Food News for the Month of June with Shaena Engle

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Shaena Engle is serving us food news for the month of June. Check out where and what foodies are eating this month.

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Food News

Salt & Straw Launches Camping Series Ice Cream Flavors

Salt & Straw has launched new Campfire S’mores; Buttermilk Pancakes; Bacon & Eggs; Mushroom Muddy Buddies; Berries, Beans & BBQ Sauce and a Wild Fennel Amara Milk Sorbet for their June Camping Ice Cream Flavor series.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills ReDesigns Spa and Launches Emerging Artists “Happy Hour” Series

The Peninsula Beverly Hills has launched an Emerging Artists “Happy Hour” series featuring live art performances from up-and-coming artists and a new happy hour food menu on Thursdays from 5 to 8pm, through August 29. Additionally, the resort has finished a complete renovation of its 4,600 square foot award-winning spa and is unveiling new treatments. They are also offering exclusive product lines with Subtle Energies and MBR Medical Beauty Research. To make a spa appointment, call 310.975.2854.

Red Boat’s Banh Mi Week

Red Boat fish sauce will host a Banh Mi Week from June 17th through the 23rd. Participating restaurants include Lincoln in Pasadena and Fiona and Proof Bakery in LA. Each chef will create a banh mi using Red Boat fish sauce and feature the dish on their menu.

W Hollywood Announces Summer Bar Programs

The W Hollywood’s Station Hollywood Bar and Lounge will launch their Champagne Garden with endless Veuve Clicquot pours on June 8. From June 1 to 30th, the bar will offer a special Pride Punch Cocktail and their weeknight happy hour, Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 pm, will feature $4 domestic beer and $6 wine.

El Pollo Loco Celebrates Father’s Day

On June 5 from 5:30 to 7:30pm, the El Pollo Loco located at 5319 Sunset Boulevard will offer a cooking class with a Grill Master. Participants will learn how to perfectly grill chicken, build the perfect tostada and make salsa.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken Host Taproom Pop Up Series in Santa Monica

Kicking off June 1 at 2pm, with events through August 31, Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken Main Street location in Santa Monica will feature a brewery inspired doughnut the first Saturday of each month at a pop up tap room on their patio.

Roy’s Launches Taste of Korea Menu

Roy’s restaurants will launch their Taste of Korea menu on June 4. Part of their Global Tasting Menu series, dishes will include Wagyu beef mandu, calamari salad, beef short ribs, salmon bibimbap and Asian cheesecake.

Nest at WP24 Offers Bring the Heat Chili Tasting Menu

Nest at WP24 by Wolfgang Puck at the Ritz Carlton, Los Angeles, has launched a special Bring the Heat menu incorporating five unique chilies into bite sized dishes. The tasting menu is priced at $29.

Pops Bagels and Little Dom’s Host Bagel Triathlon for Pride

Pop’s Bagels will be popping up at the MiniBar in Hollywood (May 31, 9pm to midnight); Little Dom’s (10am to 2pm, June 1) and The 101 Coffee Shop from 10am to 2pm for special bagel offerings with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Australian Starward Whisky Now Available in US

Australian Starward Whisky is now available in the US. The first expression available is Starward Nova, a single malt whisky matured in red wine barrels.

Tocaya Organica Opens in Toluca Lake

On June 3, Tocaya Organica opens in Toluca Lake offering vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian and KETO dishes.

Wahlburgers Adds New Summer Dishes to Menu

New summer dishes including the return of the Super Summer Bacon Burger and Wahlcocotion cocktails have arrived at Wahlburgers in WeHo.

Katana Launches New Red Fun BBQ Menu

Katana has launched a new Red Sun BBQ menu featuring a uni Wagyu hand roll, seafood ceviche, carnitos tacos and tropical summer cocktails. The menu is offered every Sunday through Labor Day Weekend.

Acqua Panna Launches New Campaign

Acqua Panna Natural Spring Water has launched a new Meet the Smoothest Taste on Earth campaign showcasing their new logo and bottles.

New Menu at Rooftop by JG

The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills has new lunch and dinner menus at The Rooftop by JG, featuring vegetarian dishes.

Champagne Bollinger Partners with Resy on New Dinner Series Celebrating Release of La Grande 2008 in the US

Champagne Bollinger and Resy are teaming up to offer Le Grand Diner, a series of dinners with famous chefs in LA, New York and Chicago pairing La Grande Année 2008 with dishes. Dinners will be held at Legacy in New York (June 10), Maude in LA (June 17) and Tied House in Chicago (June 14). Bookings available through Resy at Resy.com/legranddiner.

Spago and CUT Beverly Hills Offers Father’s Day Dining

Spago will be celebrating Father’s Day with a 3-course specialty menu for $145/pp from 5PM – 10PM that includes a live BBQ in the garden patio. Spago will also be featuring a Barrel Aged Smoked Cocktail Bar, live music and the infamous Pie & Cobbler Pop Up Shop. Reservations: www.spagobeverlyhills.tocktix.com OR call: 310.385.0880 . CUT will be celebrating Father’s Day with a fun mini-golf course, “Putt Putt for Pops”, in CUT Lounge (optional). The course will open at 4PM and will include prizes and giveaways after every hole. Guests will be able to enjoy the ‘19th hole’ as a 3-course dinner for $150/pp ($75/children under 8) with a special takeaway gift for dad at the end of dinner. Reservations: www.exploretock.com/cutbeverlyhills OR call: 310.276.8500

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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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