Hudson House celebrates 3rd anniversary, Magnolia Bakery offering Oscar-themed cupcakes and more

The Hudson House in Redondo Beach, CA is turning three years old. To celebrate, chef and co-owners Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts will be throwing a classic Southbay Bash on March 4 from 3 PM – 8 PM with an outdoor BBQ. Offering freshly grilled tropical ocean flavors, Jello shots (i.e. guava and kumquat tequila), a spicy cachaça mojito, and a draught truck pouring hard to find brews for guests. 514 North Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. 310-798-9183.

As we watch the Academy Awards this weekend from our comfy couches, we can pretend we got some of that Academy Award swag as Magnolia Bakery in L.A. is offering the Black Tie Box. Available in packs of six ($22) or twelve ($44) on February 25 and 26 only, the Black Tie Box is a combination of three cupcakes: Red Velvet with whipped vanilla icing, Flourless Chocolate with vanilla bean meringue butter-cream and the Black and White Cupcake – chocolate cake with chocolate butter-cream and whipped vanilla icing. Call 323-951-0636 to order. 8389 West 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048.

City Tavern in Culver City is beginning its Market Basket Bartender program to shed some light on the cocktails available at the restaurant. Starting February 26, every Sunday from 3 PM to close, diners will be able to mix their own drinks based on seasonal ingredients decided upon by City Tavern bartenders Jeremy Back and Gia St. George.  Mixes will be made by blending a spirit, fruit, and syrup to combine one of three options within each category, creating a $6 cocktail. Spirits range from rum to rye to gin; the ‘fruit’ category will include fruit-flavors, herbs, and spices while the syrup section will include flavored syrups, bitters, and liqueurs. 9739 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232. 310-838-9739.