Shopper & Diner: Pizza for a cause in Echo Park; Ales for ALS in Eagle Rock; and Elysian Valley gets nostalgic for books


Chefs for a day at Mohawk Bend / Courtesy Mohawk Bend

By Marni Epstein

This past Wednesday, a group of students from the 826LA program tossed the dough around Mohawk Bend alongside the Echo Park eatery’s executive chef to create custom pizzas as part of the “Piece of the Pie” program. The kids then voted on their favorite creation which will appear on the Mohawk Bend menu for the entire month of August. $4 from each custom pie purchased during the month will go to 826LA.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • On a similar note, Eagle Rock Brewery has crafted a new brew to help raise funds for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, writes LA Magazine. The beer, appropriately named LOU, is a hoppy brown ale. For every pint of LOU sold during its run, $1 will go to the ALS Therapy Development Institute.
  • Everything old is new again. At least that’s what Elysian Valley’s newest bookstore proprietor, Jen Hitchock is betting on with her recently-opened Book Show. The LA Times reports that the creatively curated shop looks to tap into the surge of nostalgia-seekers, like those who single-handedly breathed new life into vinyl after all these years. Located in the Nomad art compound, the store offers used books, indie new releases, and zines.
  • New to Los Feliz is an Italian restaurant called La Pergoletta, reports Eater LA. New signage went up at the Hillhurst storefront in the former spot of Dumb Starbucks. Little else is known about the eatery aside from an expected “Summer 2014” opening date.


Marni Epstein Epstein is an entertainment, music, and lifestyle Journalist and resident of Echo Park. She has previously worked in the film and digital media industries with FOX and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She is currently also pursuing a Masters in Historic Preservation.

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