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  • pinitbutton Touring the Freezer in 90210

by: Sophie Gayot


A trip to the Vodbox at Nic’s Beverly Hills restaurant is a dream for vodka lovers. But there are some rules to follow before entering the 28-degree freezer: you must wear a fur coat, (faux, waiting for you right there); and don’t think you will be able to drive away right after your 15-minute tour. Luke Nicola, restaurateur Larry Nicola’s son, will guide you through 80 of the best boutique vodkas available from over 20 different countries, while never leaving 90210.

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  • pinitbutton GAYOT.com 2011 Top 10 New Restaurants in the US

by: Sophie Gayot

We are always sad to see restaurants close, but we are always happy to see more opening to please our palates. For the GAYOT.com 2011 Restaurant Issue, we have selected 10 new restaurants that opened in 2010 and for which we foresee a great future, either for their cuisine, ambience, location, or a combination of all three.


Watch my exclusive video interview with chef David Myers who made the list for his French brasserie Comme Ca, which opened at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in December.


The other awards listed in the GAYOT.com 2011 Restaurant Issue are:
Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., Nine of these did not appear on last year’s list, and three of those are gracing the list for the very first time,
U.S. Restaurateur of the Year
- Top 40 Cheap Eats in the U.S. – good choices for the budget-conscious
5 Rising Chefs – American chefs under 30 who are making their mark
Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S. – which celebrity chefs make the best steak?
Top 10 Hotel Restaurants in the U.S. – Only 3 remain from last year
Top 10 Insider Picks in the U.S.published for the first time, this list reveals where to dine for a taste of local flavor, good food and good times
Culinary Trends for 2011.

 

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  • pinitbutton A Sneak Peek at the 2011 SAG Awards Dinner
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Chef Suzanne Goin of Lucques restaurant in front of the CNN camera, discussing the dinner she will be serving at the 2011 SAG Awards

by: Sophie Gayot


Chef Suzanne Goin was the star yesterday at her restaurant Lucques in West Hollywood. More than fifteen television stations fought to get her to describe the menu that she will be serving at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, January 30th, at the Shrine Exposition Center for the A-list guests.


Ingredients for her antipasto plates include a whopping 150 pounds of Parmesan, 175 lemons, 1,900 dates, 8 pounds of Feta, 400 shallots, 4 gallons of yogurt, 120 pounds of salmon, and 140 pounds of lamb. I got to try four of her creations (see photos below), which was great because I unfortunately will not be attending the event. They were quite refreshing. There’s no movie magic needed to liven up Goin’s cooking!



  • pinitbutton A Cheesy Time on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills
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Partner/owner Norbert Wabnig of The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills preparing raclette

by: Sophie Gayot


If you walk into The Blvd, the other restaurant at the Beverly Wilshire hotel besides CUT (one of 2011 Top 10 Steakhouses in the US), on Thursday nights between 6 and 8 p.m., you will certainly wonder what is the unusual smell in the room.


At least until the end of February, Norbert Wabnig or Tony Princiotta, the partner/owners of The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, invade the center of the room with their cheese and their “melting machine.” That means there is no need to go to the Alps to savor the Swiss delicacy raclette. The warm, melted cheese comes with the usual fingerling potatoes, charcuterie and cornichons, with a Californian addition of heirloom cauliflower, romesco and peppers. Each plate costs $15.


If you prefer your cheese cold, come on Tuesday or Wednesday, between the same hours of 6 to 8 p.m., for tasting plates priced at $20 or $35.

 

 

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  • pinitbutton GAYOT.com 2011 Insider Picks

by: Sophie Gayot


Inspired by a very savory and pleasant dinner at chef Paul Prudhomme‘s restaurant, K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, in the French Quarter in New Orleans, we decided to create a new list for our 2011 Restaurant Issue called “Insider Picks.” It reveals where to go for a taste of local flavor, good food and good times, if you only have one night to dine out in a particular city.


Watch my exclusive video interview above with one of the winners, chef José Andrés, for his Los Angeles restaurant The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills.


The other awards listed in the GAYOT.com 2011 Restaurant Issue are:
Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.
- U.S. Restaurateur of the Year
- Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S.
- Top 40 Cheap Eats in the U.S.
- Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S.
- Top 10 Hotel Restaurants in the U.S.
- 5 Rising Chefs.


We look forward to your feedback and suggestions in the “Leave a comment” area below (click on the “Continue reading” link, if necessary) or in our Top 40 Restaurant forum.

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Jan

  • pinitbutton  GAYOT.com 2011 Top 40 US Restaurants

by André, Alain & Sophie Gayot


GAYOT.com, the internationally renowned guide to dining, hotels, travel and lifestyle, has just published its Annual Restaurant Issue, which includes the highly-anticipated Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list. The 2011 edition also names Chef Michael Mina their U.S. Restaurateur of the Year.

 

 
Of the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. selected, 9 of them did not appear on last year’s list, and 3 of those are gracing the list for the very first time. Other lists include:
Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S. – great places that opened in 2010
Top 40 Cheap Eats in the U.S. – good choices for the budget-conscious
5 Rising Chefs – American chefs under 30 who are making their mark
Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S. – which celebrity chefs make the best steak?
Top 10 Hotel Restaurants in the U.S. – Only 3 remain from last year
Top 10 Insider Picks in the U.S.published for the first time, reveals where to dine for a taste of local flavor, good food and good times.
The issue also explores the major Culinary Trends for 2011, and includes exclusive video interviews with many of the winners, as the one above with chef Craig Strong from Studio at Montage Laguna Beach.

 

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  • pinitbutton Chicagos Ria Hosting Wine Centric Fête
Ria Chicagos Ria Hosting Wine Centric Fête

Ria's plush dining room will host a boutique wine dinner showcasing its new menu. (Photo courtesy of Patricia Parinejad.)

by Jennifer Olvera


You’ve got to love a place that’s been open mere months and closes for a mini-facelift, New York-based culinary research and menu revamp, all the while riding on rave reviews. But that’s Ria for you. Celebrate its reopening early on January 22 with a luxurious wine dinner highlighting six boutique California producers: Failla Wines, Anomaly Vineyards, Realm Cellars, D.R. Stevens, Chase Family Cellars and Fischer Vineyards.


The event kicks off at 4 p.m. in the Elysian hotel’s grand ballroom with passed hors d’oeuvres and an informal wine tasting. Come 6 p.m., the soirée moves into Ria’s dining room for a six-course meal comprised of dishes from the yet-to-be-unveiled winter menu and, naturally, more specialty sips. Producers will be seated among diners and will elaborate on pours between courses and stay to talk post-dessert with those so inclined.


Participants for the tasting only may reserve advance tickets for $50, while the entire evening costs $250 per person, in addition to tax and service. Ria, 11 E. Walton St., 3rd Fl., 312-880-4400.


Keep coming back to GAYOT.com for the latest Chicago Restaurant News, Restaurant Reviews, Culinary Events and Chicago Wine Dinners.



One Church & One State

on January 14th, 2011
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  • pinitbutton One Church & One State

by: Sophie Gayot

A few months ago, I ran into Yassmin Sarmadi, owner of Church & State, the great French bistro in downtown Los Angeles. She mentioned to me that she was looking for a location to open Church & State #2 in what Angelenos call The Westside.


I frowned. Why? Because, based on my previous visits, there could only be one Church & State. This is a restaurant with a soul, and I did not feel it should — or could — be duplicated. A recent visit confirmed my thoughts. After a great debut by former chef Walter Manzke, the flame had been kept alive. Jeremy Berlin took over, and it was all good. Watch my exclusive video interview with the chef, and read my new review of Church & State.

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Partners in Hell

on January 12th, 2011
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  • pinitbutton Partners in Hell

by: Sophie Gayot


Chef Mark Peel and I both appeared on the same episode of Hell’s Kitchen which aired on October 13th, 2010. We were both on the hit show working as judges, evaluating the same challenge. But when I went to The Tar Pit, his restaurant on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, I was the only one judging what was coming out of his kitchen. Read my review of the restaurant to see if it’s worth making a stop at The Tar Pit.

Confident that his food would pass (after all, he is the chef/owner of Campanile, which has been packed since its 1989 opening), chef Peel wanted to talk about the cocktails that are being crafted behind the bar in my exclusive video interview. I guess he was right, since lots of thought is going into the libations.


Resolutions or Desserts?

on January 06th, 2011
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  • pinitbutton Resolutions or Desserts?
four seasons sf sorbet 300x225 Resolutions or Desserts?

Raspberry sorbet with house-made chocolate tiles

by Tiffany Maleshefski


We’ve already described the holiday offerings at the bar and lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco. But the hotel’s new pastry chef Jeffrey Wurtz may have you postponing your resolutions to get healthy and eat right. The recent addition to the team, who has worked with Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse and Joël Robuchon, has brought with him an upscale, sophisticated dessert menu that is now in step with Seasons‘ highbrow dinner menu. Try a brioche crouton plated with caramelized apple and melon sorbet.


Wurtz also has a penchant for gold leaf, and the fancy accoutrement is seen in almost every dish he sends out. Here it is with a refreshing and light raspberry sorbet served with elegant house-made chocolate tiles (and more comforting chocolate crunchies underneath).

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