— Ricardo Zarate is back over the stoves again, working a comeback tour that will eventually see him land at smoke.oil.salt. In the meantime, he’s doing a temporary pop-up with the Table8 folks called Once, and it runs Thursday through Saturday nights at Santino’s in Santa Monica. Once (on-se, the Spanish number for eleven, not the musical/film), features Zarate's take on Peruvian cooking.
— Osteria La Buca nabbed themselves a new head chef, and he comes from New York’s Eleven Madison Park. Cameron Slaugh, previously a sous chef at the NYC mega-hit, has been on site at Osteria for more than a month now, and apparently is working with produce from a farm that he actually commissioned himself. The last time Osteria La Buca landed a big name chef from New York, it was Jason Neroni.
— Bar 107, improbably enough, remains open more than six weeks after it was supposed to close following a landlord dispute. They’re still calling their anti-gentrification campaign #OccupyBar107 too, despite the fact that they, you know, kicked out Downtown’s oldest gay bar when they opened in 2005.
— Barcito’s ongoing Kickstarter campaign to help retrofit the former ChocoChicken space is almost done (and currently well short of its goal), so if you’ve got a spare $14,000 you’d like to kick in, now’s the time.
— Papa Jake’s in Beverly Hills is officially closed, per Toddrickallen. The longtime sub shop leaves behind nothing more than a taped-on For Rent sign, sadly.
— First We Feast talked with Bill Esparza about the ten types of tacos that need to get more popular in the United State, STAT.
— Want to watch Matthew Biancaniello make cocktails from your phone? Okay. You'll just have to sign up for Meerkat or Periscope (AS IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY) and follow @BolthouseFarms for the live production which kicks off tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. Why you would do this is unclear, but it's late enough in the day you might need a little cocktail yourself — even if it's just on screen.
— The Peninsula Beverly Hills is hosting a dinner with high-end craft beer makers Mad Fritz out of Napa. The $150 affair will net you four courses out on the patio, plus lots of rare drink. Call to make a reservation.