Lavo Brunch Moves Your Day Drinking Indoors

Lavo Brunch

Lavo Brunch

When the party pools finally shut us out in October, the only thing to do is put on a sweater and continue our day drinking at Lavo, which returns the weekend of October 19 with its legendary Saturday Champagne party brunch from 2-6 p.m. Now in its third season, the popular brunch comes complete with confetti canons, resident DJ Lema and large-format bottles of Champagne and takes us through the cold months without having to stop the party. Oh, and there’s food, too, that somehow you eat while girls dance on your table. If indeed, you’d like the party to stop for a minute and eat your eggs Benedict without confetti falling in it, Lavo launches Proper Brunch at 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 20, a slightly more civilized event (i.e., you don’t have to scream to have a conversation with your dining companions). Proper Brunch rolls out a menu that includes heartier and decadent offerings such as lobster Benedict with a whole one-pound lobster and champagne hollandaise, and the Proper Burger made with beef from Meyer Farm and served with truffle fries. If your tastes run more on the sweet side that early in the day, Nutella crepes are calling your name, as are the eclectic Blue Skies pancakes, made with white polenta and fresh blueberries, and topped with blueberry compote. Sunday Funday now has a new spot. 791-1818,

Sammy’s Upgrade

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza has branched out to open the 24-hour Sammy’s Restaurant, Bar & Grill last week at Green Valley Parkway and Pebble Road. The menu still includes Sammy’s favorite pizza and small plates such as the lebni and mini tacos. Of the new location’s 8,000 square feet, 3,000 are dedicated as a sort of living room for diners to eat like they’re at home with friends. 1501 N. Green Valley Pkwy., 567-4000,

Because Drinking Gives Us Hope

Well, one hope anyway, thanks to Aliante Casino pairing with OneHope Wine for a four-course pairing dinner on October 17. OneHope integrates charitable causes with products to support philanthropic organizations, but its wines are where it gets fun: Half of the proceeds from each varietal sold go to a specific organization. Want to benefit breast cancer awareness? Go for the OneHope chardonnay. Support the SPCA? It’s pinot noir for you. The wine dinner at Bistro 57 will help four organizations through each course. $65, 692-7777,

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