Cointreau, in partnership with the Independent Restaurant Coalition, is bringing back Cosmos for a Cause, a program helping the fight to save local restaurants still recovering from the pandemic. From now until December 31 at more than 1,200 participating bars and restaurants across the country, Cointreau will donate a portion of proceeds for each Cosmopolitan ordered – up to $100,000 – to the IRC. To join in, find a participating bar or restaurant near you via the Cosmopolitan Heat Map, post a photo of The Cosmopolitan and tag #Cosmosforacause and @cointreau_us. Some of the local participants include Socalo, Kawada Hotel, Grasshopper in Long Beach, Wood & Water in Sherman Oaks, Death & Co. and Elephante in Santa Monica.


Zankou Chicken celebrates the grand opening of its new DTLA location in the financial district on October 28 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The family-friendly afternoon will include live music, sweet treats, Sank samples and a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony with the L.A. Chamber of Commerce at 1 p.m. As longtime Angelenos, the Zankou Chicken founders have pledged to donate 100% of proceeds made during the Grand Opening Event to L.A. Mission. Expect signature dishes like their rotisserie, marinated tri-tip shawarma, kabob, falafel, chicken tarna, and that intoxicating garlic sauce.

On Friday, October 29, Hotel June celebrates Día de los Muertos with an evening of cocktails, dancing and music. Festivities include DJ sets by Jason Bentley and Kyle Woods paired alongside a menu of specialty cocktails available for purchase by beverage director Steve Livigni. The event is complimentary and open to the public, kicking off at 6 p.m. by the pool deck. Guests are also welcome to enjoy the tunes from Hotel June’s two-level poolside restaurant, Caravan Swim Club, by booking a table for dinner here.

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Flavors for fall (Courtesy Dear Bella Creamery)

On Halloween, Dear Bella Creamery is treating kids and dogs in costume to complimentary ice cream and Pup Cups (ice cream for dogs). Starting at noon, kids under the age of 12 in costume will receive a complimentary scoop of their choice. New seasonal flavors include America’s Favorite Candy Bar featuring peanut butter nougat ice cream with ribbons of fudge and caramel-coated roasted peanuts and Caramel Apple featuring house-made caramel ice cream with pockets of granny smith apple jam, and more. Dogs in costume will receive a complimentary Pup Cup featuring smooth peanut butter, fresh banana, and coconut yogurt (edible for humans too). 

88rising, in partnership with Goldenvoice and  626 Night Market, announced the food and beverage lineup for the 2021 Head In The Clouds Music & Arts Festival taking place on Saturday, November 6 and Sunday, November 7 at Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Tickets are on sale now via For the third year, 88rising welcomes back the iconic 626 Night Market, the largest night market in the United States, as food curator for the festival. This year’s offerings include Mussels and Pearls, Sando Itchi, Norigami, Tao’s Bao, All Dat Dim Sum, Bobaful, Indomie Zone, Flavour Fusions, Tokyo Yakisoba, Rockin Gyoza and Chick N’ Skin.

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