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Mother’s Day Dining, Dessert and Tea in the San Fernando Valley 2013

Posted By Karen Young On May 5, 2013 @ 11:15 pm In Food,My Daily Find,Restaurants | No Comments

BY KAREN YOUNG

Celebrate mom or the mom-like person in your life at one of these restaurants and bakeries preparing special Mother’s Day offers and menus.

MOTHER’S DAY TEAS

 

 

Afternoon Tea at Sweet Butter Kitchen, plus extra special dishes.

Afternoon Tea at Sweet Butter Kitchen, plus extra special dishes.

SWEET BUTTER KITCHEN

This Sherman Oaks hot spot for relaxed outdoor urban dining is offering an Afternoon Tea from 3 p.m. until closing. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance. It includes: Tea Sandwiches (Italian Tuna, Egg Salad, Curried Chicken Salad, Smoked Salmon & Boursin, and Cucumber & Herb Butter), Tea Sweets (Mini Scones, Mini Cookies, French Macarons, Baker’s Special of the Day), plus Fresh Fruit & Cream. A choice of beverage includes Intelligentsia Hot Coffee (caf or decaf),  Assorted Regular or Herbal Tea, Sweet Butter Homemade Pink, Lemonade, Intelligentsia Classic Iced Tea, or an Arnold Palmer. $ 18.95 per person. for group of 6 and under; $25 per person for more than 6. Reservations may be made via phone (818) 788-2832 or via email marlasweetbutter@aol.com.  Can’t make it for Mother’s Day? They offer the afternoon tea daily with a 48 hour reservation policy.

Sweet Butter is also offering their regular breakfast and lunch menu in addition to specials, including:  Bella’s Brunch (a flatbread topped with Burrata, arugula salad, roasted tomatoes, prosciutto, topped with a fried egg), Vegetable Crustless Quiche with side salad and fruit; Smoked Salmon, Boursin & Dill Frittata with fruit and French Toast Bread Pudding with strawberry puree and lemon cream.  13824 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818-788-2832

HIGH TEA COTTAGE 

This quaint tea house feels like a home away from home, tucked away on a side street just south of Topanga in Woodland Hills. High Tea Cottage is offering a special Mother’s Day High Tea with seatings  at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tiered service include cheese, pate, organic salad, tea sandwiches, scones, chocolate cups, petit fours, chocolate mousse and select teas. $50 adult (with jewelry for mom), $28 child. 21938 Costanso Street Woodland Hills 818 887-2117

A MUSEUM AND A GARDEN

Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens

 

PATINA AT DESCANSO GARDENS (Saturday and Sunday)

Pamper mom and the special women in your life at this brunch in Descanso’s beautiful Rose Garden. Patina chefs will create a scrumptious brunch sure to tempt every palate.  Saturday seatings: 10 a.m. and noon. Sunday seatings: 9:30 and 11 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m. $47 per person  $19 children 4 to 12; free 3 and younger. Reservations required by May 8,  1418 Descanso Dr. La Cañada Flintridge. Reservations: (818) 790-3663 (must be made by May 8).

A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING 

 

Make a reservation at Nesmon Cafe for a tablecloth decorated table and a free dessert for mom — and check out the French home imports in the quaint gift boutique.

Make a reservation at Nesmon Cafe for a tablecloth decorated table and a free dessert for mom — and check out the French home imports in the quaint gift boutique.

NESMON CAFE

Get that Parisian feeling at this small neighborhood gem for breakfast or lunch. Enjoy crepes, omelettes, sandwiches, salads, tartines, pastries and their new vegan menu.  Special for Mother’s Day, make a reservation and they’ll set up a table with a tablecloth decorated with fresh lavender. Moms also get a free dessert.  If you need a gift, it’s a one stop shop full of French antiques, vintage look aprons, imported food products and more.  Create your own gift basket and it’ll be wrapped and waiting for you. 13333 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks, (818) 855-8818.

LET THEM EAT DESSERT

NATAS PORTUGUESE BAKERY AND CAFE

The specialty bakery (and restaurant) is preparing two special 7 “cakes (6-8 people) just for Mother’s Day : BoloTropical (tres leches cake with two layers of fresh fruit and fresh cream) and Lemon Flower Cake (lemon cake with lemon curd and rose water).  Strawberry Chantilly (shortcake and whipped cream) Available May 10-13, but order in advance. $19.99.  13317 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (818) 788-8050

BUTTERCELLI 

Bring mom some delicious organic goodies for Mother’s Day— Raspberry Lemon Whoopie Pies, Chocolate Whoopie Pies, French Silk Pie, French Silk Pie Bars, Strawberry Cheesecake Bars and Fresh Lemon Curd Cupcakes. 13722 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (818) 387-8538 .

 

Big Sugar Bakeshop

Big Sugar Bakeshop

BIG SUGAR BAKESHOP

This old-fashioned style bakery/gift shop with a modern twist is offering a selection of specially baked goodies for Mom.  The selections include: Mom Tattoo Cupcakes, MOM (fondant) Cupcakes,Pastel Rose Cupcakes, MOM Sugar Shortbread,Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries and Mini Pies (Coconut, Lime, Chocolate-Malted, Cherry, Apple andHeart Shaped Cherry Almond Hand Pies). 12182 Ventura Blvd, Studio City,(818) 508-5855.

SUSIE CAKES 

Known for its signature frosting filled cupcakes and pudding (individual and large bowls) , there are also homestyle layered cakes, pies, puddings, cheesecakes, cookies, brownies, bars and more for the holidays. Special for Mother’s Day and the month of May are custom decorated cakes, fresh berry cakes, PB & J cupcakes, blueberry crumble pie and coconut cream pie. 23653 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas, (818) 591-2223.

CAKE CRUMBS

Find edible cherry blossoms, glossy pearls, woven baskets, Chanel handbags, holiday themes and more. John and Susan Rota create culinary works of decadent sculptured art at their Encino bakery where they also teach what they know in decorating classes.17233 Ventura Blvd., Encino, (818)- 501-3918.

LA CREME BAKERY

This small bakery is in the back of a strip mall, but its cases are filled with an array of beautiful and delicious baked goods. Celebrate Mom with a fresh Strawberry Shortcake, on special for $25 (originally $32).  19948 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills,(818) 346-1400.

PORTOS

The selection at this bakery/cafe is enormous with an international array of sweets — from cakes, cookies, pastries, mousse, breads. You name it, they have it.  And you can’t beat the prices. Be prepared to stand in line, but it moves quickly.  The Milk ‘N Berries cake with its mounds of whipped cream and three berries is  the best   I’ve ever had. Specialty cakes must be ordered 72 hours in advance. 3614 W Magnolia Blvd Burbank,(818) 846-9100.

A RESTAURANT AFFAIR

89f3987babf5fedc4c991e1fcb6cfcbBISTRO GARDEN

Sit in the beautiful garden-esque dining room for either brunch or dinner. Choose three-courses of Bistro Garden favorites including Maryland Lump Meat Crab Cake, Eggs Benedict,Cold Poached Salmon and the famous Bistro Garden Soufflé in Chocolate or Lemon. Cost is $58. Dinner  includes choices such as lobster ravioli,  Baked Chilean Sea Bass, Maple Leaf Farm Duckling, osso bucco gremolota with Lemon Pepper Linquini, and grilled filet mignon, $65, Reservations (818)501-0202. 12950 Ventura Blvd., Studio City.

BOW AND TRUSS

This Noho latin hotspot with a great outside space will be serving up a sweet and savory three course prix fixe brunch for $35 per person.  Include is a mimosa or a bloody mary infusion, plus a non-alcoholic drink.   11122 Magnolia Avenue.,  North Hollywood, (818) 985-8787.

CA DEL SOLE

Sit outside on the Tuscan inspired patio and imagine dining in a Siena courtyard at this valley mainstay. The three-course menu is $38 per person and includes antipasti selections, such as zucchini blossoms, parma proscuitto and white asparagus soup. Entrees include pumpkin ravioli, black and white linguini, braised short ribs and profiteroles for dessert. Open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 4100 Cahuenga Blvd. North Hollywood, (818) 985-4669.

INN OF THE SEVENTH RAY

Celebrate in this serene haven, surrounded by trees and a trickling stream. The extensive buffet includes an array of hot and cold entrees and salads, waffle bar, bagel bar, fruit bar, pastry bar, raw bar and fish bar. Adults $60 full buffet/ $57 vegetarian. Children: 5-13 $1.75 x age . Under 4 Free. 128 Old Topanga Canyon Road Topanga (310) 455-1311.

LA FRITE

This French restaurant is serving a special brunch from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Two courses with choices that include: Poached Eggs Benedict with French Fries, Poached Salmon over spinach with champagne tarragon sauce, Grilled Petit NY Steak with bearnaise sauce and french fries or Savory Spring Vegetable & Goat cheese tart served with mixed baby greens. All brunches are served with a fresh crossaint, bottomless Champagne, Rose Champagne, Red wine, white wine or fresh orange juice. $32/per person. The regular menu is available as well. 15013 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks,(818) 990-1791.

LOTERIA GRILL

Regional Mexican cuisine is the specialty here. For Mother’s Day, chef/owner Jimmy Shaw is offering all moms bottomless mimosas, plus some new creations, including HPan Frances de Pan Dulce Mexicano (Mexican Sweet Roll “Concha” French Toast, Fruit Cocktail, Maple Syrup), Enchiladas de Huevo y Flor de Calabaza (Scrambled Eggs with Squash Blossom Enchiladas, Creamy Tomatillo Sauce. Frijoles Charros, Grilled Tomato Slices), Tacos de Carne Arrachera(Three Grilled Arrachera-Style Beef Tacos, Roasted Tomatillo and Chile Poblano Salsa. Fresh Avocado, White Rice, Black Beans). 12050 Ventura Blvd. Studio City (818) 508.5300 Other locations: Farmers Market:  Third and Fairfax; Hollywood: 6627 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles; Westlake Village: 180 Promenade Way, Westlake Village

LUCA’S TOLUCA LAKE

Baret Lepejian’s newest restaurant is located in the former Chez Nous space in Toluca Lake and will celebrate Mother’s Day with a three course, prix-fixe brunch. Available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $25 per person, the menu will include specialties from the new concept, ranging from sushi to prime rib, in addition to light, summery dishes with a Japanese bent. A selection of baked goods and French pastries by longtime baker Laurent Soulier will also be available to go. 10550 Riverside Dr. Toluca Lake, (818) 760-0288.

MIMI’S CAFE

This north valley  eatery is serving up their regular menu with a perk — all mom’s will receive a $10 gift card to enjoy on their next visit to Mimi’s! For use with minimum $25 meal after 4p.m. and valid for 6 weeks after May 13, 2013. Mimi’s Cafe is also offering 50% off bottles of wine purchased after 4p.m. 19710 Nordhoff Pl., Chatsworth (818) 717-8334

RIVIERA RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE

This casually elegant hideaway in a large strip mall is offering an elaborate Sunday brunch menu, including  23683 Calabasas Rd, Calabasas For reservations: (818) 224-2163.

SADDLE PEAK LODGE

This rustic, yet upscale restaurant in the hills of the west valley is offering a three course meal. The first course includes: ahi tuna salad, heirloom tomato and burrata salad, thick sliced French toast with bananas foster. Main Course choices include “Eggs Benedict,” pan seared salmon, sliced lamb sandwich, buttermilk waffle with mixed berry compote, chocolate hazelnut sauce, prime rib. For dessert, choose from Dulce de leche, Coffee chocolate pot de crème and apple bread pudding. $55 adults; $30 kids under 12. 419 Cold Canyon Road, Calabasas, (818)222-3888

SAGEBRUSH CANTINA

There’s a champagne brunch at the West Valley favorite from 9 a.m.- 3p.m., featuring a variety of fresh seafood, prime rib, made-to-order breakfast bar, international side dishes, salads and a selection of desserts. Live entertainment will begin in the afternoon and continue through the evening.Reservations are suggested for parties of 7 or more. 23527 Calabasas Rd, Calabasas

SPARK WOODFIRE GRILL

Make reservations for Mother’s Day breakfast at SPARK. Breakfast is served from 8:30am – 2:00pm. Enjoy classics like Eggs Benedict and Blueberry Pancakes, or try Baked Eggs with Rosemary & Goat Cheese Biscuits.11801 Ventura Blvd Studio City,(818) 623-8883

SPORTSMEN’S LODGE

There’s an enormous buffet at this classic 818 destination in Studio City that includes  pasta, omelette, carving and dessert stations, as well as salads and an array of breakfast and lunch items. A highlight is the “Ice Presentation” with  oysters on the half shell, peel and eat shrimp, crabs legs, ahi tuna sashimi and a lox platter. Champagne, mimosas, coffee and tea are all included in the price — $39.95 Adults, $19.95 Kids 5-9, Kids under 5 Free, 20% Senior Discount.   Kids will enjoy the petting zoo, jumpers and a card design station!  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  12825 Ventura Blvd., Studio City.
 (818)755-5000.

TULA’S
Tula’s at the Beverly Garland in North Hollywood will be offering guests and locals alike a fantastic Mother’s Day brunch from 11am – 3pm.  The price is $39 for adults and $19 for children and includes an omelet station, seafood station serving shrimp, sushi and salmon, a pasta station and (of course) a dessert station.  Mimosas will be flowing for just $2 per glass.  Complimentary parking is also provided. 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood,(818) 255-7290

 

TUNING FORK

This new gastropub restaurant is offering their regular menu with a free dessert (Murder by Chocolate is a must!) or complementary glass of wine or champagne.   12051 Ventura Place, Studio City,  (818) 623-0734

THE VILLA

This Woodland Hills restaurant has one of the most beautiful garden patios in the San Fernando Valley. Enjoy an a la carte brunch menu with such entrees as Eggs Benedict, Eggs Dungeness, Brioche French Toast. Salmon Salad and Buttersquash Ravioli. Make it special with free flowing champagne for an extra $16. 22160 Ventura Boulevard. Woodland Hills, (818) 704-1185.

VALLEY INN

Mother’s Day Brunch and dinner is a la carte at this Sherman Oaks mainstay. Get a Mimosa, Kir Royal or Blood Mary for $5. Entrees include Eggs Benedict, Strawberry Shortcake French Toast, Lobster Bisque, Sesame Peppercorn Crusted Ahi Tuna Salad, Main Lobster Cobb Salad, Poached Salmon and the Valley Inn Prime Rib. 4557 Sherman Oaks Avenue, Sherman Oaks, (818) 784-1163.

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