Downtown’s TAKAMI SUSHI RESTAURANT once again proves that good deeds are best performed when they originate from the heart.  The entire staff of TAKAMI will sponsor a Holiday Toy Drive to benefit area children and families in need.  This year, however, TAKAMI makes it both easy on the conscience and the wallet.   Through Christmas Eve, guests arriving with one unwrapped toy of $10 value (or more!) will receive $25.00 OFF their lunch or dinner bill.  (the small print: one toy per couple, with minimum $50 purchase.)  Last year, the TAKAMI toy drive netted two truckloads of goodies.  Our charity recipient this year serves over 150 families experiencing extreme medical and financial crises.  The TAKAMI family hopes to far exceed last years’ collection of toys and good will.

For more information, or to make reservations, please call 213. 236.9600 or visit or


The venerable LOLA’S on Fairfax has teamed up with The Cirque du Soleil for the month of December to benefit Circus founder, Guy Laliberte’s philanthropic group – the One Drop Foundation. He and Loren Dunsworth (Lola’s owner, and creator of the famed APPLE MARTINI that filled every bar menu in America for a decade!) are Canadian expats, as well as dear, old friends.

Together, they have created the IRIS MARTINI , which will be sold throughout the month of December, with ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of all sales to fund the One Drop Foundation.  As well, discounted tickets to IRIS will be available for all LOLA’s guests.  This offer will be available into the foreseeable future.  (the small print: IRIS discount available with any brunch or dinner purchase.)

For more information, or to make reservations, please call 323.654.5652 or visit or .


The East side’s CITY SIP WINE BAR,  fresh from an interior make over by designer Troy Silva, rejoins forces with The Green Beacon Foundation for the holiday installation of FOOD FOR THOUGHT, a seasonal supper that will sponsor the Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles, a non-profit community development corporation that has initiated the Veggie Voucher Program.  This program allows low income shoppers to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the growers at the Echo Park Farmer’s Market.

Tis The Seasonal Supper will feature a four course meal created by Chef Gloria Felix of Reservoir Restaurant, along with wine pairings by City Sip’s Nicole Daddio. This special dinner is Sunday, December 11, 2011, 7pm GBF Home Tour, 8pm Dinner.  $68.00 pp.  (the small print: One Hundred Percent of proceeds go to Veggy Vouchers and local farmers.)

For more information or to make reservations, please visit or call 213.483.9463.