On Sunday, Nov. 6, Olivetta, in West Hollywood, will kick off its monthly wine dinners with a “Meet the Maker” event hosted by Sam Jordan, co-founder of Alexander Valley based Red Bear Winery. The $200-per-person event will consist of a five-course dinner and wine pairings, including Red Bear’s newly released 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon. Olivetta will be the first restaurant to be pouring Red Bear’s 2019 Cab Vintage for guests.  

 The four-course wine menu will consist of the below: 

The five-course food menu will consist of: 

  • Amuse: Iberico Ham & Caviar Bite 
  • First Course: Sourdough Bread, Burrata & Baby Greens 
  • Second Course: Spaghetti Chitarra 
  • Third Course: Pacific Halibut 
  • Fourth Course: Beef Tenderloin 
  • Dessert: Molten Dark Chocolate Cake 

Direct link to buy tickets can be found here

Fanny’s will introduce a weekly “Sunday Supper” menu this Sunday, Nov. 6, with dishes inspired by The Godfather, in conjunction with the Academy Museum’s debut of galleries dedicated to Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 classic. The new exhibit will run from today through March 2024,  and the Sunday Supper will run indefinitely throughout.

The family style menu conceived by Chef Raphael Francois will include a weekly rotating selection of specials like Connie’s Crispy Calamari, A Pasta You Can’t Refuse, and Sonny’s “Bada-Bing!” Ribs, along with a selection of Italian wines and other cinema-inspired craft cocktails. Sunday dinner service will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; reservations can be made via OpenTable and Resy.

The 2022 Midterm Elections are quickly upon us and Liberation Coffee House, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s social enterprise café, will offer a free drip coffee with purchase to any customer that presents their “I Voted” sticker on Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 8.  Customers also can register to vote and find other voting resources available at the center by visiting https://lalgbtcenter.org/vote.

Heritage, the zero-waste, Michelin Plate-honored restaurant in Long Beach, will host an intimate dinner series throughout November at its namesake urban farm located a mile from the restaurant. 

At $160 per person, this five-course tasting menu with a wine pairing will be prepared by owner and chef Phil Pretty using seasonal organic produce from Heritage Farm and hyper-local purveyors.The menu for the fall dinner series includes local mushroom tartlets, live scallops with pomegranate and fermented grapes, wagyu rib cap with grilled leeks and hollandaise, as well as chili mango with candied olives. Dinners are every Friday and Saturday evenings through Nov. 19. Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by email at [email protected].

The Godfather

Veteran’s Day deals (Courtesy Rock & Brews)

Veteran’s Day is Friday, Nov. 11, and all Rock & Brews locations will honor veterans with a complimentary Pulled Pork Sandwich or a Strawberry Fields Salad. This offering is extended to army, military and first responders and  KISS rocker Gene Simmons will be onsite at the  El Segundo location serving vets himself. The Proud Bird at LAX will serve  complimentary entrées to veterans that include a choice of the Salmon Teriyaki Bowl, Nashville Chicken Sandwich, or an Individual Build-Your-Own Pizza from the bustling food hall. All NORMS Restaurants will honor all veterans with a 50% discount on any entrée for themselves, as well as a veteran or non-veteran friend. Offer is available at all locations for dine-in or to-go orders, only on Nov. 11, with valid ID. 

Saturday, Nov. 5, LA residents can get free brunch at The District by GS and Sky’s Gourmet Tacos, as part of Pepsi Dig In Day to celebrate and support local Black-owned restaurants in the community and nationwide. Brunch will be free, while supplies last. The District by GS will feature a special celebration with a live DJ and exclusive menu.  Go to @PepsiDigIn for more information, and visit EatOkra.com to discover more  Black-owned restaurants to support in the LA area, including Harold & Belle’s, The Boujie Crab, JR’s Barbecue and more.

In partnership with Chef Carla Hall, Pepsi Dig In is rallying food lovers to visit, dine in and show love for Black-owned restaurants across the country this Saturday as part of the second annual Pepsi Dig In Day. 

There’s also a chance to win $5,000 and unlock a $5,000 donation for your favorite Black-owned eatery through Sunday, Nov. 6, by posting your meal and tagging a Black-owned restaurant with @PepsiDigIn #DigInShowLove #Sweepstakes. 

The Godfather

Courtesy Sky’s Gourmet Tacos

The 2022 Korean Kimchi Festival LA will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m.  at Ovation Hollywood. The festival  is part of an effort to globalize the Korean staple dish and promote Korean culture. Last year, California lawmakers passed a resolution to declare Nov.  22 as Kimchi Day, becoming the first U.S. state to celebrate this Korean national dish.

The free public event will feature Kimchi-making demonstrations, food and drink tastings with Kimchi pairings, as well as fun segments in the program led by well-known influencers such as Your Korean Dad,, The CrunchBros and The Korean Vegan.

Monday, Nov.  14, for one day only, Randy’s Donuts will celebrate its 70th birthday  companywide, at all locations, offering 70-cent pricing on all classic doughnuts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Limit 12 classic doughnuts per person, in-store only, not available for online/delivery. At 11 a.m., the Inglewood location will host a celebration and media day with the Mayor of Inglewood, free Pink’s Hot Dogs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., while supplies last, DJ, and limited-edition Randy’s Donuts 70th anniversary merchandise – available for sale at the Inglewood location only, and online (while supplies last). 

The iconic fritter franchise also is teaming up with Inglewood native Tyra Banks and founder of SMiZE Cream, introducing the new YOU BACON ME 70 ice cream flavor blended with Randy’s Donuts Bacon Maple Long John and Randy’s Donuts Apple Fritter made into a truffle at the bottom of each serving. YOU BACON ME 70 will launch at the SMiZE Cream pop-up at Randy’s Donuts Inglewood Monday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

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