News Buffet: All You Can Eat

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 Here’s a little foodie news to graze on:

-Go team! Crumbs Bakeshop (all five of ‘em) will be selling special purple-and-gold-frosted Lakers cupcakes until the end of the NBA finals. Price? $3.75. D-FENSE! www.crumbsbakeshop.com 

-The American Farmland Trust is holding a little contest to select “America’s Favorite Farmer’s Market.” Both the Santa Monica and Hollywood farmers market are in contention. The winners will win, well, the title of America’s Favorite Farmer’s Market, as well as a supply of No Farms No Food® tote bags to distribute to shoppers. Go online to vote. www.farmland.org/vote

-Speaking of farmer’s markets, downtown-based Valerie Confections is debuting a line of cakes, pies, jams, and other sweets called “Valerie at the Market,” which will be sold at area farmers’ markets. All the treats sold will include local, SoCal-grown ingredients. www.valerieconfections.com 

-Hooray! Downtown’s Rowdy Red Wine and Burger Bar can now actually sell red wine. (And liquor!) Thanks ABC.

-The next Ammo “Farm to Table” dinner has been announced. August 2nd, chef/owner Amy Sweeney will pair up with Windrose Farms (we’re big fans of Bill and Barbara Spencer) and Tablas Creek, both from the San Luis Obispo area. Price, $45 a person, and $30 for wine pairings. Call 323-467-3293 for reservations. http://www.ammocafe.com

Nobu has decided to extend their “recession friendly” menus throughout the summer. From 6-9 p.m., seven nights a week, folks in the lounge can get mixed drinks for $6, wines for $7, martinis for $10, and now “tapas” like like panko encusted scallops, foie gras on crispy soba, and miso marinated grilled Pacific white shrimp
 
-I dub this the summer of the float. The beer float at Golden State has us wondering why we ever bothered with soda. The Larchmont Larder is offering locally made Margo’s Bark root beer floats (proceeds from the root beer go to help shelter dogs) on June 9. And tomorrow, O.C. Sonics (soon coming to L.A.!) will be handing out gratis root beer floats from 8 p.m.-midnight,