If you have not yet driven up to outer Burbank to check out Rocio's Mole de los Dioses (“moles, tons of them, from the smoky-hot manchamantales to a huitlacoche mole served with veal…”), you might want to hit the freeway this Friday, as Rocio Camacho's new mole palace is having a free mole tasting. Why? Well, other than it's a great idea in and of itself, the restaurant is having a 6:30 reception for the performance later that evening of The King of the Desert.

Proceeds for the performance benefit the Latino Children's Fund, so maybe stick around. (Oh, and check out the lime-green nopales tortillas, which are pretty spectacular; sorry they're not in the photo, but we ate them and had to ask for more.)

Also, if you're still trying to figure out what to do on Valentine's Day, you could do considerably worse than presenting your beloved with a plate of excellent mole. Especially as Rocio's is celebrating the saint's day with a live performance by Mexican singer and trovador Esteban Leon. The Valentine's Day dinner includes salmon and shrimp flavored with rose petals, cream of cranberry soup with mescal and chile piquin, and zuchini blossom empanadas with maguey salsa. I'm sure you can order some mole, too.

Free Mole Tasting: Feb. 10 at Rocio's Mole de los Dioses. 6:30 p.m. reception before the 8 p.m. performance of The King of the Desert.

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