Halloween deals: Ray's and Stark Bar, Locanda del Lago, Farmshop
Ray's and Stark Bar: Executive chef Kris Morningstar has created a three-course prix fixe menu to celebrate Halloween for $45 per person. There's jack-o’-lantern soup with ricotta toast and sage-pumpkin seed pesto, “Meat and Bones” hanger steak with bone marrow and green pomme puree, and a chocolate and orange mouse with crispy rice tuile for dessert. The restaurant has also created a specialty cocktail, the Apple Jackerac, a twist on the classic Sazerac with the flavors of fall. As a bonus, LACMA will be extending the hours until midnight for the Tim Burton exhibit so diners can peruse the collection after their meal. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 857-6180, www.raysandstarkbar.com
Locanda del Lago: Locanda del Lago is offering an 11% discount on all its Halloween-inspired menu items. To receive the discount, guests must mention the password “Hal-LAGO-ween” to their waiter. Discounted menu items include the pumpkin pie cocktail made with Santa Monica Farmers Market pumpkin puree, Tru organic vanilla vodka, Frangelico, Baileys and cinnamon; roasted bone marrow with crispy saffron-Parmesan risotto cake; house-made ravioli di zucca (pumpkin) with amaretti cookies, sage and brown butter; and more. 231 Arizona Ave. (at the Third Street Promenade), Santa Monica, (310) 451-3525, www.lagosantamonica.com.
Farmshop: The bakery at Farmshop has created a myriad of spooky Halloween cookies to celebrate the holiday. The almond sugar cookies come in all shapes and sizes. You will find a bat, pumpkin or candy corn-shaped cookie for $1 each or a headstone or glazed ghost for $2.25 each. For $3.35, a box of skull and spider vanilla shortbread cookies covered in dark chocolate is available. And a pack of five pumpkin ganache sandwich cookies is $6. 225 26th St., Suite 25, Santa Monica, (310) 566-2400, www.farmshopla.com.
-- Leah Rodrigues
Photo: Farmshop cookies. Credit: Farmshop