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Apr

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by Sophie Gayot


Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, which opened in November 2011, is spearheaded of course by chef Michel Richard, one of GAYOT.com’s Top 40 U.S. chefs. The restaurant is so well-regarded that it made GAYOT.com’s 2012 Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S. and is also one of our Las Vegas Top 10 24-hour restaurants.


May I suggest two ways to discover the restaurant: watch my exclusive video interview above with executive chef Todd Harrington, or, better yet, join me at the GAYOT Dinner Series to be held there on May 10th. I will be there along with the debonair Michel Richard.

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03

Apr

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Bruno Serato and his "kids"

 

by Sophie Gayot


Chef/owner Bruno Serato of the Anaheim White House restaurant and I are joining forces for the next event in the GAYOT Dinner Series on April 26th to benefit Caterina’s Club.


Caterina’s Club is a non-profit organization, founded by Bruno Serato in 2005, that focuses on feeding the youth of America. Serato’s mission has expanded to feeding nearly 300 kids, 7 nights a week, 365 days a year. More than a quarter of a million meals have been served to date in Orange County. His dedication earned Serato the honor of being named one of the CNN Heroes 2011. Each year only ten people, selected from more than 4,000 candidates, are awarded this prestigious recognition.

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Bruno Serato, Our Hero

on December 23rd, 2011
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Dec

  • pinitbutton Bruno Serato, Our Hero

by Sophie Gayot


Some thirty years ago, chef Bruno Serato arrived from Italy with $200 in his pocket. In 1987, he purchased the 1909 National Historical Landmark building in Orange County, California, that housed the Anaheim White House restaurant since 1981. Thus began the latest chapter in Serato’s success story.


His cuisine, passion and energy have attracted many celebs to the Anaheim restaurant, including Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush, athletes David Beckham and Martina Navratilova and actors Sidney Poitier and Danny DeVito to name a few. Singer Gwen Stefani even has a dish dedicated to her: lobster ravioli. GAYOT.com has given the landmark numerous accolades, naming it one of the Top 10 Orange County Italian Restaurants | Top 10 Orange County Wine List Restaurants | Top 10 Orange County Romantic Restaurants | Top 10 Orange County Special Occasion Restaurants | Top 10 Orange County Business Restaurants | Top 10 Orange County Star Spotting Restaurants | Top 10 Orange County Thanksgiving Restaurants | Top 10 Orange County New Year’s Eve Restaurants | Top 10 Orange County Food Rating Restaurant.

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  • pinitbutton Toys for Tots at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
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Hotel general manager Mehdi Eftekari with Marines & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


To celebrate the start of the holiday season, the Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills invited some 300 guests last night. The reception was actually a very good excuse 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. The Marines left with more than 500 presents!


Hotel general manager Mehdi Eftekari is behind this good cause. He started getting involved with the Marines’ organization sixteen years ago, when he was at the Newport Beach Four Seasons, and then brought it with him when he moved to the Los Angeles location eight years ago.

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08

Nov

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Chefs from The French Culinary Institute

by Michelle Kwan


The thirteenth annual Project by Project-sponsored Plate by Plate event benefiting the Chinatown Youth Initiatives showcased the culinary talents of a group of distinguished chefs, among them Chris Jaeckle of Ai Fiori. Guests at the October 14 happening in New York City sampled specialties from participating restaurants, including a traditional Korean spicy welk salad with buckwheat noodles from Danji, Iberico ham from Bar Basque, and braised beef cheek from Macao Trading Co. Wineries like Southern California-based Monte De Oro and Bedell of North Fork, Long Island, served up tastings of their finest reds and whites, while Hakkaisan, Joto and Tengumai acquainted visitors with the subtleties of saké. Spirits distributors Zyr Vodka, Speyburn Scotch and Caorunn Gin, and designer water purveyor Voss, were also on hand. One of the highlights of the evening was the Quickfire Challenge with last year’s winner Jaeckle and former Top Chef contestant Lee Anne Wong as competitors, with each chef preparing dishes centered around one main ingredient: salmon. Kudos went to Jaeckle’s various salmon-inspired crudos, but ultimately, the title went to Wong’s salmon prepared three ways.
 

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Glitter Everywhere

on October 19th, 2011
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Oct

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Hasty Torres, Madame Chocolat; Actress Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives); with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


By the end of yesterday’s reception at the French Consulate in Beverly Hills, the guests were covered with glitter. Had we gotten too close to the models, who were wearing fine French jewels? No, the glitter was coming from the Madame Chocolat truffles! For the fifth edition of “The Jewels of France” event, chocolatier Hasty Torres was offering edible glitter truffles.


We had a few. Or maybe a lot, I’m not sure; when it comes to chocolate, we make all these excuses. We had to choose from the dark chocolate espresso covered in gold and silver, the white chocolate lime in blue or green, and the red and fuchsia filled with milk chocolate raspberry (my favorite).

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Krug & Train

on October 17th, 2011
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Oct

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Nobu Matsuhisa, his chefs & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


Just so you’re not confused by the headline, this blog is not about a train powered by Krug Champagne or even drinking Krug while riding on a train. It’s about listening to the group Train performing live while drinking Krug Champagne during Saturday night’s Los Angeles Food & Wine event, which left quite an unforgettable memory.


Earlier that tasty night, many top chefs served their food to the appreciative crowd. The choices of food (and wines) were vast and very different, as were the participating toques: Joachim Splichal & Tony Esnault (Patina, GAYOT.com Top 40 Restaurant in the US), Paul Prudhomme (K-Paul Louisiana Kitchen, GAYOT 2011 Top 10 Insider Picks in the US), Christopher Kostow (The Restaurant at Meadowood, GAYOT.com Top 40 Restaurant in the US), Hugo Bolanos (CUT, GAYOT.com 2011 Top 10 Steakhouses in the US), and 2011 Top Chef on Top Chef Masters Floyd Cardoz (North End Grill). Lines were very long in front of Lydia Shire (Towne Stove & Spirits); and Akasha Richmond (Akasha), who served a delicious braised American lamb (word spread fast). Also popular was Drew Nieporent & Stephen Lewandowski’s choucroute (Tribeca Grill, Alsatian chefs should be jealous of the recipe). Chef Ben Ford (Ford’s Filling Station) got help serving from his son Eaton.

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Food & Wine at L.A. LIVE

on October 14th, 2011
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Oct

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Sophie Gayot, Wolfgang Puck and his guest, Randy Jackson at the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Food & Wine

by Sophie Gayot


Last night was the opening of the first Los Angeles Food & Wine which was held at L.A. LIVE. To celebrate the evening, mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Randy Jackson took the stage. They are both food lovers, and are great supporters of restaurants and the hard working people they employ.


The event was truly red carpet, as the entire area where the chefs and wineries had their booths was completely covered with it, which was great for those wearing high heels. It made the setting quite elegant for sampling Daniel Boulud’s charcuterie, Kerry Simon and Nona Sivley’s tuna tartare with caviar (SIMON L.A.), Lissa Doumani’s savory Japanese pancakes (Terra) and Michael Ginor’s escargots, to name just a few. Kristen Schaefer, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ mixologist, was serving “The Alameda cocktail” (Hangar One blueberry vodka, green Chartreuse, blueberry and pomegranate juice, fresh lemon, and thyme-infused honey), and not too far away, Maison Marques & Domaines was pouring Louis Roederer Cristal 2004.

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15

Aug

  • pinitbutton Barbecue on the Beach for Charity
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Barbara Lazaroff & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

 

UPDATE 7/10/13: This year’s event will be on August 1, 2013. For more information, visit the Los Angeles Culinary Events calendar

UPDATE 7/23/12: This year’s event will be on July 26th. To buy tickets, go to http://www.eveningonthebeach.com/

 

For the past few summers, event manager Joan Wrede has been gathering Los Angeles chefs for “An Evening on the Beach.” The toques bring their barbecue grills right on the sand at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. The evening finished around a huge bonfire where the attendees roasted marshmallows which no less than pastry chef Sherry Yard of Spago combined with graham crackers and chocolate to make s’mores.


We were also able to enjoy the cuisine of:
- Celestino Drago, Drago Centro
- Michael Fiorelli of mar’sel at Terranea
- Mark Gold, Eva
- Tim Guiltinan, The Raymond
- Michael McCarty, Michael’s
- Joe Miller, Joe’s
- Mark Peel, Campanile
- Piero Selvaggio, Valentino
- Mako Tanaka of Robata-Ya

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11

Jul

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Savore Catering team: Daniel Elkins, Richard Lauther, Michael Morisette with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


On Saturday, July 9th, over 4,000 people partied on the backlot of Paramount Studios in Los Angeles at the 37th annual Block Party of the Concern Foundation. The event was so successful that it was packed like the Paris métro at 6 p.m. A record was broken with the amount of money raised that evening with the ticket sales, plus the live and silent auctions: a million and half dollars. Among the lots sold was dinner with me while I review a restaurant!


Because of the crowds, I couldn’t get to most of the 80 restaurants that participated, along with pastry shops, wineries, and bars. To see some of the participants, look at the photos in the gallery below. One of the most memorable displays was put on by Savore Catering, which cooked more than 1,000 eggs for 58 minutes in a 147-degree-Fahrenheit water bath to prepare their “farm egg on baked heirloom beans with béarnaise” to the hungry hordes.

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