A new chef at Blue Plate
Blue Plate Oysterette has a new head chef for their Santa Monica and Third Street locations. Jason Hanin, who previously spent time at Gladstone’s and the Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City, is now overseeing the menus and sourcing for each outlet, and is apparently hoping to slowly turn the place into a more East Coast-style seafood shack, though the familiar crudos and grilled octopus options won’t be going away any time soon.
Feastly launches brunch in LA
Feastly is a Bay Area pop-up beast, helping to coordinate chefs and diners for one-off dinners big and small. They’re slowly expanding into LA these days, with a series of $55 multi-course brunches. The next one takes place Sunday, April 24 at 11 a.m. in the Arts District at an undisclosed warehouse location, and includes champagne.
Cinco de Mayo at WP24
Though it’s still a few weeks away, you might as well start thinking about Cinco de Mayo now. For a change of pace, consider WP24 at the top of the Ritz-Carlton at L.A. Live., which is doing a rooftop shindig that apparently includes $3 gourmet tacos, drinks, and a bunch of desserts.
Night + Market makes the paper
Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market made the paper for his recent restaurant effort, but it may not be exactly the publication you're thinking of.
Inotheke’s Tuesday wine dinner
Feel like going Greek for the night? There’s a winemaker dinner happening at Santa Monica’s Inotheke tomorrow you should sign up for then, as the six-course dinner will pair modern Greek favorites with wines from Gerovassiliou estate. Cost is $130 though, so plan ahead and call the restaurant if you’d like to make reservations.
Feel like getting rid of those tax day blues? A couple of 18-cent martinis at The Whisper Lounge at The Grove could help. All you've got to do is show up today between 10 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., order an entree first, and those drinks are yours. Limit two per person, of course — this isn't a free for all.
Elsa's Bakery remodels in Highland Park
The iconic Elsa's Bakery on York in Highland Park is closed for remodeling, with the below sign hanging in the window out front. There are plans for the decades-old bakery to return sometime in early May, likely with a new look and lightly updated menu.