First, possibly the best deal in LA, $60 for 2, prix fixe at O Hotel:
This is for Mary Park, who’s doing her job so well:
By LA Times
Valentine’s Day in Downtown Los Angeles
For Angelenos in search of a break from the traditional prix-fixe offerings, downtown’s California-centric wine bar, Corkbar, will offer variety with an à la carte menu of chef’s specials designed just for Valentine’s Day. Dishes will range from Seared Duck Breast with Port Wine Reduction to Molten Chocolate Cake with Crème Anglaise, and as always, experienced staff will be on hand to provide wine pairing suggestions. Prices of the entrées will range between $10 and $20; a flight of high-end sparkling wine will be available for $25. www.corkbar.com
La Monarca Bakery is hosting Twitter Contest/Daily Gift Basket giveaway which runs through Sunday. It’s a great chance for folks to win $150 of treats (per day!) just for tweeting. Additionally, guests can simply “check-in” on any geosocial networking site (Facebook, Foursquare) and immediately receive a free pan dulce item.
March 4, 2011, The Terrace at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is pleased to host a “Farm to Table” dinner showcasing the exquisite artisanal cheeses from Cypress Grove Chevre, a leading producer of fine American goat cheese based in Humboldt County, California. Terrace Chef de Cuisine Erik Schuster will create a five course tasting menu featuring a specific cheese from Cypress Grove in each course, along with perfectly paired wine and beer selections.
Chef Erik Schuster and Cypress Grove Chevre Founder and Master Cheese Maker Mary Keehn will present each course and explain the characteristics of the dish, the highlighted cheese and the beverage pairing. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception in the hotel’s Lobby Lounge at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. in The Terrace.
The five course, prix fixe menu, including hors d’oeuvres, an amuse bouche and a pre-dessert is $95 per person including wine and beer pairings, and will feature the following award-winning cheeses from Cypress Grove Chevre:
* Humboldt Fog, with its signature ribbon of edible vegetable ash under the rind and through the center creating a cake-like appearance;
* Purple Haze, with its perfect mixture of lavender and fennel pollen;
* Midnight Moon, aged six months or more to achieve its firm, dense texture and smooth, nutty, brown-buttery flavor with prominent caramel notes;
* Lamb Chopper, a buttery sheep milk cheese with a long, complex finish;
* The earthy and elegant Truffle Tremor, where the classic flavor of truffle meets the velvety perfection of ripened goat milk cheese; and
* Bermuda Triangle, which when thinly sliced with a cheese wire creates a distinctive presentation, is a surface-ripened and ashed goat cheese that becomes creamier with age.
There is limited seating for this event and reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, please dial (626) 585-6218 or visit pasadena.langhamhotels.com. The hotel is located at 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106.
Now, from BBPR:
I’m all about eating Chinese food on V-day, and for the beachy Westsiders, Xino seems to be one of the few options. Also, Xino rhymes with Sino…
XINO’S SERVING UP A LIL SOMETHING FROM THE HEARTdim sum
WHO/WHAT: Dim sum, translated, means “from the heart.” With that in mind, XINO, the modern Chinese restaurant located in the newly renovated Santa Monica Place, is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a lovers menu that will tickle the taste buds and warm the heart. With ten percent of profits going to support the St. John’s Heart Institute in Santa Monica, it’s time to dim sum and give some.
VALENTINES DAY CHEF’S TASTING MENU at XINO
“Cupid’s Seafood Platter”
** Soy Braised Abalone & Maitake Mushrooms, Sea Beans, Hearts of Palm & White Soy
** Kushii Oyster on the Half Shell, Pickled Shallot, Lychee Mignonette
** XO Cured Salmon & Gold Coin Buns, Black Bean Chimichurri, Soy Caviar
** Garlic Black Pepper Medallions of Beef & Singaporean “Chili Prawns”
** Wok Fired Chinese Greens, Kabocha Puree
** Chocolate Fondue
** Ginger Marshmallow, Jumbo Strawberries, Coconut Macaroons & a Warm Chocolate Ganache
Xino Restaurant & Lounge
395 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Dominick’s was always very inaccessible due to its locale. We aren’t Beverly Hills adjacent, nor are we doctors/nurses at Cedar. However, 2 weeks ago, Dominick’s was my lifeline to all that was edible. On Feb 19th, they’re serving a wine & swine dinner. What I like about this event is that it is not a prix fixe menu, and it’s not a “pop-up”.
BRINGING WINE AND SWINE TOGETHER, DOMINICK’S HEATS UP THE PATIO WITH A PIG ROAST
Celebrating the release of the new vintage of Dominick’s house wines, Dago Red and Dago White, owners Warner Ebbink and Chef Brandon Boudet are opening the patio early for a special afternoon Pig Roast.
½ Dozen Oysters w/ Mignonette – $12
Butter Lettuce & Arugula Salad w/ Baby Celery, Pistachios, Lemon, Shallots & Crème Fraîche – $5
Roasted Pig Bruschetta w/ Saba Reduction & Salsa Verde – $5
Roasted Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes w/ Rosemary & Sea Salt – $5
Polenta Cake w/ Crème Fraîche – $5
Bottles of Dago Wine & Prosecco – $12 each
Bottles of Moretti Beer – $3 each
Saturday, February 19th
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
8715 Beverly Boulevard
W Hollywood, California 90048.
Tel. (310) 652-2335 ~ Fax (310) 652-2346 .
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