Little Fish, the popular seafood pop-up, will take up a two-night residency at Melody Wine Bar in Virgil Village and offer a limited menu of seafood favorites like a cheezy crab toast on Ginza Nishikawa shokupan. Thursday and Friday, April 6 and 7, the full menu will be available from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., on a first-come, first-served basis for walk-ins only (no reservations).

Taiwanese dessert chain Meet Fresh USA will launch a limited-edition Chef Jon Yao’s Special, a milk tea shaved ice with select toppings, potaro balls (sweet potato taro balls), Mini Q (mini taro balls), grass jelly, boba, condensed milk, and milk tea sauce from Saturday, April 15 through Sunday, April 30, at 10 selected locations with 100% net proceeds donated to the Downtown Women’s Center.


Crab toast on Ginza Nishikawa shokupan (Courtesy Little Fish)

Randy’s Donuts will bring back its Peeps Easter Donuts, available through Sunday, April 9. The colorful creation features a marshmallow Peep nestled on top of a classic raised donut.

For one week only, Thursday, April 13 through Friday, April 21, Calabra at the Santa Monica Proper will offer a series of specials inspired by the cookbook that’s a collection of more than 150 recipes from a year spent at the secluded Flamingo Estate, featuring produce from the estate’s diverse ecosystem. The dishes, developed by culinary director Umit Kaygusuz in collaboration with the estate, include an artichoke heart and stinging nettle with Calabra crispy lavosh, spiced spring garden soup with shawarma yogurt, salmon with kumquat and sunflower seed risotto, with chimichurri and strawberry and rhubarb pavlova for dessert, available as part of a dedicated pre-fixe menu or a la carte. 

WhistlePig Whiskey’s mobile Maple Sugar Shack will pour out tastes of its signature Maple Old Fashioneds and Maple Bourbon Sours at the Acura Grand Prix on Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 16. The  party on wheels will serve up signature race-day sips, including the new PiggyBack Bourbon, in addition to tailgate-style games like porkhole trackside at the promenade, right by the Yellow Ticket Entry point.


Easter Peeps (Courtesy Randy’s Donuts)

The Norton Simon Museum presents All Consuming: Art and the Essence of Food and opens on Friday, April 14. The exhibition explores how artists responded to and shaped food cultures in Europe from 1500 to 1900. Food and drink appear nearly everywhere in the history of European art, in depictions of  fruits and vegetables, sumptuous feasts and bustling markets. Throughout the evening on Saturday, April 15, there will be live music in the galleries, a still-life drawing demonstration by artist Melissa Manfull and art-making activities for all ages.

Bucket Listers, the rapidly growing media brand behind the popular Los Angeles Bucket List that has brought us the Golden Girls Kitchen and Blockbuster pop-ups, will team up with Cannonball Productions to bring back the popular hard seltzer festival, Seltzerland to LA. This year’s festival returns on Saturday, May 13  and will be held at Grand Park  in Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets are available now and begin at $39 

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