Tasty Tidbits: A New Liquor License, Wine Dinners, Dessert Treats,Cooking with a Top Chef, and More

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At last — one of MDF’s fave finds ever — Mantee in Studio City (reviewed two years ago!)— finally has its liquor license and now offers a well-stocked array of Lebanese, Spanish, Italian and California wines and beer to pair with their signature mediterranean dishes. More big news for Mantee—the restaurant made Jonathan Gold’s 99 Essential Restaurants!

Diana Sproveri dessert table with Lollibakes and more.

Lollibakes® by Diana Sproveri in Tarzana is now doing national shipping on assorted gift boxes. Send Lollibakes® to anyone in the continental U.S. Become a fan (or be a current fan!) on Facebook and get $10 off your first purchase of $35 or more (offer ends November 10—code FB10 for the discount). These are the ORIGINAL lollipop cake bites — don’t be confused by the copycats. Also, Diana Sproveri is available for private hire to create a dessert table for your next event. The menu includes gourmet cupcakes, Lollibakes®, chocolate-covered confections, mini-gourmet cookies, and mini-plated desserts.  Diana can also can include her specialty beverage service. For Studio City peeps, you can find individual Lollibakes at Aroma Coffee and Tea on Tujunga.  To contact Diana about your next event and her private menu and pricing, please email info@dianasproveri.com or call the shop at (818) 344-4900.

Calabasas Delivery Service brings dining to your doorstep. It now serves participating restaurants at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks, The Promenade at Westlake and The Commons at Calabasas. Call (818) 457-6867 to inquire about restaurants and the fee or order online at CalabasasDeliveryService.com. Delivery is available from 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. daily.

Top Chef All-Star Fabio Viviani is presenting a pre-Thanksgiving cooking class at Firenze Osteria in Toluca Lake on Sunday, November 13 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Learn how to prepare pumpkin gnocchi, cranberry risotto and Grandma’s roast chicken.  $40 per person or $70 for couple for the class, a two course meal and a beverage.  Call (818) 760-7081.

Morton’s in Burbank is hosting two special eventsOn Sunday, November 13 from 3 – 6 p.m., guests will enjoy fine wine paired with Morton’s signature hors d’oeuvres. The restaurant will also have a variety of bottled wine available for purchase with complimentary wrapping by Family Service Agency of Burbank. Cost is $45 per guest with 100% of proceeds from the evening benefiting the Burbank Family Services. Then on Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m., Puff on the Patio is back with a four course dinner on the patio. Each dinner course is paired with wine and cigars provided by Harry’s Tobacco Shop. Cost is $145 per guest. For more information on both events,  contact Regan Moen at 818-238-0424 or regan_moen@mortons.com. You can see the cigar dinner menu online here: http://www.mortons.com/burbank/specialevents/

Chi Dynasty just opened its third location at the Americana at Brand in Glendale. Distinguishing The Americana at Brand’s location from its orginal location in Los Feliz and its second in Studio City, is the restaurant’s entry way.  Folding glass doors can be opened to create a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor seating. The Americana at Brand location also offers a full bar and liquor license. And just like the other locations, there will be no fortune cookies — that’s an American invention!

The Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks is welcoming the season of Beaujolais Nouveau, a very special French wine, with a  four course wine dinner on November 17 for $45.95 per person (including wine). Start with either steamed mussels with cream in a garlic wine sauce or escargot bourguignion (snails in garlic parsley butter served over puff pastry), followed by salad d’epinards (spinach and romaine garnished with blue cheese, grapes and  candied walnuts drizzled with  champagne vinaigrette); for the entree choose grilled filet mignon in a rich black peppercorn brandy cream sauce, roasted duck with orange demi-glaze sauce or salmon sauteed with Belgium endive, shallots, white wine and lemon butter. Enjoy almond coated brie drizzled with raspberry sauce for dessert.

Spumante in Noho and Opolo Vineyards from Paso Robles are presenting five course wine pairing dinner for $79 per person on November 17 at 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by Gourmet Wine Getaways and wine consultant Peter Kerr.  The menu includes bruschetta; lobster ravioli with tomato, lobster & brandy sauce; fresh sand dabs, served in a cherry tomato sauce with carrot puree; filet mignon in a red wine reduction, served with fresh mushrooms and scallop potatoes, Spumante’s cheese cake with strawberry sauce, and coffee or tea. Advance reservations required: Call (818) 508-7716. Cancellations will only be accepted 48 hrs. in advance.

Karen Young is the Founder/Editor of MyDailyFind.com.  Got news? Please email: karen@mydailyfind.com.

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