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LA’s First-Ever Chicken Wing Festival Comes to West Hollywood This July

Plus the Last Call Bill, Game of Thrones, and (sort of) a complete tobacco ban in Beverly Hills

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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

The Los Angeles Wing Fest

It’s kind of a dream really, an entire food festival devoted to chicken wings. Los Angeles Wing Fest organizer Lawrence Longo — who spent 2018 immersed in his burger-a-day challenge — switched gears to focus on setting up the Sunset Boulevard Mel’s Drive-In on July 29 with wings from Chef Kang Food Rehab, Button Mash, Badmaash, Banh Oui, and Mr Chow in the VIP area. The festival appears heavy on the Asian flavors, but Longo also asked Nancy Silverton, Greyhound Bar & Grill, and vegan heavy-hitter Crossroads to the festival. There’s even a special guest from Buffalo, the inventor of the buffalo wing, Anchor Bar according to the Los Angeles Times. General admission for unlimited wings starts at $45, and tickets are available online.

Senate Bill 58 aka Last Call bill advances

When the Last Call bill failed last fall, some believed the law could get some new life with a different governor. Senate Bill 58 passed on Tuesday with a 28-6 vote, which means a 4 a.m. last call for alcohol in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, Long Beach, West Hollywood, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Coachella, and Fresno is that much closer to reality. SB 58 is now headed to the Legislature for a vote.

The very first meeting of Game of Thrones

Los Angeles has a bit of history with Game of Thrones. And now that the HBO series is complete, creator George R. R. Martin wrote a blog post about the very first meeting with his future showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The trio originally met at the original The Palm in West Hollywood, which closed in 2014 to move to its present Beverly Hills location. Apparently they met for lunch, which lasted until dinner. And now their watch has ended.

A smoky double standard in Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills plans to enact a complete tobacco ban, which looks like the most restrictive in the country. A proposed ordinance will ban the sale of all recreational nicotine products, except for the tony cigar group Grand Havana Room. The Los Angeles Times wrote about its powerful members — including Arnold Schwarzenegger — and how they managed the exemption.

Sang Yoon’s brunch at Helm’s Bakery District

After a brief preview at Father’s Office this month, chef Sang Yoon debuts brunch at Helm’s Bakery, the nearly 30-seat restaurant and bakery this weekend. It’s a gorgeous spread by chef Anthony Greco and pastry chef Megan Potthoff, with LA food mashups that are sure to please.