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Well-Known Bakery Cake Monkey Closes in Westlake Village After One Year

Plus more pizza, a Filipino food feast, and the greatness of Maestro in Pasadena

A collection of mini layered cakes.
Cake Monkey
Nastassia Johnson
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.

Disappearing act

Cake Monkey will close its Westlake Village location today after just one year. The popular Southland bakery is choosing instead to refocus on its original location along Beverly Boulevard while pushing further into wholesaling its products. “It has been a fantastic journey,” says ownership over email, “which would not have been possible without our customers’ support.”

A new name

There’s a new pizza restaurant opening in Downtown’s South Park neighborhood soon. It’s called Pizza Sociale, and it lands soon at 448 W. Olympic Blvd. with blistered pies, meatballs, dessert, and craft beer.

Gathering for the good

There’s a huge Filipino feast happening at Native Field in Walnut next month. The evening event runs $80 a head and includes food from a variety of guest chefs including Ria Barbosa from Paramount Coffee Project, as well as live music.

Learning tools

Shibumi is hosting an evening of koji fermentation on Monday, October 14. The exclusive $200 per person event will span the gamut on all things grain fermentation, including making doburoku sake and soy sauce at home. Lunch, obviously, will also be provided.

Familiar face

Matty Matheson is coming into town. The star Canadian chef and television personality is popping up with a show at the Regent Theater on Thursday, October 17, where he’ll be chatting with the audience about whatever comes to his mind, and promoting his upcoming cooking show Just a Dash.

High praise

Ruth Reichl sure seems to have loved her meal at Antico on Beverly, calling Chad Colby’s food “so simple, so fresh, and so much what I want to eat.”

A nice touch

Maestro chef Elena Vega partnered up with Evite for a video look at her background and one of her signature modern Mexican dishes in Pasadena. Go give the whole thing a watch.