Bastide Closed for Good?

Chef Paul Shoemaker of now closed Bastide with Alain & Sophie Gayot
Sophie & Alain Gayot with chef Paul Shoemaker before Bastide closed yet again

by Sophie Gayot


And the saga continues at Bastide. Is this restaurant that was once one of GAYOT.com’s Top 40 Restaurants in the country closed temporarily or for good? That is the question.

Well, it seems that our dinner a few weeks ago might have been one of the last ones served. We sensed at the time that the restaurant which has been closed before and is on its fourth chef in six years was in a state of flux.

The employees arrived at the restaurant this week and found the door closed without notice, and they (and the rest of us) are awaiting a final verdict from owner Joe Pytka who is currently out of town. Stay tuned.

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Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Alain with Gillian Cook, Brand Manager for Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky
Alain with Gillian Cook, Brand Manager for Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky

Engraving For the Holidays

by Alain Gayot


Jeff Hoyt and I headed out to Craft last night to celebrate the launch of Johnnie Walker’s first ever Los Angeles-area bottle engraving studio. Hosted by Edward Adams, Master of Whisky for Johnnie Walker, the evening included a masterful dinner by chef Matthew Accarrino and multiple whisky samplings from the prestigious spirits brand. As we arrived, we were greeted with Ginger Ale, Grand Marnier and vanilla liquor were blended with Johnnie Walker Red Label in three different drinks with the later becoming the evening’s favorite.

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Le Beaujolais Nouveau est Arrivé!

Sophie Gayot with chefs Sylvain Rivet of Amuse Bouche, Sebastien Pfeiffer of Sofitel LA and Akira Hirose of Maison Akira

by Sophie Gayot

The Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived in America, as it does every year in late November. One of the celebrations took place last night at the prestigious Royce Hall on the UCLA campus.

Last night when I got there, a little late I admit, the response  was so great that the young wine had already been poured. But fortunately, I had a tasting the day before.

Read our impressions here.

The food was provided by the chefs from The Club Culinaire of French Cuisine.

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Alain with a Rolls Royce

by Alain Gayot


Which car would you buy today? That is becoming an ever more difficult question to answer. For sure, the current trend is small and fuel efficient automobiles. One could go with a Scion tc for something zippy but small enough and easy to drive.

A New Muse for the Pleasure of our Palate

by Sophie Gayot

Culinary history was made last night in Beverly Hills with the opening of Muse, one of the restaurants inside the new hotel, Montage Beverly Hills.
As I enjoyed an elaborate meal and interesting wine pairings, I witnessed the birth of a new fine dining experience, not only in Beverly Hills, but also in greater Los Angeles,  where there are not many establishments of this high caliber.
 

Listen to what I said about Muse on KNX1070.