If you’re searching for an excuse to get out of your apartment this week, you don’t have to look too far. Temperatures are sitting comfortably in the 80s, bars and restaurants across the city continue to reopen, and there have never been more exciting things to eat and drink in Los Angeles. So take a break from your marathon of Oscars movies Mank will still be there when you get back, we promise), and check out these 8 new pop-ups, collaborations, and more.
In light of the repeated racist and violent atrocities committed against Asian Americans happening in LA and across the nation, non-profit community group Gather for Good has organized a delicious new fundraiser. On Saturday, April 17th, they’ll be teaming up with LA chefs, restaurant owners, farmers, and purveyors to raise money for Asian Americans Advancing Justice LA, and Brady United, a program aimed at ending America’s gun violence epidemic. Participating restaurants include All Day Baby, All Time, Brandoni Pepperoni, Gigi’s, Gjusta, Hail Mary Pizza, Hotville Chicken, Providence, Republique, Rossoblu, Ronan, and many, many more.
Their last event, Pies for Justice, was a collaboration with over 50 of LA’s best bakers in support of Black Lives Matter LA and The Gathering For Justice, and was sold-out within minutes. Details on how to order coming soon, check their website for all the latest information.
Former Auburn pastry chef, Dyan Ng, is now selling freshly baked croissants and at-home kits in flavors like burnt cinnamon and hazelnut milk chocolate. The upscale prix-fixe restaurant in Hollywood closed permanently this past April, only months after they had launched their new brunch service. You can find all of Dylan’s pastries at her new pop-up, Sui, pick-ups are held in Lincoln Park. Click here to place an order.
One of our favorite Downtown taco spots, Sonoratown, has partnered up with La Morra Pizzeria to create a special collaboration pizza. The pre-made frozen pie comes smothered in a smoky tomato sauce and topped with charred cebollitas, chilepín, Monterey Jack cheese, and Sonora-style chorizo from Chori Man, and is available for either delivery or pick-up at La Morra’s takeout window just East of Crescent Heights.
The innovative delivery service/pop-up event, Mama’s Drive-By Kitchen is back with another restaurant collaboration. This time, they’re partnering with the Little Tokyo community to create a special meal including dishes from Azay, Fugetsu-Do, and Kouraku. They’ve also partnered with the Little Tokyo Service Center and 88Rising to continue their Meal Matching Program, which means that for every meal ordered, a second one will be donated to a senior living in Little Tokyo. Orders can be placed through their website.
In honor of Disabilities Awareness month, the Beverly Hills steakhouse has pledged to support AbilityFirst, a non-profit that provides programs and services to help children and adults with disabilities reach their full potential. For the month of April, Lawry’s is offering $25-worth of VIP Bonus Awards for every $10 donated to AbilityFirst, with a maximum of five donations. Click here for more details.
Some Merch Before You Go
South LA Cafe just released a limited-edition #SouthCentral shirt featuring Old English lettering. In addition to a short sleeve, they’re also offering long-sleeve and hoodie versions, DM their Instagram to order.
Good Luck Wine Shop
The natural wine and gift shop in Pasadena also dropped some hot new merch this week. It’s a simple black t-shirt that reads “Anti Wine Wine Club” on the back - and if this is a real club, can we please join?