Restaurants are in full bloom for summer. Here are some of the latest deals and restaurant happenings.
Live & Dine L.A.: Tickets are still available to the 11th annual Live & Dine L.A., a culinary extravaganza that celebrates L.A.’s best chefs and restaurants. For $95 (tickets online), guests can attend a reception with top chefs and enjoy exclusive dishes, drinks and interactive cooking presentations. VIP tickets ($250) include a four-course dinner by Ray Garcia, Michael Voltaggio and Ricardo Zarate in addition to the main tasting on July 21. Proceeds from the VIP dinner will go to Share our Strength, an organization that works to fight world hunger. 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica.
Café del Rey Ice Cream: In honor of National Ice Cream Month, Cafe del Rey is serving sweet and savory ice creams during July. Guests can try three house made ice creams for $6. The options include the usual favorites like strawberry and chocolate, but also corn, bacon, red beet and watermelon. 4451 Admirality Way, Marina del Ray, (310) 823-6395.
“Cioppino for Two”: Sirena has launched a cioppino special on Monday nights from 5:30 to 10 p.m. For $60, couples can enjoy wood oven-baked cioppino, house-made garlic bread and a bottle of rosé. 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 852-7000.
Crossroads’ lunch: Crossroads has opened for lunch! This casual vegan hot spot now serves pasta, soup, pastries and sandwiches Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Customers will also be able to purchase retail items such as jam, pickles and cheese at the counter. 8284 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, (323) 782-9245.
Cooking With Friends: Adam Perry Lang will join Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo for the fourth Cooking With Friends dinner at Animal on Aug. 3. This meat-centric meal is $135 per person and a portion of the proceeds will go to Lang’s chosen charity, the Uncle Frank’s Helping Hand Fund. Wine pairings will be available at an additional cost. 435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, (323) 782-9225.
Delphine summer menu: To highlight seasonal flavors, Delphine Restaurant and Bar is rolling out a new summer menu. With dishes like a melon, serrano ham and watercress salad; fresh lemon fettuccine with local yellow tomatoes, sweet peppers and a white wine butter sauce; organic tomato salad with pickled red onion, spinach, burrata and a basil vinaigrette; and charred Brussels sprouts and lardons. 6250 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, (323) 798-1355.