Zarate keeps coming back
Peruvian chef Ricardo Zarate is jumping back into the restaurant game with both feet following a high-profile departure some 18 months or so ago. Now comes news that he’ll be headlining this year’s Latin Food Fest in Los Angeles from March 18 through 21. That’s a ways off still, but you can get more info here.
LA Downtowner talks Pok Pok
Laced with nice photos, this quick look into Pok Pok in Chinatown offers a glimpse into what chef Andy Ricker is going for: someplace for people to gather, en masse, to enjoy beer, wings, and his own version of many Thailand classics.
Happy hour at the all-new El Chavo
Starting Tuesday and running through Thursday every week, the reimagined El Chavo will be doing happy hour specials. It's only two hours long (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.), but expect cocktails, oysters, and beer.
All-you-can-eat secret pizza
Mobile wood-fired pizzamaker Urban Pie is doing an AYCE Piesenberg pop-up at their catering kitchen in Commerce on Thursday, with $25 nabbing you access to an endless rotation of pizzas and beer. The idea is to showcase some unusual, higher-than-usual quality ingredients — and to have a good time in the process. Party starts at 7 p.m. and runs all night.
A new La Brea Bakery chef
There’s a new corporate executive chef at La Brea Bakery, and his name is Henk Drakulich. The chef previously spent time at Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills — yes, Lisa Vanderpump’s still-unsold place — and the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado, but has been on site for a little while now. Not only is he reworking the casual cafe lunch menu with options like a fried chicken sandwich or panzanella salad, he's also taking over the wholesale component and various concepts.
$1 beers in Santa Monica
If you can believe it. To celebrate their first year in the game, Ashland Hill on Main Street will be doing $1 beers all night this Friday, and even sending around samplers of food from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. That’s all-day drinking, if you’re up for it.