February on the Peninsula is clearly a month for love ? and beer. Check out what I mean in this roundup of local food and drinks events around town this month:
21st Amendment Brewery dinner
On Saturday, Feb. 8, from 6-9 p.m., Left Bank in Menlo Park will be serving four-course prix fixe menu paired with 21st Amendment beer samples. The San Francisco brewery's brewmaster, Shaun O'Sullivan, will be in attendance. Cost: $55. Call 650-473-6543 or email Khephra Molloy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Info: Left Bank Brasserie, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park; www.leftbank.com
Brewmaster dinner at Scott's Seafood Mountain View
As part of SF Beer Week, Scott's Seafood in Mountain View will be hosting a brewmaster dinner with San Jose-based Hermitage Brewing Company on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 7-9 p.m. The restaurant will serve a four-course special menu; each item will be paired with a Hermitage brew.
Cost: $40 (tax and tip not included).
Info: Scott's Seafood, 420 Castro St., Mountain View; 650-965-8129. www.scottsseafoodmv.com
'Beer Ice Cream ? Made to Order'
Recently opened Smitten Ice Cream in Los Altos is also hopping on the SF Beer Week train with a beer-infused ice cream tasting event. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m., indulge in Smitten's made-to-order ice cream flavors merged with local beers, including Simtra Triple IPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company, the limited and seasonal release Stout from San Jose's Strike Brewing Company, a Gordon Biersch Brewing Company hefeweizen, Onoskelis Barleywine from Palo Alto Brewing Company and Biere de Chocolat from Almanac Beer Company. A brewer and Smitten founder Robyn Sue Fishcer will attend. Cost: $15. Register before it sells out at eventbrite.com. Attendees must be 21 or older.
Info: Smitten Ice Cream, 4800 El Camino Real, Los Altos; 650-559-0100. www.smittenicecream.com
Valentine's Cheese Night at Whole Foods Palo Alto
Learn how to make cheese-based appetizers with a Valentine's Day theme at this free Whole Foods event on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Menu items include strawberry and goat cheese crostini, champagne and honey fondue and blue cheese and pear on endives. There will also be a complimentary wine tasting. Register online here.
Info: Whole Foods Market, 774 Emerson St., Palo Alto; 650-326-8676.
'Wine and Romance' Seminar
As part of Shoreline Lake's relatively new wine seminar series, check out "Wine and Romance," just in time for Valentine's Day on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Learn about formal wine service in restaurants, dessert and fortified wines and pairing wine with chocolate. Cost: $25. Attendees must be 21 or older. Register online here or call 650-965-3779.
Info: Info: Shoreline Aquatic Center, 3160 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Espresso tastings at Red Rock
Spend a Saturday morning at Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View tasting espresso on Feb. 22. Starts at 10 a.m. Cost: $20.
Info: Red Rock Coffee, 201 Casto St., Mountain View; 650-967-4473. www.redrockcoffee.org
For those who want to get in on the slew of Valentine's Day dinner specials in the area, check ">OpenTable listings for Feb. 14 in the Peninsula.