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Mad Men Dinners at Chaya, Vendy Awards, More!

VENICE— Chaya is launching a series of Mad Men-inspired dinners starting March 5, to take place on the first Tuesday of each month until the show premiers its new season. Basically one gets a three-course dinner and two cigars from Hollywood Smokes for $100 total (tax/tip included). [EaterWire]

DOWNTOWN— The new jazz bar and restaurant coming to 712 Santa Fe is expected to commence construction on Monday. The build out will take about four to five months. [EaterWire]

AROUND TOWN— This year the Vendy Awards are expanding to New Orleans (March 14), Boston (April 25 ? 28), and Chicago (October 3-6), with dates just announced. LA's Vendy Awards will take place next November on a still TBD date. [EaterWire]

WOODLAND HILLS— Blvd Coffeehouse has replaced Weenie Shack on Ventura Boulevard. Light bites are served in addition to drinks like Banana Cream Latte and Salted Caramel Macchiato. [Grub Street]

AROUND TOWN— Is Top Chef Masters season five shooting in LA right this very second? Yes, says an Eater spy from inside the Bravo terrordome. The source, who attended a filming for the show at Downtown nightclub The Mayan, says the episode he witnessed was likely towards the end of the season and only five chefs were left. Eater National reveals a couple players. [-EN-]

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