Chef Joseph Geiskopf at Atrium for one night, 4th Annual BBQ Day at Smorgasburg and treats on National Dog Day — here’s what’s popping up.
Saturday, August 24
Grammy-winning saxophonist Kenny G will play for guests at the 33rd annual “Honda Evening Under the Stars” Gourmet Food & Wine Festival, hosted by American Honda at its Torrance\ headquarters, and to benefit Torrance Memorial Pediatrics. Red Car Brewery & Restaurant, Riboli Family Wines, Sodexo and Ise-Shima at the Miyako Hybrid Hotel are among the featured vendors. torrancememorial.org/EveningUndertheStars
Sunday, August 25
Smorgasburg L.A. celebrates their 4th Annual BBQ Day with everything from Texas-style brisket to Memphis-style rib sandwiches, as well as vegan options. BBQ pop-ups and collaborations include A’s BBQ, Flatpoint Barbecue, Meathead’s BBQ, as well as resident BBQ vendors Black Sugar Rib Co., Moo’s Craft BBQ, Stoked California BBQ and Ugly Drum.
Monday, August 26
In the midst of the dog days of summer, National Dog Day is around the corner. On Monday, August 26, two of L.A.’s dining destinations are showing a little extra love to our doggie pals with free treats.
Tucked away on a bustling stretch of West Third Street with a narrow cave-like entrance, Bacari W 3rd already has a canine menu for your puppy pal, but on National Dog Day they will be offering free peanut butter cookies for all doggie diners.
If you are accompanied by a pooch on Monday, The Henry will be handing out free house made pumpkin and peanut butter dog treats, a one-time special baked up just for doggy day.
Tuesday, August 27
On Tuesday from 6:30-10:30 p.m., Atrium in Los Feliz welcomes Noma and Destroyer alum, chef Joseph Geiskopf, for a one-night-only special guest chef dinner alongside Atrium’s executive chef-partner Hunter Pritchett. Both chefs will work in tandem for multi-course tasting experience for the evening.
The eight-course menu is priced at $130, with mushroom tisane with cilantro and sea grape; Island Creek oyster with heirloom tomato, horseradish and preserved lemon; asparagus with egg yolk; grilled watermelon with sake kasu, trout roe, Chinese olive and shiso; masa cavatelli with huitlacoche, epazote, puffed amaranth and pickled okra; caramelized sturgeon with smoked bone marrow cream, caviar and blood sausage; and Harry’s Berries with wild lilac and crème fraiche for dessert.
Found Oyster, the forthcoming oyster bar from Last Word Hospitality, will be popping up in their new neighborhood in anticipation of their official fall opening on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Tabula Rasa Bar.
Chef/partner Ari Kolender (Hayden, The Ordinary) will be previewing a selection of their offerings, including oysters from general manager Joe Laraja’s family’s oyster farm in Orleans, Massachusetts as well as a scallop tostada and a take on the classic lobster roll. To complement the seafood, guests can enjoy one of Tabula Rasa Bar’s eight rotating beer taps or stellar natural wine selection.
Wednesday, Aug 28
Shop Around is coming to The Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. with Alex Rodriguez, famous for his record store pop up at Coachella. He works with the owner of Goldenvoice and travels all over the US to collect records to sell at his Coachella pop up and his brick & mortar record store, Glass House Record Store.
Alex will be spinning vinyl all night long while guests dance, drink and bowl. Hear a song you love? You can bring it home with you as Alex will also be selling the records he’s spinning that night. Also, Alex is sober so The Spare Room’s beverage director Yael Vengroff is running a non-alcoholic drink special by partnering with Seedlip to offer the Nada Colada for only $5 (regularly $10).