With Earth Day just around the corner, Squid Ink is sending out another reminder about the L.A. restaurants paying homage to Mother Nature tomorrow. And what better way to celebrate than with hand-crafted organic cocktails with happy hour prices. If you're not big on boozing, there is also discount biodegradable teas bags on sale and the Green Truck to keep you busy. For the down-and-dirty traditionalists, gardening and tree planting is always an option too. More details on Earth Day events after the jump.
Akasha: An all-day happy hour tomorrow features half off drinks including a basil lemon drop ($6); local strawberry and Guava margarita ($7); organic wines ($6), and organic beers ($4). For each bottle of Tru Vodka sold, the organic liquor company will plant a tree in the American rain forests throughout Central America. Thanks to bar patrons dedication to the brand, 65,102 trees and counting, since September 2009, have been planted so far. 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City; (310) 845-1700.
Church & State Bistro: Tomorrow, from 3:45-4:45 p.m., volunteers from the Pedal Patch Community will teach Heart of Los Angeles Kids how to sow seeds at Church & State's new, on-site production garden, located alongside the restaurant. Following the tutorial and Q & A, hand crafted cocktails made with fresh herbs from the garden will be served for $12 each. Drinks feature a Sorrel Gin Fizz with sorrel leaves, fresh lime, sugar and soda; Parsley Mojito with fresh mint, rum, lime and sugar, and a Spice Trade with dark rum, St. Germain, cilantro, Anaheim chili and saffron. 1850 Industrial St., Los Angeles; (213) 405-1434.
Mighty Leaf Tea: For three days the tea company, which distributes teas in Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, Sur La Table and other select gourmet health markets and stores, is selling all 100% biodegradable tea bags for 30% off. Fill the environmentally friendly bags with Mighty Leaf Teas' artisan blends of whole leaves, herbs and spices.
Nic's Martini Lounge: From 5-7 p.m. Nic's is shaking up a selection of $7 organic cocktails, and offering a vegan organic happy hour appetizer menu, featuring steamed artichoke with miso butter; grilled pizza with zucchini and cured olives, and Belgian pomme frites with smoked tomato aioli. A $30 organic prix fixe menu will be offered in the dining room and bar all night. A section of the VODBOX will be filled with organic and environmentally friendly vodkas, and Kenneth Gray from Tru Organic will be available all night to educate guests on the “Green approach” to spirit making. 453 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 550-5707.
Veggie Grill: All Veggie Grill virgins, accompanied by a Veggie Grill veteran (one guest per person) are invited in any of the restaurant's four locations tomorrow to receive a free entree. Signature menu items feature the Santa Fe Crispy Chickin sandwich; All Hail Kale salad; and the All-American Stack (grilled veggie-steak stacked with onion rings, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and thousand island dressing). See website for locations.