By Jill Weinlein, 11/21/2012
Help During Thanksgiving
Give back to the community with a special pop-up Auntie Em’s Kitchen soup kitchen in downtown Los Angeles on Fri. Nov. 23. If you want to help give out Auntie Em’s chili, fresh baked bread, coffee and their famous cupcakes, email Chef and owner Terri Wahl email@example.com. She is also looking for blanket donations to be handed out that day. 4616 Eagle Rock Rd. (323)255-0800.
A family-style Thanksgiving dinner includes BN Ranch free-range organic turkey, black truffle mashed potatoes, butternut squash tortelli, honey roasted heirloom carrots and all the trimmings. Desserts are pumpkin pie, pecan tart or spiced cardamom gelato with crème fraiche. Adults $50 and $25 for children under 12. 8764 Melrose Ave. (310)432-2000.
Thanksgiving lunch or dinner is served from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Start with a pumpkin soup with spiced marshmallows, pepitas and mitake mushrooms. The stripe bass is in a spiced lemon verbena quince broth. Choose between pumpkin pie or bread pudding. This special dinner is $55 for adults and $19.95 for children under 12. 700 W. Fifth St. (213)239-6500.
Napa Valley Grille
This popular Westwood area restaurant is offering an artisanal, all-day Thanksgiving menu. Executive Chef Taylor Boudreaux is offering a sustainable holiday three-course feast for $59. An all-natural organic, free-range Deistel turkey will be served with either an autumn squash bisque or harvest salad. Or choose from pan seared salmon, natural pork osso buco or roasted squash risotto. Dessert is butterscotch bread pudding or mini pumpkin pie. Produce boxes are available for guests at $50 to purchase and take home. Each basket includes herb bundles, winter squash, persimmons, pomegranates, rainbow carrots, and apples. Meals are served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1100 Glendon Ave. (310)824-3322.
Select a three or four course lunch or dinner menu that includes lobster veloute with paysanne and Armagnac crostini, butternut squash risotto and rabbit ballotine. Other choices are roasted Alaskan halibut and apple cinnamon bread pudding. A children’s three-course menu is available. Doors open at 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Four course is $65 and 3 course is $49 per adult. Children under 12 are $22. 141 S. Grand Ave. (213)972-3331.
Take a drive to La Canada to enjoy lunch at the Gardens. Two seatings are 12 p.m. or 2 p.m. They are serving gingered butternut squash soup, hand-carved herb roasted turkey with garlic pan gravy and mini Thanksgiving petit fours. Members may enjoy this feast for $45. Non-members pay $53 per person. Children under 12 the meal is $19. 1418 Descanso Dr. (818)790-3663.
Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse
A three-course Thanksgiving meal is served from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. with butternut squash soup with toasted seeds and chive crème. Hand carved turkey with brioche and chestnut stuffing, cranberry-quince relish and pumpkin pie with gingerbread gelato are some of the dishes featured. The three-course meal is $44 for adults. Children under-12 pay $19.95. 330 S. Hope St. (213)680-0330.
Four Seasons at Beverly Hills
Chef Ashley James is preparing an elegant Thanksgiving brunch for $95 per adult and $47 for children. Doors open at 10 a.m. and service continues until 11 p.m. Guests will enjoy the eggs Benedict and farmers market stations. There is a housemade mozzarella and salad station. Sushi, dim sum and flavors from the sea offer a twist to tradtional Thanksgiving dishes. There will also be an assortment of child-friendly dishes at the Children’s buffet. Finish with a visit to the pie factory. 300 S. Doheny Dr. (310)860-4000.
Circa 55 is serving a Thanksgiving buffet in a retro-chic ambiance overlooking the famed Aqua Star pool from noon to 7 p.m. Some of the stations include Cinnamon spiced hot cider with fruit, salad and assorted cold selections. There is a sushi and dim sum station, soup, Thanksgiving feast station and a carving board near the dessert creations. Adults are $75, Seniors are $65 and $25 for children 3 to 11 years old. 9876 Wilshire Blvd. (310)274-7777.
Chef Robert Luna from Malo and Mas Malo is preparing sweet tamales for the holidays. Enjoy them in one of his restaurants or take them home for your holiday parties. Try a squash blossom with Jack cheese tamales. It’s served with organic black beans and coleslaw. The turkey mole tamales come with potato salad and Mexican wedding rice pork in red chile. Specialty tamales are available until Dec. 31. 4326 Sunset Blvd. (323)664-1011 or 515 W. 7th St. (213)985-4332.
U Mini Opens
Umami Burger has a new, fast-casual creation that opened in Westwood Village. The focus is on smaller burgers at lower prices. Burgers are under $6. Shakes and fries are also served. Stay tuned for additional U Mini restaurants opening. Parking is available in a 2-hour free parking lot of Broxton and Weyburn Ave. 1131 Westwood Ave.
Brunch is served every Sat. and Sun. starting at 10 a.m. with new Fall items. Try the prosciutto and farm egg pizza with mozzarella, gruyere and pecorino. There are breakfast tartines on house-made bread and a delicious baked bread pudding with rum raisins, orange caramel and crème fraiche. 200 Main St. (310)396-9250.
Support Sandy Relief
Sprinkles famous red velvet cupcakes adorned with red crosses were sold on Nov. 11, 2012 with 100% of the proceeds to go to the Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy Relief fund. During that one-day event, $10,000 was raised. Sprinkles salty caramel cupcakes are a terrific Thanksgiving dessert. 9635 S. Santa Monica Blvd. (310)274-8765.