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!

Tue – Fri: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

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

“Space Camp” at The Groundlings

Off the bat: The Groundlings are hilarious. They’ve earned their reputation – and I’d be hard-pressed to find skits and improv of this caliber anywhere else in town. Complete with a live, spritely 3-piece band providing remixed and rearranged classics as set change music, your senses are titillated for a full 2 hours at “Space Camp,” their latest compilation of knee-slapping skits and improv concepts.

It was a privilege to see “Space Camp” on its opening night since I was able to observe Groundlings alumni come back and support the latest effort. There were tons of faces I half-recognized – and then there was Cheryl Hines who, last time I ran into her, I literally almost plowed over in a Johnny Rockets. But I felt a fly on the wall observing close family and was able to admire the tradition holding together the troupe for the past 35 years. After all, this was the training ground for a many present and past Saturday Night Live and Mad TV cast members (Jon Lovitz, Mike Myers, Conan O’Brien, Cheri Oteri, Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph, Kathy Griffin, Chris Parnell amongst others).

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