On Saturday, June 17, CultureCon will celebrate Juneteenth with its first  LA summit. In addition to panels and speakers, Jay Pharoah will interview the director and cast members of “The Blackening,” and other speakers include Shawn Finnie from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Meredith O’ Sullivan and Michelle Sneed.

Featured restaurants on hand include VeganAF, NY Chopped Cheese, Earle’s On Crenshaw, On Pointtt jerk chicken, and Lei’d Cookies, a BIPOC-owned cookie spot and Amaze Balls.

Built by The Creative Collective NYC, CultureCon features skill-building workshops, interactive activations, the opportunity to shop with Black-owned small businesses and networking opportunities. Known for providing opportunities and resources for diverse communities, CultureCon is dedicated to empowering creatives, young professionals, and entrepreneurs to succeed on their own terms.For more information about the event at Rolling Greens on Mateo in DTLA and to register for tickets, click here.

In honor of Pride Month and celebrating City Club LA’s history of diversity, the club will host a Chandon Secret Social Pride Party on Thursday, June 29, as part of the recently launched Secret Garden Pop-Up Experience. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., there will be  appetizers, a fierce welcome cocktail, live music, and some other surprises. Admission starts at $35 and an a la carte menu and cocktails will be available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased here.  The Secret Garden immersive experience has transformed the Aperture Lounge into a garden oasis.


Sunset Deck at Cabra

On Monday, June 19, III Mas BBQ and Big Noise will pop up at Tabula Rasa on Hollywood Boulevard, with ice-cold beer and dishes featuring falafels, a crispy sphinx sandwich with grandma’s falafel in Aish Baladi (pita) with pickled eggplant, tahini and cilantro and six-piece grandma’s falafel served with tahini sauce and amba, all to be paired with Big Noise Signature Lager.

“Cambodian Cowboy” Chef Chad Phuong, owner of Battambong BBQ in Long Beach, will pop up at the 2023 Los Angeles Design Festival for a Design for the People Dinner on Saturday, June 24. Hosted at ROW DTLA by asi asi projects, a creative agency that owns and operates a Los Angeles social house and supper club, the design-centric dinner will feature a four-course menu that includes a 17-hour smoked brisket or grilled mushrooms, Cambodian twako, Cambodian coconut corn, garlicky noodles, honey glazed carrots, and dessert by Craig’s vegan ice cream, as well as wine pairings. 

Lemon Poppy Kitchen chef and co-owner Anca Caliman (formerly of Parsnip) has teamed up with  Eden Batki (formerly of Elf Cafe and Dune Kitchen) to create their new Sour Cherry pop-up. After a recent culinary expedition to Transylvania, the duo was inspired to team up and showcase a five-course prix fixe menu paying homage to their Romanian (Caliman) and Hungarian (Batki) roots. Expect a sour cherry spritz accompanied by a Transylvanian super spread of sardine butter, chicken liver juniper pate, smoked pork loin, beans with sunflower oil, körözött (paprika sheep cheese), caşcaval, plachinta with cabbage and dill, rosehip jam, caraway whey cheese buckwheat biscuits, traditional sour soup with borş (fermented barley), celery root, lovage, Varza a la Cluj (layers of spiced lamb and beef, smoked pork belly, rice, sauerkraut, fresh cabbage, and hazelnut cake with chocolate swiss buttercream, sour cherry jam and chocolate ganache for dessert. Reservations available via OpenTable at Lemon Poppy Kitchen

There will be a cooking demonstration and book signing featuring The Great British Baking Show’s Crystelle Pereira and her new release “Flavour Kitchen” on Wednesday, June 28, at The Gourmandise School at Santa Monica Place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will be moderated by recent winner of Season 12 of MasterChef Back to Win, Chef Dara Yu.

Attendees can expect to learn, discuss, eat, and purchase a copy of Pereira’s new book to be signed at the event. Mango and cardamom cheesecake is on the menu for the evening. For more information and to register, click here. 


Drink Master LP O’Brien (Courtesy Netflix)

Netflix is unveiling NETFLIX BITES, its first-ever food experience from star chefs, including star chefs and mixologists. Opening on Friday, June 30, at 115 S. Fairfax Ave., the restaurant will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. On Saturdays and Sundays, it will offer a brunch menu from 10  a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participating chefs include Curtis Stone (Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend), who will collaborate with other popular Netflix chefs including Dominique Crenn (Chef’s Table, Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend), Rodney Scott (Chef’s Table: BBQ), Ming Tsai (Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend), Ann Kim (Chef’s Table: Pizza), Nadiya Hussain (Nadiya Bakes), Jacques Torres (Nailed It!) and Andrew Zimmern (Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend). The culinary legends will team up to create a special tasting menu. Mixologists from the network’s Drink Masters — including Frankie Solarik, Julie Reiner, LP O’ Brien and Kate Gerwin — will craft custom cocktails for the drink menu. 

Cabra, chef Stephanie izard’s lively Peruvian inspired rooftop bar, will kick off summer with a new summer series on its Sunset Deck. Every Thursday, Cabra will host a rotation of DJs to spin, with Muzette to be the first one on deck and Xica Soul will appear throughout the summer, as well. The Sunset Deck also will have its own menu with three new large format drinks to share with four to six  of your closest friends:  Phoenix from the Ashes is a tequila- or mezcal-based cocktail with yuzu kosho, lime, and grapefruit soda, and the Pisco Punched Up is a tart punch made with pisco, pineapple, lemon, and tropical ginger beer. The Bird of Paradise Spritz is a rum-based drink with select aperitivo, aged rum, pineapple, cava, club soda. They also will offer a selection of beers, wine, and canned drinks along with some of Cabra’s signature snacks like hot chorizo queso dip with taro, plantain chips, and flatbread and beef empanadas with housemade dough. 

What’s Popping Up is a weekly column in the L.A. Weekly that explores all that’s new in food and drink.


Transylvanian table (Courtesy Lemon Poppy Kitchen)





































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