Playa To Playa And Free Turkey Burgers – Here’s What’s Popping Up


Viceroy Santa Monica and Viceroy Los Cabos are collaborating for a culinary celebration timed to National Hispanic Heritage Month. Chef Jason Francisco of Santa Monica’s Sugar Palm and chef Carlos Teran of Los Cabos’ Dalia will present a  Playa to Playa tasting menu available at Sugar Palm, Fridays through Sundays from Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 16 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The menu will feature rotating courses from each chef priced at $75 per person and includes seven courses – three created by Chef Francisco (Chapters 1, 3 and 5), three created by Chef Teran (Chapters 2, 4 and 6), and one dessert course conceptualized by both chefs.  Highlights include watermelon sashimi, salmon carpaccio, grilled octopus and steak sashimi roll, as well as lamb kofta and a chocolate duo for dessert.

Featured cocktails available at an additional cost include the Margarita Los Cabos with Clase Azul Reposado Tequila, Grand Marnier, roasted pineapple puree, and lime juice, and the Ocean Ave. Negroni with Dos Gabachos Mezcal, Campari, Cocchi Sweet Vermouth, and orange peel.

Turkey burgers

Turkey burger (Courtesy Irv’s Burgers)

Chicas Tacos, Members Only Ecco Un Poco, Credo, Seoul Mates, Melanie Wine Bar, and a variety of businesses on West Third Street in the Beverly Grove district will partner to create a festive deals weekend from Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 18 from noon to 6 p.m. From tacos to curated workouts, gelato, beauty and bedtime attire, deals include: 

  • Chicas Tacos – 50% off for you and a guest + 10% off at any location, forever (must present coupon)
  • Members Only – offering a free class, one-time use
  • Bedhead PJs – offering 30% off full price on one item; buy three or more for 50% off
  • Ecco Un Poco – BoGo gelato in a cup, limited to one per customer (one time) and a 10% discount on pints (one time)
  • Credo – offer a one-time $10 off coupon for each customer
  • Seoul Mates – Free Bulgogi Taco or Fries with an order of $29 or more
  • Melanie Wine Bar – 50% off your dine-in check, one-time use
  • SIR Salon – Free drink and $5 off your cut

Cafe Gratitude Venice Beach will host an anniversary event on Sunday Sept. 18, to celebrate 10 years on Rose Avenue. Hosted by guitarist Jason Mraz, there will be pop-ups by local  vendors like Nomadica, Juneshine, Groundwork, Stretchlab, along with a photo booth, raffle prizes, and tacos from the Gracias Madre’s Taco Cart for purchase. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Café Gratitude’s anniversary event will transform into an early-evening DJ after-party at the bar where the new wine and beverage program and happy hour menu, launching across all Café’s on Sept. 20, will be unveiled.  

Tickets to the Venice anniversary event can be purchased on Eventbrite ($15) and also will be sold at the door, as space permits.

Looking for the perfect pot to get cooking on your favorite fall and winter comfort food recipes? Le Creuset‘s factory-to-table sale returns to the greater LA area for the first time since 2019, with a three-day shopping experience at the Fairplex in Pomona. The one-of-a-kind sale will feature exclusive access to Le Creuset’s premium cookware, including limited-edition colors, and rare shapes and styles not typically found in the U.S. Tickets are on sale now, starting with a premier shopping experience on Friday, Sept. 23, a VIP shopping event on Saturday, Sept. 24, and general admission shopping sessions on Sunday, Sept. 25. 

The $45 entry fee will include first access to the sale, the opportunity to purchase a Le Creuset mystery box, complimentary parking, and re-entry into Sunday’s general admission shopping sessions, along with enter-to-win and product giveaway opportunities, light snacks, refreshments and live music.  

Turkey Burgers

Courtesy Gracias Madre Taco Cart

Irv’s Burgers will launch Irv’s Turkey Burger on Saturday, Sept. 17, and the first 50 guests will receive a free turkey burger starting at 11 a.m. The newest addition to the classic roadside burger stand’s menu includes a turkey patty, Irv’s sauce, green hatch chilies, tomatoes, lettuce, onions and cheddar cheese on a house-made bun ($9.50.)

The Japanese Food Expo will be back at the Loew’s Hollywood Hotel on Saturday, Sept. 24. There will be live cutting of a bluefin tuna and a tuna bowl workshop with Chef Andy Matsuda, as well as sushi robots and plenty of Japanese saki and beer.

What’s Popping Up is a weekly column in the L.A. Weekly that explores all that’s new in food and drink.











































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