Female-led food fest Re:Her returns to LA

Re: your return

The annual food festival celebrating women-owned and fronted restaurants is back and runs through Sunday. Dozens of dinners, specials, collaborations and events are taking place across LA, all organized by the national nonprofit organization of the same name, which now has more than 300 members in LA. Examples of this year’s Re:Her collaborations include take-and-bake pot pies from Nickel Diner and Fat + Flour; Super fine, globally inspired pizzas created with the women of Gogo’s Tacos, Holy Basil, Poppy + Rose and Otoño; a limited edition pastry box from Petite Peso, All Day Baby, Spread the Love and Laoolou; and a special sandwich from Milkfarm and Semolina Artisanal Pasta. Wine dinners, brunch events and other meals for a day only complete the offer. On Sunday, the final day of the event, downtown Smorgasburg will host a Re:Her raffle tent, a pop-up mini-market featuring women-made goods, and a special Radler in the beer garden.


An overhead photo of spaghetti and mussels with a side of garlic bread.

At Dear John’s: Frank’s spaghetti and clams with a side of garlic bread.

(Silvia Razgova / For the Time)

Dear John’s stays on

With Hans and Patti Röckenwagner and Josiah Citrin has reinterpreted the sophisticated Culver City Steakhouse Dear John’s from the 1960s, the team promised a limited run that was due to end in spring 2021 due to the demolition of the building. Fans of the retro-inspired kitchen, martinis, and plush leather booths were thrilled when Dear John’s extended its run to 2022, and this week its owners shared the news that they’ve changed the lease a second time — and Dear John’s effectively keep running through April 30, 2023. To celebrate, the restaurant and bar are offering a cocktail special, a Singapore Sling-inspired drink called One Year Extension. Dear John’s is open Tuesday to Saturday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

11208 Culver Blvd, Culver City, (310) 881-9288,

GGET extended

Local coffee and cafe chain Go Get Em Tiger will be expanding with three new locations over the next few months, including GGET’s first drive-through. The café already operates eight locations; the newest is expected to open in May in Santa Monica, the group’s largest store to date. Cafe Santa Monica opens with an expanded menu, retail and grocery items. The drive-through location, slated to open in Harvard Heights this summer, will occupy a former Wienerschnitzel A-Frame building with expanded outdoor seating; A location in North Pasadena is also scheduled to open in the summer. All three new locations will offer single origin coffee, baked goods, hot food, coffee bean bags and other retail items.

Drive-through: 3010 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles; Santa Monica: 928 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica; North Pasadena: 1951 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena.

A box of Mom's Touch High Sour Fried Chicken Wings.

Korean fried chicken chain Mom’s Touch offers sandwiches, succulent wings and more, now available in Gardena and Long Beach.

(Stephanie Breijo / Los Angeles Times)

Mama’s Touch Long Beach

Fast-expanding Korean fried chicken chain Mom’s Touch just opened its second location in Southern California. The fast-casual restaurants, known for 24-hour marinated chicken in an array of sauces and condiments, currently operate more than 1,300 outposts in Asia, landing in Gardena in 2021. Now the wings, sandwiches and tenders can be found in Long Beach. with a City of Industry restaurant on the way. Mom’s Touch in Long Beach is open daily from 11am to 7pm

6191 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach,

Now serving Ukrainian help bake sale

Chinatown cookbook store Now Serving is hosting a bake sale to help Ukrainian children, and more than 30 LA restaurants, chefs and bakers are donating their efforts and goods to the cause. On Saturday from 11am to 2pm or until all items are sold out, 100% of proceeds from sales at the Far East Plaza will benefit UNICEF United Kingdom initiative to feed and protect children in Ukraine. Items include Majordomo white miso chocolate chip cookies; nine-piece truffle boxes from Valerie Confections; Vegan Sunflower Butter Croissant Knots from Bakers Bench; Tres Leches cake from the pop-up chainsaw; and jars of Umamei Truffle Chili Oil by Top Chef’s Mei Lin.

727 N. Broadway, Unit #133, Los Angeles, (213) 395-0627,

The Draycott’s Lemonade for Ukraine

On March 12th, the Palisades restaurant at the Draycott is holding its own fundraiser to help Ukrainian refugees, selling lemonade with 100% of the proceeds going to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The sale will be run by Max, Jake and Sadie Hermer – the children of restaurant owners Marissa and Matt Hermer – and will run from 11am to 3pm

15255 Palisades Village Ln., Pacific Palisades, (310) 573-8938,

Beer Festival in Los Angeles

One of LA’s biggest craft beer festivals is celebrating its 14th year. Los Angeles Beer Fest 2022 at Los Angeles Center Studios on April 2 features unlimited beverage sampling of more than 200 beers from more than 80 breweries, with 15 on-site food trucks with canapés for additional purchase. Look out for breweries—some locally based—like San Fernando Brewing Co., Santa Monica Brew Works, and Montebello’s Angry Horse Brewing. General admission ($50) includes admission and tastings, while the “connoisseur ticket” ($90) also includes commemorative glasses, access to VIP areas, a shirt and exclusive beer. Entry is from 12pm to 3pm or from 5pm to 8pm

450 S. Bixel St., Los Angeles, Female-led food fest Re:Her returns to LA

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