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Bouchon Voilà!

on November 17th, 2009
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Larry King with Sophie Gayot at the opening of Thomas Keller's Bouchon in Beverly Hills
Larry King with Sophie Gayot at the opening of Thomas Keller’s Bouchon in Beverly Hills

By Sophie Gayot

 

Last night, the grand opening of Thomas Keller’s third Bouchon restaurant in Beverly Hills was definitely the place to be. The long, red carpet was filled with celebrities, including Larry and Shawn King, Jay Leno, Pierce Brosnan, Don Johnson, Gilles Marini, Ryan Seacrest, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Some were driven to and from the event by BMW, one of the night’s sponsors.

 

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Raising the Bar Again

on November 11th, 2009
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The contestants and the judges (from left to right): Josh Renfree/BOA, Judge Michael Cardenas/BOA, Sophie Gayot, Clint Johnson/Comme Ca, Judge Nile Park/Comme Ca, Stacy Street/Church & State, Judge Yassmin Sarmadi/Church & State, Hector Bury/Joe's, Judge Joe Miller/Joe's
The contestants and the judges (from left to right): Josh Renfree/BOA, Judge Michael Cardenas/BOA, Sophie Gayot, Clint Johnson/Comme Ca, Judge Nile Park/Comme Ca, Stacy Street/Church & State, Judge Yassmin Sarmadi/Church & State, Hector Bury/Joe’s, Judge Joe Miller/Joe’s

By Sophie Gayot

Come join us this Sunday, Nov. 15th, at 3:30p.m. at David Myers’ Comme Ca restaurant where the second part of Raising the Bar will be held.

 

 

Raising the Bar is a free cocktail competition that I will be judging, along with Victoria Recaño (anchor of KTLA’s 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts), between the bartenders of Joe’s in Venice, Comme Ca, BOA Steakhouse and Church & State. They will be required to make three rounds of drinks: a classic cocktail, a themed drink using a certain spirit (Bourbon) and a creation of their own.

 

Stacy Street from Church & State won the first part of the competition held at Joe’s in October. The classic was a Negroni; round two was made with Zaya Rum. For the freestyle, Hector Bury from Joe’s came up with “The Jean Genie” (Tuata, Vodka, Cointreau, lemon juice), Clint Johnson from Comme Ca with “Dominicana”, Josh Rentree from BOA with “Pumpkin Cream” and Street wowed the judges with her “Crémant de la Poire”.

 

Expect the atmosphere to warm up as time goes by. And, don’t worry, I will leave Comme Ca under the legal alcohol limit. Note that the event is free, so please come to Comme Ca.

 

 
 
 

Photo by John Meng

 



A Pink Moment

on November 10th, 2009
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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa serving chili cheese dogs to Pink's fans with Sophie Gayot

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa serving chili cheese dogs to Pink's fans with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

What were Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and I doing around a tray of hot dogs yesterday? As my jacket indicates, we were at Pink’s Hot Dogs in Hollywood, where the Mayor had to elect the “LAX International Dog,” the signature hot dog at the soon-to-open Pink’s location at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX.

 

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A Wall of Freedom Today

on November 09th, 2009
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German chanteuse and actress Ute Lemper with Sophie Gayot
German chanteuse and actress Ute Lemper with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

The fall of the Berlin Wall was a big deal in Los Angeles last night. The sister city of Berlin commemorated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall with the ceremonial breaking of a symbolic foam one installed across from LACMA on Wilshire Boulevard. To mark the occasion, the boulevard, a major LA artery, was closed for the event between Fairfax and Spaulding Avenues.

 

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Saam general manager Felix Meana with Sophie Gayot enjoying "Dragon's Breath" popcorn

Saam general manager Felix Meana with Sophie Gayot enjoying “Dragon’s Breath” popcorn

By Sophie Gayot

Due to overwhelming response for the GAYOT dinner at The Bazaar on November 6th, we are pleased to offer two additional evenings at Saam, the chef’s tasting room at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills: Friday, November 13th, and the following Thursday, November 19th. If you were not able to make a reservation originally, here are two more chances to join us. Call 310-246-5545.

 

 

 

From modern American cuisine at SIMON L.A. for the first GAYOT Dinner Series in September, we move to the even more modern style of chef José Andrés at The Bazaar for the next GAYOT Dinner to be held on Friday November 6th at Saam, the chef’s tasting room, located within The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills.

 

Saam is an intimate space with its own décor separated by glass walls from the lively action of The Bazaar. For this occasion, chef José Andrés and his team will create a very special prix-fixe menu of twenty-plus “tastes” for $95 that will include delightful surprises and a complimentary glass of cava for each guest. Wine pairings come in four different categories — Sparkling, Spanish, Global and Sherry — and start at $45 for a flight of four tasting portions.

 

Among the items to expect on the menu are: olive oil bonbon, Dragon’s Breath (popcorn), Sea urchin with pomegranate air, tournedos Rossini,

 

During the evening, which will also be the celebration of the first anniversary of the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, I will be at Saam to discuss the meal, and why chef José Andrés’ inventive dishes are the talk of the town. I hope to see you there.

 

Space is limited. Please call 310-246-5545 for reservations.

 

 



Chocolate Only

on October 11th, 2009
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Pair the chocolate from Republica del Cacao with Pinot

Pair the chocolate from Republica del Cacao with Pinot

by Sophie Gayot

It was obvious this afternoon at the 3rd Annual Los Angeles Luxury Chocolate Salon held at the Pasadena Convention Center that chocolate is not a standard foodstuff. It provokes a passion and love that not too many products can claim.

Each of the 35-plus exhibitors had a different story. Bernard Duclos from República del Cacao likes to tell you to pair his organic chocolate with Pinot. Chocolatier Christopher Michael makes its chocolate bacon bar sizzle (fun). Travel with the round metal tins of The Chocolate Traveler, which you can have customized with your own design. We also tried the chocolate-dipped pretzels hand-rolled in English toffee (not bad); and the leopard-printed chocolates from Susie Norris of Happy Chocolates. Helen Grace’s old-fashioned chocolates include truffles, specialty confections, assortments, and even dessert toppings. There were even chocolate body products from Sweet Beauty Organic Chocolate Spa Treatments.

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

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Dine Out For Less

on September 25th, 2009
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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with Sophie Gayot

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who loves food and good wines, changed his packed schedule so he could announce the launch of the third dineLA/Restaurant Week at this morning’s press conference at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at L.A. Live.

 

The last two editions of the program have been so successful that it is now being conducted twice a year instead of just once in January. The participating number of restaurants has also grown from 175 to 260.

 

Mayor Villaraigosa pointed out that the diversity of Los Angeles’ palates is due to the diversity of the many cultures found in the City of Angels. He also added that he will try to eat at as many restaurants as he can during the two-week period, October 4-9 and October 11-16, 2009.

 

dineLA is a good way to discover or rediscover restaurants in the Los Angeles area through specially priced three-course meals, ranging from $16 to $28 for lunch, and $26 to $44 for dinner. For a complete list of participating restaurants go to www.dineLA.com/restaurantweek.

 

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Jeff Probst, best reality host Emmy winner, with Sophie Gayot
Jeff Probst, best reality host Emmy winner, with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

 

 

If you were looking for Susan Feniger last night, she was nowhere near her restaurants (STREET, Border Grill, Ciudad). She was too busy cooking for 1,000 guests at CBS Television Entertainment Tonight’s Emmy Awards Party downtown at Vibiana—a former church now transformed into an elegant event venue.

 

Her worldwide cuisine was offered at four different buffets, each with a geographical theme, with more selections passed on trays such as Japanese shizo shrimp, Moldavian meatballs, and Indian semolina cakes.

 

Feniger’s food was so different from what caterers usually present, that it made the evening that much more stellar.

 

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