Food News for the Month of September 2022

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Shaena Engle brings food news and other happening for the month of September – free giveaways, contests, new openings, and Halloween events. 

1 Hotel West and INBLOOM Offer Protect & Glow Smoothie

1 Hotel West and Kate Hudson’s INBLOOM are offering an immunity boosting Protect & Glow Signature Smoothie at 1 Kitchen in WeHo now through September 30. The smoothie is $17. Additionally, the hotel will offer a wellness yoga series on property on Fridays.

El Pollo Loco WeHo is Opening Soon

El Pollo Loco West Hollywood officially announced its intent to open at 8601 Santa Monica Boulevard soon. The new grilled chicken restaurant chain is opening below Trader Joe’s on historic Route 66.

Hamburger Mary’s WeHo Hosts BROS Movie Mobile Pop-Up Theater

Hamburger Mary’s WeHo is located at 8288 Santa Monica Blvd., hosted a BROS movie mobile pop-up theater experience on September 8th. Guests got to see exclusive footage from the new gay Universal Pictures’ BROS on on an 18-foot screen.

HomeGoods Has Halloween Décor

HomeGoods has a wide range of great Halloween décor including mixing bowls, placemats, serving bowls, aprons, towels and fun figurines, lights and wreaths, $12.99 and up at your local HomeGoods.

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

SoCals scariest Halloween event is back and is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights beginning September 8. Be sure to check out the new The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare haunted house inspired by the musician’s After Hours music and ride the Terror Tram to experience the new Jordan Peele inspired Us and NOPE scare zones. Tickets now at https://www.universalstudioshollywood.com. 

Free Cheeseburgers for One Year From Black Tap

Black Tap Anaheim is offering guests free cheeseburgers for a full year to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day on September 18. This one day only giveaway on September 18 gives every guest who orders a classic All American Burger a scratch off prize card. Five lucky winners per location will receive a Golden Burger Ticket for access for free cheeseburgers for a year.

BOA Steakhouse Has New Dishes

BOA Steakhouse debuts all new menu items at their WeHo and Santa Monica locations beginning September 7. New dishes include scallop crudo, oysters on the half shell, Petrossian Royal Ossetra Caviar, Dover sole, veal Milanese and new sides including truffle tots and roasted peppers.

Cheesecake Factory Launches New Dishes

Head to the Cheesecake Factory in Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Sherman Oaks, or Topanga Mall in Canoga Park to try their new menu items including street corn, asparagus fries, spicy tuna on sushi rice, Ahi poke nachos, new flatbread pizzas, Cacio E Pepe pasta, lemon herb parmesan chicken and more. There’s also new cocktails and beverages and a new classic Basque cheesecake. 

Hotel Virginia Now Open in Santa Barbara

The Hotel Virginia Santa Barbara, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, is now open. The hotel recently had an extensive remodel and rebrand and offers 61 beautiful guest rooms and suites, perfect for a weekend getaway. Book your getaway at https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/sbasbup-hotel-virginia-santa-barbara/. 

TSUMo Snacks Hosts CaddySnack Disc Golf Invitational

TSUMo Snacks is hosting a disc golf competition on September 11 from 10am to 2pm at Oak Grove Disc Golf Club. Sample their new Nacho Cheese and Chili Limon chip flavors. 

Play and Refuel Event with Purely Elizabeth

Head to Venice on September 17 and 18 for Purely Elizabeth’s Play and Refuel event where you can play pickleball and sample Purely Elizabeth granola, oatmeal and other products. The event will take place at 100 Venice Way from 10am to 5pm both days. 

Cha Cha Matcha Opens in Century City

Cha Cha Matcha, a matcha café, has opened at the Westfield Century City mall. Located next to Kiehl’s, features toasts, sandwiches, soft serves and matcha drinks. 

Boisson Opens in Studio City

Boisson, the non-alcoholic beverage retailer, is opening a new location in Studio City on September 12. The new location will feature a wide range of nonalcoholic products and will be located at 12330 Ventura Blvd. 

Cakebread Cellars Offers Seasonal Cooking Classes in Napa

Heading to wine country? Stop by Cakebread Cellars for a cooking class, upcoming classes include Sept. 30, Oct. 1 East Meets West Cooking Class exploring flavors of Asia including lunch and Oct. 21 and 22, The Perfect Pair: Mushrooms and Pinot with a tour of Dolores Cakebread’s vegetable garden and a tasting paired with wine. Register at https://cakebread.com. 

NUTRL Debuts Cranberry Vodka Seltzer

NUTRL has launched their new Cranberry Vodka Selzer variety pack, a refreshing take on the seasonal vodka cran cocktail and includes Classic Cranberry, Cranberry Orange, Cranberry Grapefruit and Cranberry Apple flavors, available on Instacart and Drizzly.

Johnnie Walker Teams with Lilly Singh for Gender Parity in Leadership

Johnnie Walker Blended Scotch has teamed with Lilly Singh to expand their commitment to fund, mentor and champion women entrepreneurs.  Their First Strides initiative will help close the gender gap in leadership and fund and mentor women entrepreneurs. 

YACHAK Yerba Mate Energy Tea Offers Photography Contest

YACHAK Yerba Mate Energy Tea has teamed with National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale to award one photographer the opportunity to head to the Amazon in Brazil to document the brand’s reforestation efforts with the non-profit One Tree Planted. The chosen winner will spend up to two weeks as the brand’s photographer in the Amazon rainforest and receive $25,000 pofessional mentorship from Vitale and a year supply of YACHAK. Applications open through September 12, 2022, to enter submit four to six original nature photos and an application at https://yachakamazonassignment.dja.com/.

Del Taco Launches EPIC Tortas

Del Taco has launched new EPIC Tortas, a new lineup of Mexican sandwiches. The new tortas come in Carne Asada & Queso, Chicken BLT and Crispy Chicken and Guac flavors. Del Taco is offering free delivery every weekend in September on Torta orders placed online. 

ORIGINS Lodge Costa Rica Launches Private Retreat Experience

ORIGINS Lodge in Costa Rica now offers customizable private retreats featuring rejuvenating spa treatments, healing therapies and an opportunity to recharge in nature. Enjoy daily yoga and meditation, hiking, horseback riding, cooking classes, fishing and more. For more information, visit www.originslodge.com. 

If you have a new restaurant opening, event or other news, please email shaena2@aol.com. 

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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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