Some of LA’s most exciting new restaurants are getting some outsized attention this morning. First up is Bavel, which was just named the restaurant of the year by the Los Angeles Times (it was also Eater LA’s winner, back in December). Other winners today include Ma’am Sir, Charles Olalia’s Filipino dinner spot in Silver Lake, and Mei Lin’s buzzy Nightshade in the Arts District; both were given best new restaurant titles by GQ. Congrats to the winners.
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Michael’s in Santa Monica is officially turning 40 years young. The iconic Westside restaurant helped to shape some of LA’s best culinary talent, and now they’re getting some members of the gang back together for a blowout anniversary party this weekend. The lineup includes names like Sang Yoon, Brooke Williamson, Ryan Denicola, Miles Thompson, and legends like Jonathan Waxman and Mark Peel, and the $150 tickets help to benefit No Kid Hungry.
Bluestone Lane is getting in on the Earth Day deals today, offering $1 off any drink for those who bring in a reusable container.
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$1 beverages when you choose to reuse this Earth Day, Monday April 22 ☕️ One of the best ways we can help reduce the amount of waste is to change how we consume coffee. This Earth Day, we're encouraging all our locals to reuse and get rewarded. Bring in a reusable cup at your local BL and get any hot or iced drink for just $1 - all day. Following April 22, you will receive 25 cents off your beverage every time you choose to reuse. This is one of the first steps of our ThinkBlue sustainability initiative, focusing on reducing our impact on the planet in as many ways as possible. Whenever we’ve achieved great things at Bluestone Lane it’s because we’ve done it in partnership with our locals and communities. We hope you’ll ride this wave with us, mates ☕️
Check out Ricardo Zarate inside the kitchen at Los Balcones in Studio City. The Peruvian star chef discusses his background, his favorite flavors, and works up a mean plate of quinoto.
UCLA is hosting its 23rd annual restaurant industry conference this Thursday. The sprawling daylong affair plays hosts to panels, forums, educational seminars for industry insiders, real estate brokers, and the like.
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