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Plan Check will feature special Pompompurin and Chococat menu items, June 10-July10.

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Edited by Christina Xenos

You’ve seen him cook and critique on the Food Network, now you can dine on modern American cuisine from Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian at his first restaurant in Los Angeles. Georgie takes over the space formerly occupied by Scarpetta in the Montage Beverly Hills. The restaurant is accompanied by The Garden Bar, which offers an all-day menu and classic cocktails. Both spaces offer indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the Beverly Canon Gardens. At Georgie, dine on fare like goat cheese stuffed squash blossoms; cumin-spiced soft shell crab; dry-aged Creekstone Farms tomahawk steak; roasted diver scallops with grilled leeks, chanterelle mushrooms and egg vinaigrette; and more. The wine list includes high-end choices by the glass made possible through a Coravin system; while cocktails feature fresh ingredients like avocados, fresh juices and herbs. Georgie opens with dinner service and plans to launch breakfast, brunch and lunch in July. 225 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.860.7970.

Through June 30. The fine dining destination celebrates their 11th anniversary with a special four-course tasting menu for $90/pp (a tribute to opening prices from 2005). The menu will change daily and feature dishes like Uni Egg, sea urchin hiding beneath soft scrambled eggs; Wild King Salmon, miso mustard, apricot, pork belly; and Live Scallop, salted butter, black truffle. Reservations required. 5955 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.460.4170.

Plan Check
June 10-July 10. In the latest collaboration between the LA neighborhood restaurant that specializes in modern takes on American comfort food and Sanrio, Plan Check will feature special Pompompurin and Chococat menu items. At all three locations, you can dine on dishes inspired by the characters like mac ’n’ cheese, Pompompurin grilled sausage sandwich, Chococat cookie served with vanilla ice cream and more. A multi-course Plan Check x Pompompurin x Chococat menu will be available for $39 and each menu set will include a limited edition co-branded cap. For Plan Check locations on Sawtelle, Fairfax and downtown, visit

Boxwood on the Roof
Enjoy sweeping views of the city over top food and cocktails this summer at The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills. Boxwood on the Roof offers globally-inspired New American cuisine from Executive Chef Anthony Keene for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Dine on fare like king salmon nicoise with basil pistou; charcoal-grilled skirt steak with red quinoa and avocado; tagliatelle pasta with short rib and wild mushrooms; and more. 1020 North San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood.

Connie and Ted’s
The New England-inspired restaurant launches a “Something Special Every Day” menu, offering a rotating seafood-centric special ($16-$32) created by Executive Chef Sam Baxter. Highlights include baked stuffed lobster ($32) on Mondays; “Bivalves and Beer” moules frites ($16) on Tuesdays; Gumbo with chicken, andouille sausage and shrimp ($19) on Wednesdays. The restaurant also celebrates their third anniversary this month by offering a three course prix-fixe menu for lunch ($25) and dinner ($40). Menu specials change daily. Daily, 4 p.m.-close. 8171 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.848.2722.

Chaya Downtown Beer Garden
June 2-Sept. 2. Dine alfresco downtown at Chaya’s annual Matsuri Beer Garden. The menu features fresh Kaisen seafood cooked on a kushiyaki grill, frozen Kirin beer, summer-inspired cocktails, rare Japanese whiskies, sochus and sakes. Mon.-Fri. 4 p.m.-close.

MiniBar Hollywood
June 8. Celebrate MiniBar Hollywood’s first anniversary with $6 margaritas, $10 hibiki shots and $1 Mexicali Beers (first 99 cans). Doors open at 5 p.m., and DJ Johnny Knight will start spinning at 9 p.m. Free valet parking with validation. 6141 Franklin Ave., L.A., 323.798.4939.

The Restaurant at Mr. C.
June 6-30. Celebrate the property’s fifth anniversary with a special five-course anniversary menu for $55/pp. The menu showcases Cipriani classics like the Bellini and beef carpaccio, baked white tagliolini and their signature vanilla meringue cake.1224 Beverwil Dr., L.A., 310.226.6245.

LA Feast & Fundraiser
June 11. The city’s hottest chefs come together for one night at the LA Feast and Fundraiser at Café Pinot. The event, which benefits, features a lineup that includes Josiah Citrin, Tim Hollingsworth, Bruce Kalman, Kris Morningstar, Josef Centeno, Andreas Roller, Gregg Wiele, Carlos Enriquez, Megan Logan, Sean Massey, and Monica May. 6-10 p.m. Cafe Pinot and Maguire Gardens, 700 W 5th St., downtown.

Beverly Hills Food & Wine Festival
June 10-12. Dine on top fare from chefs and restaurants from LA and beyond at this celebration of food and drinks. Participating restaurants include Mr. Chow Beverly Hills, Ocean Prime Beverly Hills, Bottega Louie, Mastro’s Ocean Club, among many others. Master Chef and Chocolatier, Francois Payard headlines the event. A portion of proceeds benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. $150-$300. 11301 Olympic Blvd., L.A.

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