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Goodbye to Grace

on May 01st, 2010
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May

Rivera chef de cuisine Kevin Luzande & general manager Matthew Washton

Rivera chef de cuisine Kevin Luzande & general manager Matthew Washton

by Sophie Gayot

 

Last night, I heard some important restaurant news while attending the 15th annual fundraiser for UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, Pretty Woman’s favorite hotel. There was a lot of good food from, Church & State, Lazy Ox Canteen, Patina, Rivera and Bottega Louie and fine wines from the Stags Leap District, a non-profit organization of Cabernet Sauvignon vintners and growers from Napa.

 

 

I arrived too late to try Patina’s Tony Esnault’s foie gras, but I still enjoyed some from Bottega Louie. I got to meet Church & State’s new chef, Joshua Smith, and reconnected with Lazy Ox Canteen’s Josef Centeno (who was kind enough to appear at my first radio show on KNX with Frank Mottek back in 2005). The breaking news came from Matthew Washton, the general manager of Rivera: the restaurant has taken over Grace restaurant and will open sometime this October as a more casual and less expensive version of Rivera.

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08

Apr

Chef Susan Feniger with Sophie Gayot at STREET restaurant

Chef Susan Feniger with Sophie Gayot at STREET restaurant

by Sophie Gayot

 

How popular is Susan Feniger? So many people showed up at her latest venture STREET last night to watch her appearance on the TV show Top Chef Masters that the LAPD had to dispatch a traffic officer to Highland Avenue to handle the crush.  STREET private parking behind the restaurant was transformed into a party playground to handle the more than three hundred guests. Luckily, the walls of the parking are decorated with the same graffiti art as the inside.

 

We got to taste Feniger’s street food for the modest sum of $25, with half of the proceeds benefiting the Scleroderma Research Foundation. For me, the winning dish was the pork slider. Made with braised pork in licorice, sweet soy and oyster sauce, pickled carrots, daikon radish and cilantro, it also had a secret ingredient: kefir lime aioli that brought a smart touch.

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01

Apr

General manager Jacob Shure and chef Steven Fretz of XIV, Perfect Pairings founder Kevin Mark Lodie with Sophie Gayot and a glass of Nicolas Feuillate Champagne

General manager Jacob Shure and chef Steven Fretz of XIV, Perfect Pairings founder Kevin Mark Lodie with Sophie Gayot and a glass of Nicolas Feuillate Champagne

by Sophie Gayot

A few days ago, chef Steven Fretz and general manager Jacob Shure of restaurant XIV in West Hollywood opened their kitchen and bar to launch the Los Angeles portion of the Perfect Pairings campaign.

Perfect Pairings, founded by Kevin Mark Lodie, is a program benefiting local Meals-on-Wheels programs like St. Vincent Meals on Wheels that deliver food and other vital services to thousands of people in need every day.

Continue reading “Make a Perfect Pairing in LA” »



12

Oct

Chef de cuisine Jorge Chicas of The Bazaar with Sophie Gayot eating cotton candy foie gras

Chef de cuisine Jorge Chicas of The Bazaar with Sophie Gayot eating cotton candy foie gras

by Sophie Gayot


In my eyes, any excuse is good enough to go to The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills for a cube of foie gras wrapped in cotton candy.

So I was especially pleased to find executive chef Jorge Chicas serving it at the second Los Angeles March of Dimes Annual Chefs Event.


Over 300 guests gathered last week on the private patio at the SLS to taste food and wine from more than 25 restaurants and wineries.

Continue reading “Cotton Candy Foie Gras for a Cause” »



Chefs Nobu Matsuhisa and Thomas Keller with Sophie Gayot

Chefs Nobu Matsuhisa and Thomas Keller with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

 

Fresh off the plane from Paris, I had only a few minutes to change before heading to Spago Beverly Hills for the 10th Annual Chefs Grand Tasting Dinner, held last night. Benefiting Meals-on-Wheels Programs of Los Angeles, it is one of the most prestigious charity dinners in the country.

 

Wolfgang Puck, Lee Hefter & Barbara Lazaroff, along with chef de cuisine Thomas Boyce and executive pastry chef Sherry Yard, welcomed six very fine chefs into their kitchen to prepare an elegant six-course dinner.

 

 

 

Continue reading “An Exceptional Evening at Spago Beverly Hills” »



Eating to Feed Others

on October 04th, 2009
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Oct

The American Wine and Food Festival

The American Wine & Food Festival

By Tara de Lis

 

 

It’s arguably the biggest annual Epicurean event on L.A.’s culinary calendar, the penultimate send-off to a long summer season of fabulous food and wine fêtes. Now in its 27th year, the event featured spectacular dishes from some of the nation’s top chefs, such as American Wine and Food Festival co-founder Wolfgang Puck, Kerry Heffernan (South Gate, New York) and Charles Phan (Slanted Door, San Francisco) as well as an esteemed selection of wine and spirits.
 
Among our favorite dishes of the evening were Alex Stratta’s (Alex, the Wynn Las Vegas) delightfully savory-sweet, crispy Kurobuta pork belly with dried fruits and toasted almonds on a bed of mascarpone polenta; Thomas Keller’s (the soon-to-be Bouchon, Beverly Hills) raw bar, where he was personally signing beach balls! Continue reading “Eating to Feed Others” »


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.

Continue reading “GAYOT Partners with Perfect Pairings (SM)” »



13

Jul

Concern Foundation 35th Annual Block Party at Paramount Studios

Concern Foundation 35th Annual Block Party at Paramount Studios

By Sophie Gayot



Chef de cuisine Jorge Chicas from The Bazaar with Sophie Gayot stirring a liquid nitrogen margarita

Chef de cuisine Jorge Chicas from The Bazaar with Sophie Gayot stirring a liquid nitrogen margarita

By Sophie Gayot

 

More than fifty Los Angeles chefs and restaurants combined their culinary talents last Sunday at Share Our Strength’s annual Taste of the Nation, a benefit to support organizations that feed hungry children.

 

Guests were able to meet the chefs and taste their dishes, as well as enjoy live entertainment and a special auction. The event, held in Culver City’s Media Park, was supposed to end at 4 p.m., but the ambience was so enjoyable that the crowd stayed much longer.

Continue reading “Coming Together for a Nationwide Cause” »



Jay Leno & Sophie Gayot

Jay Leno & Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

More than three hundred guests attended Vintage Hollywood 2009, a charity event, held at a private estate in Bel-Air, California, last Saturday. Thanks to the hard work of Linda Daly and other members of the organization, many Los Angeles restaurants and wineries from across California as well as from Oregon, New Zealand and Argentina came together in a gorgeous garden. In addition, a silent auction took place.

 

But the highlight of the evening was the appearance of Jay Leno, who was in charge of the live auction. And trust me, it was an auction like no other. Leno’s celebrated humor was behind each of his words. I just wish there would have been more items to keep the show running. A private tour of the comedian’s “Garage,” guided by Leno himself, went for $29,500 for four lucky bidders. More than $200,000 was raised at this year’s event. Jay’s generosity brought even more support than expected.

 

Continue reading “A Night Show with Jay Leno for a Cause” »



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