ATTENTION FOODIES! Food News is Served for the Month of May

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Shaena Engle is serving us food news for the month of May. Check out where foodies are eating this month.


Tickets for Bon Appétit’s Vegas Uncork’d Now on Sale

Tickets for the biggest West Coast food event, Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit from May 9-12 are now on sale at

LA Times Food Bowl

May marks the start of the third month long LA Times food festival FoodBowl. Throughout May, foodies can pick from more than 100 events including dinners, discussions pop-ups, cocktail events and cooking demos, tickets at

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a variety of festivities including a Cinco de Mayo Pool Party at Skybar in WeHo’s Mondrian Hotel from 1 to 6 pm; Viva La Fiesta at The VIBE at WeHo’s W Hotel on the rooftop from 9:30 pm to 2 am featuring drinks and dancing; The Pie Hole’s eight SoCal locations are offering strawberry margarita pie holes stuffed with strawberry filling and toped with Triple Sec icing on May 4 and 5; Santa Monica’s Hotel Shangri-La will host a build your own taco bar on May 5 from noon to 5 pm or visit multiple venues at the Cinco de mayo Hollywood Club Crawl featuring drinking games and VIP entry into bars, May 4, 5 and 6 at 8 pm.

Hotel Figueroa Hosts GOT Screenings

DTLA’s Hotel Figueroa is offering viewing parties including themed drinks and dishes for the final episodes of Game of Thrones. Dates are May 5, 12 and the series finale on May 19, at 5:30 pm, call 877. 724.1973 to reserve.

La Brea Bakery and Chef Nancy Silverton Announce New Breads Celebrating 30th Anniversary

La Brea Bakery and Chef Nancy Silverton have launched La Brea Bakery Founders, a line of new breads to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary. The new breads include Pain Levain, a classic sourdough; Sprouted Multigrain & Seed, a sourdough with sunflower and pumpkin seeds and Country White Batard, a sourdough made with whole wheat flour and bran.

Mother’s Day Brunches and Celebrations
Burbank’s The Castaway’s will offer brunch with a view from 9 am to 3 pm; Silver Lake’s Alimneto will debut their Italian inspired Sunday brunch on Mother’s Day; the Waldorf Astoria’s Jean George Beverly Hills will offer a special brunch and their La Prairie Spa will offer treatment packages; The Montage Beverly Hills will offer a brunch at The Restaurant and at The Rooftop Grill as well as a complimentary glass of champagne for mom with each spa treatment and Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air is offering a Mother’s Day brunch with flowers for mom on the lawn and an afternoon tea service.

Granville Pasadena is Now Open

The fifth location of the Granville restaurant chain has opened in Pasadena with an indoor-outdoor bar and a rooftop space featuring a fireplace, cocktails and a view of the mountains.

Los Feliz Atrium Serving Up Pre Concert Menu

The Atrium in Los Feliz has launched a pre-concert menu for guests heading to the Greek Theatre for a show. The three course “Greek” menu is available from 5 to 7 pm at $35 per person.

Taste of The Nation in Culver City

On May 4, from 1 to 4 pm, LA’s Taste of the Nation will bring together local chefs, sommeliers and mixologists at Media Park in Culver City to raise money for No Kid Hungry, go to for tickets.

West LA’s The Milky Way Offers New Brunch

The Milky Way is launching a new kosher Sunday brunch on May 5 from 10 am to 2 pm.

dineLA Hosts Burger Trek

On May 19, dineLA is launching the dineL.A. Burger Trek celebrating LA’s diverse burger scene by highlighting must eat options at 32 spots and is offering a special Burgers and Beers tour where guests can pair burgers and beer at three downtown LA locations, more info at

L’Antica Pizzera da Michele Opens in Hollywood

Famed Neapolitan pizzeria L’Antica Pizzera da Michele has opened it’s first US location in Hollywood in the old Café de Artistes spot.

Le Grand Opens in DTLA

Le Grand restaurant, featuring Mediterranean cuisine, has opened in downtown LA for dinner, 5 pm to midnight.

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Shaena Engle
Shaena Engle is a food, lifestyle and travel writer for a variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Pasadena magazine, AOL, The Daily Meal, The San Diego Union Tribune and PokerPro magazine. She has interviewed top chefs including Lidia Bastianich, Michael Chiarello, Hubert Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jose Andres, and many others. She has authored three books, The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Las Vegas (Globe Pequot Press), The Best Places to Kiss in Southern California (Beginning Press, a romantic travel guide) and Silver Linings: Triumphs of The Chronically Ill and Physically Challenged (Prometheus Books).  She is also an amateur magician and often writes on gambling, poker and magical happenings.  She also is a freelance consultant on restaurant, food, travel and hospitality public relations and marketing efforts.
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