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Friday, February 13

Saturday, February 14

V-day at Rustic Canyon

Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen

1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA


At Santa Monica’s farm-to-table restaurant Rustic Canyon, guests can get in the romantic mood by enjoying a six-course meal, meant for sharing.  Couples pick six dishes from 16 options by Executive Chef Jeremy Fox, with highlights including XX-Shucked Peas with white chocolate, “chocolate” mint, and macadamia; Prime Steak Tartare with oyster, caviar, and egg yolk; Chicken Scaloppini with polenta, burrata, and strawberry & pine nut sofrito; and Hawaiian Swordfish with artichoke, caper, and salsa verde. The entire menu can be viewed here, and it’s $95 per person, with an optional wine pairing at $45 per person.  Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 310-393-7050.

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Friday, February 20



3115 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA


On Friday, February 20, 2015, Piero Selvaggio and the Consortium of the Brunello of Montalcino Wine celebrates the only “Leccio d’Oro” Gala Dinner on the west coast. As one of 30 restaurants worldwide, VALENTINO will host a tasting dinner designed by Selvaggio and Chef Luciano Pellegrini, the long-time chef of VALENTINO Santa Monica and Las Vegas. The dinner will showcase the stellar Brunello wines with a special tasting of the greatest recent vintage, 2010 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, Italian cuisine and the legacy and tradition of the most celebrated Italian Restaurant outside of Italy of the last century.

The Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino awards the LECCIO GOLD each year to a restaurant that has a wine list with a wide presence of Brunello di Montalcino and other wines of Montalcino.

VALENTINO was one of the first restaurants to receive this prestigious award in 1995 and the first outside of Italy.

The dinner is priced at $125 per guest and includes the menu and all Brunello wine pairings provided by the Consortium as well as a tasting of the internationally acclaimed 2010 Brunello vintage Optional wines may be ordered from VALENTINO’s legendary cellar at discounted pricing.

Piero Selvaggio invites guests to bring a bottle of Brunello from their own collection for complimentary corkage to taste and compare to the 2010 vintage and the Brunello included with the dinner.



Fried Quail Eggs in Brioche, Mixed Seafood Cakes with Spicy Aioli

Bruschetta with Asparagus and Black Truffle

A Variety of Grilled Flat Bread Pizze


Tuscan Style Roasted Porchetta with Lattughina, Pecorino and Aged Balsamico


Pappardelle with Rabbit Meatballs


Homemade Pigeon Ravioli in their own Sauce


Colorado Rack of Lamb


Wild Boar Tagliata Scented with Fresh Thyme 

Served over Black Kale Ratatouille, Cardoons and Squash with Peppered Garlic Sauce


Pecorino Cheese “Sformato” with Wild Arugula


Dinner & wine* $125 per person, exclusive of taxes and gratuities

Includes a tasting of the internationally acclaimed 2010 Brunello vintage

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Saturday, February 21

Sunday, February 22

Saturday, February 28