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Kate Mantilini cocktails, new Spice Table menu, Sandhi wine dinner

January 28, 2013|By Betty Hallock
  • Chef Bryant Ng announces a new menu at the Spice Table in downtown Los Angeles.
Chef Bryant Ng announces a new menu at the Spice Table in downtown Los Angeles. (Ricardo De Aratanha / Los…)

Cocktails at Kate Mantilini: Kate Mantilini, celebrating its 25th year, announced a new cocktail program. The Beverly Hills restaurant -- founded by Harry Lewis, who also started the Hamburger Hamlet chain in 1950 -- has tapped Devon Espinosa to create a golden-age-of-Hollywood cocktail menu. All cocktails are $12 and include: Key Largo, made with Sailor Jerry's spiced rum, coconut, lime and falernum; Cardinali with Bombay dry gin, Dolin Blanc and Campari; Don Draper, an old-fashioned of Buffalo Trace bourbon, Carpano Antica vermouth, Jelnick Fernet and Allspice Dram; Table 24 -- Dewar's White Label, St-Germain, lemon, ginger, honey and blackberries; Passion for Hamlet with Russian Standard vodka, passionfruit, lemon and house-made grenadine; Cucumber Ricky with El Jimador tequila, lime, cucumbers and soda; Chartreuse Swizzle with green Chartreuse, lime, pineapple and falernum; and Winter Julep -- Apple Jack, spiced syrup, mulled apple cider and mint. 9101 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 278-3699, www.katemantilini.com.

Spice Table's new menu: Chef Bryant Ng of the Spice introduces a new menu, mixing favorites from the downtown restaurants original menu with both traditional and innovative Singaporean and Vietnamese dishes. Some new offerings: Singaporean “carrot cake”; grilled beef salad; dried pho with marrow broth; duck rice; grilled country pork chops; fried dough with beef and potato curry; and Third Floor Bee Hoon, a dish with vermicelli noodles, shrimp, eggs and char siu. Ng, a Campanile alum, says he's adapted the shut restaurant's flattened chicken dish as an homage. 114 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 620-1840, www.thespicetable.com.

Sandhi wine dinner: Supper Club 20 at Rosso Wine Shop will host a Sandhi Wines dinner with co-founder Rajat Parr, also wine director for Michael Mina Restaurants, on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Sandhi is a small-production California winery focusing on Santa Rita Hills vineyards. Dinner is at 7 p.m., with a reception at 6:45 featuring a surprise wine and croquettes with potato, marrow and herbs. On the dinner menu: smoked scallop, cured salmon, pickled chiles and fennel, with 2011 Sandhi Santa Barbara Chardonnay and 2010 Sandhi Rita's Crown Chardonnay; chicken liver terrine, with 2011 Sandhi Bentrock Chardonnay and 2010 Sandhi Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay; pork belly, parsnips and rhubarb chutney, with 2011 Sandhi Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir and 2011 Sandhi Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir (fall 2013 release); and duck, Marcona almonds, medjool dates and candied yams, with 2010 Sandhi Evening-Land Tempest Pinot Noir (Library Release). $75 per person. Reservations required; call (818) 330-9130 with name, number of party, phone, credit card and expiration date. 3459-1/2 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale, www.rossowineshop.com.

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