Origin India offering five-course menu for Valentine’s Day

Origin India Restaurant & Bar, 4480 Paradise Road, has planned a menu of aphrodisiacs for the celebration of a sensuous Valentine’s Day. The five-course menu of vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes includes an entree of roasted wild Atlantic halibut, Rajasthani-style braised baby lamb shank, chicken breast with cardamom and mace, or spinach kofta stuffed with dates and ginger. It’s $70 per person with seatings at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. For reservations, call 734-6342. …

The fourth annual Sweets From Around the World event is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, 1451 Center Crossing Road. The sampling of pastries, chocolates and other sweets prepared by the school’s students and chefs is $5 (free for children 5 and younger); an optional wine tasting (5:30 to 6:30 p.m.) is $25 and available to the first 40 people who RSVP by calling 851-5322. …

A "Food and a Flick" package is being offered as part of the CineVegas Green Film Series at the Springs Preserve, which continues Saturday, plus Feb. 21 and March 7. The package includes the movie and a pre-movie dinner at the Springs Preserve Cafe by Wolfgang Puck. For details, visit www.cinevegas.com/green; for tickets, visit the Springs Preserve box office or call 822-7705. …

Matteo’s Cafe has opened at 750 E. Pyle Ave. (near Silverado Ranch Boulevard and Bermuda Road), serving various Po’Boys, cold and hot sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs, fish and seafood plates and more. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Call 982-8360. …

Restaurants at the J.W. Marriott, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., have introduced budget-friendly promotions. Ceres Restaurant’s Dine in 2009 for $20.09 features a three-course menu (which changes weekly) of traditional comfort foods offered from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Sample entrees include braised boneless beef short ribs, pan-seared snapper and mushroom gnocchi. And J.C. Wooloughan Irish Pub is offering appetizers, premium draft beer and some martinis and cocktails for $5 (and domestic beer two for $5) from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays. …

Marche Bacchus, 2620 Regatta Drive, has introduced a Friday happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., with live jazz and a $9 menu that includes such dishes as Kobe beef sliders, lobster Monte Cristo and cheese plates. …

Mimmo Ferraro’s, 5900 W. Flamingo Road, now offers a takeout-only menu with such dishes as lasagna, jumbo mushroom ravioli and gnocchi with Bolognese or pomodoro sauce. Entrees run $13 to $15; appetizers and salads also are available. …

In honor of Chinese New Year, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro has added several dishes to its menu. Traditionalists will be pleased to hear they include egg rolls containing pork as well as vegetables. Also: Cantonese-style duck, sesame chicken and mahi mahi. …

Retro Bakery, 7785 N. Durango Drive, will mark its first birthday by offering a free cupcake to those who stop by between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday. …

Joseph James Brewing Company, which brews its craft beers in Henderson, now is available at Whole Foods Markets. The brewery makes Tahoe Blue Nevada Pale Ale, Alpine Wit, Fox Tail Gluten-Free Beer, Red Fox Russian Imperial Stout, Freakin’ Frog Blueberry Ale, Freakin’ Frog Apple and Joe’s Root Beer. For details, contact BMC Fine Spirits at 733-2003. …

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Send information to Heidi Knapp Rinella, P.O. Box 70, Las Vegas, NV 89125-0070. You also can send faxes to 383-4676 or e-mail her at hrinella@reviewjournal.com.

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