Los Angeles

Weekend roundup

March 11-14

Events

Taste of Universal

Opens March 12. For all the foodies out there, grab your tickets to get a taste of Universal Studios Hollywood’s all-new separately ticketed, limited-time event of outdoor dining (and shopping) throughout the Upper Lot. Savor food from restaurants in some of your favorite lands such as Springfield, U.S.A., The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hollywood and Dine, and the all-new Minion Cafe. Tickets include five menu items (three for kids), and additional items are available a la carte for a separate price. Open Fridays to Sundays from noon to 7 p.m. $44-$54 adults, $25 children ages 3-9. 100 Universal City Plaza, L.A., 866.258.6546. universalstudioshollywood.com

Panettone and Braided Easter Breads Class

March 13-14. Grab a spatula and get whisked away on a culinary journey with one of SoCal’s best cooking schools, The Gourmandise School. During this virtual two-day class, at-home bakers will learn and master a classic Italian panettone and speckled-egg Easter breads. Registered guests can pick up the sourdough starter kit (no later than 24 hours before class) from the school’s location at Santa Monica Place. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $125. 395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 323, Santa Monica, 310.656.8800. cookingschoolsofamerica.com

Texino’s Spring Forward Market 

March 13. Shop and support small businesses this Saturday at L.A.’s luxury camper van company Texino’s Spring Forward Market. Attendees can purchase goods ranging from fresh flowers and baked goods to vintage clothing and wine. There will also be a live DJ spinning tunes to liven up your shopping experience. The lineup of vendors include She Baked Me (pictured), Canyon Coffee, La Morra Pizza, Earth Shoppe, Lolo Wine Bar and more. Masks required at all times; there will be temperature checks upon entry. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 3021 Rowena Ave., L.A. More Info

Food + Drink

Yakumi

Opens March 11. Calling all sushi lovers! There’s a new premium fast-casual sushi concept, from the masterminds behind Sushi Roku and Katana, opening in Burbank with takeout and delivery, followed by onsite dining starting on March 13. Yakumi will debut as the first of its kind with an upscale approach to counter service featuring a menu hyper focused on high-quality ingredients, the freshest fish and easy-to-order combination boxes. Su-Th 5-9 p.m., F-Sa 5-10 p.m. 3919 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank. yakumi.com

Sant’olina at the Beverly Hilton

Opens March 12. Spice up your date nights with a dinner and 360-degree views of L.A. at the h.wood Group’s newest concept Sant’olina. Located on the rooftop of the historic Beverly Hilton, the pop-up restaurant offers vegetable-forward Mediterranean cuisine that will transport diners from the heart of the city to a seaside escape—thanks to the culinary team led by chefs Michael Teich, David Johns and Slab Barbecue’s Burt Bakman. To make a reservation, email reservations@santolinabh.com. Open nightly for dinner starting at 5 p.m. and for weekend brunch starting at noon. 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. santolinabh.com

L.A. Food Pop-Up Renaissance Series: Yellow Paper Burger

March 13. In case you didn’t know, the Culver City shopping center Platform is bringing together a group of its favorites eateries every Saturday in its back patio in an effort to highlight a new crop of L.A. culinary talents reshaping the food scene. This week’s spotlight goes to Yellow Paper Burger offering classic SoCal-style burgers from restaurant veterans Colin Fahrner and Katie Reid Burnett. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Downtown Women’s Center. Face masks required. Noon-3 p.m. 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City. platformlosangeles.com

Pi Day at the Original Farmers Market

March 14. Get a little slice of heaven on Sunday from a few of the Original Farmers Market’s eateries in celebration of Pi Day. For the entire day, Du-Par’s Pie Shop is offering its iconic freshly baked pies (pictured) in classic fruit flavors or decadent options at the special price of $3.14 per slice and $13.14 per pie. Want to take your Pi Day even further? Pick up one of Du-Par’s succulent chicken pot pies while you’re there; or swing by L.A.’s first pizza pie shop, Patsy D’Amore’s Pizza, or pop into Blaze Pizza or Deano’s Gourmet Pizza for an Italian Pi Day feast. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211. farmersmarketla.com

Gracias Madre’s Japanese Highball Program

Now Available. Gracias Madre is mixing things up with a new Japanese El Tesoro Highball Program, curated by beverage director Maxwell Reis. This program will feature three new mezcal and three new tequila spirits every month, along with custom aromatic garnishes for each. For the month of March, Gracias Madre is featuring Jalisco Highballs (tequila), Single Village Highballs (mezcal), and El Tesoro Blanco Highballs (mezcal). 8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.978.2170. graciasmadre.co

Arts + Culture

The Evolution of A Woman

Opens March 13. In honor of Women’s History Month, artist Laurie Shapiro and founder of Performative Pop-Ups, Olivia Mia Orozco, present all-female group show in Shapiro’s new studio gallery at the Lacy Studio Lofts. Featured artists in this exhibit include Ibuki Kuramochi, Annie Wood (artwork pictured), Alexandra Carter, Ilaria De Plano, Lauren Jenkins, Alexandra Wiesenfeld and Mary Margaret Groves. This exhibit will be on view through April 11. See website to schedule private viewings. 2684 Lacy St., L.A. laurieshapiroart.com

Colburn School’s “Next Up”: Eclectic Classical

March 13. Experience classical music like never before during this week’s performance of the “Next Up” concert series. To help break the mold of what is commonly seen as the stereotypical “classical music,” brass chamber duo The Two Gabagools (pictured) present original arrangements and compositions, covering a wide range of musical styles with the help of Colburn alumni. Special guests include violinist Kevin Lin, cellist Austin Huntington, trumpeter Hayato Tanaka and drummer Anthony Taddeo. 7 p.m. Free with registration. colburnschool.edu

Hershey Felder, Puccini – Live from Florence

March 14-21. Actor/musician extraordinaire Hershey Felder stars in Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts’s streaming production of Puccini. This story centers on a young musician who is smitten with the world of opera—namely legendary composer Giacomo Puccini’s Madama ButterflyLa bohème and Tosca—and finally gets to meet his idol. Filmed and performed in the city of Lucca, Italy (Puccini’s birth place), the show features several opera luminaries including tenor Charles Castronovo, soprano Gianna Corbisiero and baritone Nathan Gunn (all pictured); plus soprano Ekaterina Siurina. 5 p.m. $55 per household. thewallis.org

St. Patrick’s Day Fun

Destroyer’s Green Taiyaki Boxes

Preorder Now. Culver City’s beloved daytime cafe Destroyer is going green this St. Patrick’s Day with a festive half-dozen box of limited-edition green tayaki. This particular version of the traditional Japanese fish-shaped waffle features a pistachio custard filling that’s available for preorder now for pickup from March 15 to 17. Additional boxes will be available the days of pick up until sold out. $30. 3578 Hayden Ave., Culver City, 310.360.3860. Preorder

St. Patrick’s Week Happy Hour Specials at STK

Upcoming | March 15-21. Get lucky at STK Steakhouse for a whole week in honor of St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy lil’ corned beef sliders served with tater tots for $5 (pictured) and a Leprechaun Stiletto cocktail for $7 during happy hour. Guests can also order the corned beef sliders for dinner, takeout and delivery. Happy hour is from 3 to 6:30 p.m. See website for additional hours. 930 Hilgard Ave., L.A., 310.659.3535. stksteakhouse.com

Photo credits: Braided bread by Monika Grabkowska via Unsplash. Yakumi by Wonho Frank Lee. Sant’olina by Kathryn Ballay. Du-Par’s Pie Shop courtesy JS2 PR. The Two Gabagools courtesy The Two Gabagools. “Puccini” courtesy Hershey Felder Presents. STK Steakhouse courtesy Good Talk PR. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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