Fifty Seven guest chef dinners, International tea festival, Sushi Roku beer garden

Fifty Seven in downtown is launching a new Monday night dinner series with chefs, musicians, writers and more

Fifty Seven is launching a new Monday night dinner series called "One Night Only: A Dinner With ... " featuring menus created by chefs, musicians, writers, artists and the team at Fifty Seven. In addition to the menu, the guests will also be responsible for the selection of wine and the dinner playlist. The series will start with 15-year-old Flynn McGarry, followed by Nyesha Arrington on Aug. 18 with a dinner titled "Maison Aisoon - Memories of Grandma's House," then Jesse Barber of Barnyard will take over the kitchen on Aug. 25 with ramen. McGarry's dinner is sold out, but tickets to the Arrington dinner are $68 and available at Tickets to Barber's dinner have yet to go on sale. 712 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, (213)

The fourth annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival will take place in downtown August 16 and 17 at the Japanese-American Museum. The event is open to the public and will feature authors, industry experts, buyers, retailers, artists and educators for two days of classes, tastings and book signings. Speakers at this year's festival will include founder of International Tea Importers & Chado Tea Room Devan Shah, author James Norwood Pratt, co-owner and operating chief of Chado Tea Room Tekeste Mehrateab, tea specialist and founding member of the Specialty Tea Institute Thomas Shu and more. Exhibitors include Chado Tea Room, Zen's Tea House, American Tea Room, Waterfall Teas, Aiya America, Harney & Sons, Ito En, Tea Time Magazine, Art of Tea, ZenZeu Teas and more. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include admission to the festival hall and museum, free endless tastings, vendor presentations and a gift bag. Tickets can be purchased at www.teafestivalla.com100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles.

Sushi Roku in Old Town Pasadena will have a pop-up beer garden during One Colorado Courtyard's "Saturday Nights in August" concert series Aug. 23. The beer garden will showcase a selection of cocktails including the Mandarin Honey Margarita ($12) with Los Arongo tequila, mandarin oranges, honey and lime juice, as well as beer specials including Kirin, Sapporo and Asahi. You can order a three-course prix fixe meal for $40 featuring salmon carpaccio with black truffles, grilled filet mignon, a chocolate volcano and more. Or you can order select items a la carte, including filet-wrapped asparagus ($15), yellowtail sashimi ($17), spicy tuna hanabi ($13) and more. On Aug. 23, indie pop musicians Banta will perform. Pop-up hours are 6 to 10:30 p.m. and the performance starts at 8 p.m. 24 E. Union St., Pasadena, (626) 683-3000,

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