Ready for a road trip? The Doffo Family Winery is offering a “Dinner on the Colina’” – an Argentine-inspired feast, featuring fine wines and panoramic views of the Doffo Vineyard and Temecula Wine Country from your private table on the Doffo hilltop on Saturday, May 15 at 6:00 p.m. The evening consists of a five-course plated dinner paired with Doffo’s best wine selections.
The following Sunday morning, May 16, the Doffo winery will celebrate their collaboration with the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride to create a limited edition MotoDoffo wine. This red blend features original artwork by this year’s label artist, Chris White (@buzzvizualz) and a portion of the proceeds of each bottle will go to benefit Movember. A special celebration will be held at the winery in Temecula, which is free to attend and will feature moto vendors, live music, raffle prizes donated by Triumph Motorcycles and other companies, and food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Yelp has announced the launch of a new daily podcast series the “Happy Mouth Podcast,” featuring the latest news in the hospitality industry hosted by Chef Nyesha Arrington (Season 9 of “Top Chef” & “Selena + Chef” on HBO Max) and hospitality industry insider Philip Camino. The daily news podcast, in 8-10 minute bites, offers timely hospitality industry news and trends with first-hand perspectives from Arrington and Camino. Topics include everything from the changing role of food critics post-pandemic and tipping etiquette to food deserts and food insecurity.
The new “Brunch Over Broadway” has taken over Upstairs at the Ace Hotel DTLA rooftop. Menu highlights include oysters on the half shell, prawns, burrata toast with spring peas and mint, salmon toast with herbed cream cheese and a 7-minute egg as well as a BLT with pickled green tomato, guajillo aioli and gaufrettes. In addition to the regular cocktail program, shareable brunch drink options have been added including Mimosas for two, and pitchers of Aperol Spritzes and Rose Spritzes. Brunch Over Broadway is every Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; reservations are encouraged and can be booked here: www.acehotel.com/upstairs
Flower Burger, Italy’s colorful plant-based burger concept, is launching their first North American location today as a delivery-only ghost kitchen out of Culver City, with plans to open a brick-and-mortar shop this summer.
They’ll be accepting delivery orders via flowerburger.us, as well as through delivery apps GrubHub, DoorDash and Uber Eats for lunch (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.), and will soon expand to lunch and dinner hours (11 a.m. – 9 p.m.) The first 50 orders received through the site can receive free delivery with promo code MadeWithLove (ends Sunday, May 9).
The menu offers six plant-based burgers, including the Jungle Burger (an oat and red bean patty along with oven-baked zucchini and a green bun colored with spirulina powder and turmeric), the Classic Chickpea and Spicy Chickpea (chickpea patties with turmeric-colored yellow buns), and the Tangy Chickpea (chickpea patty with a Tartarella Sauce flavored with capers and pickles). The Cherry Bomb features a lentil-based patty with a pink bun, colored with cherry and beetroot extract, and the signature Flower Burger includes a red kidney bean patty and violet bun colored with purple carrot extract.
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