It was a sad day when Xanh Bistro, a date-friendly Vietnamese restaurant with a cursed location, closed. Xanh was a place where you could take people who might be afraid of the brusque service and untranslated menus of Little Saigon, where the flavor punches were never pulled in the name of accessibility.
If you miss Xanh Bistro, you may want to attend chef Haley Nguyen's wine dinner at Mesa Restaurant this Sunday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m. Cost, which includes tax and gratuity, is $65 per person. Proceeds benefit the Orange Public Library Foundation. You'll be eating four courses of homestyle Vietnamese cooking, including dessert, each with a wine pairing. To reserve your spot–10 remain as of this writing–email Chef Nguyen.