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Chew On This: Mess Hall Preview, Sandwich Happy Hour, Arbor Day Drink Party & Much More

A cocktail creation from Sotto, who are toasting their 1st anniversary tonight (Photo by Ryan Tanaka/courtesy Sotto)
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Cocktails @ Sotto
Head to Sotto tonight from 8-10pm as they celebrate their one-year anniversary with new spring cocktails by Beverage Director Julian Cox for $9! Chefs Zach and Steve will also be on site to offer bar bites....on the house!

Arbor Day @ Mohawk Bend
Join Mohawk Bend on Thursday as they celebrate Arbor Day and the relocation of the GreenBar Collective to L.A. with a cocktail party. GreenBar Collective is a local distillery that is committed to organic processing and is environmentally friendly and the city’s first distillery since Prohibition! We like the sound of "Los Feliz Navidad" (Ginger Snap Liqueur, Sgt. Classick Gold Rum, St. Vincent Coconut Syrup, nutmeg) or "The Capitan" (TRU Organic Gin, fresh lime juice, maple syrup, egg whites, and Bar Keep Swedish Bitters). April 26, 6-9pm.

Sandwich Happy Hour @ Marcona
Marcona will launch their sandwich happy hour on Thursday. Guests who choose a particular sandwich on the menu will receive a second sandwich of equal or lesser value FREE! Sandwiches included in this deal are the Marcona Chicken Pesto, Bodega, BLT, Turkey Romesco, Tofu Thai, and the Burlington. The 2fer happy hour will run from 5-7pm every Thursday.

Mess Hall "Test Kitchen" Preview @Short Order
Mess Hall will be serving up comfort classics and cocktails in Los Feliz comes summer, but you can taste drive selections from the menu Friday night at a "Test Kitchen" pop-up at Short Order. Chef Keith Silverton will be in the kitchen, and Julian Cox and Josh Goldman are making the drinks. April 27, $49pp. Call Short Order to RSVP (323)-761-7970.

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Peaches ‘N’ Herbs (Photo by Lauren Noble/courtesy Ray's & Stark Bar)
Spring Cocktails @Ray's & Stark Bar
Spring has sprung into the cocktail glasses of Ray's & Stark Bar at LACMA. Imbibers can now pick from a bunch of new cocktails crafted by Sommelier and Barsmith Paul Sanguinetti. Here's a few tantalizing options: "The Dragon Sour" (named after the forager for the restaurant) containing pisco, fresh local kiwi, freshly squeezed lime juice and egg white; "Cubano Libre" with Matusalem Classico Dominican Rum, smoked piloncillo sugar, barrel aged bitters and Mexican Coca-Cola served on the rocks; a garden-inspired drink "Peaches ‘N’ Herbs" which showcases fresh sage from Ray’s onsite garden alongside Mezcal Vida, local peach honey and freshly squeezed lime juice. Cheers!New Brunch Menu @ The Lazy Ox Canteen
The Lazy Ox Canteen will feature a new brunch menu and hours on Saturday and Sunday. Some new tasty items include the Spanish Tortilla Patata with tomato, honey aioli and a side salad for $14, Vanilla Biscuit with smoked salmon, slow cooked egg and hollaindaise for $11, and compressed melon with Spanish ham, pickled onion and feta for $11. Brunch hours are from 10am-3pm.

Food & Wine @ the OC Tastefest
Mark your calendars! The OC Tastefest is on May 4th & 5th. This food and wine festival will feature the global diversity of cuisine and culture in the OC. 25 restaurants will offer guests samples of their new and seasonal items mixed with classic menu items. One-day advanced tickets are $12 and $20 at the door. General admission tickets include 10 Tastefest coupons. For more information and to purchase tickets visit theOC Tastefest site.

Evan Kleiman Gust Chefs @ The Charleston
On May 7th, The Charleston will celebrate its first guest chef event by reigniting the flame of Angeli Caffe. The Charleston's Chef Jet Tila welcomes Chef Evan Kleiman to feature a four-course menu that will highlight Angeli’s rustic Italian favorites. Items will be served family-style and there are two seatings at 6pm and 8pm. $45/per person.

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