Kyushu and Okinawa Festival: Mitsuwa, the largest Japanese supermarket in the U.S., will be hosting a Japanese food fair from July 18 to 21 during store hours at its Torrance and Costa Mesa locations. Tokyo ramen shop Tanaka Shoten returns with its Hakata/Nagahama ramen, and other regional specialties will include dorayaki pastry with Amao strawberry pudding and caramel sauce from Kikuya, Hiranoya mackerel sushi, Kumajun's ikinari dango sweet potato pastry. 21515 S. Western Ave., Torrance, (310) 782-0335. 665 Paularino Ave., Costa Mesa, (714) 557-6699.
Thursday Mac 'N' Cheese: Each Thursday night until Aug. 29, the Hudson will be serving specialty macaroni and cheese dishes for $11 each. In addition to its usual with smoked jalapeño, Parmesan bread crumbs, shallots and garlic, these new selections will include ingredients such as braised short ribs, chorizo, blistered grape tomatoes, charred broccolini and wild mushrooms. 1114 N. Crescent Heights Blvd., West Hollywood, (323) 654-6686.
Chaya's 30th birthday: On July 28 from 5 to 10 p.m., Chaya Beverly Hills will be celebrating its 30th birthday. The party includes food from chef Shigefumi Tachibe, specialty "Dirty Thirty" drinks, performances by the Gumbo Brothers, Crown City Bombers, DJ Eric Sharp, fire dancers, a magician, traditional Taiko drummers, a tarot card reader and traditional Japanese games. Tickets are $55 pre-sale or $65 at the door, and proceeds will go to benefit Share Our Strength's mission against child hunger. 8741 Alden Drive, Los Angeles, (310) 859-8833.
Fleming's BYOB: All Fleming's in the Los Angeles area will waive their usual $20 corkage fee this summer. From now until Aug. 31, bring your own bottle and receive complimentary corkage. Their wine lists also will still be available if you want to leave your bottles at home. 252 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 278-8710. 2301 Rosecrans Ave., El Segundo, (310) 643-6911. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 745-9911. 6373 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, (818) 346-1005.
Mom at Nic's: On July 23, Larry Nicola’s 93-year-old mother is coming out of retirement for one night to host at Nic's Beverly Hills for Dine LA week. Call to reserve a table for July 23 between 6 and 10 p.m. and receive a 20% discount for mentioning this special lady. 453 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 550-5707.
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