GAYOT Partners with Perfect Pairings (SM)

Perfect Pairings (SM) Menu Campaign to benefit Meals-on-Wheels programs
Perfect Pairings (SM) Menu Campaign to benefit Meals-on-Wheels programs

By Sophie Gayot

 

We are happy to announce a partnership with the Perfect Pairings (SM) Menu Campaign, a new, pairing-based fundraiser taking place this October benefiting Citymeals on Wheels, Meals-on-Wheels of San Francisco and The Cooperative Feeding Program.

Restaurants in New York City, San Francisco and South Florida, almost 100 in total, will feature special food-and-beverage pairings on their menus, flagged by the Perfect Pairings logo. Each time one of these pairings is ordered, a donation ($1) is automatically made to local Meals-on-Wheels programs that deliver food and other vital services to thousands of people in need every day.

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Dine Out For Less

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with Sophie Gayot
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who loves food and good wines, changed his packed schedule so he could announce the launch of the third dineLA/Restaurant Week at this morning’s press conference at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at L.A. Live.

 

The last two editions of the program have been so successful that it is now being conducted twice a year instead of just once in January. The participating number of restaurants has also grown from 175 to 260.

 

Mayor Villaraigosa pointed out that the diversity of Los Angeles’ palates is due to the diversity of the many cultures found in the City of Angels. He also added that he will try to eat at as many restaurants as he can during the two-week period, October 4-9 and October 11-16, 2009.

 

dineLA is a good way to discover or rediscover restaurants in the Los Angeles area through specially priced three-course meals, ranging from $16 to $28 for lunch, and $26 to $44 for dinner. For a complete list of participating restaurants go to www.dineLA.com/restaurantweek.

 

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Fashionable Wine

Marian Jansen op de Haar, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Alain Gayot at the Ferragamo Wine Dinner
Marian Jansen op de Haar, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Alain Gayot at the Ferragamo Wine Dinner

By Alain Gayot

 

Most of us, especially women, associate the name Salvatore Ferragamo with a high-end designer of shoes and handbags. And for the right reasons. It was for noted actors that Salvatore originally designed the pieces. “Next time you see a photo of Marilyn Monroe with her skirt flying in the air, pay attention to her shoes,” says Salvatore Ferragamo, the designer’s grandson in charge of the Il Borro wine program back in Tuscany.

 

We had the opportunity to sample new releases from the estate at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at LA Live. A new era for sure, but the wines are crafted with the very same care and quality as the fashion items. The good thing, though, is that the pricing is actually quite reasonable, delivering a good value.

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Susan Feniger, Star of the Emmys

Jeff Probst, best reality host Emmy winner, with Sophie Gayot
Jeff Probst, best reality host Emmy winner, with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

 

 

If you were looking for Susan Feniger last night, she was nowhere near her restaurants (STREET, Border Grill, Ciudad). She was too busy cooking for 1,000 guests at CBS Television Entertainment Tonight’s Emmy Awards Party downtown at Vibiana—a former church now transformed into an elegant event venue.

 

Her worldwide cuisine was offered at four different buffets, each with a geographical theme, with more selections passed on trays such as Japanese shizo shrimp, Moldavian meatballs, and Indian semolina cakes.

 

Feniger’s food was so different from what caterers usually present, that it made the evening that much more stellar.

 

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And the Legend Continues

Milk sorbet with strawberries from pastry chef Jean-François Suteau
Milk sorbet with strawberries from pastry chef Jean-François Suteau

By Sophie Gayot

A recent dinner at The Polo Lounge, a Beverly Hills legendary restaurant, made us rediscover the dining room of The Beverly Hills Hotel. Chef Alex Chen and pastry chef Jean-François Suteau prepared a very elegant dinner that raised our rating of the restaurant an additional point (from 15/20 to 16/20), which put it on our Los Angeles Top 10 Food Rating list.

 

Besides the Los Angeles Classic Restaurant Top 10, it also cracked the Los Angeles Top 10 for celebrity-spotting and Los Angeles Top 10 French Restaurants list. The Polo Lounge will be a good replacement option when the Bel-Air Hotel closes its doors at the end of the month for its two-year-long renovation.

 

The restaurant is our Los Angeles Review of the Week. You can enjoy the dinner in pictures below.

 

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