Guest bartenders hit Big Bar
Los Feliz’s Big Bar is a popular spot for cocktail lovers and bartenders alike. This Thursday, Ryan Wainwright and Brian Stewart will be stepping in to guest bartend for the night (well, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at least), working a menu that’s hilariously inspired by the show Gilligan’s Island. Expect folks to dress up too, because why the heck not?
The James Beards come to LA
Well, the Foundation at least, if not the awards ceremony. This fall, the JBFA is planning on doing a Taste America dinner that will feature food from Bruce Kalman, Jeremy Fox, Nyesha Arrington, Josef Centeno, Curtis Stone, and Neal Fraser, with help from Scott Conant and Hedy Goldsmith. The dinner and reception isn’t until September 23, but you can get your tickets online now.
Union is heading in for some maintenance
Pasadena favorite Union is down for the (temporary) count, appropriately shuttering during this heat wave in order to work through some much-needed maintenance. Construction will take a few weeks likely, with the staff transitioning over to Knead & Co. at Grand Central Market in the meantime. Expect a reopening sometime in July.
Le Pain Quotidien’s one-day happy hour
To celebrate the summer solstice, Le Pain Quotidiens all over the city will be doing a rare happy hour today, with half-priced beer and wine, plus a watermelon cocktail for just $6. The deal runs 4 p.m. to closing today at any location that regularly serves alcohol.
Golden boys take over Sambar
Working a five-course mashup meal full of reimagined Chinese takeout favorites, the Goldenboys (that would be chefs Hunter Pritchett and Adam Midkiff) plan to take over Sambar in Culver City next Monday. The $45 multi-course meal is meant to be served family style, with dishes like matzo ball xiao long bao on the menu just to mix things up. The pair are taking over the whole restaurant too, which means two seatings at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. respectively.
Cliff’s Edge is a top 100 wine restaurant
Ask the folks over at Wine Enthusiast Magazine and they’ll tell you that Cliff’s Edge is now a top 100 wine restaurant in the United States for their wine list alone. That’s great news for the Silver Lake charmer, as it joins the likes of other heavy-hitters Republique, Redbird, Melisse, and Rustic Canyon in sharing the honors.
Is Donut Time done in Hollywood?
Hollywood's most infamous doughnut shop, Donut Time, appears to be closed. The corner bakery is all papered over with a handwritten sign on the door denoting saying simply that they're closed, while a call to the place returns only a disconnection notice.