For many Angelenos, Cinco de Mayo may be just another excuse to have too much to drink. This year in Venice, however, it’s a foodie holiday.
On Tuesday, local event planners Nicole Muyingo and Bowdy Brown are hosting the launch event for a monthly series of dinner-party fundraisers at The Rose Room.
The inaugural dinner celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a four-course supper by celebrity Chef Roy Handler (brother of comedienne Chelsea Handler) and a Revel Spirits-hosted margarita bar features premium agave tequila.
A portion of the proceeds benefits Heifer International’s work to end world hunger by bringing sustainable agriculture practices to impoverished areas of the world.
“We wanted to give people a place to socialize and hang out other than at bars,” said Muyingo, a cofounder of the Venice Art Crawl.
She said The Rose Room owners Tom Elliot and Spoon Singh — the same restaurateurs behind the Venice Ale House, Bank of Venice and Fork In the Road — encouraged her and Brown, who manages the space, to get creative with it.
On May 16, Muyingo and Brown follow their Cinco de Mayo fiesta with “Room Affair,” featuring deejays dropping beats while aerial dancers soar overhead.
— Michael Aushenker
The Cinco de Mayo dinner party starts with cocktails at 7:30 p.m. at The Rose Room, 6 Rose Ave, Venice. Tickets are $80. RSVP required: firstname.lastname@example.org.