Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley Serving At Rock & Brews Tomorrow; Adam Tihany Refreshes Polo Lounge

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"Hello Torrance!" Photo: Clever Cupcakes/Flickr

Alhambra: A new trattoria named Caffe Italiano is open and serving Sardinian cuisine from native chef Paolo Dessena at 7 South Second St. [GS]
Beverly Hills: Polo Lounge is undergoing a subtle redesign from acclaimed Adam Tihany to appear brighter and refreshed. [GS]
--You can now find Matt Biancaniello's cocktails at The Sofitel's new Riviera 31. [Digest]
Century City: Rocksugar chef Mohan Ismail is holding a cooking demo at Bloomingdale's this Saturday at 2:00 P.M., preparing Southeast Asian dishes to n celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month. [GS]
Citywide: How about a handy guide to the city's best cookies? [Food GPS]
Downtown: Chichen Itza is revising its habanero-eating contest on Father's Day, June 17. [Chichen Itza]

Echo Park: On May 18, Mohawk Bend is holding "Breakfast in the Bend" to raise funds for Share Our Strength, featuring ten-dollar vegan and carnivorous specials like breakfast burritos and waffles along with $4 pints from Golden Road. [GS]
Hermosa Beach: On May 8, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach will feature the beers and brewmaster of Hermosa's Abigaile, paired with Gabe Gordon's dishes from 5:00 to 10:00 P.M. The next night, Abigaile will return the favor by pitting Beachwood's beers and brewmaster with Tin Vuong's cooking. Kinky! [GS]
Hollywood: Patina is bringing a new wine bar to The Hollywood Bowl that can accommodate 250 people. [L.A. Mag]
--SBE is taking over the Vanguard space to open Create nightclub with electronic dance music event producer Insomniac. The debut comes on May 14 with a performance by Dash Berlin. [GS]
Pico Rivera: Minerva's gets a shout-out for representing solid cuisine from Guadalajara. [Digest]
Santa Monica: Master Food Preserver Sarah Spitz will moderate a panel series called "Gleaning and Foraging" with Mia Wasilevich and Christy Porter of Hidden Harvest, among others*, at the S.M. Public Library this Sunday. [Buy Local SM]
--Chloe bartender Kim Stodel was picked as a finalist at the Star of the Bar competition, and will go on to the International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event in Chicago to compete in front of a live audience and judges like including Anthony Bourdain on May 19. [IWSB]
--One Pico is releasing new lunch and menus tomorrow from chef Sven Mede, who will tune and switch out market-lead dishes using regular updates on Twitter. To celebrate, every diner will get a complimentary glass of wine with either meal when they say "By the Blue Sea." [GS]
Torrance: At 11:30 A.M. tomorrow, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons will oversee a ribbon cutting at the new Torrance-based link of Rock & Brews, the third location of the Michael Zislis-engineered brewpub. The two Kiss stars will then play waiters during a luncheon for veterans and Wounded Warriors. [GS]

*Austin Young of Fallen Fruit can no longer make it unfortunately.