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LA Dining Deals and Events, June 16-22

By Lesley Balla
June 16, 2014
Photo by: Toscana

Monday, June 16
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Brentwood stalwart Toscana has a special menu featuring favorite dishes through the years, all offered at 1989 prices. You'll find things like baby artichokes with pecorino cheese and lemon for $10.50; grilled half chicken for $16; and spianch ravioli with radicchio cream sauce, among other classics. Find the menu Sunday through Thursday nights now through August 15 (11633 San Vicente Blvd.; 310-820-2448).

Tuesday, June 17
[UPDATE: This event has been canceled.] Meet Wolfgang Puck as he signs copies of his new book, Wolfgang Puck Makes It Healthy: Light, Delicious Recipes and Easy Exercises for a Better Life. He should know; he looks amazing these days. Puck will dole out recipes and cooking tips, and there will be a few snacks from the book served by the WP24 team. The event is free, but you'll have to have a book signed to partake in the menu. Books will be available to purchase for $30. 6-8 PM (900 W. Olympic Blvd.; 213-743-8824).

Wednesday, June 18
Culver City's monthly happy hour features spiked lemonade at various restaurants and bars throughout the neighborhood tonight. Grab a passport at Melrose Mac or Lundeen's Gifts for a map of specials, get a stamp every time you stop for a lemonade, and turn it in at the Kirk Douglas Theatre for the raffle and live music. Participating lemonade-rs includes Akasha, Cafe Vida, East Borough, Ford's Filling Station, Rush Street and more. 5-9 PM.

Thursday, June 19
Watch bartenders go head to head at Willie Jane in a Chopped-meets-Knife Fight competition tonight. Two guys — head bartedner Derrick Bass and visitor Marcos Tello — sling off, shaker to shaker, creating drinks with mystery ingredients and Selvarey Rum. For $15, bar patrons can taste the drinks and help judges decide a winner. Competition starts at 9:30 PM (1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; 310-392-2425).

Friday, June 20
And if you're craving oysters in Venice, head to Joe's every Friday night for $2 oysters from the Oyster Gourmet, special cocktails and more both in the bar and dining room. Oysters are available beginning at 6 PM (1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; 310-399-5811).

Saturday, June 21
Celebrate the new look and cocktail menu at Bigfoot Lodge, Atwater Village's famous outdoors-inspired bar, tonight. There's new seating by the big fireplace, two new front patios and new artifacts like a canoe for decor, and cocktails like the Roasted 'Shmella, Saza-squatch and Oaxacan Campfirle. During the party tonight there will be taxidermy prize giveaways, $5 Jumbleberry Juleps, food from Bigmista's Barbecue, and live music. Doors open at 5 PM, entertainment starts around 9 PM and closing time is 2 AM (3172 Los Feliz Blvd.; 323-662-9227).

Sunday, June 22
Mr. Chow in Malibu extends daily hours for the summer, now open for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays from noon-2:30 PM. That means you can go to the beach and then head over for new keep-cool dishes like Shanghai cucumbers, five-spice tofu, sesame chicken salad, and crispy duck over butter lettuce — or vice versa (3835 Cross Creek Rd.; 310-456-7600).

Places Mentioned

Mr. Chow

Chinese • Malibu

Food22 Decor20 Service21 Cost$77
 
 
 
Bigfoot Lodge

Bar • Atwater Village

Atmo.23 Decor23 Service22 CostM
 
 
 
Joe's Restaurant

French • Venice Beach

Food26 Decor22 Service24 Cost$55
 
 
 
Willie Jane

Southern American • Venice Beach

Food20 Decor17 Service21 Cost$45
 
 
 
Copa Vida

Coffee Shop • Pasadena

Food- Decor- Service- CostI
 
 
 
East Borough

Vietnamese • Culver City

Food21 Decor17 Service17 Cost$22
 
 
 
WP24

Chinese • Downtown

Food26 Decor27 Service24 Cost$75
 
 
 
Toscana

Italian • Brentwood

Food24 Decor18 Service22 Cost$77
 
 
 
 
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