|Mint juleps for the Derby!|
Chez Soi, the new Manhattan Beach restaurant from Mark Gold and Thierry Perez, has added weekend brunch to their seasonal offerings. On Saturdays and Sundays you'll find dishes like French omelets with English peas, smoked ricotta and pea tendrils, chicken Milanese with fried egg, potatoes, air-dried chorizo and salsa verde, and four-grain porridge with Pink Lady apples and chestnut honey. Check out the goods from 9 AM to 2 PM (451 Manhattan Beach Blvd.; 310-802-1212).
Angel City Brewery makes its official debut this weekend with its inaugural Heritage Music & Arts Fest. There's live music in the parking lot, all the taps flowing with Angel City beers, food trucks like Seoul Sausage and the Peddler's Creamery Ice Cream bike. Festivities kick off with a ribbon-cutting at 11 AM and go until 6 PM (216 S. Alameda St.; 213-622-1261).
Grab your hats, everyone. The 139th Kentucky Derby takes place on Saturday, May 4, and there will be no shortage of mint juleps to sip around town. The usually private Los Angeles Athletic Club opens its doors to the public for the running of the ponies with a party that includes a mint julep, a Southern food buffet, games, live music and a chance to check out the new Marcos Tello/Aidan Demarest-fueled Invention Room lounge ($42 per person). At Seven Grand, the party starts at noon with $9 juleps and big screens for the ponies. At The Churchill, chef Bruce Kalman has Kentucky Hot Browns and other food specials, plus mint and cucumber juleps for $8 until 7 PM. Tom Bergin's has bourbon-pecan pie, drink specials and "pretzels and ponies," a big soft pretzel plus a flight of beer. And from noon to 5 PM, Township Saloon offers Hot Brown turkey sandwiches, blackberry-mint juleps and a best-hat contest.