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on December 14th, 2012
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Actress Susan Sarandon with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


As guests walked in André Balazs’ hotel The Standard Downtown LA for the opening party of SPiN Standard, they were welcomed with mini bottles of Chandon Brut Classic and Chandon Rosé.


At the top of the escalator near the entrance to this new “ping pong social club,” a floor-to-ceiling picture of President Barack Obama playing ping pong (in a tie, no less) put everybody in the mood for a bit of sport. Many celebrities, including Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon, socialized at the bar, which was serving more Chandon (in flutes this time) and a custom cocktail — the Spin-tini made with Chandon, lychee purée, lemon juice, honey, ginger and Belvedere vodka.

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The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series making its debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show

World-Class Car Convention


From PCH to the Sunset Strip, Southern California was made for cruising, and there’s no bigger celebration of the Southland’s car culture than the annual Los Angeles Auto Show. Open to the public November 30 through December 9, the 2012 LA Auto Show promises to rev SoCal car fans into a frenzy, with nearly 50 vehicle debuts including both concept cars and soon-to-be-available production models. Among the anticipated unveilings at this year’s show is the world debut of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series, as well as the North American debuts of the Jaguar F-TYPE and the BMW i8 Spyder plug-in hybrid concept.

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The Balvenie Fifty

on November 28th, 2012
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A Limited-Edition $32,000 Scotch

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The Balvenie Aged 50 Years with its special packaging


Two important events took place at the Scottish firm William Grant & Sons in 1962. David Stewart was hired as an apprentice, and cask #5576 was filled with newly distilled whisky from The Balvenie Distillery. Although Scotland and its namesake spirit have a long and glorious history, the country hadn’t even begun exporting single malt Scotch at the time. Stewart rose through the ranks and became a Malt Master for the company (which owns distilleries including The Balvenie and Glenfiddich), nosing more than 400,000 casks of whisky through the years, while that single barrel matured. Many of Stewart’s techniques working with single malt whisky, such as aging the spirit in two different types of barrels, became industry standards, and he earned numerous accolades while that oh-so-special European oak sherry hogshead continued to age, mellow and evaporate.


Fifty years later, Stewart has become a consultant to the company, and that cask was finally bottled. We were lucky enough to attend an event at Mastro’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills honoring Stewart’s fifty years of contributions to the Scotch whisky industry as well as taste the whisky that was five decades in the making.

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Domenico Selections and Ice Bucket Selections Tasting at Park Avenue Autumn

by Michelle Kwan


There is a wine for every season, so it made perfect sense that this year’s Domenico and Ice Bucket Selections Tasting was hosted at the seasonal Park Avenue Autumn where the menu changes four times a year to highlight the flavors of Winter, Spring, Summer and now Fall. The Domenico Selections portfolio is centered on local Italian wines derived from regional grapes produced in family owned vineyards. The results are balanced, versatile vintages with good acidity and fruit. Their versatility makes them great candidates for pairing with a variety of cuisines and culinary flavors.


Ice Bucket Selections, established in 2008 by wine writer Todd M. Wernstrom, imports worthy vintages predominantly from California, Oregon, France and the still often-overlooked Hudson Valley region. The focus revolves around local, family owned and operated wineries that employ the purest and most authentic wine production methods.

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The Food Event

on October 26th, 2012
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Camechana from Public School

by Jeff Hoyt


The heavens were threatening, but blue sky prevailed over clouds high above the hills of Malibu where The Food Event by Los Angeles Magazine was held this past Sunday. At Saddlerock Ranch — home to Malibu Family Wines and producers of Saddlerock and Semler Wines — thousands of diners queued up to try the latest creations from more than forty LA-area restaurants washed down by wine, beer, vodka, Veev, and even Sri Lankan spirits!


We certainly didn’t get a chance to try every dish, but our favorite was David LeFevre’s sword squid from Manhattan Beach Post (M. B. Post) served over fava beans. We also enjoyed smoky fried chicken from Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, live prawn from The Royce at the Langham, lamb chops from The Strand House, squash blossom tamales with mole from Malo and Más Malo and adobo short rib tacos and smoked camechana — a spicy Mexican seafood cocktail made with shrimp, scallops and halibut — from Public School, which will be opening soon in Culver City after a successful downtown launch.

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All About Germany

on October 17th, 2012
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Consul General of France in Los Angeles Axel Cruau, Sophie Gayot, Consul General of Germany in Los Angeles Dr. Bernd Fischer, Los Angeles Councilmember Tom LaBonge

by Sophie Gayot


One of Germany’s national holidays is the Day of German Unity (Tag der deutschen Einheit). It has been celebrated since October 3rd, 1991. It commemorates the anniversary of the German unification in 1990, a highly important event not only for Germans, but also the rest of the world.


As I was in Los Angeles that day, I attended the reception held by Consul General Dr. Bernd Fischer and his wife Mrs. Jutta Fischer. “The day of unification is one of the happiest in the history of the German people. Germany’s political miracle and the country’s unity also laid the foundation for the unification of Europe, all which would not have been possible without the help of the United States,” declared Dr. Fischer.

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Models show off Walter Baker’s W118 collection during New York Fashion Week

by Michelle Kwan


Walter Baker’s eye for creative versatility has kept him among the forefront of fashion design for over two decades. Trading in his finance career for the spotlight in fashion, he launched his first line, “WALTER,” in 1991. His designs seek to uphold the principles of “confidence and style” that he believes define the interconnectivity between women all over the world. Dresses with soft lines and intricate feminine prints as well as constructed jackets with an industrial look are signature styles in the WALTER collection. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week held at the Lincoln Center in New York City featured Walter Baker’s W118 Spring 2013 Collection at “The Box.” Baker’s latest line consists of an eclectic blend of colors, styles and cuts ranging from energetic island, urban, tribal and psychedelic-inspired prints to bold color block patterns. Soft, flowing fabrics that drape dominate along with form-fitting but relaxed cuts. The overall style? Versatility with flair.

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Champagne Perrier-Jouët 2004 Belle Époque Florale Edition on display at Katsuya restaurant in Brentwood, CA

Pernod Ricard’s prestigious Champagne brand Perrier-Jouët unveiled the 2004 Belle Époque Florale Edition bottle by Japanese floral designer Makoto Azuma at Katsuya restaurant in Brentwood last night. Photographs of his beautiful floral arrangements make up the book Encyclopedia of Flowers. This first limited edition design of cuvée Belle Époque since the creation of its iconic anemone bottle by Emile Gallé in 1902 debuted in Japan this summer. Only 200 cases of the 2004 Belle Époque Florale Edition are available around the world at $199 per bottle.

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An aerial view of downtown Los Angeles

Party Like a Rock Star at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live


Created with the diehard music lover in mind, the 2012 American Music Awards VIP Getaway Package from the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live is the ultimate weekend escape.


The American Music Awards is one of Los Angeles’s most exclusive events, but guests of the JW Marriott will not only attend the November 18 awards ceremony, they will also be treated to a variety of VIP experiences before and after the show, including red carpet arrival and hospitality lounges. This once-in-a-lifetime package includes Continue reading “JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live American Music Awards Package – Travel Special” »



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Robert Wiedmaier

by Patricia Mack


Calling the chef “Sir”? Robert Wiedmaier’s staff had better get used to it, because on Aug. 31, as part of the annual celebration of Belgian Beer Weekend in Brussels, the Washington, D.C. chef will be inducted into The Knighthood of the Brewers’ Mashstaff with all due pomp and circumstance.


“I’m more than a little nervous,” says Wiedmaier of this honorary knighthood. “The ceremony takes place with hundreds of people watching, every brewer in Belgium will be there — I’ll have to kneel and…oh, man, am I nervous!”


The Knighthood of the Brewers’ Mashstaff is the Belgium brewers’ guild, which keeps alive the traditions and nobility of the brewer’s trade as it has evolved through centuries, but that doesn’t preclude enjoying and celebrating of beer, especially Belgian beer which figures large in Wiedmaier’s restaurants. Although the menu at Wiedmaier’s flagship D.C. establishment, Marcel’s, is chiefly French in flavor, it features hints of the Belgian influence that is in full-force at his more casual Brasserie Beck also in Washington, Brabo in Alexandria, Va., and his Mussel Bar in Bethesda, Maryland, and Mussel Bar Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. These establishments offer the largest selection of Belgian beer around — one of which is the popular Antigoon, a double blonde ale, brewed exclusively for Wiedmaier. It is an unforgettable brew not only for its distinctive taste but for its label showing the gory aftermath of the legendary conflict between hero and giant in medieval Antwerp.

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