In addition to a beer garden at CHAYA this summer, the downtown location is offering a new Kaisen menu to its existing dinner menu. The Kaisen menu features the freshest local seafood available to Executive Chef Kenjo Atsushi, and varieties of seafood flown in from Japan. Fresh $1 oysters will be offered daily, Monday through Friday. The Kaisen seafood platter offers oysters, scallop yuzu kosho ceviche, lobster tempura roll, albacore poke sashimi or tuna zuke with ginger relish, and halibut with plum wasabi salsa. Guests can also enjoy uni-glazed Alaskan king crab leg, yellowtail with jalapeño ponzu, and a selection of fresh oysters. The Kaisen menu is available Monday through Saturday from 5:30 to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. 525 S. Flower St. (213)236-9577.
Demetria Wine Dinner
A boutique winery in Santa Ynez Valley that uses biodynamic farming is having a wine pairing dinner tonight, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Trattoria Neapolis. Meet the owner and winemaker offering Rhone varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from some of the best vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley. The menu features a spring vegetable salad with an unfiltered Riesling. The salmon rillettes are paired with a Grenache Rose. Pan roasted scallops are accompanied with a Chardonnay and braised beef short ribs arrive with a glass of Red Rhone Grenache-Syrah blend. Dessert is a chocolate semifreddo with a North Slope Syrah. The prix fixe menu with wine is $69. 226 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena. (626)792-3000.
The New and Improved CPK
Recipe for Re-imagination has debuted at CPK’s original location in Beverly Hills. The restaurant, which first opened in 1985, has undergone a complete transformation of the design, décor and menu. The remodel incorporates flexible seating with fewer booths and more tables. New dishes, glassware and utensils complement the upscale, yet relaxed atmosphere. Flooring is unfinished reclaimed wood, and warm colors are used throughout. There is a living herb wall inside the restaurant where chefs can pick fresh herbs to top the pizza and pasta dishes. A diverse selection of lunch duos offers dozens of pairing combinations starting at $8.95. The new beverage menu features an adventurous selection of handcrafted cocktails made with the freshest ingredients and unique flavor combinations. 207 S. Beverly Dr. Beverly Hills (310)275-1101.
Top of the World Experience
Loews Hollywood Hotel has spent two years and $31 million for top-to-bottom renovations. The new “Top of the World” program offers exclusive, customized experiences such as romantic proposals, engagement photo sessions, private dinners and champagne toasts. The SERENE Sunset Rooftop yoga series, presented by SERENE Social and the spa, Exhale Hollywood, offers open-air yoga held 20-stories high, with 360-degree views of Los Angeles. Christi Christensen, one of Exhale’s master yoga teachers, will lead the class at 6:30 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month throughout summer. There are only 12 spaces available per class; cost is $35 for SERENE members, $45 for non-members. 1755 N. Highland Ave. (323)856-1200.
Picca’s Summer Cocktails
Bar master Julian Cox has revamped Picca’s buzz worthy cocktail menu with a selection of summer-inspired libations to complement Chef Ricardo Zarate’s bright, crisp and tangy Peruvian specialties. Cox integrates farmer’s market favorites like beets and celery with tequila, playing with sweet and spicy in a blackberry-serrano demi, and puckering up with salt garnishes in cocktails. Some of the new libations include “Beets by J” with tequila and smoked salt; “Mr. Green” with lemon, celery, grape spirit and salt air; the “Zarate Kid Part II” with egg white, lemon and blackberry-serrano demi; and the “Rhum JM Blanc” with yellow chartreuse and angostura. 9575 W. Pico Blvd. (310)299-0133.
Dinner and Theater
Next door to the Pasadena Playhouse is the redwhite+bluezz restaurant with a fun vibe, yet sophisticated atmosphere. The restaurant offers live jazz with wonderful food and wine specials. Happy Hour specials run from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Dine before seeing the comedic actor French Stewart in the theatrical production of “Stoneface”. The show runs through June 29, and is a production about the life of Buster Keaton and his contemporaries. 37 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. (626)792-4441. To purchase tickets for “Stoneface”, call (626)792-8672.
Save the dates from July 14 through 27, when dineL.A.’s Restaurant Week returns. There are two weekends to indulge in prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at more than 300 restaurants. Guests don’t need tickets or passes to enjoy Restaurant Week. Simply dine at a participating restaurant, explore a new part of town or enjoy an old favorite. Tables fill up fast at some of the hottest restaurants in Los Angeles, so I recommend making reservations in advance. http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/what-to-do/restaurants.
Open Air Kitchen + Bar, situated in the heart of West Hollywood, is debuting a variety of flavored mimosas. Flavors include grapefruit and St. Germaine, cranberry with Grand Marnier, pineapple and mint, and strawberry with basil. The flavored mimosas will be a permanent addition to the brunch menu, and will change seasonally as the freshest ingredients become available. 829 N. La Cienega Blvd. (310)854-0756.
Golden Road Brewery Tour
The public is invited to tour the local brewery on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:30, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Just walk into the pub and tell one of the cicerones behind the bar when you would like to take a tour. Order a tasting flight and grab a seat inside or on their airy patio. Out on the lawn, they have a bean bag toss, foosball and other games. Be sure to wear closed toe walking shoes. Guests will learn about the flavors of craft beer and how Golden Road gives back to the community. Additional $10 tastings are available after the 2:30 and 4 p.m. tours. 5410 W. San Fernando Rd. (213)373-4677.
Chipotle’s Go Skateboarding Day
On Saturday, June 21 from 4 to 8 p.m., guests are invited to visit any Southern California Chipotle restaurant to support the Tony Hawk Foundation — a charitable, nonprofit organization. Mention “Tony Hawk” at the time of purchase, and Chipotle will donate half of the proceeds from the sale. Chipotle will donate a minimum of $25,000 to create high quality, public skate parks in low-income areas in the United States. 7660 Sunset Blvd. (323)952-5160; and 110 S. Fairfax Ave. (323)857-0608.
These fabulous foodie events was also published in the Beverly Press and Park LaBrea Newspapers.