Food News and Happenings for November

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Shaena Engle brings us Food News for the month of November.

Paradise Blue Opens at The Geffen

Tony Award-nominated playwright Dominique Morisseau’s Paradise Blue,  a Detroit Jazz club noir-inspired drama, runs at The Geffen November 9 through December 12, tickets at https://www.geffenplayhouse.org.

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates with Holiday Festivities

Universal Studios Hollywood is celebrating the return of yuletide favorites Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Grinchmas beginning Friday, November 26. Holiday festivities are included in the price of admission.

Catch Reopens at Hotel Casa Del  Mar

American seafood restaurant Catch reopens at Hotel Casa Del Mar on November 2. In addition to a sushi and raw bar, the menu highlights include a 16 oz Ribeye bone-in steak, braised short ribs, seared Chilean sea bass, whole Main lobster, black squid ink pasta, roasted Cinderella pumpkin soup and black truffle mashed potatoes.  The restaurant will be open from 5pm to 9pm from Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.

Sugar Palm Opens at Viceroy Santa Monica

Sugar Palm, a new indoor/outdoor coastal dining concept has opened at the Viceroy Santa Monica. Open for daily brunch and dinner, is a part of the overall $21 million redesign of the LA beachside hotel. Open for brunch from 6:30am to 2:30pm and dinner from 3pm to 10pm.  Reservations available on OpenTable.

Ronan Pizzeria Launches Margherita Mondays with Half Off Margherita Pizzas

Ronan Pizzeria on Melrose is now open seven days a week and they are celebrating with half off Margherita pizzas every Monday between 5 and 9:30pm for dine-in guests.  There will also be Monday night drink promotions.

ROCA Pizza Launches New Fall Flavors

ROCA Pizza pop-up at The Americana at Brand in Glendale has launched new fall pizza flavors, salads, and desserts. Diners can get pizza by the slice or in a pan including new pepperoni hot honey, and sausage and mushroom flavors as well as sample their new Italian chopped salad and BBQ chicken chopped salad.

Fellow Westwood Debuts New Fall Dishes

Fellow in Westwood has added a variety of new dishes for their fall menu, including Hamachi crudo, marinated heirloom tomato salad, black truffle gnocchi and poached apple.

Honey Mama’s Raw Bars Teams with Erewhon Market for Special 4-Pack Greatest Hits, Pop-Up Events in November

Honey Mama’s, a Portland maker of raw bars, is partnering with Erewhon Markets to launch a Honey Mama’s x Erewhon Greatest Hits 4-Pack ($19.99) of bars featuring Lavender Rose, Tahini Tangerine, Coconut and Oregon Mint flavors. Pop-up events at Erewhon Markets will take place Friday, November 5 from 1 – 6pm at Erewhon Venice, 585 Venice Boulevard, and Saturday, November 6 from 11am  – 4pm at Erewhon Pacific Palisades, 15285 W. Sunset Blvd.

Beachside Restaurant & Bar Offer New Menu Items

Beachside Restaurant & Bar, located inside the Jamaica Bay Inn, have new fall menu dishes including Sambal Brussels, butternut bisque, seared scallops and Ahi tuna, pork tomahawk al pastor, Spanish Octopus, Mongolian beef shortrib and orange and mint mojo chicken.

Cooper Spirits Launches Slow & Low Coffee Old-Fashioned

Cooper Spirits, in collaboration with Intelligentsia Coffee, has launched a new Slow & Low Coffee Old-Fashioned. The new libation is a blend of rye whiskey aged two years, Intelligentsia Coffee, honey, cane sugar, bitters and orange peel, $26.99, www.drinkslowandlow.com.

Liteboxer Launches New Wall Mount for Workouts

On November 3, Liteboxer, the at-home immersive work-out experience, will launch a new compact wall mount design that takes up zero floor space for in home fitness.

The new Liteboxer Wall Mount is $1495, more info at www.liteboxer.com.

Kentucky Coffee Launches Coffee Whiskey

Kentucky Coffee has launched their coffee whiskey, bringing a smooth finish and notes of vanilla to it’s new blend. It can be drunk as shots, on the rocks or mixed into a cocktail, $19.99 at Drizly.

Denny’s Offers Free Build Your Own Grand Slam for Military Personnel

On November 11, in celebration of Veterans Day, Denny’s is offering all active and inactive military personal a free Build Your Own Grand Slam, including choices of eggs, pancakes, bacon, biscuits and other yummy items, available 5am to noon with a valid military ID or DD214.

Ya Oaxaca! New Mole Sauces

Ya Oaxaca! has launched a line of authentic Oaxaca made heat and serve mole sauces in three flavors, mole negro, mole coloradito and mole rojo. Available in grocery stores and three-packs for $29.99.

Sourse Launches Beauty Bites and Mood Bites

Sourse vitamin infused chocolates has launched two new products, Beauty Bites infused with biotin for strong hair and nails and Mood Bites infused with saffron and vitamin D3 for a better balanced mood. Both are vegan and gluten free, $29.90 for two bags, at https://trysourse.com.

Disaronno and Korbel Team Together for Holiday Italian Sparkler

Disaronno Originale and Korbel Prosecco have joined together to create a Holiday Italian Sparkler perfect for sipping on Thanksgiving and beyond. It’s simple to make, just add 1 ounce Disaronno Originale and 3 ounces Korbel Prosecco in a flute glass for a smashing sipper at any gathering.

Thistle Shots for Shots Program Runs Through Nov. 15

Thistle is launching “Shots for Shots,” an initiative encouraging COVID-19 vaccines in exchange for free Thistle cold-pressed, organic shots. The West Coast-based brand has committed up to $100,000 to reward 12,500 customers for simply protecting themselves and others by getting vaccinated. Through Nov. 15, new and existing customers can upload their proof of their COVID-19 vaccination, whether received recently or several months ago, in exchange for Thistle credits. Visit https://try.thistle.co/shotsforshots for more information.

Jinx Offers New Healthy Treats for Four Legged Friends

Jinx, the healthy dog food company, is offering new grain-friendly Chicken Kibble, available for purchase by itself or part of their Gran-Friendly Organic Chicken Bundle with Chicken on Top Meal Topper and Chicken and Sweet Potato Jerky Treats for $46.40. They also have a wide variety of food for your pup, all at https://www.thinkjinx.com.

Thanksgiving Day Feasts

A bounty of choices are available for turkey day feasts, including:

Shutters, 1 Pico

The restaurant will serve a three course menu that will highlight the Thanksgiving classics with a twist from new Executive Chef Sean Michael Runyon. Featuring vegan options and festive cocktails, the Thanksgiving menu, will be served from 11AM to 9PM at $115 per person in addition to a special Thanksgiving kids men for $45. Tasty starters include Pumpkin Soup and dishes that celebrate the hotel’s oceanfront locale like Lobster Tartine, Hamachi Crudo, and Oyster on the Shell. Entrees include Heritage Turkey with all of the Thanksgiving fixings, Braised Short Rib, Pan Seared Diver Scallops and more. Pumpkin Cheesecake, Apple Pie Bites, and Vegan Almond Chocolate Tarts complete the meal.

Casa Del Mar, Catch and Terrazza

Restaurants Catch and Terrazza will offer a three course menu with choices including squash soup, crab cakes, roasted brassicas, organic turkey, Wagyu short ribs, branzino, vegetarian squash steak, chocolate poached pear tart and bread pudding for $115. Available lunch and dinner, 11am to 4pm and 5 to 9 pm.

Meat on Ocean and 555 East

On Thanksgiving Day, Meat on Ocean will be offering a three-course Thanksgiving meal including herb roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, candied yams and gravy, $68 per person. Their full menu will also be available. Reservations at Open Table.

Jean-Georges Beverly Hills

Jean-Georges Beverly Hills will offer a Thanksgiving menu on November 26th featuring a family-style experience complete with roasted turkey, butternut squash soup, mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts and pumpkin pie. The menu will be offered from 3pm to 8pm with prices starting at $210 per person and $75 per child. The Rooftop by JG will offer their original menu in addition to a special Thanksgiving plate that includes roasted turkey with truffle chestnut stuffing and cranberry sauce with mashed potatoes for $59. The restaurant will be open from 11am-10pm and prices will be a la carte.

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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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