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    October Food News and Happenings by Shaena Engle

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    Here are October food news and happening for the month of October by Shaena Engle.


    What’s Happening Los Angeles: October Food and Event News

    Dine L.A. is Back

    Dine L.A. is back and diners can enjoy special menus at more than 300 LA eateries from October 1 through Oct. 15.  Diners can choose from a selection of specially priced menus for lunch ($15, $20, and $30) and dinner ($25 and up), reservations at www.dineLA.com.

    Haunt’Oween LA is here!

    Now through October 31st, this family-friendly Halloween experience will take place from 5-11pm at The Promenade at Westfield Topanga, located at 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd in Woodland Hills. Tickets are $30 and children under 2 are free. Tickets at www.socalhauntoween.com.

    Beverly Center Hosts Pop-Up Food Series

    The Beverly Center will host Bites at Beverly, a pop up food series on October 3 and October 17, from 1 to 4pm. The pop-up events will feature culinary brands to sample and purchase, live music and food inspired crafts and games.

    Universal Studios Dishes Out Frightening Feasts for Halloween Horror Nights

    Universal Studios is offering a variety of scary delicious dishes for their Halloween Horror Nights including Texas Chili and Cheese Nachos, a monster hot dog, bloody funnel fingers with strawberry sauce, horchata churro bites and a variety of specialty cocktails. Halloween Horror Nights run Oct. 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21,24 and 28-31, tickets at https://hollywood.halloweenhorrornights.com/.

    Melrose Rooftop Theatre Offers Halloween Themed Movies

    Starting October 1, Melrose Rooftop Theatre will show seasonal scary screenings including ET (Oct. 1), Hocus Pocus (Oct. 4), Scream (Oct. 11), Poltergeist (Oct. 22) and It (Oct. 30). There is a dinner and movie menu and specialty cocktails. VIP seating is $28 and dinner and VIP package is $49.  Screenings begin at sundown, visit https://melroserooftoptheatre.com/.

    Horses Opens on Sunset

    Horses, a new restaurant and bar, is opening October 6 on Sunset Blvd. The classic bistro will focus on California cuisine, a few main dishes and many small bites and classic cocktails.

    LOAM Opens at Ace Hotel

    Downtown’s Ace Hotel will open LOAM, a new restaurant concept, on October 6. The menu will focus on seasonal local produce and bar options include lots of non-alcoholic libations.

    Lumiére Opens in Century City

    Lumiére, the French inspired brasserie adjacent to the Fairmont Century Plaza, is now open.  The menu features old school French dishes incorporating local ingredients for a fresh twist.

    Soft Spirits Non-Alcoholic Bottle Shop Opens in Hollywood

    Soft Spirits, LA’s first nonalcoholic bottle shop, is opening October 10 on Sunset and will include a variety of liquor free libations.

    Dalmore Whisky Launches The Dalmore Decades 5 Piece Collection

    Dalmore Whisky has launched a special collection of five whiskies spanning five decades, with a $275,000 value. One set is available in the U.S. including whisky from 1967, 1979, 1980, 1995 and 2000. Available at Wally’s Wine & Spirits.

    Celebrate Taco Day

    El Pollo Loco is celebrating Taco Day, October 4,  by bringing its Crunchy Taco back as its first digital only menu item. The Crunchy Taco will be available to purchase for a limited time through the El Pollo Loco app and website beginning October 4 through November 1. Members of Del Taco’s Del Yeah! Rewards program can get special deals, meals and prices through October 4. Trejo’s Tacos in Hollywood will offer a chance to win a $50 gift card by visiting one of the Trejo’s taquerias in Hollywood or at the Farmer’s Market.  On Monday, October 4, McCormick is coming to LA to celebrate National Taco Day by providing free tacos to everyone and revealing their new Director of Taco Relations. Their taco truck will be parked at 1323 Abbot Kinney Boulevard beginning at noon handing out free tacos while supplies last.

    Alisal Guest Ranch and resort Hosts CowGirl Edition BBQ Bootcamp

    The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in Santa Ynez Valley is hosting a Cowgirl Edition of their BBQ Bootcamp from October 10 – 12.  Award-winning women chefs including Valerie Gordon and Elizabeth Falkner will provide cookouts, culinary seminars, tastings and demonstrations. For more information, visit www.alisal.com.

    Thistle Launches Shots for Shots Program

    Thistle, the plant-forward meal delivery service, has launched a new Shots for Shots program encouraging COVID-19 vaccines in exchange for free Thistle cold-pressed organic shots. Beginning October 12, new and existing customers can upload their proof of COVID 19 vaccination in exchange for Thistle credits. To participate, visit try.thistle.co/shotsforshots/.

    Hervé Launches in California

    Hervé, the maker of French inspired cannabis infused luxury desserts is coming the California. Combining special flavors with 10mg of TMC in their macaroons, Hervé also offers hard candies. All are vegan, gluten free with no sugar added.

    Celebrate National Vodka Day and National Coffee Day

    Celebrate National Vodka Day (October 4) and National Coffee Day (October 1) with a Grey Goose Espresso Martini,  a simple recipe of 1.5 ounces of Grey Goose Vodka, 1 ounce of espresso and ¾ ounce of coffee liquor.

    CIROC Debuts CIROC Pomegranate

    On shelves October 1, CIROC Pomegranate, perfect for making holiday inspired cocktails. Mix with Grenadine and sparkling wine for a refreshing Ciroc Pomegranate Jewel.

    Alberfeldy Whisky Unveils Vampires of Perthshire Cocktail for Halloween

    Aberfeldy Whisky has unveiled their Vampires of Perthshire cocktail just in time for Halloween, pairing crisp apple cider flavor with rare honeyed notes of Aberfeldy Single Malt Scotch Whisky, recipe includes 2 ounces Aberfeldy Whisky, ¼ ounce of apple cider syrup, ¼ ounce of Averna and 2 dashes of orange bitters.

    Buffalo Wild Wings Bars Offer Limited Doritos Spicy Sweet Chili Flavored Sauce

    Buffalo Wild Wings sports bars are offering a limited-time Doritos spicy sweet chili flavored sauce on their wings and each order comes with a small sample bag of chips.

    Anheuser-Busch Launches NUTRL Vodka Seltzer

    Anheuser-Busch has launched a new libation made out of vodka, seltzer and fruit juice. NUTRL Vodka Seltzer is available in watermelon, raspberry and pineapple at https://nutrlvodka.com.

    Benriach Scotch Whisky Launches Two New Whiskies

    Benriach Scotch Whisky has launched two new expressions in the U.S., Benriach Malting Season ($148.99) using barley malted from the distillery’s historic floor maltings and Smoke Season ($71.99),  a small batch release distilled and matured in first fill bourbon barrels with a high proportion of charred and toasted virgin oak casks.

    Starward Announced as Official Whisky Partner for MICHELIN Guide

    Starward Australian Whisky has been named the official whisky partner for the MICHELIN Guide.

    Sugar’ n Spice Now Delivers Their Famous Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas

    Fans of Arrested Development can now get the famous chocolate dipped frozen bananas featured in the series delivered to their homes. In addition to bananas, they also offer delicious ice cream bars and other treats, available through Goldbelly.

    Pacifica Hotels Offers Guests Football Fan Experience Pack

    Pacifica Hotels is now offering the Ultimate Football Fan Experience Package. The package includes a two-night stay, breaks at the hotel before the game, two field level bungalow suite tickets to a Pro Football home game at Sofi Stadium, all you can eat food and beverage during the game and roundtrip VIP transportation. Available October 24, November 7, December 5, December 19 and January 9.  Available at the Marina del Rey Hotel, Jamaica Bay Inn, The Belamar, Le Meridien Pasadena Arcadia and The Wayfarer DTLA.

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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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