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Midnight happy hour at Cache; monthly winemaker socials at Cafe Pierre; lunch to go at the Farmer's Kitchen

April 26, 2010 |  6:00 am


Midnight in the garden of happy hour: It's midnight in Santa Monica and you're looking for $4 beers and $7 cocktails. It turns out there is such a thing. Cache restaurant now offers midnight happy hour with $7 signature cocktails and chef Josiah Citrin's snacks-in-a-Mason-jar. Cocktails include: Garden Lemonade with thyme-infused vodka, rosemary and sage; the Kiwi Reve with vodka, St. Germain, kiwi, thyme (again! so French) and Bugey-Cerdon wine; and the Black Crowe with tequila, Cointreau, blackberries and lime. Well drinks and select wines by the glass are also $7, and beers are $4. Mason jar snacks -- eggplant tapenade, olives, duck confit, foie gras parfait -- are $3 to $8. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, midnight to 1:30 a.m. 3110 Main St., Santa Monica, (310) 399-4800.

Farmers market lunch: Lunching near the corner of Hollywood and Vine? The Farmer's Kitchen, a project of the nonprofit group that runs the Hollywood Farmers' Market, is now open for grab-and-go lunches from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. (It's open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays for breakfast and lunch during the Hollywood Farmers' Market.) The spring take-out lunch menu includes sandwiches such as organic roasted chicken and roasted market vegetable; salads such as baby spinach and strawberries; fruit salad; crudites; and fruits by the piece. 1555 N. Vine St., Hollywood, (323) 467-7600.

Kunin Wines at Cafe Pierre: Café Pierre in Manhattan Beach kicks off its monthly winemaker socials on Thursday, May 6, with Seth Kunin of Kunin Wines. Winemaker socials take place on the first Thursday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m.  Owner Guy Gabriele invites winemakers to showcase their wines at these casual tastings, and chef Remi Lauvand serves appetizers to complement the wines. Next month's featured wines include: 2007 Stolpman Viognier; 2007 Pape Star Rhone Blend; 2007 Paso Robles "Westside" Zinfandel; and 2007 Santa Barbara County Syrah. Reservations recommended but not required. $20 per person. 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, (310) 545-5252.
-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Cache restaurant by Gina Ferrazzi / Los Angeles Times.