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Arroyo Seco Weekend Expands Food Lineup With Chef Picnic Baskets, and More

Plus the reason your doughnut box is pink, and all the best foods from Disneyland

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Arroyo Seco Weekend eats

The upcoming Arroyo Seco Weekend is almost here, landing around the Rose Bowl on June 24 and 25. The party will already offer a variety of eats from big, big restaurant names like Republique and Barrel & Ashes, but now comes news of picnic-basket options for those looking to meander and spread out.

According to reps, the high-end baskets will come from names like Jason Neroni, Neal Fraser, and Walter and Margarita Manzke, and will cover three courses for two people, hovering between $80 and $120. The idea is that the chefs will curate each to their tastes, spread across dual entrees, salads, sides, dessert, and drinks (well, vouchers at least), and that guests will be able to pre-order and pick them up the day of the event. As in: no more waiting in long lines for food.

The pink box reason

Ever wondered why local doughnut boxes are always bright pink? LA Times has the answer: Cambodian immigration in Los Angeles. Check out their cool feature on not only the history, but also the manufacturing today of those iconic boxes.

The land of Milk & Honey

Hollywood’s new Milk & Honey opens tomorrow, bringing a seriously healthy dining option to Hollywood & Highland. The place apparently specializes in “wellness bowls” with ingredients like organic raw fruit, honey, and hemp granola. Show up tomorrow for the official reveal at 1716 Highland Avenue and receive a free regular-sized bowl between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Not as hip as you think

Despite Figueroa in Highland Park being one of the hippest stretches anywhere in the city, there’s still plenty of room for big, uncool brands to move in. Case in point: Flame Broiler, which is apparently setting up shop across the street from Cafe Birdie and Civil Coffee, and around the corner from Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. Talk about prime real estate.

Taco truck help

Police are looking for help in identifying and tracking down a suspect in an attempted murder at a taco truck in Echo Park. The victim was stabbed 13 times but survived, and there’s surveillance images of the alleged attacker from a nearby bank that could be used to identify him, says The Eastsider.

Pick the next great Montclair restaurant

The crowdsourced campaign to find the next start-up restaurant to take over a space at mixed-use Inland Empire property Montclair Place is heating up, with five finalists vying for the lone winning spot. They are familiar names, too: Barbara Jean, chef Jason Fullilove’s project; Baby’s Badass Burgers, an early gourmet food truck; and more. Voting takes place until June 2.

Disneyland’s ten best foods

What’s not to love about Disneyland? The rides are fun, the park is beautiful, and the food (if you play your cards right) is better than you’d expect. Case in point: this listicle from LA Weekly detailing the best park bites from both Disneyland and California Adventure.

West Hollywood’s next coffee

Madison & Park Coffee has sprung up almost out of nowhere to take the next-door space to Breakfast, the inbound AM concept from the Salt’s Cure team along Santa Monica Boulevard. As the signage outside notes a summer opening is likely, but ownership tells Eater that things are progressing along smoothly for a July reveal. They’re located at 7494 Santa Monica Blvd., and one can follow along for more info over on Facebook.