December Food News and Happenings

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Shaena Engle brings food news and other happenings for the month of December.

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1 Hotel West Hollywood Offer Christmas and New Year’s Eve Menus

1 Hotel West Hollywood is offering Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinners from 4pm to 10pm, carry out and dine in, on December 24, 25 and 31. They are also offering both A Fresh Start and The Party Continues brunch baskets on New Year’s Day from 7am to noon.

New Year’s Eve at The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood

Looking for a new place to ring in the New Year?  Head to The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood and ring in the new year at their rooftop hotel with views of downtown and the Hollywood Hills. Champagne toast, special menus and a DJ, contact The Godfrey for details, 323.726.1000.

Love Actually Live Packages at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills

L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is offering stage to suite specials in partnership with Love Actually Live at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Guests can enjoy a thematic meal at Avec Nous inspired by the show, a special high tea service, eggnog truffles, seats to the show, a stay at the hotel and a signed playbill.  For more information or to book a package, visit https://www.lermitagebeverlyhills.com.

Holiday Tea at Le Meridien Arcadia

This unique High Tea and Highballs includes tea infused cocktails, savory and sweet treats and festive décor, Thursday through Saturday from noon to 4pm at the Le Meridien Arcadia hotel.

A Christmas Carol at The Ahmanson

Five time Tony Award winner A Christmas Carol, starring Bradley Whitford, is now playing at the Ahmanson through January 1. Tickets available at https://www.centertheatregroup.org.

Celebrate the Holidays at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is celebrating the holidays with a variety of special events. Their Art De Noel, which unites Sofitel hotels worldwide, has a “Christmas Joy” Nutcracker theme with grandiose décor reflecting the iconic ballet.

Their PATH Toy Drive runs through December 20, drop off unwrapped toys and gift cards at the front desk to benefit PATH (People Assisting Helping The Homeless).

Festive Holiday Cocktails, created by Director of Nightlife Aidan Demarest, will be offered at Riviera 31, through January 31, 2022.

On December 18 from 10am to 2pm, the hotel will host Pawlidays with Wagmor Pets Dog Rescue. The “Meet Santa” event will allow guests to get their pet’s photo taken with Santa under the tree, meet adoptable dogs, host a best holiday contest for pets, offer hot apple cider with doggie treats and benefit the Wagmor Pets Dog Rescue. Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pawlidays-2021-tickets-220363030757.

The Thompson Hollywood Rings in the New Year with Jazz

The Thompson Hollywood will be ringing in the New Year with live jazz and a DJ on December 31 from 8pm to 2am at Bar Lis, $125 for open bar, champagne toast and hors d ‘oeuvres. Tickets at https://tenfivehospitality.ticketsauce.com/e/bar-lis-new-years-eve-2022.

Fairmont Santa Monica Offers Holiday Happenings

A historical icon in Santa Monica for over 100 years, the Fairmont Santa Monica  hotel ushers in the holiday season with a slate of new programming including vintage art-deco-themed collectable posters designed by Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One (SNO) for $75 each,  the landmark’s annual ‘Meet Me Under The Fig Tree’ charitable drive from Dec. 3 to 24 where locals and travelers can donate canned non-perishable food items and clothing and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa from 5 to 7pm daily through the month of December, festive Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner menus at the property’s flagship restaurant FIG, from 5 to 10pm, reservations available at 310.319.3111 and newly opened 8-seat sushi bar, Soko, is offering Christmas Eve dinner from 5 to 10pm, and New Year’s celebrations in the recently redesigned Lobby Lounge with small bites, hosted bar, casino games and dancing from 8pm to 2am, more info at https://thebungalow.ticketsauce.com/e/the-bungalow-santa-monica-nye-2022.

Shutters on the Beach Offers Holiday Cocktails

Shutters on the Beach will be offering live entertainment and holiday cocktails throughout the month as well as Christmas brunch and dinner at 1 Pico restaurant featuring holiday classics with a twist. The Shutters Christmas Train will arrive in the Living Room December 1 to bring out the kid in everyone.

The Beverly Hilton Offers New Suites and Christmas Menus

The Beverly Hilton has all new spacious suites to stay in to enjoy their Christmas dinner, $80 per person and brunch.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills Month Long Holiday Celebration

The Peninsula Beverly Hills will be hosting a Taste the Season cocktail menu with special holiday cocktails, a McQueen wreath making and cocktail class on Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 from 6 to 8pm at $175 per person, holiday carolers from Dec. 17-24, Santa brunch at the Belvedere on December 19 with a live holiday jazz band from 11am to 2:30pm, photos with Santa, and Christmas Afternoon Tea at 11am, 1:30pm and 4pm, $125 per person.

Signature Cocktails at Melisse

Starward Australian Whisky has partnered with Santa Monica’s Melisse restaurant to offer two signature whisky cocktails to pair with Chef Josian Citrin’s tasting menu. Best of Bourbon and One of Those Nights are two of Starward’s many cocktails that they are rolling out with select restaurants across the US.

L’antica Pizzeria da Michele Offers A Twist on Feast of the Seven Fishes

L’antica Pizzeria da Michele is offering a new twist to the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner with a themed Spicy Arrabbiata di Mare pasta featuring branzino, scallops, calamari, shrimp, clams and mussels for $35.

HauteMess Offers Gift Baskets Perfect for Everyone on Your List

HauteMess has gift baskets for any budget and any taste, ranging from $35 to $150 and featuring a wide variety of yummy treats such as olives, preserves, Panettoncino, wines, chocolates, pastas, olive oils, balsamic vinegar, artichokes, and other goodies. Order at https://hautemess.la.

Tea Forte Offers New Holiday Gift Sets

Gift sets from Tea Forte make great presents for all on your list, especially with their Warming Joy, Wellbeing and Pumpkin Spice flavors, order at https://teaforte.com.

Head to Oxnard for Holiday Festivities

This holiday season, the city of Oxnard is hosting a variety of festive experiences. Drive down Christmas Tree Lane or hop aboard the Oxnard Holly Trolley to view decorative lights, take a Heritage Square Holiday Tour to see Victorian Homes, view the tallest Christmas tree in Ventura County, see the Channel Islands Harbor Parade of Lights and the Holiday Lighting of the Tall Ship Mast on Dec. 11 among other events.

El Pollo Loco Launches Loco Gifts and Gear Store

El Pollo Loco has launches it’s first online merch shop celebrating LA Mex heritage through clothes, accessories and gear curated and handcrafted in collaboration with artists David Flores, Rick Massie and Manny Silva. Items include skateboards, hats, shirts, board shorts, bags, bikes and hoodies.

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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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