By Jill Weinlein, 3/29/2012
“Brew” Jam Café
Chef/Owner Kamil Majer of the Blu Jam Café is creating a five-course tasting menu on April 3, to accompany beer expert Larry James, of the Belgian Brewer’s Guild in Brussels. This special evening is $49 per person and will feature an arugula salad with a Celis White beer. Majer’s pan roasted cauliflower soup is complemented with a Staropramen. A grilled barramundi will be served with an Affigem blonde brew and baby back ribs will be paired with a Uinta Hopnotch IPA. Finish with a crunchy ice-cream sandwich with Wells banana bread. 7371 Melrose Ave. (323)951-9191.
Spring into Sushi Roku Hollywood
A new Happy Hour menu offers diners a chance to drink and eat while never spending more than $6 an item. A wide selection of beer, sake, wine and cocktails are $5. Pair a libation with edamame hummus for $3. Add crispy chicken with cilantro aioli for $4 or an albacore salsa sushi roll for $5. Happy Hour is all night Sun. and Mon; 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tues.-Fri. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sat. 8445 W. Third St. (323)655-6767.
Short Cake’s New Menu
Executive Chef Christina Page from Short Order collaborated with Walter Manzke and celebrity chef Nancy Silverton to create open-face toasts, salads, croissant sandwiches and savory baked-goods at Short Cake. Short Cake’s head baker, Hourie Sahakian is working on new gluten-free items that will be introduced soon. At the Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St. Stall # 316, (323)761-7976.
What’s New at Roy’s
Chef Blaine Villasin has launched his Spring prix fixe three-course menu priced at $36.95 per person. Guests can choose from three appetizers including a pea salad with crispy pork, seared smoked salmon and Kalua pork dim sum. Entrée choices consist of Asian pesto grilled chicken breast; pan seared trout or Hanger steak with frites. For dessert, guests may have the PB & J or Roy’s melting hot chocolate soufflé. 800 S. Figueroa St. (213)488-4994.
Public Kitchen & Bar
Starting tonight, Thursdays at Public will feature a special assortment of savory charcuterie and artisanal cheeses in addition to the regular menu. Charcuterie is $12 for one selection, $17 for three and $23 for five items. There will also be a chef’s hand-picked tasting board with a combination of meats and cheeses for $35. Featured wine, beer, whiskey and aged rum are offered at $7 to $13. Dinner is 5:30 p.m. to midnight. Parking at the Hollywood Roosevelt is $6 valet with validation. 7000 Hollywood Blvd. (323)769-8888.
Rock Star Opens Restaurant
Gene Simmons is launching a new dining and entertainment venture in El Segundo. Rock & Brews opens on April 3. Tickets are available for an opening party with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the non-profit organization, Wounded Warrior Project. Simmons will be at the backstage beer garden with his partners at 6 p.m. to welcome guests with two drinks and appetizers. 143 Main Street. To purchase a ticket, go to www.rockbrews.com
Take and Bake
Chef Brittainy Turnquist at the Farmshop Artisan Market at the Brentwood Country Mart is making chocolate chip, chocolaty chunk, peanut butter and oatmeal & cranberry cookie dough. The dough makes 6 large or 12 average-sized cookies for $10. Bakery signature croissants come in packs of 4 for $9.50. 225 26th St. (310)566-2400.
City Tavern Celebrates 1 Year
On April 3 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., City Tavern will serve a champagne with cherry bitters for $9 along with a Tavern sampler board with shrimp and grit poppers, house pickled veggies, mini pimento cheese, pulled pork one bites and grilled vegetable roulades with smoked salt. After 10 p.m. they will offer a selection of craft cocktails under $10. A portion of the proceeds from the festive evening will go to the Culver City Historical Society. 9739 Culver Blvd. (310)838-9739.
Tar & Roses
There is a new restaurant in Santa Monica serving rustic cuisine and wood fired fare. The menu is divided into four categories: snacks, veggies, small dishes and large entrées. They just opened patio dining that seats 22 additional guests. Open for dinner Tues. through Sun. from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 602 Santa Monica Blvd. (310)587-0700.