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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: 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. [...]

Parties: Culinary College: Fine Wines and Gourmet Food in Santa Monica

An interesting series of wine tasting and recipe demonstrations has been happening this summer in Santa Monica, sponsored by “Los Angeles” magazine and known as “Culinary College.” This one-night-each “college” course provides participants with the opportunity to learn expert techniques and taste fabulous, fresh dishes. The first event took place on June 17 and it featured Patrick Healy, executive chef/co-owner of the Buffalo Club; the last is on August 19, with Jason Travi, executive chef at Fraiche and Riva featured as the visiting chef. [...]