Movember specials, baking with Craig Ponsford, SLS anniversary menu

Muddy Leek is offering a free appetizer to anyone participating in Movember by having a mustache or a beard, or wearing a mustache T-shirt. The freebies are valid for lunch or dinner between the hours of 11 a.m. and 10 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday until Nov. 30. The restaurant is also serving a special John Waters cocktail made with Wahaka mezcal, Chareau aloe liqueur, cucumber jalapeño syrup, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, bruleed grapefruit, Meyer lemon zest, and it’s dressed up with a ‘stache swizzle stick. Some of the proceeds from the cocktail sales will be donated to the Movember Foundation. 8631 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232, (310) 838-2281,

Hotel Erwin will have a Movember Happy Hour every day from 5 to 7 p.m. for the month of November. Specials include the LN2 Popcorn made with bacon, caramel, chive and liquid nitrogen; Down South chicken salad with a biscuit and Sriracha aioli; and poutine with pork belly, egg, lamb gravy and aged cheddar. A selection of wine and beer will be available for $5. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Movember Foundation. The hotel is also throwing a Venice Beach Stouts N Staches Fest on Nov. 23 from 2 to 8 p.m. The festival will take over Windward Circle with participating local restaurants and bars. Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance and $15 at the event. There will also be $50 VIP tickets that include special treatment at High, Hotel Erwin's rooftop lounge, as well as Larry's Loft, hosted beer from Venice Beach Beer Company, "man"-icures, massages, shaves and more. Tickets can be purchased at 1st Venice Beach Stout N Staches Fest1697 Pacific Ave., Venice Beach, 90291, (310) 452-1111,

Award-winning baker Craig Ponsford will teach a six-hour, hands-on course on whole grain flour made with California wheat. Ponsford will demonstrate making English muffins, cinnamon morning buns, vegetable croissants, pretzels and challah. The class will take place Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Guittard Chocolate facility in Los Angeles. Lunch, prepared by Donald Wressell, is included. The class is limited to 12 students. The price is $210 and advance. RSVP is recquired. 2809 La Cienega Ave., Los Angeles, 90034,

In honor of the SLS Hotel Beverly Hill's five-year anniversary, Jose Andres and his team will offer a special $55 tasting menu at the Bazaar Nov. 18-22. The menu includes complimentary Pan con Jamón or Pan con Manchego, traditional Spanish starters and another special “secret” surprise. At Tres, guests having dinner will receive a complimentary cupcake. 465 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles,  90048, (310) 247-0400,

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