The hotly anticipated W Hollywood is ready for its close-up. The über-modern hotel is set to open Thursday along with its resident restaurant, Delphine, and its two bars, Station Hollywood and the Living Room. Delphine is the work of Innovative Dining Group (Sushi Roku, BOA Steakhouse, Katana and Robata Bar). With Delphine, IDG hopes to dip its toes into the Riviera with a menu of French classics and plenty of Mediterranean influences from executive chef Sascha Lyon.
6250 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 798.1355; www.restaurantdelphine.com.
Ode to Mardi Gras
Artist Clare Crespo has been busy getting ready for Mardi Gras next month. There will be seafood gumbo, oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail, soft-shell crabs, catfish po' boy, beignets and cafe au lait, and king cake. The entire feast will be made lovingly -- with yarn. From Feb. 6 to 21, Crespo's crocheted food exhibit, "Laissez le Bon Crochet Rouler," will be on display at Heath Ceramics.
525 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 965-0800, www.heath ceramics.com.
It was just a little over a year ago that Bobby Green and his 1933 Group opened the kitschy truck-stop-inspired bar Stinkers in Silver Lake.
Now, according to Green's publicist, Green has grown tired of his own handiwork and wants to trade up to something a bit classier than fake skunk butts that emit steam when a bartender pulls the cord of a big-rig horn. Green plans to auction off the bar's '70s-themed décor on Feb. 9.
2939 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 661-6007, www .stinkerstruckstop.com.
Chefs Onil Chibás and Alberto Morales opened Elements Kitchen in Pasadena.
37 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. (626) 440-0044; www.elementskitchen.com.
-- Jessica Gelt and Betty Hallock