Prix fixe menu with alligator for Valentine's at Boxing Room, Clift Hotel's Valentine's Day dinner

First of the many Valentine’s day menus to come is from Boxing Room off Grove Street. Executive Chef Justin Simoneaux‘s Southern influenced menu includes Deep-Fried Alligator; New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp; Southern Fried Chicken; Sweet Tea Brined Pork Chop; Mushrooms & Dumplin’s and some other new creations for $50 per person. Wine pairings available for an additional $20 as well as beer pairings for $15. Dinner will be served from 5 PM to 11 PM on Valentine’s Day and reservations can be made by calling 415-430-6590 or by visiting Open Table. We’re sure that you could find a date that would appreciate some alligator this “Heart Day.” 399 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.

If your date is not into vicious reptile meat, this might be for you. On Tuesday, February 14 at the Velvet Room of the Clift Hotel is serving up a five-course prix fixe menu for $85 per person. The main course includes a choice of grilled rib eye or stripe bass, and ending with a Red Velvet cake with strawberries, hazelnut ice cream, and vanilla. Call 415-929-2300 for reservations. 495 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102. Read More

Events & Festivals

Food GPS presents the Lamb Showdown: Pollack & Samson versus Manzke

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On Monday, February 20 at 7:30 PM, three Los Angeles chefs will compete for $500 at Food GPS’ Lamb Showdown, host at Guelaguetza Restaurant in L.A.’s Koreatown. République’s Walter Manzke will battle it out with Sotto’s chef Zach Pollack and chef Steve Samson. Attendees will decide the winner(s) at the end of this six-course meal featuring American lamb – a showcase of the less mainstream meat. Organizer and Food GPS founder Joshua Lurie tells us, “most people are familiar with beef, chicken and pork, but lamb has its own unique benefits.” Read More

Bruery beers’ bromance with Mezze’s Mediterranean cuisine

On Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM, Ben Weiss of The Bruery and Chef Micah Wexler of Mediterranean restaurant, Mezze, team up to host “Fe-Bruery Feast”, an evening of beer and food. Ben will guide a tasting of four limited edition beers alongside a four-course pairing menu created by Micah. 50 tickets will be sold at $85. Dinners will be paired with beers such as: Loakal Red (hoppy red ale), Trois Poules Francais (Belgian dark strong ale), Smoking Wood (imperial smoked rye porter), and Filmishmish (sour blond ale). Call 310-657-4103 for reservations. 401 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Read More

TV

Travel Channel’s ‘Hotel Impossible’ with Anthony Melchiorri: premiering April 9

First, there was “Mission Impossible” (thanks Tom), then there was “Dinner Impossible” and “Restaurant Impossible” – now, the Travel Channel is helping out a few hotels by sending in “Hotel Fixer” Anthony Melchiorri, in its new series, “Hotel Impossible“. This weekly one-hour show, airing every Monday at 10 PM ET/PT, will show Anthony monitoring online reviews, critiquing standard service practices, and making decisions on hotel infrastructure. Each episode will feature a different hotel with the owners completely relinquishing control and livelihood in an attempt to resurrect their establishments. Read More

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Le Bon Garcon Caramels

Looking for a last-minute gift for the object of your affection? Drugstore chocolates might not cut it this year, and your Valentine will have no doubt already dipped into some candy hearts from the office pool. Instead, ensure your continued Casanova status with a fresh box of Le Bon Garcon’s caramels – buttery, smooth, soft morsels of goodness handmade by confectioner Jason Chao.

The charming packaging and sweet “je t’adore” notecard (blank inside for your personalization) enfold a selection of all-natural caramels in either a single flavor or an assortment. Choose from one of Le Bon Garcon’s signature flavors – Mango-Passion Fruit, Macadamia Nut, or Salted (a definite ace in the hole for your favorite salty-sweet fiend) – or try the one-of-a-kind “Caramour,” a special limited-run Valentine’s Day flavor of citrus, vanilla and spice melded with caramel.

Available in 4 oz. ($15) or 8 oz. ($27) gift boxes on lebongarcon.com – order by February 7th to make sure your sweetheart gets their sweets on time.