|Lemonade and more this weekend|
We're about half-way through LA Beer Week, which lasts more like two weeks, and there are still plenty of specials to sip everywhere in town. Tonight, go way beyond Peroni or Moretti at the Italian craft beer tasting at Pasadena's Trattoria Neapolis. Get four samples of beer - things like Via Emilia pilsner, Isaac whitbeir-style beer, Pink IPA and Bruton de Bruton - plus a mini margherita pizza for $12 (5:30-7:30 PM). And Downtown, check out The Parish and get $3 off all beers on tap from 5 PM till close. There are a several local beers, including some finds from Eagle Rock Brewer, Ladyface Ale Companie, Strand Brewing and more.
Oysters and Scotch? The maitre ecailler, or "shellfish master," Christophe Happillon says "oui." Tonight at Church & State, taste oysters he shucks on the spot alongside 12-year-old Bowmore Islay Scotch, a single malt that's aged in a vault below sea level at the edge of the ocean. For this reason Happillon says it's a stunning match. Oysters, which Happillon shucks every Tuesday and Thursday at the Downtown spot, are $19 (half dozen) and $36 (dozen), with the pairing for $12 (1850 Industrial St.; 213-405-1434).
Chef Teri Wahl generally features the season's bounty at Auntie Em's Kitchen, but every few months she puts together a special market dinner. Tonight it's all about end-of-summer, beginning-of-fall tomatoes, beans and braises. Dishes include chilled gazpacho with lobster, osso bucco, coq au vin, warm panzanella salad, and plum clafoutis, plus a cheese course. $45 for adults; $10 for kids 12 and under. Seatings are at 6 and 8:30 PM; email email@example.com for reservations (4616 Eagle Rock Blvd.; 323-255-0800).
Fall is officially here, which means cocktail menus will start to change around town. Tonight taste what barman Julian Cox has up his sleeve at Picca's cocktail open house. From 9:30 PM to midnight, taste seasonal drinks that feature boutique spirits, fruit liqueurs and Peruvian produce for only $6. Think: Fresh Huacatay, rocoto puree, mezcal, agave nectar and lemon juice. The kitchen stays open till 11 PM for bites (9575 W. Pico Blvd.; 310-277-0133).
Not that you need any reason to drink beer, but today is National Drink Beer Day. Have at it!
Suzanne Goin, David Lentz and Caroline Styne have invited a few favorite chefs from LA and around the country to cook for you at this year's LA Loves Alex's Lemonade. Taking place at Culver Studios in Culver City, chefs Mark Vetri, Jonathan Waxman, April Bloomfield and Paul Kahan join Michael Voltaggio, Michael Cimarusti, Vinny Dotolo, Mary Sue Milliken and more, plus craft breweries, great mixologists and celebrities (!). It's all for a great cause - to help find better cures and treatments for kids with cancer. Tickets are $175 ($250 for event and after party) and well worth it.
Joining the slew of new brunches around town is Tortilla Republic, which debuts this weekend. The newish West Hollywood post features Mexican-inspired dishes like poached eggs with tomatillo ranchero sauce, bacon and black beans; fried egg and bacon tortas; and even an American spread with two eggs, bone-in ham and potatoes. Wash it down with a prickly pear bellini. Now available Saturdays and Sundays (616 N. Robertson Blvd.; 310-657-9888).