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Events: Concern Foundation’s “Dancing in the Streets” Block Party

On a balmy summer evening in July, Paramount Studio’s “New York” back lot in Hollywood was the scene of the Concern Foundation’s Dancing in the Streets block party. The event was an over the top extravaganza with some of the best restaurants in the LA area serving samples, multiple stages of live entertainment, a casino area, and free flowing adult beverages. Nearly four thousand food, wine, and spirits enthusiasts enjoyed an evening of indulgence with an altruistic purpose. Over $1.5 mm dollars was raised for cancer research from ticket sales, silent, and live auctions. [...]

Events: The Island Style Cook-off at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel

In a creative flourish, the circular driveway of a Santa Monica hotel was transformed into a tropical island inspired site for a cook-off between local celebrity chefs on June 29, 2011. The theme was Hawaiian style pupu, and the island appetizers were interpreted by chefs Mark Gold and Neal Fraser. [...]

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 (www.loteriagrill.com). 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 www.LearnAboutWine.com 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 (www.kidney.org) serving Southern California and Southern Nevada. [...]

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). [...]
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