May Food News with Shaena Engle

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WEHO TIMES contributor Shaena Engle, brings us May Food News. May is the month for Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and still securing in place. Here is the food and event roundup.

FEAST Fundraiser on May 2
FEAST, the nonprofit dedicated to promoting health and wellness in under-resourced communities through healthy food and human connection is hosting A Night in with FEAST, an Instagram live cookalong fundraiser featuring five chefs and wellness experts on May 2 at 4pm PDT/7pm EDT. Supporters can donate at feastforall.org/nightin/ or text the word FEAST to 707070. Donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000.

Reckless by Ron Offers Facejocks
Stay safe in style with a facejock from Reckless by Ron. Facejocks come in a variety of styles and colors, have elastic trim and are extremely breathable and comfortable, $20 each at https://www.recklessbyron.com.

Little Dom’s New Menus
Silver Lake’s Little Dom’s is offering daily $25 three-course PanDOMic menus including saffron risotto with gravy, paccheri with Italian chicken sausage and peppers and a lemon rice pudding among other options. They are also offering an at home pizza making kit for two, visit www.littledoms.com.

Goldenthread Launches Plant Based Power Packs
Goldenthread plant based tonics has launched a series of Power Packs including immunity, glow, chill, digestion and energy packs, at www.goldenthreadherbs.com.

Cheesecake Factory $10 Bonus Card and Virtual Cooking Class
Now through May 10, when guests purchase a $50 gift card at Cheesecake Factory they will receive a bonus $10 card. Also, Donald Moore, Cheesecake Chief Culinary Officer, will be hosting a virtual cooking class on May 7 at 4pm ET and one at 4pm PT including lemon ricotta pancakes and chicken and broccoli pasta. It’s free to view, go to the Cheesecake Factory’s Facebook page and look for the Facebook live event.

Blue Ribbon Sushi Offering Take-Away Sushi
Blue Ribbon Sushi’s Palisades Village location is reopen for takeout and delivery every Wednesday through Sunday from 4-8:30pm.

Nespresso Vertuo Next
Nespresso has launched a new Vertuo Next machine. It’s slim fit design is perfect for small or large kitchens, features Vertuo technology with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and uses Nespresso’s recyclable range of capsules, $159 for Vertuo Next and $169 for Vertuo Next Premium at https://www.nespresso.com.

Tea Forte
Tea Forte has launched their limited edition Fleur Collection where a percentage of sales supports the New York Botanical Garden’s work in plant research and conservation, Fleur gift set with gift box, $49, available at www.teaforte.com.

Nybll Home Delivery
For as little as $9 a meal, Nybll offers ready to eat delivered to your door meals that are plant forward, immune boosting and pro-athlete approved and will give mom a break in the kitchen, orders are delivered Tuesdays between noon and 5pm, visit https://www.nybll.com.

JuneShine Hard Kombucha
Hard kombucha brand JuneShine now has direct to consumer delivery. Perfect for those who love a virtual happy hour , customers can now order a 12 or 24 pack at www.juneshine.com and use discount code “Drink_For_Tomorrow” for 30% off at checkout.

Dunkin Donuts Offering Free Coffee & Donuts for Healthcare Professionals
On May 6, National Nurses Day, Dunkin Donuts is offering a free medium hot or iced coffee and a free donut to all healthcare workers. Dunkin also has launched an online gift card site, DunkinCoffeeBreak.com enabling guests to send a Dunkin e-card to thank a doctor, nurse, first responder, teacher, grocery clerk or other hero in their life.

CINCO DE MAYO

Milagro Tequila, a traditional tequila with blue agave, is featuring a variety of cocktails using their tequila for a stay home Cinco de Mayo celebration, visit https://www.milagrotequila.com.

Petite Taqueria is offering a $89 Cinco de Mayo package with chips, guacamole, pico de gallo, salad, beans, rice, build your own tacos and tres leches cake, order at www.petitetaqueria.com. SLAB is also offering a $89 Cinco de Mayo package with chopped brisket, pulled pork, pineapple salsa, tortillas, rice and beans, order at www.slabbarbecue.com.

The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills is offering a Cinco de Mayo take-out menu including branzino and carne asada tacos, chicken tinga burrito, churros and other dishes, email boxwoodhost@thelondonweho.com to order.

Sesión Premium Tequila is perfect for Cinco de Mayo celebration cocktails, find recipes at https://www.sesiontequila.com.

SkinnyFish Launches Delivery Only Cauliflower Rice Dishes
The delivery-only SkinnyFish is offering sushi bowls and rice bowls with cauliflower rice, as well as grilled fish and combination bowls, visit www.skinnyfishla.com to order.

The Little Market Launches Baked Good Delivery
The Little Market has announced a new baked goods delivery service through a partnership with Homeboy Bakery. Cookies, brownies, croissants and other tasty baked goods can be ordered at https://www.thelittlemarket.com.

Cymbiotika Launches Heal-All Oil
Cymbiotika has launched a new luxury CBD Heal-All oil to reduce pain and assist the body’s natural healing process, available at https://cymbiotika.com.

Mother’s Day Menus
WeHo’s Delililah is offering a Mother’s Day menu feeding four for $139 with pastries, frittata, market greens, potatoes, roasted chicken and lemon pound cake. Add flowers and champagne for $299, preorder by May 6 at www.delilahla.com, pickup at Delilah May 9 & 10, 11am to 3pm.

Jean-Georges Beverly Hills at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is offering to go dishes including black truffle tagliatelle, jidori chicken and Wagyu beef tenderloin to share with mom, pick-up available at valet from 11am to 9pm, place an order at 310.860.6717.

La Maison du Chocolat is offering a variety of chocolates for moms with a sweet tooth, https://www.lamaisonduchocolat.us/en_us/.

JAF Tea
JAF Tea is produced in artisanal small batches with hand picked leaves with a variety of flavors including classic black teas, fruit and spice infused flavored black teas and refreshing green teas. Perfect for tea lovers, order via Amazon or at www.jaftea.com.

Spindrift Pineapple
Spindrift newest sparkling water pineapple flavor is perfect for cocktails or to prepare as is for a refreshing beverage filled with real fruit with no sugar added and gluten free, sold at Ralphs, Trader Joes and other markets, 8 cans for $4.99.

Big Sandy Organics Kracklin’ Kamut Ancient Grain
Big Sandy Organics Kracklin’ Kamut, provides a new protein packed snacking filled with fiber, minerals and antioxidants. Great to add to soups, salads, yogurt or just to snack on. Available in sea salt and churro flavors, $8.50 at www.kracklinkamut.com.

Nature’s Path Organic Oatmeal
Help tackle climate change and provide a delicious morning treat with Nature’s Path Regenerative Organic Certified oatmeal, made using specific methods that capture more carbon in the soil resulting in less heat being trapped in the atmosphere, 8 packets $5.29 available at Ralphs and Whole Foods markets.

Poppi Sparkling Drinks
Improve gut health with Poppi prebiotic refreshing drinks in orange, blueberry, strawberry lemon, mango pineapple, strawberry rose, lime ginger and peach tea, $3 per can on www.amazon.com.

Plume & Petal Vodka
Head to the spa with Plume & Petal, Bacardi Limited’s revitalizing new spa-inspired spirit. This signature collection of spa-inspired elixirs has a delicate infusion of fruit, botanicals, tea and honey with half the alcohol of a standard vodka. Available in Cucumber Splash, Peach Wave and Lemon Drift, $18.99 at www.totalwine.com.

Milargo Silver Tequila
For tequila lovers, Milagro Silver Tequila is bright and clear with crisp fresh agave forward and citrus notes with hints of vanilla and soft spice, $36.99 at www.wine.com.

Hand Picked by Mckenna Farms Delivery
Save a trip to the grocery store with a box of fresh local produce hand-picked by Chef McKenna Lelah of Michelin-starred Dialogue restaurant. Hand Picked by McKenna offers produce boxes in two sizes for delivery each Wednesday and Saturday, at https://www.ordersocialeats.com/handpicked.

El Pollo Loco
El Pollo Loco has lots of dinner take away options to keep out of the kitchen this Mother’s Day including their $20 Familia Dinner with 10 pieces of chicken, 2 large sides and tortillas or their mix and match street tacos that come in a handy six pack, visit https://www.elpolloloco.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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