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Dec

Her Excellency Mary McAleese, President of Ireland & Sophie Gayot

Her Excellency Mary McAleese, President of Ireland & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

During her current visit to the United States, Her Excellency Mary McAleese, the President of Ireland, hosted the Tourism Ireland luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

 

The guests, including myself, thoroughly enjoyed the President’s speech, a moving and heart-felt description of her country. With warmth and compassion, she illustrated the importance of the people, the landscape and the culture of Ireland, inspiring us to visit and discover the beauty of this rich island with breathtaking scenery, cultural delights, and captivating cities.



The Human Fortress

on December 12th, 2008
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Dec

Artists Gaia Melikian and Evangelos Stolidis with Sophie Gayot under one of their creations

Artists Gaia Melikian and Evangelos Stolidis with Sophie Gayot under one of their creations


 

EVAIA artists Gaia Melikian and Evangelos Stolidis are creating beautiful pieces of art that emerge from their understanding of the human form. Not only are Melikian and Stolidis the artists but they are also the subjects, having taken photographs of themselves that are then printed on canvas.

 

The lure in these images pulls you in with a gravitational force of another realm, surrounded in mystery, seized by emotion, you find your self in a subconscious battlefield of an erotic suspense. This series of silhouettes, entitled the Human Fortress, capture such intense human emotions and allow for a multitude of interpretations.



Los Angeles’ Men of Style

on December 10th, 2008
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Dec

Olimpia Garabet, Store Director & Sophie Gayot

Olimpia Garabet, Store Director & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

Last night, Louis Vuitton and GQ magazine honored Los Angeles’ Men of Style. And the winners are: chef/owner of Sona and Comme Ça David Myers; PGA Tour professional Anthony Kim; recording artist Ne-Yo; and actor Ian Somerhalder.

The reception took place at the Beverly Hills store, where the 2008-2009 Louis Vuitton Men’s Collections were displayed. Of course, we also checked out the famous LV monogrammed bags (the most popular selling bags in the world), their fine jewelry as well as the Women’s clothing line. Moët et Chandon champagne was flowing all night, as well as delicate canapés from Bread & Wine and macarons (my favorite was the Earl Grey) from Myers’ pastry shop, Boule.

Sophie is dressed by Paule Vasseur (www.paule-vasseur.com)



Alan Fuerstman founder and CEO of the hotel & Sophie Gayot

Alan Fuerstman founder and CEO of the hotel & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot
 
If you were driving in Beverly Hills at 8:30 pm on Friday, December 5th, you may have seen fireworks. The pyrotechnic display marked the grand opening of the Montage Beverly Hills hotel.

 

The partying took place all through the hotel, from the street level to the 9th floor pool. The event was just gorgeous, with every gentleman in black tie and every lady in a long gown. Champagne, wine (from BV Vineyards 2005 Tapestry and 2006 Chalone Estate Chardonnay)and food were the inseparable partners of the evening.
 


Paris Hilton and Sophie Gayot

Paris Hilton and Sophie Gayot

by The Gayots

 

 During last night’s Stylish Luxurious Soirée to celebrate the opening of SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, guests were treated with Dom Perignon and Jose Andrés’s upscale tapas.

 
The gates to the hotel, just named one of GAYOT.com’s Top 10 new hotels for 2008, and to The Bazaar were kept closed until the series of speeches concluded. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa welcomed another of Sam Nazarian’s realizations, and the businessman gracefully thanked his parents for their support.

See the evening in pictures. Click on the picture to enlarge

 For a full photo tour of the hotel, click on the link.



Johnnie Walker Blue Label

on November 25th, 2008
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Alain with Gillian Cook, Brand Manager for Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky

Alain with Gillian Cook, Brand Manager for Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky

Engraving For the Holidays

by Alain Gayot


Jeff Hoyt and I headed out to Craft last night to celebrate the launch of Johnnie Walker’s first ever Los Angeles-area bottle engraving studio. Hosted by Edward Adams, Master of Whisky for Johnnie Walker, the evening included a masterful dinner by chef Matthew Accarrino and multiple whisky samplings from the prestigious spirits brand. As we arrived, we were greeted with Ginger Ale, Grand Marnier and vanilla liquor were blended with Johnnie Walker Red Label in three different drinks with the later becoming the evening’s favorite.

Continue reading “Johnnie Walker Blue Label” »



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Nov

Sophie Gayot with chefs Sylvain Rivet of Amuse Bouche, Sebastien Pfeiffer of Sofitel LA and Akira Hirose of Maison Akira

by Sophie Gayot

The Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived in America, as it does every year in late November. One of the celebrations took place last night at the prestigious Royce Hall on the UCLA campus.

Last night when I got there, a little late I admit, the response  was so great that the young wine had already been poured. But fortunately, I had a tasting the day before.

Read our impressions here.

The food was provided by the chefs from The Club Culinaire of French Cuisine.



Sushi Special

on November 17th, 2008
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Nov

by Sophie Gayot

My dinner on Friday was a deluge of sushi at the new Hamasaku location on Melrose; a legendary spot that once housed Ma Maison (where Toshi Kihara got his first job in the US).

Toshi must have figured out that my birthday was close and came from the kitchen with a gorgeous decorated plate filled with mochi ice cream. And yes, we all ate the caramel sugar sculpture!

Here it what I can report on the dinner I had the following week.

Listen to what I said about Hamasaku on KNX1070.

Watch me on The Insider, aired in Dec, 27, about the restaurant.

 

 

(Sophie Gayot is dressed by Paule Vasseur, www.paule-vasseur.com)

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Sushi in Century City

on November 14th, 2008
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Nov

Chef Toshi Sugiura and his team with Sophie

What a better way to eat sushi than when it is prepared by the CEO/President of the California Sushi Academy, chef Toshi Sugiura—who is also the first of the only four certified sake Masters Emeritus in the United States.

After Hama in Venice, he is now at the helm of Bar Hayama on Sawtelle, south of Santa Monica boulevard. Sugiura has partnered with the InterContinental Los Angeles, and executive chef Vincent Cachot from Park Grill restaurant.

Every day from 5:30pm to 10pm sit in the lounge and indulge yourself in raw fish, rice, nori, soy sauce, wasabi without forgetting sake. Irasshaimase!



Birthday in High Style

on November 13th, 2008
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Nov

Chef Yannick Alléno with Sophie Gayot

Chef Yannick Alléno with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

The Dorchester Collection, which includes the
Plaza Athénée in Paris,
Le Meurice,
The Dorchester in London,
the New York Palace,
The Beverly Hills Hotel
and the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan,
has taken over the Hotel Bel-Air, located in one of the most exclusive cities in the world.

This week, chef Yannick Alléno from Le Meurice had prepared a series of lunches and dinners for a lucky few at the hotel’s restaurant. Yesterday, I attended one of his lunches and, for the first time, (as I have dined here many times before) I enjoyed an “haute cuisine” experience. In short, this was the best meal I ever had in Stone Canyon, and one of the best of the year. Continue reading “Birthday in High Style” »



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