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Parties: Great Chefs of LA 2010

Another culinary extravaganza took place on a glorious Sunday afternoon at CBS in Studio City. The 24th Annual Great Chefs of Los Angeles “Go Green, Go Organic,” event brought together some of L.A.’s top chefs and area foodies. There was an abundance of delicacies, wine, beer, music and auctions to benefit the National Kidney Foundation (www.kidney.org) serving Southern California and Southern Nevada. [...]

Wine: Domodimonti’s Dr. Francesco Bellini: A True Renaissance Man

Dr. Francesco Bellini, passionate winemaker of Domodimonti Natural Wine, married an Italian and relocated to French Canada, but he never forgot his Italian homeland. In 2003, while Francesco and his wife Marisa were visiting Italy, an opportunity came their way to purchase a despaired “antique cantina” with over 98 acres of vineyards along with almost 20 acres of olive groves. The idea of producing their own natural wine in the region where he grew up was the realization of a dream, and they promptly bought the property. But that's just the beginning of a remarkable story. You see, Dr. Bellini is not just a winemaker. He is also an organic chemist, and the driving force behind the realization of one the greatest discoveries of the 21st Century – a drug that seems to cure the dreaded Hepatitis C virus. [...]

Parties: The LA Magazine Food Event 2010 From the Vine

The magnificent Saddlerock Ranch was the site of Los Angeles Magazine’s fifth annual culinary extravaganza on Sunday October 24, 2010. The ranch, located in the Malibu Hills, is the vineyard home of Malibu Family Wines, the producers of Saddlerock and Semler wines. The event featured celebrity chefs, several California wineries, cooking demonstrations, and educational discussions about wine pairings. Proceeds benefited the Kids Courage Foundation (www.kidscourage.org). [...]

Parties: “In the Kitchen” with Neal Fraser in Santa Monica

Los Angeles magazine recently hosted an intimate wine tasting and recipe demonstration featuring renowned chef Neal Fraser, who is known for his work with Thomas Keller, Wolfgang Puck, and Joachim Splichal, and is now the executive chef and co-owner of Grace and BLD. Also contributing to the special evening were Brian Beaudry, the chef for Sub Zero/Wolf appliances, and Ian Blackburn, the founder of Learn About Wine (www.LearnAboutWine.com.). The event took place at Santa Monica's upscale home appliance and plumbing store called Snyder Diamond (www.snyderdiamond.com). [...]

Parties: Taste of Beverly Hills – An Orgy Of Food And Wine

The “Taste of Beverly Hills,” presented by FOOD & WINE magazine, took place on the top of the parking structure across from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 2-5, 2010. If that does not sound glamorous, it should, because this event was an absurd collection of amazing restaurants, wineries, liquor, beer, and beautiful people. Celebrities, Beverly Hills residents, and foodies from all over LA attended to sample fabulous food and drinks in a luxurious outdoor setting. [...]

Restaurant: Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs in Manhattan Beach

When a movie producer leaves the business and opens a rib joint, it seems like a crazy gamble. But Chef Jonathan Burrows beat the odds with his Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs restaurants, SoCal hotspots for delicious down-home staples like ribs, chicken, and hot links. His original West Los Angeles and Sherman Oaks locations have been extremely successful, so when he found a piece of prime real estate in downtown Manhattan Beach, a new Mr. Cecil’s was born. [...]

Parties: “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” Premiere Photo Gallery

It was a wild night in Westwood on Monday, November 16, as the premiere of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" swept into the Mann Village Theatre. Screaming fans started lining up days before in the hopes of getting a glimpse - or even a kiss! – from one of the stars of this sequel to "Twilight." And they were not disappointed, as teen heartthrobs Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, and the rest of the "New Moon" stars all basked in the adulation, posing for pics, joking with the crowd, and even bestowing a smooch or two on their delighted fans. Our Christina Radish was there in the thick of it, and got some fantastic shots of the vampires, werewolves, and the humans who love them. The film opens everywhere Friday, November 20, 2009 (www.newmoonthemovie.com/). But you knew that already, didn't you? [...]

Parties: The Imbiber’s Ultimate Playmate Wine Tasting at Pourtal

When someone mentions Playboy Playmates, what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you thought of a selection of delicious wines, most people would think you were crazy. Not Dan Dunn, the country’s preeminent booze writer, who selected a flight of eight wines inspired by some of history’s most iconic Playmates. Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar (www.pourtal.com) in Santa Monica hosted a launch party to kick off the Playmate-inspired tasting tour on October 6, 2009. [...]

Parties: CHOCTOBERFEST at the Grove

It was a night of decadent indulgence at the Grove on Wednesday, October 7, 2009. CHOCTOBERFEST was a unique event that offered the opportunity to try multiple wines, beers, and gourmet chocolate treats. [...]
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