On Saturday, April 15, the Pink Boots Society Los Angeles Chapter is partnering with 20 breweries across Southern California to host its first beer festival – CollaBrew Festival. The festival will highlight Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day beers brewed by women and non-binary individuals in the industry, as well as feature educational panels, DJs, and curated women-owned local food vendors like Sad Girl Creamery, Hangaburs – smash burgers and Vchos Food Truck.

The event will take place next door to Frogtown Brewery with proceeds to benefit Pink Boots Society educational opportunities for women and non-binary individuals.

 CollaBrew Festival

Courtesy Frogtown Brewery

Participating breweries include: 14 Cannons, Beachwood Brewing Long Beach, The Bruery, Eagle Rock Brewery, Frogtown Brewery,  GameCraft Brewing, Hermosa Brewing Co., Highland Park Brewery, Last Name Brewing, Lawless Brewing Co, Left Coast Brewing, Los Angeles Ale Works, Malibu Brewing Company, Ogopogo Brewing, Project Barley, Sage Brews, Telco Brewery, Topa Topa Brewing Co., White Labs Brewing San Diego.  Click here for more information and tickets.

The annual Gin & Juice celebration is back in Long Beach on Sunday, April 16, from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Wille’s Tin Shop and Roxanne’s in California Heights. There will be live music, food vendors, gin tastings and martini-making workshops as well as an Instagram backdrop activation  with classic cars, Olmec head, and Villa Riviera postcards and Hour of Comedy inside the Exhibition Room. Purchase tickets here.

To celebrate the 5th and final season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in partnership with Amazon,  McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams is scooping limited-edition Midge’s Marvelous Strawberry on Friday, April 14 through Sunday, May 14.

Available at all seven McConnell’s Southern California scoop shops, Midge’s Marvelous Strawberry is creamy strawberry ice cream with chunks of tangy, sweet Santa Barbara strawberries. 

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Midge’s Marvelous Strawberry (Courtesy McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams)

The Godfather-inspired Sunday Supper at Fanny’s at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, in collaboration Corleone Fine Italian, featuring Gianni Russo takes place on Sunday, April 30. There will be an exclusive dinner menu inspired by memorable food references from The Godfather, including Genco Olive Oil by Corleone Fine Italian – the official culinary collection of the movie classic. The dinner will be hosted by actor Gianni Russo, who portrays Connie’s husband Carlo Rissi in the film, who will guide the four-course dinner at Fanny’s with a menu inspired by memorable food references from The Godfather, including Genco Olive Oil by Corleone Fine Italian, including: 

  • Vito Corleone’s Focaccia and Genco Olive Oil and Balsamic by Corleone Fine Italian
  • Luca Brasi Sleeps with the Fishes – Spot Prawn Crudo, spring garlic, salsa verde
  • Clemenza’s Sunday Gravy – Rigatoni Bolognese or Spaghetti al Pomodoro
  • Try the Veal… The Best in the City – Veal Saltimbocca alla Romana
  • Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli – house cannoli with pistachio, dark chocolate & ricotta
  • Connie and Carlo’s Wedding Cake – white cake, buttercream

To honor AAPI Heritage Month, Sprinkles bakery and specialty Vietnamese coffee importer and roaster Nguyen Coffee Supply have baked up the brand’s first-ever Vietnamese Coffee Cupcake,   a decadent coffee cake topped with coffee frosting infused with Nguyen Coffee Supply’s Loyalty Blend featuring single origin Arabica and Robusta coffee beans with flavor notes of smoked caramel, cacao, pomelo and almond. The cupcake center is filled with a creamy condensed milk buttercream. The cupcakes are available at Sprinkles bakeries nationwide from Monday, April 17 through Sunday, May 7. The collaboration is part of Sprinkles’ ongoing support of the leading Asian Pacific changemaker organization and platform Gold House.

Brazilian açaí sensation OAKBERRY is celebrating the opening of its new flagship in Venice on Abbot Kinney today. The new dual-leveled store features a modern and bright design decorated with cool, welcoming tones, splashes of  OAKBERRY purple and touches of wood throughout. It’s the  seventh Southern California location that features sustainably sourced açaí from Brazil and utilizes a proprietary recipe that is organic, all-natural and free from high fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring.

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