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Wine: The Naked Grape Wine Dinner at Rustic Canyon

A new winery, The Naked Grape in Modesto CA, recently hosted a special dinner that paired their wines with the fresh, sustainable foods of Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen in Santa Monica. The winemaker, Hillary J. Stevens, is a big supporter of locally grown, organic produce. Rustic Canyon's Executive Chef, Evan Funke, sources all of his food from farmers and ranchers that practice sustainable agriculture. It was a perfect marraige of flavors and philosophies. [...]

Parties: Seths and the Hollywood Supperclub

The Supperclub Los Angeles is one of Hollywood’s hot new trendy venues (perhaps the first “trenue?”). Based on the original Supperclub in Amsterdam, the retrofitted Vogue Movie Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard has been transformed by its new owners into a blank canvas. Bars, couches, beds, floors, walls, and ceiling are pure white. In the words of the designer, “The color we add to it will shape it. This way, it can become anything!” And what a show it has become. At the opening night gala on December 2, the Carnivale/Mardi Gras/Cabaret atmosphere included a zebra, stilt walkers, midgets, sky dancers, performance artists, floor dancers, a pantomime tiger, strobe lights, and house music punctuated by celebrity sightings, hot pants, and cool cocktails. [...]

Parties: “In the Kitchen” with Jimmy Shaw in Santa Monica

Los Angeles Magazine hosted a fine culinary evening of wine tasting, tequila cocktails, and recipe demonstrations featuring Jimmy Shaw of Lotería Grill ( The event took place at the upscale home appliance store Snyder Diamond in Santa Monica, CA. Tasty appetizers were prepared by Brian Beaudry, chef for Sub Zero/Wolf appliances. Ian Blackburn, the founder of selected the wines. [...]

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 ( 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 ( [...]

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 ( The event took place at Santa Monica's upscale home appliance and plumbing store called Snyder Diamond ( [...]

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. [...]
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