Take in the stunning views at Wolfgang Puck's WP24 Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, and try their new daily happy hour which features a rotating selection of signature small plates (Peking duck roll, mini pork belly bao buns and shrimp and lobster spring roll), plus new summer cocktails like pineapple mojitos, inspired by ingredients sourced from the restaurant's rooftop cocktail garden. Make sure to stop by the new dessert cart for a sweet finish to your night (900 W. Olympic Blvd.; 213-743-8824).
Why go to a regular happy hour when you can go to one that lasts all night? Head to Michael"s from 5 p.m.-close in Santa Monica and enjoy $6 small plates meant to pair with bartender Jason Robey's cocktail menu (also $6 each). The plates include sweetbread poppers, truffle fries, radish salad, burrata on crostini, Jidori "chicken and waffle" wings and more (1147 Third Street; 310-451-0843).
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Get a taste of Loire Valley Wines at this informational tasting event from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at The Wine House. Host Mike Greene D.W.S. and C.W.S. will conduct a tasting that will include iconic wines; Sancerre, Pouilly-Fume, Muscadet, Vouvray, Chinon, Samur-Champigny and a few surprise selections. Chef Todd Barrie from Upstairs 2 will prepare food to pair with the wine and selecting some Loire Valley cheeses. $59. Click here to reserve (2311 Cotner Ave.; 310-479-3731).
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For a night of Mexican-themed music and dining, check out the Mariachi Dinner show at La Fonda. From 7-9 p.m. watch a live mariachi perform while you enjoy the full dinner menu that includes Mexican specialties like queso fundido, camarones borrachos and carne asada. $25 minimum food/drink order per guest (2501 Wilshire Blvd., 213-380-5053).
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Every third Friday of the month, Nick & Stef's Steakhouse hosts a Meat 101 class. This installment is titled "A Well Aged Rib-eye" and attendees will learn the difference between dry-aged and wet-aged cuts of rib-eye steaks. The class takes place from 8-9 p.m. and costs $40 per person (includes beer, wine or whiskey pairings, excludes tax and gratuity). Call to reserve your spot. (330 S. Hope St.; 213-680-0330).
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Join chef Mark Gold (Eva) and Kim Thompson (Seafood for the Future) for an event that mixes a cooking demo with a sustainability lesson at A Sustainable Kitchen: 3.0 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Cafe Surfas in Culver City. Chef Gold will prepare mussels from Carlsbad Aqua Farms and a local fish from the Dory Fleet in Newport Beach, while Thompson discusses which seafood is safe and wholesome to eat (8777 Washington Blvd.; 310-558-1458).
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The Club Culinaire of French Cuisine will hold its annual Picnic des Chefs today from 11:30AM-4:30PM., at Vasa Park in Agoura Hills. L.A.'s top chefs will create authentic dishes from various regions of France paired with wines from over 50 American & French wineries. Chefs will cook up over 700 lbs of meat, poultry and fish, 500 lbs of vegetables, 200 lbs of cheese and 500 baguettes, 50 artisan breads and much more. Over 50 wineries will be pouring their favorite selections. The event is extremely kid-friendly (including a moon bounce paradise, heated swimming pool with a giant waterslide, rock climbing wall, drawing competition and games). Adults can play pétanque (win your weight in wine), soccer, volleyball and badminton. Raffle prizes include two roundtrip tickets to Tahiti or Paris on Air Tahiti Nui, a weekend at The Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel, Porsche knives, gourmet dinners and shopping certificates. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Concern Foundation and the HOPE Program at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Tickets cost $75 for adults (over 21 yrs); $110 special price for 2 tickets; $20 for kids (10-21 yrs) and free for kids under 10. Click here for tickets.
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