Morra are teaming up for a limited-edition Italian Kush pizza that brings the scent notes of the new Italian Kush candle to life. Available from Tuesday, 4/20 through Sunday, 4/25 the Italian Kush pizza features whipped ricotta, confit lemons, coarse cracked black pepper, fresh oregano and is finished with basil, salsa verde and a cannabis leaf.

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