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
) 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.
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.
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.
West 4th and Jane
is a brew pub in downtown Santa Monica that just celebrated their third anniversary. They have a reputation for excellent craft beer selections and now have a new chef who has overhauled the menu. A recent Spring Menu Launch Party was the perfect opportunity to check out what has changed at this hip Westside hangout for beer lovers.
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.
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.
The Cahuenga corridor north of Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood is jammed with bars, clubs, restaurants and hangouts trying desperately to attract the abundant night owls in the neighborhood. Nestled into the middle of a mini-mall at the corner of Selma Ave. and Cahuenga Blvd. is District 13
a gastro pub that stands out from the crowd with an expertly selected assortment of craft beers and some fine pub food.
On the second floor of the Westfield Century City shopping center is a restaurant that seems to have been transported from a bustling corner of Milan, Italy. Obika Mozzarella Bar is a sleek, fine dining establishment that honors the old world by using fresh ingredients prepared authentically. In addition to a full menu of Italian delicacies, the restaurant has begun serving pizza that compares favorably with some of the best in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles party people celebrated Mardi Gras on Saturday February 18, 2012 at Glow, the nightclub in the Marina Del Rey Marriott. The club and hotel put together a classic New Orleans styled party with music, booze, food and a crowd of attractive attendees. Special menu items and cocktails were created for the evening. Glow was transformed with special lights, decorations and beads.
Nestled in a mini-mall several blocks east of downtown Los Angeles is a classy and modern Mexican restaurant called Yxta. In a neighborhood that looks like it requires a Marine escort to navigate safely, this fine eatery serves some delicious, modern interpretations of Mexican cuisine. Owner Jesse Gomez and Chef Jose Acevedo are working on launching a new restaurant, Mercado, in downtown Santa Monica. They recently served a showcase four course dinner menu paired with Tequila Ocho cocktails and flights to preview the new restaurant.