March Food and Entertainment News

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Shaena Engle brings us her compilation of food and entertainment news for the month of March.

Los Angeles
The Kitchen at Descanso Opens at Descanso Gardens
The Kitchen at Descanso has opened at La Canada Flintridge’s Descanso Gardens. The nature driven restaurant is now open daily from 8 am to 4:30pm and Saturday and Sunday for brunch from 9am to 2pm. To learn more, visit: https://www.restaurantji.com/ca/la-ca%C3%B1ada-flintridge/cafe-descanso-/.

El Pollo Loco Offers Mix and Match Street Tacos
El Pollo Loco, the nation’s leading fire-grilled chicken restaurant, has launched Mix & Match Street Tacos. Customers can now choose between seven taco options including the world’s first Keto taco and a chickenless Pollo option. Customers can mix and match the tacos into a customizable 6-pack taco box.

The Cheesecake Factory Debuts New Ice Cream and Exclusive DoorDash Offer
The Cheesecake Factory is partnering with DoorDash to offer free slices of cheesecake for Monday through Friday lunch orders through March 25. Guests can get a free slice of any cheesecake with their Cheesecake Factory lunch delivery of $15 or more by using the LUNCHSLICE promo code at checkout.

The Cheesecake Factory has also launched a premium cheesecake ice cream with a signature cream cheese blend and sour cream in Birthday Cake, Chocolate, Cookies & Cream, Key Lime, Original, Salted Caramel and Strawberry flavors, now available at grocery stores nationwide.

The Habit Burger Grill Launches New Tempura Jalapeno Cheeseburger
The Habit Burger Grill has added the new tempura jalapeno cheeseburger to their menu.

Celebrate National Pi Day at Paperboy
Santa Monica’s Paperboy is celebrating National Pi Day, March 14, with a special promotion. Buy any large pizza on March 14 and receive a free order of fried pickles.

Tickets for TASTE America Food Events April 1-2 on Sale
Tickets for the James Beard Foundation’s TASTE America food events presented by Capital One, held April 1-2, are now on sale. Events include a cocktail party, benefit dinner and culinary lab. Visit jamesbeard.org/tasteamerica for tickets.

Romantics Anonymous at The Wallis

Romantics Anonymous Opens at The Wallis
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will present Romantic Anonymous based on the film Les Emotifs Anonymes from Tuesday March 17 through March 29, tickets $39 – $99 at theWallis.org/Romantics.

ABBARAMA at the Bourbon Room
ABBARAMA begins a 3-month residency at The Bourbon Room in Hollywood beginning March 10. Every other Tuesday through May, guests can sing along to their favorite ABBA songs, tickets $20 & $50.

Queen Mary Launches New Commodore’s Tour Sunday Brunch
Long Beach’s Queen Mary has added a new guided tour to their Royal Sunday Brunch. The brunch includes over 50 dishes, live music and champagne. Royal Sunday Brunch is available Sundays from 10am to 2pm, $69 and $79 with champagne.

Universal Studios and Bravo Team for First Bravo Top Chef Food & Wine Fest
On March 19-20, Universal Studios and Bravo’s Top Chef will partner to present the first Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival. The festival will include an eclectic menu inspired by the series, live challenges, food and wine pairings and panels with “Top Chef” alums. The festival coincides with the Season 17 premiere of “Top Chef” returning Thursday March 19 on Bravo.

Milk Bar Offer New Menu Items
Melrose’s Milk Bar is now offering new menu items including chocolate caramel pretzel cake, chocolate caramel pretzel cake truffles and chocolate birthday soft serve.

Verve Coffee Roasters Expands Flash Brew Line
Verve Coffee Roasters is now offering single origin and decaf flavors to their Nitro Fresh Brew Coffee line. These ready to drink options are $3.99 at Bristol Farms and other locations.

N10 Restaurant Launces Spritzer Hour
N10 restaurant is now open Mondays and has launched a special Spritz menu Monday through Friday from 6 to 8pm including $9 drinks and $12 drinks and pizzas.

Scratch Bar & Kitchen Hosts Vineyard Dinners
Dine with winemakers and sample their wines with Scratch Bar & Kitchen’s cuisine at two upcoming vineyard dinners; Holus Bulus Winery on March 13 at 7pm and Luna Vineyards on March 27 at 7pm, $85 per person, reservations at 818.646.6085.

Vybes Launches Blackberry Hibiscus Flavor
CBD beverage company Vybes has launched a new blackberry hibiscus flavor available at select retailers nationwide.

Dunkin Doughnuts Offers $2 Lattes
Dunkin Doughnuts is offering $2 medium lattes each Monday in all California locations until April 6.

ABSteak Opens at Beverly Center
Luxury Korean steakhouse ABSteak has opened at the Beverly Center. ABSteak combines the best elements of a Korean barbecue with a classic American Steakhouse.

New Pop Bitties Offers Healthy Snacks
Pop Bitties has launched a variety of gluten free non GMO snacks providing a healthy alternative to popcorn. Flavors include brown sugar and cinnamon, sea salt and white cheddar.

LoveCrunch Granola Debuts New Flavor
Nature’s Path Love Crunch granola has launched a new Espresso Vanilla Cream flavor inspired by Italian affogato with a contrast of black cocoa and espresso and Italian white chocolate.

Las Vegas News
Nobu Opens at Bally’s Las Vegas
The new 100-seat Nobu has opened at Bally’s Las Vegas.

Aria Opens Salt & Ivy Café and Patio Bar
Aria has opened Salt & Ivy Café and Patio Bar offering all day dining.

New Cocktail Menu at Fleur
Chef Hubert Keller’s Fleur at Mandalay Bay has a new menu of signature cocktails embracing floral and herbal ingredients.

New Lunch Menu at Eataly Vegas
La Pizza and La Pasta has a new menu featuring a quick lunch options. The 2 course prix-fixe menu includes an antipasti dish, pizzas and other options, $24 at Eataly Las Vegas.

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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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