The W Los Angeles in Westwood was abuzz with celebrities and American Cancer Society VIPs the night of May 26 in celebration of the hotel’s tenth anniversary. As “The Official Sponsor of Birthdays,” the American Cancer Society (ACS) held a special fundraising silent auction to benefit the fight against cancer and “create a world with more birthdays.” Floating luminaries were provided in exchange for donations to help raise money and as a tribute to those lost to—or still fighting—cancer.
The co-hosts of the event were Amber Heard of “The Rum Diary” and “30 Seconds to Mars” front man Jared Leto, who tweeted remotely for the cause due to a scheduling conflict. Also in attendance were television and movie stars such as Mariana Klaveno and Nelsan Ellis of HBO’s “True Blood,” Edi Gathegi of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” and Laura Harring of “Gossip Girl.”
On Sunday, May 23, Mutineer magazine threw their second annual Red Carpet Tasting. The party took place at Falcon Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard, where a packed house of imbibers sampled a myriad of exotic, delightful and delicious beverages. And with a special guest appearance from Jonathan Goldsmith, the famous Dos Equis icon who everyone knows as, “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” how could it not be a great party?
Hosted by Mutineer editor-in-chief Alan Kropf and actor/comedian Ben Morrison, the event celebrated the one-year anniversary of the magazine’s launch, while raising money for the global water relief organization, A Child’s Right.
June sunshine brings Father’s Day celebrations. If you’re looking to impress Pop with something more than just a tie, check out our list of the Top 10 Father’s Day Gifts. From a beer glass connoisseur kit to a digital photo frame, special getaway to Chesapeake Bay, and even a day on the road at the World Class Driving Car Club, this list has everything you need to please dear old Dad.
While I am in Paris enjoying escargots, fresh baguette, Camembert, and the glittering Eiffel Tower, I am also following the 2010 Roland Garros tennis tournament on the television channel France Televisions. Hopefully, I will have time to go see the players compete at the stadium, between my visits to Parisian restaurants.
This morning when I turned on my computer, I was happy to hear from Jordan Kahn, the very modern pastry chef formerly of XIV and Alinea, about his new venture. Kahn will be resurfacing soon at Red Medicine, a contemporary Vietnamese restaurant featuring local ingredients and modern cooking techniques. Its logo sure looks contemporary! No word on desserts yet, but by the end of his tenure at XIV, his creations were among the best I ever had.
Red Medicine is slated to open mid-July for lunch and dinner on the site of Hokusai, the once-highly-rated Japanese-French restaurant, at the corner of Wilshire and Gale. It will offer some family-style dining in a rustic, yet urban-industrial setting with an understated modern style. Kahn plans on complementing the food with a seasonally relevant cocktail program and a small, unique wine list focusing on Riesling and other German/Austrian varietals. Will it give Crustacean, the twelve-year-old Vietnamese restaurant in Beverly Hills, a run for its money?