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    December Food News and Happenings By Shaena Engle

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    Shaena Engle brings food news and things to do for the month of December including theater outings, restaurants holiday specials, openings, and holiday treats.


    Fan Girl Cafe Opens in West Hollywood.

    Fan Girl Cafe is had their grand opening in the City of West Hollywood at 8157 Santa Monica Blvd Ste A, on Tuesday, November 28, 2023. The new family owned business is located on the northside of Santa Monica Blvd, near the Crescent Heights Blvd intersection. Visit https://fangirlcafe.com/ for more info.

    Tender Greens Offers new Autumn and Winter Menu

    Tender Greens has a new Autumn and Winter menu featuring hearty dishes including their California Bowl with roasted butternut squash and brown rice; blue zone bowl with lentils, fennel and dried pear; harvest chicken salad with delicata squash, pears, grapes and goat cheese; short rib dinner with mashed potatoes and a Bolognese pasta with fusilli pasta.

    KISS and Prince Street Pizza Partner on Holiday Pizza

    Rock and Roll legends KISS and Prince Street Pizza are partnering on a collab pizza offered throughout December. The KISS Pizza celebrates the band’s final performances and is full of spicy pepperoni and hot Calabrian hot chili, available by the pie in West Hollywood and Downtown LA through December 31st.

    Holy Water Bar Adds Cocktail in Support of Project Angel Food

    West Hollywood cocktail bar, Holy Water, has partnered with Buffalo Trace Bourbon to feature a special cocktail in support of Project Angel Food. From December 6, 2023, through January 31, 2024, every sale of the drink “Angel’s Share”, Holy Water will donate $5 in support of the beloved charity that supports those in our community affected by illnesses and in need of nutritional support.

    The Angel’s Share cocktail includes the following ingredients: Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Ramazzotti, Giffard Banane du Bresil, Pecan Bitters, Banana Chip, Honey, Cacao Powder.

    Love Actually Live Returns to the Wallis

    Love Actually Live has returned to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Performances run November 22 through December 30 at 7:30pm. In celebration of the holiday film’s 20th anniversary, the Wallis is offering two exclusive Love Actually inspired cocktails – Pia Days with mezcal, prickly pear, lemon and agave and the “You are Perfect” Mule with whiskey , spiced apple cider, citrus and ginger beer.   Tickets at https://thewallis.org.

    SLS Beverly Hills Hosts So Let’s Shop Event

    The SLS Beverly Hills Hotel is partnering with Modern Day Wife to host “So Let’s Shop” event on December 1. The event includes a VIP Pre Party at 3pm with the main event featuring beauty, wellness, lifestyle  and business panels; a fireside chat with actress Jennie Garth; pop up booths for holiday shopping and a beauty station with make up touch ups and mini consults. Tickets can be purchased at https://themoderndaywife.com/pages/so-lets-shop-dec-2023.

    Milk Bar Offers Holiday Treats

    James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar is offering new holiday treats. Seasonal treats are available for pick up at bakeries across the country and also can ship nationwide. New treats include peppermint bark cake, chocolate mint chip cake truffles, mini peppermint bark snap tin and a holiday sampler with mini peppermint bark snaps, a slice of Milk Bar pie and chocolate mint chip, B’day and Chocolate B’day truffles. Order at https://milkbarstore.com/collections/holiday-gifts.

    Eataly Restaurants Offer Special Holiday Panettone

    Eataly Century City’s restaurants are offering a special holiday panettone with a special tableside cart experience. Diners can choose from house made toppings like chocolate, Chantilly cream and mascarpone cream. Each flavor, including Classico, Pistachio Cream, Orange & Chocolate, and the iconic Pandoro, is meticulously crafted with premium ingredients such as Piemontese cream butter and Madagascar vanilla. Offered at Terra, Capri and La Pizza La Pasta throughout December.

    Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Special Holiday Events

    The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills has a bevy of special events this holiday season including Christmas Eve and Christmas Dinner at Espelette from 1 to 8pm; Christmas Eve brunch and a la carte dining at The Rooftop by JG from 10am to noon and dinner Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from noon to 8pm; a special Nutcracker Afternoon Tea weekends in December from noon to 4pm; s special La Prairie holiday spa escape including aromatherapy scrub, hot stone massage and facial, $525; a special two night Waldorf Wonderland Package including breakfast, festive room décor, holiday feast for four and more, $2,000 and holiday confections and Buche De Noel, offered from December 12 to 24th, serves 8 to 10 for $110, order at 310.860.6705.

    The resort is also offering a New Year’s Eve Venetian Carnival Masquerade Ball, $195; a live DJ on New Year’s Eve at The Rooftop by JG, $125 and breakfast, dinner and lunch at Espelette on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

    Sofitel LA at Beverly Hills Hosts Pawlidays and Toy Drive.

    The Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills hotel is hosting a PATH Toy Drive through December 18. Guests can drop off an unwrapped toy, book or game at the front desk for children and families experience homelessness. Toys must be unwrapped and new or like new. They are also hosting Pawlidays on December 8 from 11am to 2pm offering a photo with Santa ($20), holiday treats for fur babies and humans and dogs available for adoption.

    Ardor Offering Holiday Dinners

    Ardor by Chef John Fraser will be open Christmas Eve from 5 to 9pm  and Christmas Day from 1:30 to 7pm featuring an a la carte menu  of vegetable forward dishes. The restaurant, at the West Hollywood EDITION, will offer live music, reservations at

    The Hilton Los Angeles Culver City Offers Holiday Events

    The Hilton Los Angeles Culver City is offering special holiday events including a holiday wreath workshop on December 7 from 6:30 to 8:30pm, $95, and a Teddy Bear Tea on December 16 from 1 pm, $50 for adults and $25 for children. Reserve at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-wreath-making-workshop-tickets-741799049927?aff=oddtdtcreator and https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teddy-bear-tea-tickets-756354134577?aff=oddtdtcreator.

    h2hotel Offers Tasting and Book Signing Event with Ray Isle

    h2hotel is offering a special wine tasting and book signing with Ray Isle, Food & Wine magazine’s executive wine editor on December 12 from 5 to 6:30pm. Guests can purchase his new book, The World in a Wineglass: The Insider’s Guide to Artisanal, Sustainable, Extraordinary Wines to Drink Now. Tickets are $60 and include signed book, wine tasting and light bites. Tickets at  https://www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/ray-isle.

    Little Lunch Coffee and Lunya Event

    Little Lunch Coffee in Venice and Luxury restwear brand Lunya are hosting an event on December 2nd at 9am. The first 200 customers to arrive at Little Lunch will enjoy free iced/hot lattes and the first 50 will receive Lunya’s best-selling silk eye mask. They will also be distributing Lunya’s new newsletter Nightstand. Lille Lunch Coffee is located at 50 Brooks Avenue in Venice.

    The Georgian in Santa Monica and Decades Hosts Pop Up

    West Hollywood fashion boutique Decades by Cameron Silver and The Georgian in Santa Monica are hosting a pop up showcasing 100 years of style with vintage, pre-loved and contemporary pieces including Chanel, Dior, Gucci and other designers. The pop up is open December 8 to 10th, 11am to 10pm.

    The Kimpton Everly Hollywood Has Chalet Installation in Lobby

    The Kimpton Everly Hollywood Hotel, in partnership with interior designer Corey Damen Jenkins and Grammy Award winning musician Maren Morris, is featuring an immersive chalet installation in their lobby. Taking inspiration from the world’s most luxurious alpine destinations, the large-scale wooden chalet will be decked out in chic festive décor, providing a place to unwind and rejuvenate with food, drinks and good company showcasing a rotating lineup of elevated programming for the holidays.

    Guests and locals can come enjoy unique experiences such as  holiday music, letter-writing to Santa (or friends, or the Abdominal Snowman!), a resident DJ spinning Holi-daze jams, Roofless Painters, and classic wooden board games, along with seasonal festive cocktails and twists on classics (such as the Alpine Negroni), fondue, artisanal charcuterie boards and other delights.

    Camphor and Open Table Host Pop Up at Santa Monica Proper Hotel

    Camphor, the famous downtown LA restaurant, is teaming with Open Table to host a pop up at the Santa Monica Proper Hotel with a multi-course prix fixe menu for $150 per person. A special bar menu with small bites will also be offered for $50. The pop up is open December 9 and 10 from 6 to 9:30pm, tickets at https://www.opentable.com/booking/experiences-availability?rid=1082110&restref=1082110&experienceId=223589&utm_source=external&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=shared.

    Burke Williams Offers Holiday Spa Specials

    Burke Williams Spa is offering special holiday offers including the Merry Moments Package, $200,  including a 95 minute relaxation massage or spa style facial with enhancement; the Let It Glow package, $315,  with a 95 minute relaxation massage, spa style facial, and enhancement; the Enchanting Retreat, $500, with a 95 minute Burke Williams massage, 80 minute facial, 20 minute spa bath, 2 enhancements and a one day spa pass; and the Our Favorite Things package, $1000, with a 110 minute Burke Williams massage, 95 minute anti-aging facial, 80 minute nourishing or radiance facial, enhancement, 20 minute spa bath and three day pass. Visit https://www.burkewilliams.com to book.

    McConnell’s Ice Cream and Genghis Cohen Offer Hanukkah Barbara Streisand Flavor

    SoCal’s beloved artisanal ice cream McConnell’s  has teamed up with LA’s legendary 40-year-old NYC-style Chinese restaurant Genghis Cohen to create the ultimate Hanukkah flavor honoring Barbara Streisand. Babka Streisand includes Brazilian Coffee ice cream, fudge swirls, and chunks of hazelnut babka . Babka Streisand flavor will be sold exclusively in McConnell’s scoop shops across California for a limited time beginning December 1st, available in individual scoops and pints, as well as when dining at Genghis Cohen.

    Gourmia Offers New Barista Quality 15-Bar Espresso Machine at Walmart

    Just in time for holiday gift giving, Gourmia is offering a 15-bar multi-function espresso machine with can make an espresso, Americano, cappuccino and lattes. The machine is available at Walmart on Black Friday for $50. After Black Friday, available for $79.99. Gourmia also has a Toaster Air Fryer for cooks on your list. The Fry N Fold Air Fryer  combines healthy cooking and convenient storage, available at Target for $59.99.

    A Christmas Story The Musical Comes to the Ahmanson Theatre

    Beginning December 5, A Christmas Story the Musical arrives at the Ahmanson Theatre. The musical based on the hit movie plays through December 31, tickets at https://www.centertheatregroup.org.

    Erewhon Teams with Shay Mitchell for Not Basic, BEIS-IC Smoothie

    Through December 15, Erewhon is offering a special smoothie. Pairing with MALK and Shay Mitchell, the new Not Basic EIS-IC Smoothie features MALK Holiday Nog, cold brew, spinach, dates, maple syrup, aloe vera juice, sweet vanilla protein, banana and Lucuma, $18 at Erewhon.

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    Shaena Engle
    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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