Founders of Sprinkles Cupcakes Ring Nasdaq Opening Bell

Food Network judge of “Cupcake Wars” and founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes, Candace Nelson, will visit the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City’s Times Square. In honor of the occasion, Candace and her husband, co-owner and founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes, Charles Nelson, will ring the opening bell for the stock exchange on Friday, signalling the start of the trading day. We’re not sure what the tie is with Nasdaq. The publicist for Sprinkles says that it is to celebrate the opening of Sprinkle’s first location in New York City. But we wonder if the stock exchange is wooing the fast growing company.

Dine Out to Support Project Angel Food and PETA

Two different fundraising events are being held at area restaurants on Thursday, April 28.  The big event is being held at dozens of restaurants to benefit Project Angel Food.  Veggie Grill is also holding an event to raise money for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. A nationwide “Dine Out, Fight AIDS” fundraising event will occur on Thursday to raise money for local AIDS related charities. When you dine at a participating restaurant on April 28th, a portion of your check will go to a local AIDS organization. Dining Out For Life will be held in over 50 cities in the US and Canada. In Los Angeles, the beneficiary is Project Angel Food. Some of the participating restaurants include The Abbey, Barney’s Beanery, BLD,,Cheebo, El Coyote Cafe, Hamburger Mary’s, Kitchen 24, The Little Door and Little Next Door, Lucques, Mr Chow, O!Burger, The Palm Restaurant, Taste, Vermont and many, many more.

Sunset Strip Picks: Papa Roach, Boxer Rebellion, Den’s BBQ

via Brent X. Mendoza and TheSunsetStrip.com

Jazz lovers rejoice! The Trousdale Lounge kicks off the debut of their new weekly event, Monday Night Jazz. Add a little sophistication to your weekly routine with performances by James Torme. RSVP required, rsvp@trousdalelounge.com. www.trousdalelounge.com

Tuesday, April 26 House of Blues Sunset Strip presents the hard rockin’ sounds of Papa Roach, Alien Ant Farm and Finger Eleven.

Free Starbucks Coffee and Tea in Your Mug on Earth Day

Bring a Mug to Starbucks for Free Coffee and Tea on Earth Day – at participating stores on Earth Day, April 22 (via @FrugalDivaAlert)

Here is the announcement from Starbucks… On April 22 we’re inviting everyone to bring in a reusable mug or tumbler and get a free brewed coffee or tea. Your choice of brew, hot or iced – it is spring after all! This is happening at participating stores in the United States and Canada. Why are we doing this?

Dukes Updates Menu, Preps to Open Jim Morrison Lounge

Some interesting changes have been underway at Dukes on the Sunset Strip under new owner Adam Newton, previously of Cafeteria in NYC, and his partner Kelly Li. The most dramatic enhancement is coming up. A private lounge is being opened above the diner that will pay homage Jim Morrison.  The menu is also undergoing some changes in the coming days, and updates to the decor are being phased in. From design to cuisine to cocktail, wine and beer selections, the new owners say that Dukes is being “re-introduced as a staple for a new generation.” Since its beginning at the Tropicana Hotel in 1968, Dukes has been a celebrity haunt and musical mecca, attracting the likes of Jim Morrison, Tom Waits, Blondie, Tom Petty, Janis Joplin, and more, before its eventual move to The Strip in 1987.

Barney’s Beanery Preps for L.A. Firefighter Chili Cook-Off

It will be a firehouse chili throw-down in the streets of West Hollywood come Saturday, April 30, when the best in firehouse chili will be judged at Barney’s Beanery 5-Alarm Firefighters’ Chili Cook-Off. The event will benefit the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. As part of Barney’s ongoing 90th anniversary celebration, the City of West Hollywood will close off the street in front of the popular roadhouse for a chili competition involving off-duty firefighters from the LA County, LA City, Pasadena and Burbank Departments. The judging panel will include city officials, KTTV Fox 11 News anchor Christine Devine, the former host of NBC’s “Weakest Link” George Gray. Jimmy Kimmel Live talk show sidekick Guillermo Díaz will also be on the panel, and so will syndicated radio talk show host Karel, and travel writer Andrea Rademan.

Pink’s Hot Dogs Expanding to Amusement Park in Ohio

Pink’s, a Hollywood legend for more than 71 years, will serve its special brand of hot dogs and chili dogs this summer at Cedar Point amusement park and resort in Sandusky, Ohio. This will be the first Pink’s franchise east of Las Vegas. Last summer, Knott’s Berry Farm was the first Cedar Fair Entertainment Company park to operate a Pink’s on its property. World renown for its premium gourmet hot dogs, chili dogs, onion rings and fresh toppings, Pink’s has an impressive Who’s Who list of famous Hollywood stars and dignitaries who have frequented the original Pink’s in Hollywood. Among its customers are Betty White, Ryan Seacrest, Adam Sandler, Bill Cosby, Martha Stewart, Jay Leno and Bobby Flay.

Today’s 50% Dining Deals: Tanzore, Obika, Boraan and More

$25 for $50 of Food and Drink at Tanzore
Not only is Tanzore highly recommended by The Michelin Guide and Zagat rated, this modern Indian hot spot has been raved about everywhere from EaterLA and Thrillist to Chowhound and UrbanDaddy. And, if you haven’t tried it yet, today’s your lucky day: $25 for $50 of food and non-alcoholic beverages at this culinary treasure. (50 N. La Cienega Blvd. Beverly Hills)

For $20, you’ll get $40 worth of food and drink from Angels & Kings (or use this link to get a $20 certificate for just $10)
Angels & Kings combines the comfortable, casual feel of a neighborhood bar with sleek rock n’ roll aesthetics. Add in a fun crowd, great bar food, and stiff drinks at a good price, and you’ve got the recipe for a fantastic night out.

Pierre Gornes Becomes Executive Chef for RH at Andaz

Pierre Gornes has been promoted as the new Executive Chef for RH Restaurant at the Andaz on the Sunset Strip. Bidding adieu to Chef Sebastien Archambault, who is departing to take on a new venture, Gornes will helm the kitchen delivering on the restaurants market-to-table model and continuing to serve guests some of the best French food in Los Angeles. Gornes, who has served as sous chef at RH since 2009, was born in the Southwest of France and has worked in highly acclaimed kitchens including the Hotel Bel Air and two Michelin starred restaurants, Les Ambassadeurs at the Hotel de Crillion in Paris and the Alain Ducasse bistro Aux Lyonnais in Paris. “Pierre is the perfect candidate to take over RH from Chef Sebastien Archambault. He will maintain the market-to-table Southwestern French cooking, which RH is recognized for,” said Michel Morauw, General Manager of Andaz West Hollywood. “Also, learning under Chef Sebastien in RH will ensure the continual neighborhood familiarity and friendly service that guests are accustomed to receiving from RH.”

Former Manager of Dan Tana’s Opens His Own ‘Joint’

In the New York Times today, the Fashion & Style section profiles a little battle going here in our town. The former manager of Dan Tana’s, Craig Susser, has opened his own restaurant on Melrose… literally right around the corner from his employer of 23 years. Susser’s new ‘joint’ is called Craig’s, and it sets out to become an institution, like Chasen’s and Morton’s were and Dan Tana’s still is. Read the full story at the New York Times

Our friends at Eater LA have more photos of the interior of the restaurant.