Some Fancy Summer Stuff: Bouchon Les Enfants Menu + Movies, Hotel Bel-Air Ice Cream Social

by Jessica on June 19, 2013

Bouchon park
Summer has kicked off in earnest, meaning we’re into week two of no school for one of my boys, and I finally have some swimming lessons on the books. Thankfully a) camp starts next week and b) we’ve had grandparents around to lessen the burden of Camp Mommy somewhat. Boy #1 has clocked a lot of Metro riding time this week, for which his grandpa gets major props.

Switching gears, this season already has some interesting, albeit fancy, food happenings for kids. Here are a couple happening and starting quite soon. I’ll be on the lookout for other good stuff coming up.

When I saw Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro has added — GASP! — a kids’ menu, I thought the culinary world might spin off its axis. Guess Chef Keller is cool with further welcoming kids into his Beverly Hills and lightening the hit to their parents’ wallet. Also of interest is the return of the Sunday Night Supper Family Soiree/Movies in the Park outdoor series in the plaza between Bouchon and the Montage Hotel, off of Canon Drive, with free parking past the usual two hour limit. Screenings start around 8 p.m., and the whole shebang is tied to the family style roast chicken Sunday Supper night, which is not required, but certainly a nice idea. The schedule and the Sunday-only les enfants menu are as follows (after the jump).

June 23: Mary Poppins
July 14: Moulin Rouge (maybe not for the ENTIRE family)
July 28: Wreck It Ralph
August 11: Enchanted
August 25: People’s Choice

As per the press release, the les enfants menu features “macaroni and cheese, croque madame, a children’s portion of the roasted chicken breast with French fries or elbow macaroni pasta with tomato sauce ranging from $8.00 to $18.00.” That must be some DAMN good tomato sauce and croque!

This is SUPER last minute, but tomorrow at the oh-so delightful and iconic Hotel Bel-Air from 3:30 – 4:30, Executive Chef Cassie Ballard will walk kids through the fascinating steps of making ice cream. Chef Ballard’s Ice Cream Social costs $45 per, so eat up to get your money’s worth. Or just hang out around the amazing grounds for a long time after. Don’t miss those amazing bathrooms. Seriously, some of the best in L.A., and easily the entire country. Or world. OK, enough about hotel/restaurant bathrooms, a topic about which I have a LOT of opinions.

And speaking of ice cream and Beverly Hills, we gotta check out Ice Cream Lab already. That sounds like a perfect summer outing. Red Tri’s endorsement made me want to go. Anyone else been?

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