Deals & Events

LA Dining Deals and Events, Oct. 28-Nov. 3

By Lesley Balla  |  October 28, 2013
Credit: Valerie Confections

Monday, October 28
It’s National Chocolate Day! To celebrate, Valerie Confections has a special dessert and pastry menu today along with samples of truffles and chocolate-covered toffees at the original Los Feliz shop and the counter at Grand Central Market. Along with chocolates there’s salted caramel bread pudding, gluten-free chocolate cake, chocolate pudding parfait, chocolate-covered peanut sandwich cookies, chocolate petit fours, muffins with fleur de sel and more. Can’t make it in? Check out the website for an online-only sale: 20 percent off all sales of $40 or more on chocolate.

Tuesday, October 29
Chef Andre Guerrero prepares a six-course menu tonight for Filipino American History Month at Maximiliano in Highland Park. Dishes include Filipino classics like kinilaw, marinated yellowtail with crispy rice cake; shrimp and pork spring rolls; guinataan, or kabocha squash and shrimp stew; chicken adobo; porchetta-style pork with traditional liver sauce; and ube flan. Seats are limited, and it's $75 for dinner or $95 with wine pairings; get tickets here (5930 York Blvd.; 323-739-6125).

Wednesday, October 30
Every wonder what wine to drink with Tootsie Rolls? (Hint: tempranillo.) Vintage Enoteca hosts its annual candy and wine pairings tonight and Halloween night. There will be Old World wines and old-school candies like Runts & Nerds, Tootsie Rolls, Charleston Chews and Pop Rocks, plus verdejo, tempranillo, primitivo and sparkling rose. Cost is $30 per person. Starts at 7 PM (7554 W. Sunset Blvd.; 323-512-5278).

Thursday, October 31
Yes, you know what today is. There are zombies Downtown, free kids meals in Beverly Hills, and other happenings tonight. And if you just need some cute snacks or you want to make the office really, really happy, Bouchon Bakery has cute short bread cookies and cupcakes, Devil’s Food cupcakes with white ghosts, TKO bat sandwich cookies and blood orange macaroons this week through today.

Friday, November 1
Patricia Tsai partners with chef Kevin Meehan to celebrate the grand opening of her Culver City chocolate factory and shop. Meehan’s Kali Dining menu will incorporate chocolate in every sweet and savory dish, including foie gras (it’s a special event!) with cacao pulp, bitter chocolate gel and persimmon; hamachi with cacao nibs, pomegranate, celery and fennel; venison carpaccio with roasted squash and cacao oil; braised pork shank with chocolate mole saue; and chocolate brick with marcona almonds, cacao soil and vanilla gelato. The dinners take place tonight through Sunday beginning at 7 PM. Tickets are $95 per person. RSVP here (12469 Washington Blvd.; 310-845-6259).

Saturday, November 2
The Valley classic Casa Vega has been in the Day of the Dead spirit all week through November 3, with sugar skulls set out on tables for you to decorate while enjoying the tacos, guacamole and margaritas. Instagram a photo of your decorated sugar skull with Casa Vega geo-tagged and hashtags #CasaVega and #dayofthedead, and you’ll get a free dessert (13301 Ventura Blvd.; 818-788-4868).

Sunday, November 3
Tonight Carlo Mirarchi from Brooklyn's famed Roberta's and Blanca cooks with Animal's Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo in celebration of his new cookbook, Roberta's. The restaurant was one of the first to become known for its rooftop garden and urban farming in NYC, and is a hipster paradise for wood-fired pizzas, communal tables and long waits. Blanca is much more exclusive, with only 12 seats a night at $195 a head. So this six-course dinner for $125, which includes a cookbook, is a steal. Call Animal after 2 PM for reservations (435 North Fairfax Ave.; 323-782-9225).