Where to Dine Out for New Year’s Eve

Sophie Gayot - Shanon Ferguson - Christian Philippo - Philip Spee - Holly Jivin - Aitor Zabala - Heather Denehy
In the kitchen at The Bazaar at SLS Beverly Hills – From left to right: Aitor Zabala (Assistant Director R&D Think Food Group); Holly Jivin (SAAM Chef & The Bazaar Sous Chef); Christian Philippo (General Manager The Bazaar), Philip Spee (F&B SLS outlet); Heather Denehy (Server); Shanon Ferguson (F&B Director SLS); with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


Since there are so many restaurants offering dinner to celebrate 2013, we have put together lists of the best restaurants near you. The best of the best made GAYOT’s Top 10 New Year’s Eve Restaurants in the U.S.!


Last night I headed to The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills to see what they were planning for the big night: be prepared for a Spanish Masquerade Ball. For $250, you will have unlimited access to the tapas and desserts that make Andrés’ cuisine so different, as well as drinks. Quite a deal for this restaurant!


If you choose to stay at home, make sure to pick the right bubbles with our sparkling wine guide.


HAPPY NEW YEAR and may you enjoy CONTINUOUS CULINARY DELIGHTS IN 2013!

Ski St. Moritz with Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in Switzerland – Travel Special

Skiing on the Diavolezza mountain in Switzerland
Skiing on the Diavolezza mountain in Switzerland

Winter sports purists seeking the ultimate skiing experience are unabashedly drawn to St. Moritz, Switzerland, the “birthplace of winter sports.” And now the experience is all the more enticing: guests receive a free ski pass when they book a stay of two or more nights at the luxurious Badrutt’s Palace Hotel.

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Where to Dine Out for Christmas

Rene  Baez - Javier Lopez - Vincent Cachot - Benjamin Bailly - Sophie Gayot
Pastry chef Rene Baez, sous-chef Javier Lopez, executive chef Vincent Cachot, chef de cuisine Benjamin Bailly, LAPD officer with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel has dressed up its historic lobby with holiday decorations that will be on view until December 30th. Last week, for the first time, it held a ceremony for the lighting of the Christmas tree. And since we were in glitzy Hollywood, snow fell on us from the ceiling (watch the video). The evening was dedicated to the LAPD’s Police Activities League (PAL), a youth crime prevention program, so guests deposited presents for the children underneath the tree.


Newly appointed chef Benjamin Bailly at Public Kitchen & Bar was busy with his team making sure that the guests’ appetites were satisfied. (I will leave chef Bailly some time to implement his own menu before reviewing the restaurant.)

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The Ritz-Carlton Debuts Dorado Beach Luxury Hotel in Puerto Rico – Travel News

Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve Su Casa hotel
Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve Su Casa hotel

You’ve always wanted to live like a Rockefeller — and now you can. Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel has just opened on the former Laurance Rockefeller estate in Puerto Rico.


This 1,400-acre property, boasting 100 guest rooms and fourteen beach suites, offers a unique mix of luxury, nature and culture in a one-of-a-kind, open-air enclave for the most discerning of travelers. The indoor space blends seamlessly with its surroundings, melding well-appointed accommodations with an immersive natural experience.

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2012 Toys for Tots at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Mehdi Eftekari - Marines - Sophie Gayot
Marines with general manager Mehdi Eftekari & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


It is that time of the year when Mehdi Eftekari, the general manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, organizes an evening to collect toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The foundation then distributes them as Christmas gifts to needy children. Last week, I joined hundreds of other guests bearing unwrapped toys to enter the worthwhile event.


“This fund-raiser and charity are very personal to me, and I am committed to putting smiles on children’s faces as long as I can. I appreciate all of the support that friends and clients have given to me in order to achieve my goal,” said Eftekari.

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