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It's that time of year: time to start thinking about giving sweets to the sweet. Le Bon Garcon, the L.A. caramel maker founded by pastry chef Justin Chao, has Valentine's Day gift boxes featuring a new caramel flavor called Caramour that gets its subtle pink tinge from blood orange puree.
Chao, who graduated from Ecole Gastronomique Belluet Conseil and worked at Le Meurice in Paris, started Le Bon Garcon in 2010 -- making the caramels with Plugra butter and wrapping them by hand. The blood orange Caramour caramels are available for a limited time. Other flavors include sea salt, mango-passion fruit and macadamia nut. Place Valentine's Day orders online by Feb. 7.
-- Betty Hallock
Photo credit: Le Bon Garcon
On Sunday, Feb. 12, Ombra Ristorante is hosting a "Godfather"-inspired cooking class taught by executive chef Michael Young. This class is designed with couples in mind (possible Valentine's Day gift, because what says love like mob warfare?). Participants will prepare a four-course meal including braciole (a filled slice of meat braised in a tomato sauce), meatballs and Sunday sauce, mostaccioli (a baked pasta dish) and Sicilian cannoli. In addition, students will receive a recipe packet, wooden spoon and 1 pound of dried pasta to help them re-create these dishes at home.
The class is $99 per person, or $169 per couple. Space is limited and reservations can be made by calling (818) 985-7337. Hopeless romantics and 1970s mobster movie fans welcome. 3737 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City, (818) 985-7337, www.ombrala.com.
Photo: Chef Michael Young of Ombra Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times