Celebrate Earth Day With Food and Events

Here are some great Earth Day meals and fun events:

Ray’s & Stark Barsecuredownload-8

A garden menu and special Earth Day cocktails are offered in April. Executive Chef Kris Morningstar showcases herbs and vegetables from his on-site garden in his 3-course menu for $35. An Earth Day Collins for $12 features Aviation Gin, lavender basil syrup, fresh juice and fever tree soda water.

Sample Earth Day menu includes: Pig’s Ear Salad, Ray’s garden Kale & Mustard, Horseradish Vinaigrette, Marinated Beets. Ricotta Gnocchi – Ray’s garden Pea Greens & Snap Peas, Bianco Sardo. Rose Geranium Panna Cotta – Rose Wine Soup, Shortbread Cookie, Strawberries from Ray’s garden.

 Ray’s & Stark Bar is closed Wednesdays. Self-parking, located on Sixth Street and LACMA Way, is available in the museum parking garage. $10 flat fee will be offered before 5:00 p.m.; complimentary after 5:00 p.m. with minimum purchase and validation. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 323-857-6180.  www.raysandstarkbar.com.

Descanso Gardens

306On Sat. 20 at 10:30 a.m. Outdoor Living Expert Debra Prinzing and author “Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm. The book presents 52 recipes for floral arrangements using twigs, seedpods, edibles and posies. Debra demonstrates sustainable floral design in a hands-on workshop. Create beautiful bouquets that reflect your personality.

Tickets are available at ticket web.com. The workshop is in the Van de Kamp building and costs $75. The workshop includes floral materials, lunch and a signed copy of Debra’s new book. Bring a vase, pruners and gloves. 418 Descanso Dr  La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

(818) 949-4200. http://www.descansogardens.org

Cakes for a Cause at La Monarca Bakery 

From April 22 (EARTH DAY) to 28 La Monarca Bakery will donate 10% of the proceeds from all cake sales to ECOLIFE Foundation, a program IMG_1491in Michoacan, Mexico that protects Monarch butterflies. The butterfly population is down to its lowest level since 1976, due to the the decimation of forests.
ECOLIFE is protecting existing forests by constructing fuel-efficient stoves to reduce the cutting of wood for fuel. They are replanting thousands of trees in Mexico and helping to build up the Monarch Butterfly population. butterflies in Mexico.” La Monarch Bakery will distribute a coloring page to all kids and families visiting their stores featuring Monarch butterflies in their natural habitat. For more information on La Monarca Bakery, visit www.lamonarcabakery.com.
Eat only Vegetables on Earth Day. Studies show that reducing your meat consumption by enjoying meals of 80% vegetables and 20% protein is not only good for your health, but it’s better for the environment. Here are some great places to celebrate on April 22:
Urban Garden
A new fast casual restaurant from George About-Daoud, is serving vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes based on George’s Lebanese heritage. Enjoy locally-sourced and organic ingredients such as Chickpea & Quinoa Falafels; Kale, Quinoa & Beet Salad; Lentil Mujadarra; and Vegetable Kibbeh. 446 N. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, (323)951-0990.
STREET 006Tom Bergin’s 
Chef Brandon Boudet and Warner Ebbink have updated the iconic classic Irish pub’s fare. Enjoy the vegetarian Portobello Steak marinated withGarlic Rosemary; Mushroom Pie with Braised Mushrooms, Peas & Carrots, and topped with Potatoes & Dubliner Cheese; “Colcannon” Salad with Kale, Grilled Potatoes & Roasted Spring Onion Crème Fraiche; Jacket Potatoes, Twice-baked with Butter, Chives, Crème Fraiche, & Aged Cheddar; and Creamed Kale. 840 S. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles (323)936-7151.

Susan Feniger’s STREET

STREET offers greens with a global twist. The menu offers a plethora of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Enjoy some of their newly launched happy hour dishes that include Spiced Potato Samosas, Laundry Day Fritters, Tatsutage Tofu Fingers and their famed Kaya Toast. 742 N. Highland Ave. Los Angeles (323)203-0500.

 Del Mar Earth Day at L’Auberge

Located in the picturesque coastal village of Del Mar, L’Auberge Del Mar overlooks the Pacific Ocean and offers 120 guest rooms and suites, 404dining options, cozy spa, a private path to the beach and peaceful pool area.

On Monday, April 22 attend the first annual Ocean Preservation Paddle Out event to raise awareness for Ocean Preservation. Concierge will arrange board rentals. Meet at Powerhouse Park at 9 a.m.

The Hotel will feature “Green” dining, drink and spa specials. Executive Chef Scott Thomas Dolbee prepares an Earth Day entrée: Roots, Leaves & Shoots. This green-friendly, vegetarian dish features local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients including carrots, sunchokes, pea shoots, romanesco, cauliflower, morels and steel-cut oats. The entrée is priced at $19 and will be available in KITCHEN 1540 on April 21 and 22.

In the Living Room Bar, guests can savor ocean views while sipping the hotel’s eco-friendly Lovely Lavender Lemonadecocktail. This refreshing “green” concoction is made from organic lavender vodka, strawberries, mint and lemonade. In honor of Earth Day, the cocktail will be priced at $10 (normally $12) on April 21 and 22.

The Green Spa Treatment is offering a Seaweed Scrub is a soothing, purifying and detoxifying treatment that nourishes the body. This 80 minute treatment is offered for a special price of $165 (reg. $185) from April 20-22.