3 Events: Sotto aperitivo hour; 'Vanishing of the Bees'; doughnuts at BLD
Movie night: The Hollywood Farmers Market and the Farmer's Kitchen will host a screening of "Vanishing of the Bees" at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood in honor of Food Day, Monday, Oct. 24. The screening will be followed by a Q&A panel with the film's directors and local beekeepers, moderated by Mitch O'Farrell, senior advisor to City Council President Eric Garcetti. The Farmer's Kitchen will prepare dishes served with wine from the Beverly Hills Cheese Shop. There will also be a honey tasting from local beekeepers and live music. Reception, 5:45 to 7 p.m.; screening, 7 to 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $25 at tix.com, keyword: montalban. Proceeds go to benefit SEE-LA's nonprofit activities supporting fresh food access and nutrition education in under-served communities throughout Los Angeles. Ricardo Montalban Theater, 1516 N. Vine St., Hollywood.
Before- and after-dinner drinks: On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Sotto launches its aperitivo and digestivo hours featuring $9 cocktails. Aperitivo cocktails include the Sazerac Rusticum (wild-fennel-infused Aperol, grappa and herb-infused vermouth with a Sambuca rinse) and Rome with a View (Campari, dry vermouth, fresh lime and soda). Digestivo cocktails include Il Cattivo (Holland gin, Italian vermouth, Branca Menta and lemon peel). Bar snacks start at $3: ceci fritti (fried chickpeas), seasonal crostini, fried calamari, lupini beans sott'aceto and arrosticini. Aperitivo hour is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays). Digestivo hour is 9 to 10 p.m. 9575 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 277-0210, www.sottorestaurant.com.
Books-n-dougnuts: BLD pastry chef Mariah Swan offers her famous doughnuts and milkshakes on Wednesday evening starting at 5 p.m. at a book signing for "Made in America: Our Best Chefs Reinvent Comfort Food" by Lucy Lean. 7450 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 930-9744, www.bldrestaurant.com.
-- Betty Hallock
Photo: An image from "Vanishing of the Bees." Credit: George Langworthy/True Mind/Entertainment One