Ever take your kids out to dinner only to spend the entire time chasing them and worrying that they will break something, write on the wall, or both? Feel like your days of dining at a fine establishment are over? Well, fret no more, because the Tar Pit restaurant saves the day with Cocktail and Crayons – an evening of family dining and entertainment this Sunday, August 21.
Co-owner Daphne Brogdon (who runs Tar Pit with husband and chef Mark Peel of Campanile) cooked up the special evening after similar Mother’s and Father’s Day events were well-received for giving parents an opportunity to have dinner and normal conversation while “letting their kids run amok.” Brogdon hosts the event, which runs from 4pm to 8pm, making sure all the little guests are entertained and happy. Her daughter even gets in on the hosting action, befriending children who seem shy.
For parents whose out-of-home dining is usually limited to a diner or a pancake house of “international” origin, the Tar Pit is a refreshing dose of class, modeled after an old-fashioned supper club. During the family-friendly evening, the restaurant will serve its regular menu for the adults and add some special selections for the kids, including Shirley Temple drinks made with the house homemade grenadine, and a special concoction called “The Phineas and Ferb.” They’ll have the requisite crayons and coloring pages, but special to this evening there will be a green screen video crew creating special movie scenes starring your child (for an extra fee).
A portion of the proceeds of Cocktail and Crayons will benefit Edible Schoolyards, a non-profit that educates urban children about gardening and farming. Brogdon is happy to offer the event so that families – especially moms – “can have a nice dinner and relax during this crazy back-to-school prep season.”
Cocktails & Crayons
August 21, 4-8pm (reservations recommended)
The Tar Pit
609 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90036