Weekly Sketches at Elements Kitchen, Pasadena

The theme is cheese

If you’re in Pasadena during the latter half of the week, there’s incentive to stop by Elements Kitchen. In a classic catering business to brick-and-mortar move by chef-owner Onil Chibás last January, Elements focuses on being innovative with their ingredients. That effort has translated to Wednesday Sketches and Thursday Liquid Sketches, where dishes and cocktails revolve around two different seasonal ingredients per week.

Today’s Wednesday Sketches will revolve around cheese. Each dish will run $5. If you Twitter, you retweet this @elementskitchen tweet by 5 PM today, you’ll receive a complimentary first dish.

Tomorrow’s Thursday Liquid Sketches will revolve around rhubarb, the cocktails of which will be created by cocktail consultant Michel Dozois of Neve Ice. You can also retweet this tweet and your first cocktail will be $1. All cocktails in the Liquid Sketches menu are $5 each.

On Sundays, Elements also features a 3-course prix fixe menu for $35 per person, the courses of which revolve around a singular theme (this week: Slow Italian Kitchen).

It’s definitely the most innovative food I’ve had around Pasadena in awhile, so the aforementioned deals would be a good introduction to anybody new to Elements. Put that Twitter to use!

Lunch
Tue – Fri: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Dinner
Tue – Thur, Sun: 5 – 10 PM
Fri – Sat: 5 – 11 PM

Bar & Lounge
Tue – Sun: 4 PM – 12 AM

Elements Kitchen
37 S. El Molino Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
626.440.0044‎

Twelve Days of Bubbly at Vertical Wine Bistro

Photo credit to Velo Steve on Flickr

Let’s start this countdown to Christmas, shall we? (That is – if you celebrate.) Starting this Saturday, the “Wine Dude” over at Vertical Bistro in Pasadena, David Haskell, will select a different sparkling wine every day (with the exception of Mondays) to be featured in the bar and lounge for just $5 per glass. Be sure to use Haskell’s expertise while you’re there – he’ll be on hand to offer pairing suggestions from the bar’s new California bistro-inspired small plates selection, including rare and hard-to-find artisanal cheeses and charcuterie.

Also, if you’re not in the mood for bubbly, you can stop in any time at their Tuesday – Thursday happy hour from 5 – 7  PM and 10 PM – 12 AM, featuring 25 % off the bar menu and select drink specials for $6.

Peep the menu below to see what’s available to enjoy with your sparkling (or unsparkling) wine:

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