Food News for April 2021 by Shaena Engle

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It’s April Food News with Shaena Engle. From Easter options, to satisfying that sweet tooth, to burgers, to what’s new, to wellness boxes, it’s all here and more of what/where to eat for this month.

Omaha Steaks Make Easter at Home Easy
If you are cooking for a big or small crowd this Easter, Omaha Steaks has several Easter complete dinners to help you enjoy an easy, effortless holiday meal. Choose their Spiral Sliced Ham Feast including a 8 lb. spiral sliced ham, 2 family sized smashed red potato and steakhouse creamed corn packages, 8 mini baguettes with garlic butter and a 40 ounce cheesecake sampler, $169.99.  They also offer New Zealand Boneless Leg of Lamb and Heart of Prime Rib Roast dinners. All at https://www.omahasteaks.com.

Charleston’s Famous Restoration Hotel Offers Low Country Carrot Cake
Can’t get to Charleston this Easter? Bring Charleston to your home with the Restoration Hotel’s famous low country carrot cake.  The cake can be ordered by calling the restaurant at 843.518.5115, shipping available anywhere in the U.S., $75 for a four layer cake.

Easter Options

Newport Beach’s Billy’s at the Beach is having Easter brunch Saturday, April 3 and Sunday, April 4 including specialty entrees, cocktails and waterfront views. Menu is a la carte, 949.722.1100 for reservations.

Terranea Resort is offering Easter To Go and Passover To Go meals with all the sides as well as Easter Brunch at mar’sel , Asian dishes at bashi and dinner at catalina kitchen and Nelson’s on April 4 from 10am to 3pm with beautiful views of the ocean. Go to www.Terranea.com for reservations.

Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel can enjoy Easter brunch with an a la carte menu with a beautiful outdoor view of the Carmel Valley. Dishes include eggs benedict, stuffed French toast, Quail burger, lobster roll, prime rib and other entrees, salads and starters.

Sugar Rush Opens

Sugar Rush, a new interactive open-air walk thru event from Experiential Supply Co., is full of fun candy exhibits at The Promenade at Westfield Topanga in Woodland Hills through May 2nd, $75 per vehicle, tickets at https://www.ridesugarrush.com.

Haute Mess Launches Gelato Bar

WeHo’s Haute Mess will launch a Gelato Bar on April 8 featuring 12 flavors including chocolate, vanilla, pistachio, strawberry, lavender, chamomile and vegan options.

La Cha Cha Cha Open in Arts District

La Cha Cha Cha, the newest rooftop Mexican inspired dining experience, is now open in the Downtown Arts District.

SoCal Carrot Beef Offers Beef Easter Options

Carnivores will love SoCal Carrot Beef’s luxury quality meats, fed on carrots. Holy Grail Steak Co. is now offering their Santa Carota Beef online, go to https://holygrailsteak.com to order.

Home-A-Kase by Soosh Sushi

A new unique dining experience, home-a-kase by soosh!, brings Omakase sushi right into your home. Chef Brian Ogawa curates custom Omakase menus, premium experience is $400 per person including all sushi and ingredients, menu creation, chef labor and catering fees, more info at https://www.soosh.la.

Breyers Launches Coconut Fudge Breeze

Breyers ice cream has added a new Coconut Fudge Breeze flavor to their roundup of seasonal flavors including Frozen Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Layered Desserts Peach cobbler and Layered Desserts Caramel Apple Pie.

Yakumi Opens in Burbank

Innovative Dining Group has launched Yakumi, an upscale fast premium casual sushi concept in Burbank. The menu focuses on high quality ingredients and combination boxes, located at 3919 W. Riverside Drive.

Purecane Launches Brown and Confectioners Sweetener

Now you can bake your favorite desserts without worrying about too much sugar. Purecane has launched both brown and confectioners sweeteners, ideal for baked goods, frostings and savory bites, both zero calorie, non GMO and vegan and gluten free, 12 ounces $11.99 and 24 ounces $26.99, available on Amazon.

CIROC Launches Summer Citrus

CIROC has launched Summer Citrus, a new seasonal vodka flavor for a limited time. Summer Citrus is gluten free and infused with a blend of natural orange and citrus flavors, $33.99 at https://www.drizly.com.

PepsiCo Becomes Official Beverage Partner for Powdr

PepsiCo has become the official beverage partner for POWDR’s 10 mountain resorts and 5 Woodward destinations. The partnership will provide resort guests with innovative programming that enhances the mountain experience and offers unique benefits and amenities.

Dunkin’ Names as Official Coffee and Donut Partner with LA Dodgers

Dunkin’ has been named the official coffee and donut partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It joins the lineup of enhanced food and beverage offerings debuting at Dodger Stadium for the 2021 season. To celebrate, Dunkin is launching a signature LA Dodgers latte on April 9. It features a blueberry crisp latte made with espresso and topped with whipped cream.

Spindrift Launches Spindrift Spiked

Spindrift has launched Spindrift Spiked, a new hard seltzer with no sweeteners or additives, available at https://www.spindriftspiked.com.

San Diego Mission Bay Resort Offers 50% Off

San Diego Mission Bay Resort, which has recently redone their lobby, guest rooms and restaurants, is offering 50% off their best available rates on stays Sunday through Thursday through the month of April. When booking direct, use the promo code FAM21.

Elysian Brewing Launches Salt & Seed

Elysian Brewing has launched a spring release, Salt & Seed, made with natural watermelon and kosher salt. This refreshing blend is perfect for spring and summer outdoor gatherings and warm months. Available at local liquor stores and markets.

Humblemaker Coffee Co. Creates Coffee for Autism Action Month

Humblemaker Coffee Co. has created TACA Blend in honor of Autism Action Month. All proceeds will be donated to TACA, available for $18 a bag at https://humblemaker.coffee.

Mexico’s Chefs Team Up for Culinary Experiences

This April, Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection will welcome Chef Jose Luis Hinostroza from ARCA in Tulum and Chef Jorge Vallejo from Quintonil in Mexico City for experiential dining events from an ocean front BBQ, to private in-villa cooking instruction and a micro-seasonal dinner inspired by Baja flora and fauna. Events include April 2 dinner with Chef Jose Luis Hinostroza of ARCA, $120, 6pm; April 16 private in-villa cooking class and dinner with chefs Jorge Vallejo and Yvan Mucharraz, $2950 for 8 people, 6pm; and April 17 Quintonil on the Beach with chefs Jorge and Yvan oceanfront BBQ, $150 at 7pm.

LIFEWTR Debuts New LIFEWTR Immune Support

LIFEWTR has launched LIFEWTR Immune Support, a new water beverage with 10% of the recommended daily value of Zinc, aiding normal immune function.

Lipton Announces New Herbal Teas and 64 Ounce Bottles

Lipton has released new fruit infused teas which are caffeine free and available in Strawberry & Mint and Orange Blossom flavors. 12 packs are available at Target and Walmart for $5.99. Also new are their 64 ounce bottles, $2.29.

Artic Chill Hard Seltzer

Artic Chill’s hard seltzers are made with natural fruit flavors and essences and contain 5% alcohol and come in ginger lime, pineapple pomelo, ruby red grapefruit, raspberry lime, fresh lime, strawberry watermelon, mandarin orange, cranberry lime, and black cherry, at https://drizly.com.

Umami Burger Offers Free New CHAD Burgers

On April 6, Umami locations at The Grove, Santa Monica and Downtown LA will offer free “CHAD” burgers from 11am to 10pm in celebration of the new CHAD television premiere. The new burger, with a Kofta patty, mint cucumber yogurt and Kewpie mayo, will join Umami’s menu on March 30.

Shannon Jackson Launches LYLWL Wellness Box

Nurse Hannon Jackson has launched a Living Your Life Without Limits Wellness Box including a first aid kit, thermometer, blood pressure wristband, journal, meditation music, a scented candle and a pen, $49.97 at https://lylwlshop.com.

Porto’s Guava Pie is Here

Porto’s has added their Rosa’s Guava Pie to their Bake at Home lineup beginning April 6. The pie feeds 6-8 people, $19.99, order at https://store.portosbakery.com.

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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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