Food News for August and Other Happenings in the LA Food Scene

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S'mores Crazyshake at Black Tap in Downtown Disney

WEHO TIMES contributor Shaena Engle, compiles food news for August 2019, and other happenings in the LA Food Scene.

Neighbor LA Launches New Brunch Menu

Neighbor LA in Venice has launched a new brunch menu including fried chicken, heirloom teriyaki rice poutine and a chayote squash tostada. Brunch is served weekends from 10am to 3pm.

Black Tap Brings End of Summer Specials to Downtown Disney

The newly opened Black Tap in Downtown Disney is offering a special s’mores crazyshake from August 10 – 30 in honor of National S’mores Day and an Old Fashioned Burger for the month of August.

Pup Friendly Patios

Take your pup along for a meal for National Dog Day on August 26 at one of LA’s many dog friendly eateries including Little Dom’s, Station Hollywood, Lady M cake boutique and Jaffa Palms.

New Restaurants in Venice

The Pier House and Cartolina have both opened in Venice in The Washington Square area. Both are beachfront properties with The Pier House focusing on seafood and Cartolina featuring pizzas, sandwiches and coffee.

August is National Sandwich Month

August is National Sandwich Month and there are plenty of places to find great sandwiches. Try Cada Vez for Spanish bocadillos, Petit Harvest at SocialEats Food Hall in Santa Monica, STRFSH for an Oyster Po Boy or The Abbey Food & Bar for a choice of fifteen sandwiches and burgers.

Verve Coffee Opens Roastery Del Sur in Arts District

Verve Coffee Roaster will open Roastery Del Sur in downtown LA’s Arts District on August 23.

La Maison du Chocolat Launches Bien Etre Healthy Chocolates

La Maison du Chocolat has collaborated with Paris-based nutritionist Dr. Therry Hanh to create Bien Etre, a new chocolate wellness collection. The naturally sweetened, dairy and gluten free ganaches feature purees, fruit juices and nectars. The 15 piece Wellness Gift Box is $34.

Peninsula Beverly Hills Offers Mooncakes

Beginning August 6, the Peninsula Beverly Hills is offering the Peninsula Hong Kong’s famous mooncakes in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival on Friday, September 13. A box of eight mooncakes costs $108, to order email diningPBH@peninsula.com.

Dash is Offering an Ultimate Cooking Giveaway with Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian

Dash by StoreBand is teaming with Chef Geoffrey Zakarian for the Ultimate Cooking Giveaway. Enter to win an autographed cookbook and a chance for one winner to have a virtual one-on-one cooking lesson from the celebrity chef, enter at https://www.bydash.com/geoffrey-zakarians-ultimate-cooking-giveaway/.

Panda Express Launches New Sichuan Hot Chicken

Sichuan Hot Chicken is now available at Panda Express. The dish is made from antibiotic free white chicken breast with a spicy Sichuan peppercorn sauce.

Eve at Mayfair Hotel Launches New Breakfast Menu

The Mayfair Hotel’s signature restaurant Eve in downtown LA has launched a new breakfast menu including red velvet pancakes, breakfast burritos and other delicious dishes.

Café Del Rey Unveils New Chef, New Look and New Menus

Café Del Rey in Marina Del Rey has just refreshed its look and unveiled new menus. New Exec Chef Job Carder has created new menus reflecting California inspired cuisine.

LA Times “The Taste” Tickets on Sale

Tickets for the LA Times The Taste events are now on sale for August 30 through September 1. Events will take place on the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot over Labor Day Weekend, tickets at events.latimes.com/taste.

Chocolate Tour Opens in Vegas

Las Vegas now has a chocolate tour including a stop at M&M’s World to create your own M&M’s, HERSHEY’S, Ethel M Chocolate Factory, Hard Rock Café and a tasting of Chef Thomas Keller’s new chocolate line, visit www.vegaschocolatetour.com for tickets.

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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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