By Jill Weinlein, 10/25/2012
Pumpkin Products at Monsieur Marcel
Want to buy pumpkin syrup for fall pancakes or to zip up ice-cream? How about pumpkin butter for hot oatmeal or to heat with Brie and serve with apples and crackers? Come into Monsieur Marcel for delectable pumpkin products. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on any pumpkin baked goodie and don’t forget to buy a couple bottles of Maine Root Pumpkin Pie soda. It’s a refreshing and light tasting beverage. 6333 W. Third St. (323)939-7792.
Chocolate Cocktail Party
Cecconi’s invited acclaimed Los Angeles chocolatier Jonathan Grahm from Compartes to join the restaurant for an adult Halloween Chocolate Cocktail party. The spirited affair begins at 7 p.m. on Oct. 31. Diners will savor pre or post dinner treats by sipping Cecconi’s Bar Director Chris Ojeda’s fall cocktails, as well as wine from Cecconi’s Sommelier and General Manager Marino Monferrat. Drinks are paired with five seasonal chocolate truffles. Guests can reserve their space for $25 prior to the date, or purchase the tasting for $30 on Halloween. 8764 Melrose Ave. (310) 432-2000.
Halloween Special at Chipotle
Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering a popular Halloween fundraiser; Boorito. On Oct. 31, come into any Chipotle dressed in a costume, and receive a burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos for only $2 between 4 p.m. and closing. Proceeds from the fundraiser, up to $1 million, will benefit the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation. Participants are invited to enter the Chipotle Costume Contest for a chance to win $2,500 and other prizes. 7660 Sunset Blvd. (323)952-5160, 121 N. La Cienega Blvd. (310)855-0371, and 110 S. Fairfax Ave. (323)857-0608.
Napa Valley Grille
The night before Halloween, you are invited to the first annual October crush event on Oct. 30. Come from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to meet representatives for four California vintners. Sample wines from Sequoia Grove, Domaine Carneros, Spring Mountain and Chateau Montelena. Charcuterie, cheese and hors d’oeuvres are prepared by Chef Taylor Boudreaux. Take a “Guess the Grape” blind wine tasting to win an assortment of prizes. Featured wines are available for purchase at a discounted rate for crush event attendees. The evening takes place on the outdoor patio and is $40 per person. 1100 Glendon Ave. (310)824-3322.
On the last Thursday of each month, the four-star French Chef Alain Giraud will prepare a 7-course dinner based on produce he purchased at the Wed. Farmer’s Market in Santa Monica. Tonight at Maison Giraud there will be an amuse bouche, appetizer, seafood dish, sorbet, meat dish, cheese selection, pre dessert and dessert or mignardises. This farm-to-table dinner is $90 per person. Reservations are a must. 1032 Swarthmore Ave. (310)459-7562.
Celebrate Oktoberfest on Oct. 28 with a blowout beer garden and whole animal roast. Enjoy Oktoberfest beer with a whole pig from Re-Ride farms and Rumkugeln for $40 per person. Eat all the fresh farm food you can eat, while drinking craft beer. Guests will learn how the animal was raised, tips for cooking and beer-pairing ideas. 6290 Sunset Blvd. RSVP to Angie@TenderGreens.com.
Come get a platter of wursts and some rare Austrian brew. Chef/owner Bernhard Mairinger offers a modern interpretation of traditional Austrian fare using ingredients made exclusively for the restaurant and imported from Austria. The BierBeisl Schnapps is a European specialty made from fermenting pure fruits without any added sugar or fragrances. Closed on Wed. and Sun. 9669 Little Santa Monica Blvd. (310)271-7274.
Bite of the Beast Tonight
Locanda del Lago is offering a five-course whole-animal dinner utilizing a variety of cuts and cooking techniques to prepare a Niman Ranch lamb. Seasonal fall produce from California farms is featured on the menu. A lamb leg will be carved tableside with fruit and a mustard seed compote. It’s served with a sweet potato puree. The dinner begins at 7 p.m. and is $42 per person. Unlimited red and white table wine is an extra $18 per person. The restaurant offers over 400 different wines with a focus on Italian and Californian producers. 231 Arizona Ave. (310)451-3525.
Premium Japanese Wagyu is being offered at both the Santa Monica and Sunset Blvd. locations. Wagyu offers a higher percentage of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids than typical beef. 101 Santa Monica Blvd. (310)899-4466 and 8462 W. Sunset Blvd. (310)278-2050.
DELISH teams culinary experts and mixologists for Project Angel Food, a non-profit organization providing 13,000 nutritious meals each week to Angelenos in need. On Oct. 28 at the Siren Studios in Hollywood. Meet the Cotton Candy Girls and Little Black Dress Vodka. Attendees can choose from two levels of participation: the sous chef level is $100 and the chef level is $175. Both enjoy the food and beverages throughout the evening. Participants at the sous chef level can partake in three culinary experiences and receive a colorful tote. The chef level attendees can participate in all of the culinary experiences and will receive a commemorative DELISH designer apron and grocery tote. To purchase tickets, visit www.angelfood.org and click on the DELISH link.