The Rose is launching a new monthly wine series curated by wine director James Saidy. The kick-off event takes place on Wednesday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m. and features a Scott Sampler of Scotty Boy!, fine wines and super coolers, and Central Coast Group Project, a boutique producer of fine wines located in Santa Barbara County. The next one will be on Wednesday, September 22 featuring the popular Stolpman Vineyards. 

The five-course dinner on the outdoor patio includes six wines and the dinner will be individually plated, not served family-style. The menu includes chilled shellfish ceviche, heirloom and cherry tomatoes with tuna prosciutto and olive hummus, ravioli of smoked eggplant in tomato confit and figs, duck breast wellington and fig leaf cremeux for dessert. Get tickets at OpenTable Experiences

Newly rebranded Italian gelato company Gelato Festival has launched a limited edition of CBD-infused artisanal scoops inspired by the Sherbinskis cannabis strains. The collaboration is made of three vegan flavors including Sunset Sherbert, a combination of pink strawberry, red Sicilian blood orange, yellow Sicilian mandarin and white fresh peeled bananas; Bacio Gelato 41, a mix of hazelnuts, cocoa, with a Gelato Festival oat base; and a unique Acai Berry sorbetto with bananas and crunchy granola.  

Courtesy of Larray’s Loaded Mac

 Sherbinskis blended in a full-spectrum CBD extracted from the hemp plant. To ensure the CBD is properly absorbed into the body, Sherbinskis uses the 2Cyte technology that wraps the CBD oil molecule in a water-absorbing “shell” which then delivers the CBD into the body in its most pure form and gets absorbed 3x faster, for increased effects. The gelato box comes with five pints and is available for purchase at the Gelato Festival website.

TikTok star, musician and YouTube sensation Larray (also known as Larri Merritt)  has launched a virtual restaurant brand called Larray’s Loaded Mac. From the Classique to Hottie, The Club, LBT, That Girl, Burgalicious and Feelin’ Risky, Larray’s menu offers a mac and cheese selections that include a variety of cheeses, meats, vegetables, seasonings and sauces. Larray’s Loaded Mac online menu was brought to life by Virtual Dining Concepts’ Culinary Director and Chef, Eric Greenspan. 

Manhattan Village will host a center-wide job fair  Wednesday, August 25 and Thursday, August 26 from 2-5 p.m. in The Plaza. More than 20 Manhattan Village retailers and restaurants will participate in the job fair. Register in advance through EventBrite. For more information about the Manhattan Village Job Fair and a full list of participating businesses visit

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