Boob cookies for dogs, Scarpetta anniversary, dry persimmons the Japanese way


Cookies! (for dogs): Downtown’s Semi Sweet Bakery is baking breast-shaped dog treats (cookies made with whole wheat, peanut butter and egg) for Pussy & Pooch pet stores for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They’re $2.50 each, and proceeds go to the Keep A Breast Foundation. Available through October. 564 S. Main St., Los Angeles, (213) 438-0900, and 222 E. Broadway, Long Beach, (562) 624-1199,

Learn to make hoshigaki: Common Grains is organizing a workshop in Santa Barbara on the Japanese art of hand-dried persimmons, to take place on Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the home of hoshigaki instructor Laurence Hauben. Learn how to pick, peel, hang and massage the fruit until they become succulently sweet, moist, tender and chewy. Call Sonoko Sakai to reserve your spot at (310) 600-4263. The cost is $75 (cash or check) and includes a light lunch. For more information, visit

That spaghetti: Beverly-Hills-by-way-of-New-York Italian restaurant Scarpetta is celebrating its third anniversary on Oct. 22 with a four-course menu and chef Scott Conant’s new cookbook. Choose as an appetizer the roasted sea scallops, creamy polenta with truffled mushroom or carne cruda Albese; your choice of pasta -- ricotto agnolotti or black farfalle with lobster; as a main, branzino with saffron shellfish stufato, Sicilian spiced duck breast or aged sirloin; and for dessert, Amedei chocolate cake, vanilla caramel budino or pumpkin pot de creme. $110 includes dinner and an autographed book; call for a reservation. 225 N. Canon Drive, Los Angeles, (855) 370-8021,



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