National Cheese Lovers Day at Acapulco
Acapulco Restaurants is celebrating National Cheese Lovers Day on Jan. 20 by offering a complimentary queso appetizer made with cheese, shrimp and spinach. It’s available by mentioning “queso” when purchasing any adult entrée. The offer is available at all Acapulco restaurants for dine-in, one free queso appetizer per table. 722 N. Pacific Ave., (818)246-8175.
Vinovore online wine course
Coly Den Haan, one of L.A.’s first female sommeliers and owner of the female-forward wine shop Vinovore, is bringing back her four-week online wine course starting on Jan. 20. Each class includes two bottles of wine made by women, as well as the work sheets for each session. On Jan. 20, Haan and Zwann Grays will lead “Talk & Taste Like a Wine Nerd!” Learn how wine is structured and wine vocabulary. On Jan. 27, Megan Bell of Margins Wine leads “A Dive into Natural Wine.” 4627 York Blvd., (323)274-4870 and 616 N. Hoover St., (323)522-6713. vinovore.com.
Gusto Green opens
The plant-forward, omnivore-friendly Gusto Green, helmed by the culinary team of Janet Zuccarini (“Best Restaurant in America” Felix Trattoria) and Chef Michael Magliano (previously The French Laundry, Quince, Jon & Vinny’s and Animal) has partnered with Ziese Farms to provide hemp leaves for food. Together, they integrate nutrient-dense menu items that include crispy, chickpea-battered whole hemp leaf. Highly regenerative and rich in potassium and omega-3, the leaves are crafted with bold, bright, fresh flavors throughout the menu. 718 S. Hill St., (323)218-0294.
Break Up Bar is back
Taking over Severance at Palihotel Melrose, Break Up Bar is offering a four-week pop-up experience, and an anti-Valentine’s Day Champagne celebration. Featured are a wall of broken relationships, a mini art exhibit of relics of Valentine’s Day past, and a 10- foot projection screen showing classic break-up movies. The enhanced menu includes themed cocktails, champagne and festive punches, along with cakes, dessert fondues and cookie towers. Tickets are $22 and include a complimentary welcome sparkling drink and themed cocktail. Additional food and beverages are available for purchase a la carte. Outdoor seating is offered on the heated front patio. The Break Up Bar also holds brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prepaid reservations for parties of two to five are available. 7950 Melrose Ave., (323)424-3055.
Succulent Brunch at Viceroy Santa Monica
The Juicy Leaf, a boutique Highland Park plant shop, will hold a succulent building class on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. at the Viceroy Hotel. Sit under the palms on the outdoor patio at Sugar Palm restaurant and enjoy brunch while constructing a succulent arrangement to take home. The special event is $65 and includes a Green Bloody Mary or The Botanist cocktail. The bar will also serve mocktails such as the Wellness Well made with Seedlip Garden, aloe vera, cucumber and lime, and the Spiced Pear. Felix Navarro, owner of The Juicy Leaf, will guide attendees in making the arrangements. For those wishing to dine after the class, a special sunrise menu will be available for attendees that includes coastal avocado toast and vegetarian Beyond burgers. Reserve a spot on OpenTable. 1819 Ocean Ave., (310)260-7500.
NORMS new menu
In celebration of Feb. 2, 2022, NORMS is offering the Four Deuces breakfast with two eggs, two strips of bacon, two sausages and two hotcakes for $2.22. The two-hour-and-22-minute special is available from 7-9:22 a.m. on Feb. 2 at all NORMS restaurants. 470 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310)657-8333.
Prix-fixe dinner at ALK Restaurant
From Saturday, Feb. 12, through Monday, Feb. 14, ALK Restaurant is offering a special prix-fixe dinner featuring a large selection fish and meat entrées, as well as plant-based and vegan options enhanced with bright and fresh seasonal produce. Located at The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood, the ambiance provides a romantic vibe. It’s movie night on Valentine’s Day on the I/O rooftop, with a marathon of classic romantic films. Al fresco dining will be offered at the sophisticated oasis for couples. 1400 N. Cahuenga Blvd., (323)762-1000.
On Sunday, Feb. 13, and Monday, Feb. 14, Chef Neal Fraser and his team are preparing a celebratory three-course dinner with optional wine pairing in the main dining room, garden and lounge. A choice of entrée is offered and a salt and pepper dark chocolate cremeux with cherry ice cream is available for dessert. The special menu is $148 per person, with an optional wine pairing for an additional $75. Bar seats are available on a first come, first served basis with a la carte items available. On Valentine’s Day, Fraser is offering a special tasting menu in the East Room featuring Ossetra caviar, diver scallops, black truffle gnocchi, bacon-wrapped saddle of rabbit, Japanese A5 wagyu rib eye and dessert. The price is $250 per person and the multiple course dinner can be paired with wine for an additional $100. 114 E. Second St. For reservations, call (213)788-1191, or visit exploretock.com/redbirdla.
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