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3 Food Events You Should Know About: 'Cheese Rules' debuts online; Cakes for a Cause at La Monarca Bakery; for St. Patrick's Day, chilled lettuce soup?

March 14, 2011 | 12:29 pm


Cheese TV: Barrie Lynn, also known as the Cheese Impresario, has launched a guide to all things cheese with a Web video series on the Small Screen Network titled "Cheese Rules." Several episodes are online, including "Organic Pinot Noir and Cheese with Shaun Phillips" -- yes, Shaun Phillips the starting linebacker for the San Diego Chargers and apparently a passionate cheese connoisseur. Says Phillips, "You know how I love cheese." He's featured in three episodes including one that pairs Lynn’s peanut brittle and Gorgonzola grilled cheese sandwich with a Manhattan. Go to www.smallscreennetwork.com

Green day: Nothing says St. Patrick's Day like ... chilled lettuce soup with smoked salmon and dill? Well, it does at the Peninsula hotel in Beverly Hills. At least according to their St. Patrick's Day menu, which also includes corned beef and cabbage with roasted potatoes and sticky toffee pudding with malt ice cream and Irish whiskey jelly. The three-course menu is available for lunch on Thursday for $35, or for dinner for $45, at the hotel's Belvedere restaurant or in the Club Bar or Living Room. I'm a sucker for celebrating a holiday in the Peninsula's Living Room, but St. Patrick's Day? Maybe.... 

9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 551-2888, www.peninsula.com. 

Cakes for a Cause: La Monarca Bakery in Santa Monica is celebrating its official grand opening with the launch of its Cakes for a Cause campaign. From Saturday to June 30 the bakery will donate 20% of revenue from all cakes to the ECOLIFE Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the aim of protecting the endangered habitat of the monarch butterfly. The bakery is hosting its official grand opening party Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., featuring free pan dulce and Mexican beverages, live mariachi, a ribbon cutting and more. From Saturday to the end of the month, Twitter followers who post “I support @LaMonarcaBakery and #CakesforaCause!” will be entered to win a 7-inch cake of their choice.

1300 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 451-1114; www.lamonarcabakery.com.

-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Cheese connoisseur Shaun Phillips of the San Diego Chargers. Credit: Harry How / Getty Images