By Andy J. Gordon Los Angeles is a tough place to open a new restaurant. Competition is fierce, real estate and costs are high, while customer tastes are fickle. Several new [...]
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.
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).