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Food

Monday On the Menu

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Seems many restaurants have theme nights in LA. We've noticed that Monday's become a popular night for restaurateurs to cook up specials to entice patrons in on a school night.Gayot.com'shas posted 2 separate announcements from restaurants regarding Monday specials:
Wine & Cheese Tastings
Maison 140 hotel in Beverly Hills (near the Peninsula Hotel) has partnered with The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills to host monthly wine and cheese tastings in the hotel’s Bar Noir area (tucked into a corner of the lobby).

The tastings, called Vin et Fromage, will take place the third Monday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The next event is scheduled for February 21. The cost is $30 per person and reservations are suggested. Bar Noir at Maison 140 Hotel, 140 Lasky Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-281-4000.

A little further west, West Hollywood’s La Bohèmeis now presenting Chicken n’ Dumplin’ Mondays, Patrons who order the special will receive a salad to start and chocolate layer cake to finish for $21 per person. La Bohème, 8400 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-848-2360.

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Chef Suzanne Tracht's Jar restaurant now provides Mozzarella Mondays, hosted by guest chef and friend Nancy Silverton of Campanile and La Brea Bakery. Each Monday, the lounge and bar buzz with a group of loyal regulars sampling fresh mozzarella combinations including Buratta Ricotta with Braised Artichoke Hearts, Pine Nuts and Currants; Mozzarella with Radicchio, Garlic Confit and Mint Pesto; and Pulled Mozzarella with Smoked Tomato Broth and Grilled Rosemary Bread. Jar, 8225 Beverly Blvd., 323-655-6566.

Fridays & Saturdays
Every Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Cézanne Restaurant presents Vintner Dinners at their location in the Le Merigot Beach Hotel & Spa in Santa Monica, Calif. With the purchase of any entrée, guests are treated to unlimited complimentary wine tasting from the featured vintner of the month. Wines featured include everything from Cabernet Sauvignon to Zinfandel.

Sundays
Every Sunday, Rocca will serve its version of the famous Neapolitan ragù, the “queen of all sauces” in two courses: first the pasta, then the meats. Each week the restaurant will vary the meats, which might include pork, beef or veal, as well as lamb, goat, game, polpettine (meatballs), sausages and braciole. The price is $27 per person for the two courses and exclusive Sunday night wine specials are offered as well. Rocca, 1432 Fourth St., Santa Monica, 310-395-6765.

Ongoing

February 13
Norwood Clark, one of the owners of Uncle Darrow’sCajun/Creole eatery, has invited UNICEF to participate in the restaurant’s annual Mardi Gras celebration and will encourage patrons to give directly to a representative from charity who will be on hand for the event. On February 13 from noon to 5 p.m. Uncle Darrow’s will have a live Zydeco band in the parking lot, a crawfish boil with corn and potatoes ($10 a plate) and a representative from UNICEF who will be taking donations that go directly to tsunami relief efforts.

Uncle Darrow’s, 2560 S. Lincoln Blvd. (in a strip mall at the corner of Lincoln and Washington), Marina Del Rey, 310-306-4862,