Happening: Lights Out

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This Saturday, March 28, is “Earth Hour,” during which everyone from Kevin Bacon to the chefs at Simon L.A. will be turning off their lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in a demonstration of concern over climate change, organized by the World Wildlife Fund.

What does this translate to at area restaurants? While I had hoped the folks at M Café would be left groping for macrobiotic tempeh bowls in total darkness, the truth is far more romantic. For one hour, a couple dozen restaurants citywide will be offering dining by candlelight—which to me seems like a nice option any old evening (or kinda spooky, depending on where you’re eating.)

A few spots are even doing special “Earth Hour” menus, like Ciudad and Border Grill, who are both featuring “Good for You, Good for the Planet” dishes. At Border Grill: Border vegetables with cucumber quinoa salad, sweet creamed corn, caramelized onions, braised fennel, spiced squash, sauteed mushrooms, and black beans. At Ciudad: Roasted poblano chile relleno stuffed with potato rajas and cotija cheese on a bed of quinoa salad and a trio of salsas.

La Cachette will be pouring their new Tru Organic cocktails. For every one you drink, a tree will be planted. (Man, have they thought about introducing this on the Sunset Strip? The entire Amazon rainforest could be replanted in a month).

Among the other participants are all the Chaya restaurants, Melograno, Tracht’s, SiLa Bistro, and more. For a complete list of participants (Look kids, it’s Janeane Garofolo!) visit www.earthhourus.org/losangeles.