LA Dining Deals and Events, Jan. 6-12

By Lesley Balla  |  January 6, 2014
Credit: Haven Gastropub + Brewery

Monday, January 6
In honor of the big BCS game happening at The Rose Bowl today, Bludso’s Bar & Que will be roasting a whole hog and doling it out gratis today during the game. The pig parts will be available on a first come, first serve basis beginning at 5 PM. The regular menu, including cocktails on tap, will be available all night long (609 North La Brea Ave.; 323-931-2583).

Tuesday, January 7
How to get a taste of Philly without having to deal with the polar vortex tonight: go to Animal, where guest chef Jeff Michaud, a partner in the Vetri Family of Restaurants and a co-owner of Osteria, Amis and Alla Spina in Philadelphia, will be cooking dishes from the pages of his new cookbook, Eating Italy. More on the menu here. Call the restaurant after 2 PM (435 N. Fairfax Ave.; 323-782-9225).

Wednesday, January 8
If you’re still thinking about a juice cleanse for the new year, get your feet wet with Pressed Juicery, which has a one-day cleanse deal available for $39 through January 10. It comes with five juices, two waters and one signature beverage, and you can pick them up at any of the 10 locations around town. And keep your eyes peeled, Pasadena - the new storefront is opening in Old Town any day now.

Thursday, January 9
Bagatelle in West Hollywood isn't just for raucous weekend brunches with DJs, house music and dancing on the tables. There’s a happy hour every Thursday and Friday from 6-8 PM with $8 drinks and $8 bites. Dancing on tables: optional. Do that little tagging on social media thing and you’ll get a free drink (755 N. La Cienega Ave.; 310-659-3900).

Friday, January 10
Toast the start of awards season at Parq Bar at the swank Montage Beverly Hills, where you can now sip cocktails inspired by some of the big hits of 2013, including the Buying Time, made with tequila, orange bitters, St. Germain and lemon oil, an ode to Dallas Buyers Club; and Belfort’s Boiler Room, made with gin, maraschino liqueur, lemon and orange bitters, for Wolf of Wall Street (225 N. Canon Dr.).

Saturday, January 11
Some dining etiquette asks that you don’t wear heavy perfumes or scents to restaurants, but if you were to dine at a Medieval Arab banquet, it would be exactly the opposite. Food historian and president of the Culinary Historians of Southern California Charles Perry will tell you all about it at the free talk, “A Feast for the Nose: The Perfumed Banquet in Old Damascus,” at the Central Library today. A reception with themed refreshments will follow. The talk begins at 10:30 AM, with snacks at 11:30 AM (630 W. 5th St)..

Sunday, January 12
Pasadena’s annual Cheeseburger Week begins today, a celebration of the original, which was created by Lionel Sternberger at a place called the Rite Spot in 1924. From January 12-17, when local restaurants offer their best cheeseburgers and new creations, you can go on a Cheeseburger Crawl, find special deals, and vote on the best cheeseburger in town. There’s a full list of participants and their cheeseburgers here.