Culinary news and events for May


Shaena Engle brings food and event news to the Greater Los Angeles area from new musicals, plays, events, Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day celebrations.


Cinco de Mayo celebrations

Fiesta Cantina WeHo
The party starts at 10 p.m. Tequila and tocos and mega drink specials. Live DJ.

WeHo Beaches
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with margaritas and tacos. The party starts with happy hour at 4 p.m. and lasts all night with DJ Liv and host Melissa Befierce.

El Torito and Acapulco offer tacos and drink specials
El Torito and Acapulco restaurants will offer fun margaritas, beer and shots as well as $3 tacos with steak, chicken or carnitas on May 5.

Cointreau and Uber Eats Pair for Margarita Mobiles and Cocktail Kits
Orange liqueur brand Cointreau and Uber Eats joined forces for Cinco de Mayo celebrations, including a Margarita Mobile, located at The Row LA, 777 S. Alameda Street from 2-7 p.m., May 5, where customers can enjoy a Cointreau Margarita. Margarita lovers can also order a Margarita Cocktail Kit through Uber Eats starting May 2, $45.

El Carmen celebrates Cindo de Mayo and 25and Anniversary
Historic LA Tequila Bar & Taqueria El Carmen turns 25 on May 6 and will host a special night with DJs and mariachi bands. On May 5, starting at 4 p.m., they will be offering specialty cocktails, margaritas and shots, from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Special Cinco de Mayo cocktails at Bar Lis and Desert 5 Spot
Desert 5 Spot will offer a free 3-hour open bar in partnership with Avion Cristalino tequila starting at 8:00 p.m. and old-fashioned specialties and maragaritas. Downtown Hotel Thompson’s Lis Bar will serve two limited-edition cocktails in collaboration with Tres Generaciones.

El Pollo Loco and Tapatio offer a limited edition hot sauce
El Pollo Loco and Tapatio have teamed up for a limited edition hot sauce. El Pollo Loco will also be offering Cinco de Mayo specials at its restaurants.

Launch of Thomas Ashbourne Craft Spirits, a famous brand of pre-made cocktails
Thomas Ashbourne Craft Spirtis, a new brand of pre-made celebrity cocktails, has launched with an elite team of celebrity founding partners. Sarah Jessica Parker, John Cena and other celebrities have created their own classic cocktails, priced at $15.99 from liquor stores and supermarkets.

Tootsie now plays on Dolby
Tootsie, the musical adaptation of the hit film, is currently playing at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Ticket information at

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Now at Geffen Playhouse
Catch Calista Flockhart, Aimee Carrero, Graham Phillips and Zachary Quinto in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf currently playing at the Geffen Playhouse through May 22, tickets at

Ella Beverly Hills starts the weekend brunch
Ella from Beverly Hills kicked off her Saturday and Sunday brunch with new versions of brunch classics and live music.

Black Tap Deals May Star Wars Specials
Black Tap Anaheim offers a classic light and dark shake representing both sides of the Star Wars force, an electric blue vanilla shake and a wild cherry shake, in May. They also offer a special coconut macaroon shake and a Thai coconut curry chicken burger.

Northridge Eats launches into the San Fernando Valley
DMI Real Estate Group launched Northridge Eats, bringing together a variety of Asian flavors under one roof. Open for lunch and dinner, the new restaurant houses five restaurants including Maxwell Chicken Rice, Kotsu Ramen and Gyoza, Akafuji Northridge and Mee Dee Thai Kitchen. Located at 9346 Corbin Avenue in Northridge.

Alma Cocina de Mexico opens at The Grove
Providing authentic and flavorful Mexican cuisine, Alma Cocina de Mexico opens at The Grove on May 5th. The ground floor taqueria and cocktail bar will open first with a gourmet restaurant on the second floor later this month.

Veggie Grill launches new Japanese Katsu-style sliders
Starting May 4, Veggie Grill will launch new Japanese Katsu-style sliders for a limited time, featuring IMPOSSIBLE meat patties.

New A-Sha Noodle Bar Food Truck
A-Sha Noodles now has a new A-Sha Noodle Bar food truck popping up all over Los Angeles in May to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Month. Look for it May 7 at 1st Valley Asian Cultural Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Row DTLA and May 22 in Smorgasburg LA from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Row DTLA.

Peninsula Hotel Launches New Wellness Program and Pop Up Sushi Nokazawa
The Peninsula Hotels offers a new, next-generation program, “Life Lived Best”, which enhances physical, mental and nutritional well-being with amenities available anytime and at the touch of a button. The program allows clients to select goals, such as increased strength, increased energy, jet lag relief and mindful rest and includes herbal menus, sleep programming, wellness portal and a concierge as well as local wellness experiences at each of the 10 properties, including the Beverly Hills location. Additionally, the resort is hosting a NYC Sushi Nakazawa pop-up from May 12 through June 11, Monday through Saturday at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on the Belvedere Terrace.

New spa treatments at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills
The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills offers new spa treatments including Garden Zen Body Regeneration Treatment, Seaweed Body Detox Treatment, Body Toning and Firming Treatment, MBR Gentleman Facial and an MBR Liquid Surgery facial.

Community Coffee Launches Grab and Go Iced Latte Options
Community Coffee has two new iced lattes to go, Mocha White Chocolate and Vanilla Waffle Cone, both available at Walmart and Amazon.

Breadblok Announces New Bestseller Pack
Breadblok, the famous gluten-free bakery, has released a Breadblok Best Sellers set that includes cookies, bread, crackers and granola for $98.50, at

Corner Bakery offers new spring dishes
Corner Bakery is offering new limited-time items, including hazelnut cold brew coffee, pancakes topped with blueberries, a variety of croissants, Wild Berry Trio Lemonades, and their Chicken Rosa Pasta.

Hyatt Place/Hyatt House LAX offers new YogaWorks classes

Hyatt Place/Hyatt House LAX has partnered with YogaWorks to offer free weekend yoga classes on the lawn for guests and locals. Customers can then head to their ShoresLAX restaurant for a free mimosa.

Mother’s Day celebrations

Danny Trejo at Trejo’s Santa Monica
Danny Trejo will be handing out flowers to moms at his Trejo’s Tacos Santa Monica during their special Mother’s Day brunch on May 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mother’s Day brunch menus available May 6-8and.

Burke Williams Gift Card Packages
Burke Williams is offering special Mother’s Day gift card packages, including their relaxing release with a 50-minute Pure Relaxation massage or spa-style facial, spa manicure and three-day pass for the spa, $170; Wellness awakening with an 80-minute Burke Williams Experience massage, spa bath, spa manicure and 3-day spa pass, $280 and their healing journey with rejuvenating anti-aging facial, spa bath , a spa pedicure and a three-day spa pass, $385.

Buffet-style brunch at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles
On May 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills will offer a full buffet brunch with carving station, children’s buffet, and candy and drink specials, $159, book at 310.273.2222 .

Mother’s Day Brunch at Viceroy Santa Monica’s Sugar Palm
Take Mom to the beautiful Sugar Palm at the Viceroy Santa Monica for an alfresco brunch from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Mother’s Day with a special family-style menu with plates to share.

Mother’s Day Botanical Brunch at Loews Santa Monica
The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is offering a Mother’s Day Botanical Brunch at its Blue Streak Restaurant, featuring Botanical Cocktails from Ketel One, complimentary flower bouquets and live music, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., $119.

Cheesecake Factory and Grand Lux ​​Café offer bonus gift cards
The Cheesecake Factory and Grand Lux ​​Café are offering a free $10 gift card when a $50 gift card is purchased through May 8. The free bonus card is redeemable from May 9 to June 9.

BJ’s is giving moms a free glass of wine
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse will be giving all moms dining May 7-8 a free stemless glass of wine with a Happy Mother’s Day logo. They also offer a $10 bonus card with every $50 e-gift card.

Shutters on the Beach Staycation
Treat mom to a stay at Shutters on the Beach with their Beachside Bliss Picnic Package and alfresco dining with Mother’s Day Brunch at 1 Pico.


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