There’s so much going on this week! Our roommate just got her second vax, Ted Lasso continues to get better and better, and for no reason at all, our mom called us the other day and told us she was really proud of us. Felt great. Oh, but you’re not here for that, are you? You want LA restaurant news. Good thing there’s no shortage of that, either. Here’s everything you should be doing and eating this weekend in the City of Angels.
One of our new favorite pop-ups, Naemo, is back with a brand-new menu. This time, they’ve collaborated with chef Kyungbin Min of Hanchic to put their spin on the gujeolpan, a traditional Korean meal that includes nine sectional plates, and dates back to the 15th century. Dishes will include seasoned eggs rolled with perilla leaves, stewed boneless prime rib eye, and spring chaeso - a seasonal radicchio salad tossed in plum vinaigrette. Each box costs $95 and serves two people. Pick-ups are held April 20th - 23rd and 27th – 30th, and re-orders can be placed through Tock.
Over in Culver City, Vespertine has teamed up with one of NYC’s finest fine dining restaurants, Eleven Madison Park, to create a limited-run takeout meal. The set menu features staples from both restaurants, including beets with ricotta and strawberry, truffle-stuffed green circle chicken, and a rhubarb tart. Each set costs $115, and can be ordered through Tock starting Friday, April 23rd. Pick-ups will be held on the 23rd and 24th at the Hayden Avenue location.
Eagle Rock Brewery
Eagle Rock Brewery has just launched a new pop-up series called “Welcome To Our World,” a six-week event where a portion of the proceeds will go towards Stop AAPI Hate. Every Sunday from 12pm-5pm, they’ll be featuring a different Asian dish made by someone from LA’s rich community of local AAPI businesses, chefs, and cooks, paired with a mixed four-pack of beer curated for the evening. Next up on the roster is pad thai krapao, made by Chalalai Wever of the Catered and Co. collective, which will be available for takeout and dine-in on Eagle Rock Brewery’s outdoor beer garden.
As you probably know by now, the 93rd Academy Awards is coming up this Sunday - and while we’ve offered plenty of individual movie + restaurant pairings, Akasha has taken things one step further, and has created a special Oscars Weekend Menu. They’re mixing cocktails like “The Black Messiah,” made with espresso, cassis, and herbal liquor, and will be offering a full menu of appetizers, snacks, comfort meals, and desserts, perfect for sitting at home and praying to a higher power that Mank doesn’t win everything (or anything?). Pick-ups will be held on Saturday and Sunday at their Culver City location, and orders can be placed through Tock
Hotville Chicken, in addition to Angelini Osteria, Dulan’s on Crenshaw, Golden Rice Co., Redbird, and more will be partnering with LA Family Housing for their virtual Home Together event on Thursday, April 29. Each restaurant will be offering a custom three-course meal, and every set bought will include a donation to LAFH to support the work to end homelessness. The deadline to order is Sunday, April 25th, click here for more information.
This Friday (April 23rd) from 11am-2pm, the Venice bistro will be hosting a pizza and natural wine pop-up with Lupa Cotta. Expect garlic knots, clam pizzas, and snacks inspired by the streets of Naples (think folded half pizzas filled with seasonal produce and red sauce). Pre-orders can be placed here.
Jon & Vinny's
OK, maybe this one was a little misleading - because here, we’re talking about the literal J&V, not their iconic pasta empire. As reported by The LA Times, owners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo are heading to SoFi Stadium, where they will act as “culinary consultants” (who knew that was a job?) to help with the menu development and product sourcing for the 3.1 million square foot complex.
The West Hollywood pizzeria is now offering 30% off all bottles made by female winemakers every Wednesday night. In an Instagram post, Ronan explained how this is a way for them to “give a little nudge to give these brilliant women some extra exposure so that their hard work can shine.”