Is it just us, or are you also surprised to wake up and find that it's April already? And that Easter is just around the corner? Yep, it's true, and here are a few events to celebrate the season. If you know of other Easter, Passover and spring events, please share 'em in the comments section below.
Finally, an Easter egg hunt for adults! The Bunny Hop is being held Thursday night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza's X Bar and features a "deluxe" Easter egg hunt with the chance to win goodies like handbags and free Hyatt stays. Hosted by Carolyn Scott-Hamilton, better known in L.A. and beyond for her all-things vegan-food-and-travel website, The Healthy Voyager. There will be vegan and gluten-free dining, Easter-themed signature cocktails and a costume contest. (So get your bunny tail out of storage, stat.) Pre-sale tickets are $30 and include two cocktails. Proceeds benefit BunnyLuv Rabbit Resource Center.
Putting spring's ingredients to best use means keeping it clean and simple and letting the season's produce speak for itself. Fig & Olive Melrose Place executive chef Pascal Lorange is hosting a spring-inspired cooking class Wednesday afternoon that highlights the flavors of the French Riviera, without all the butter and cream. The former private chef to Spanish singer Julio Iglesias uses olive oils instead. On the spring-inspired menu students will make: A chilled cucumber soup with mint, lemon, orange and pink peppercorn, a zucchini carpaccio with lemon, pine nut and Parmesan, a Chilean sea bass with lemon thyme, carrot and asparagus, and a seasonal fruit tart. For drinking? A Piscine cocktail made with sparkling wine and organic strawberries. From 3-5 p.m., Fig & Olive Melrose Place, 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood. (310) 360-9100. $85 a person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
The Pastrami Project Pop-Up Tour is underway at Mendocino Farms with a limited edition sandwich, Our House Smoked Pastrami Project. It features thick slabs of 12-hour pecan-wood artisan smoked pastrami, creamy apple coleslaw on Drago Bakery rye and a side of Moppin & Mustard Sauce for $12.95. Created in part with Ugly Drum Chefs Erik Black and Joe Marcos, the sandwich is part of a test run for the fall 2014 menu. The sammie will be available on a limited basis through Thursday at the Los Angeles, location, 175 S. Fairfax Ave., followed by a stint at the Marina del Rey location, 4724 Admiralty Way, from April 14-16. From there, the sandwich hits Sherman Oaks, West Hollywood, South Figueroa Avenue, and so on, making the rounds of other locations. Call your local Mendocino Farms restaurant for details, including hours of availability.
The Easter Bunny is coming a little early this year, putting in appearance at the Springtime Easter Festival at Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 12 through Easter Sunday, April 20. Admission is free for children under 2 and $6 per person for everyone else. There will be an animal show, a tractor-drawn wagon ride, photos with the Easter Bunny, an Easter story labyrinth, a petting corral, egg dying, basket making and more. (Yes, there is an Easter egg hunt!). Underwood Family Farms, Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. (805) 529-3690.