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Parties: Celebs Unite in the Fight to Cure Lupus

You know it's a big night in Beverly Hills when balding funnyman Jason Alexander puts on his hair to go out; that's exactly what he did on May 9 as he headed to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to be honored at the 13th Annual Lupus LA Orange Ball (http://www.lupusla.org/). [...]

Destinations: Meet the Queen of Burgundy Wine

There are legends born every day. But sometimes it's not until after they're gone that we appreciate their greatness. Fortunately, there's one heroine in our midst who is very much alive and with us. She’s responsible for some of the best winemakers in the heart of one of the wine world's most prestigious regions. Her name is Jeanne-Marie de Champs, and for those who know her, she is truly the Queen of Burgundy. For this amazing woman, it's not about power. It's not about money. It's all about having the greatest wine in the world. And as Jeanne-Marie will tell you, there's only one way to accomplish that. "In Burgundy, the secret is in the vines!" [...]

Parties: The Los Angeles Epicurean Festival Brings Gourmet Goodies to Vibiana Cathedral

Most food, booze, and wine events in Los Angeles feature highly regarded restaurants offering generous samples from their menus. The Los Angeles Epicurean Festival changes things up by bringing together some of the gourmet vendors that supply many of those top restaurants, as well as retail shops and discerning consumers. They also feature a wide variety of premium wineries and spirits. The event was held on Sunday, August 26, 2012 in the majestic Vibiana Cathedral in downtown LA and attendees browsed through booths featuring gourmet foods, boutique wines and high end liquors over the course of two sessions. [...]

Restaurants: Guy Fieri Swings into Manhattan

On the evening of October 9, 2012, Guy Fieri’s signature shining-red late-1960s Camaro convertible pulled alongside the curb of the New York Times building in the heart of Manhattan’s buzzing Times Square district. Fans of his string of Food Network hits including "Guy’s Big Bite" and "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives" knew something big was up. The normal throngs of theatergoers, foodies and bewildered tourists that cram the entertainment-on-steroids West Forties found themselves working their way around the long line of hip revelers piling in to experience the grand opening of Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar at 240 West 44th Street. [...]

Parties: The Luckyrice Asian Night Market is a success in Culver City

New York City based marketing and media company Luckyrice held an Asian Night Market themed event in Culver City on August 4, 2012. The night of star chef food creations and mixologist designed custom cocktails was sponsored by Bombay Sapphire EAST with Sang Yoon (Father’s Office and Lukshon) hosting. It was the inaugural event in Los Angeles after three years of successful events in New York. The sold out food and booze extravaganza was a smashing success that will hopefully launch a series of events in LA. [...]

Restaurants: Nic’s Beverly Hills Launches Summer Pool Party Series

Nic’s Beverly Hills, the hip bastion of all things vodka, has decided to spice things up by transforming their backyard parking lot into a luxury poolside outdoor lounge. No one seems to care that there is no pool – the vibe is definitely Beverly Hills poolside chic. They kicked off the new theme with a party that featured some inventively tasty vodka cocktails, bite size upscale munchies, a 60-foot tall video installation and party tunes presented by KCRW DJ Mario Cotto. The proceeds of the event went to the L.A. Regional Food Bank, so everyone involved had a blast and did a good deed. [...]

Spirits: Partida Tequila Dinner event at Rosa Mexicano

Life is rough. Attend a special event where great premium tequila is paired with delicious, gourmet Mexican food in the private room of a classy restaurant in West Hollywood. Someone has got to do it and yes, I took the hit and volunteered. Partida Tequila, makers of fine, tasty elixirs produced from the Weber Blue Agave plant partnered with Rosa Mexicano restaurant to host a special pairing dinner for some lucky guests. The entire evening was elegant, educational, tasty and highly satisfying. [...]

Restaurant: Mercado in Santa Monica Was Worth the Wait

If a restaurant has its opening delayed for more than a year and the proprietors have a well earned reputation for high quality modern Mexican cuisine, expectations run high when it finally opens. Mercado, the new restaurant on 4th Street in Santa Monica is the brainchild of owner Jesse Gomez and co-owner/Chef Jose Acevedo. Gomez and Acevedo also have a successful restaurant called Yzta Cocina Mexicana on the east side of downtown Los Angeles. Mercado features the same sophisticated cooking using only the best farm fresh ingredients and complements the food with professionally mixed cocktails. The market for upscale Mexican cuisine is pretty crowded on the west side of Los Angeles, but Mercado definitely has the right formula for success. [...]

Spirits: Flavored Tanteo tequilas paired expertly with Yxta Cocina Mexicana cuisine

Yzta Cocina Mexicana, the oasis of superb Mexican food nestled east of downtown Los Angeles, played host to a Tanteo Tequila tasting in early April 2012. Tanteo is one of the few premium brands that infuse flavors into 100% Weber blue agave tequila as part of their manufacturing process. Their three flavors were offered neat and in cocktails to a group of tequila loving patrons at the special pairing event. Yxta’s Chef Jose Acevedo presented three tasty appetizers that were served with the tequila. [...]
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