Summer events: Poolside brunches, wine tastings and sweet deals
Summer is officially here and what better time to take up wine tasting, indulge in lunch by the pool or take advantage of some sweet discounts? Lucky for us, Los Angeles has a slew of restaurants hosting events and offering specials this summer. Here's a couple listings to enjoy:
Fig & Olive is introducing a new summer apertivo happy hour that kicks off Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m.: happy hour cocktails and wines priced at $8 and a complimentary Mediterranean tasting plate. Beginning next week, this summer promotion will be available Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Mr. C Beverly Hills has teamed up with the Darren Dzienciol’s Bartelier Group for a series of poolside brunches and cocktails at the "Mr. C Yacht Club" located at the Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills. The brunches will start June 24, the one-year anniversary of the hotel. Guests can munch on a classic Italian Cipriani menu of pizzas, pastas and grilled items from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the 4,500-square-foot outdoor pool deck with private cabanas. The hotel's signature Bellinis will be served throughout the day as well as specialty cocktails by Belvedere vodka. You have to be on the list to get in, so advance reservations are required. Continuing with the nautical theme, starting in July, boats will dock on Beverwil Drive, where the hotel is located, including a 27-foot runabout.
Drago Centro is celebrating a new seasonal cocktail list by head bartender Jaymee Mandeville. The restaurant is offering its signature cocktails for $8 on June 27. You can also grab a bite with the all-day happy hour menu with items priced under $10.
The Royce at The Langham Hotel Royce Manager and Director of Wine Eric Espuny will present a series of summer wine tasting classes on July 7 and Sept. 1 at noon. Guests will learn about seasonal wines, specific regions and varietals and tips for ordering and buying wine. The July 7 class ($45 per person) will focus on rosés, Provence and the Sept. 1 class ($500 per person) will focus on the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti vintage 2009. This class and tasting will feature Echezeaux, Grand Echezeaux, Richebourg and La Tache. Advance reservations are required and available beginning July 17.
Napa Valley Grille's monthly winemaker dinner series will feature the St. Helena-based Beckstoffer wines for a five-course wine pairing dinner on June 26 at 6:30 p.m. Beckstoffer winemaker Drew Huffine will guide the tasting and tell guests about the wine making process. Chef Boudreaux will prepare a seasonal summer menu of farro salad, pan seared scallops and more.
Shutters on the Beach has teamed with Coolhaus to offer their sweet treats to beachgoers all summer long. The Coolhaus cart will be parked in front of the hotel selling their desserts and sweet snacks Friday through Sunday. To view additional days and times visit Facebook.com/ShuttersontheBeach and eatcoolhaus.com. The Coolhaus treats will also be available at the Coast Beach Café and Bar at the Shutters hotel.
-- Jenn Harris
Photo: The pool at the Mr. C Beverly Hills, where their summer poolside brunches will take place. Credit: Mr. C Beverly Hills