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Apr

Andrés foie gras cotton candy

Chef José Andrés foie gras cotton candy

 

 

 

by Sophie Gayot

 

 

SLS, Savor Liver Slowly

Come celebrate the return of foie gras to California’s tables at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills on April 14, 2015.
 
You will enjoy foie gras in many shapes and forms in the peaceful and intimate décor at SAAM, chef José Andrés’ tasting room hidden away from the busy and bustling Bazaar restaurant.

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21

Dec

the 6th Annual Indulge Los Angeles, Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show

by Sophie Gayot

I think that in the world of sweets, there are two categories of people: those who love chocolate and those who don’t. Very rarely, we run into the second category, and when it happens it’s good because it leaves more for us —- you will understand that I am part of the first group.

 

So, if you are not one of these rare specimens, and will be in the Los Angeles area on December 28th, 2014, there is only one place you’ll want to be: the 6th Annual Indulge Los Angeles, Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show.

Continue reading “Fourteenth GAYOT Dinner Series” »


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29

Aug

red-rock-casino-resort

by Sophie Gayot

 
We are moving east to Sin City! On Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6, the third annual Las Vegas Wine & Food Festival will take over Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy more than forty different restaurants. There will be more than three dozen wineries and spirits companies on hand as well, along with the usual posh amenities that make this desert oasis one of GAYOT’s Top 10 Las Vegas Spa Hotels. Bring a food-loving friend, or book a room with a special someone for a weekend full of culinary adventures. After all, the Red Rock is one of GAYOT’s 2014 Top 10 Las Vegas Sexy Hotels, and even made our annual list of Top 10 Las Vegas Romantic Hotels.

 

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18

Jul

Bella Lantsman - Barbara Lazaroff - Sophie Gayot

Bella Lantsman, general manager Chinois on Main, Barbara Lazaroff, Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

 

For this dinner, we have joined forces with Barbara Lazaroff and Sherry Lansing, the founders of California Spirit. Since 1984, this organization has been raising funds for the American Cancer Society. Over time, fifteen million dollars have been distributed for research, education, advocacy and patient services in Los Angeles County and beyond.

 

For California Spirit XXIX, some of the best chefs in Southern California will be cooking and offering dishes that you will enjoy on the plaza of the Pacific Design Center, on Sunday, July 28th, starting at 4 p.m. Participating restaurants include:

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14

May

Singer Margo Rey

Singer Margo Rey will be performing at The Blvd on May 18th 2012

by Sophie Gayot


The next GAYOT Dinner Series will be a musical one. Join me at THEBlvd, at the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, on May 18th.


The dinner is priced at $185, and will be well worth it. The evening will start at 7 p.m. with a red carpet entrance. The meal includes a Champagne toast and a special Black Grouse cocktail to finish the soirée. Don’t worry, you will not have to change seats during the four-course dinner prepared by the hotel’s executive chef Gilles Azur. The entertainment will come to you! At 9:30 p.m., singer Margo Rey will perform her songs in the dining room.


To purchase tickets, go to https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/249766. Pricing doesn’t include tax and gratuity. I hope to see you there!



07

May

Sophie Gayot with the chefs

From left to right: Joe Panarello, Kevin Meehan, Shigefumi Tachibe, Paul Shoemaker, Calvin Holladay, Mirko Paderno (front), Sophie Gayot, Collin Crannell (front), Larry Nicola, Jeremy Berlin, Jean Francois Meteigner

by Sophie Gayot


Once again, I have been honored by being asked to serve as the Honorary Chair of the annual Flavors Culinary Gala of the Los Angeles Division of the American Liver Foundation. The sixth edition of the fundraiser will be held on May 20th at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, starting at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and a silent auction, followed by a sit-down dinner. The worthwhile gathering will also be the tenth GAYOT.com Dinner Series.


This culinary event is unique, as the chefs are actually cooking right in front of you at a table of only ten guests. It’s like enjoying your own private chef for the evening. You can ask them all the questions that you want, learn a few tricks and get some recipes, all while supporting a true cause.

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30

Apr

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

Bruno Serato and his "motel kids"

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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27

Apr

The chefs who participated in the 4th Annual Gala of Flavors with Honorary Chair Sophie Gayot

The chefs who participated in the 4th Annual Gala of Flavors with Honorary Chair Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

 
The fifth annual Flavors Culinary Gala of the Los Angeles Division of the American Liver Foundation will be part of the GAYOT.com Dinner Series as it was last year. The fundraiser will be held on May 22nd at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, starting at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and a silent auction, followed by a sit-down dinner.


The participating chefs are: Jeremy Berlin, Church & State; Collin Crannell, The Lobster; Calvin Holladay, Flemings LA Live; Kevin Meehan, Café Pinot; Jean-François Meteigner, La Cachette Bistro; Larry Nicola, Nic’s Beverly Hills; Mirko Paderno, Oliverio; Keith Roberts, Ocean & Vine; John Sedlar, Rivera and Playa; Paul Shoemaker, Savory; and Shigefumi Tachibe, Chaya.
 


27

Aug

Craft Los Angeles chefs Anthony Zappola and Shannon Swindle with Sophie Gayot

Craft Los Angeles chefs Anthony Zappola and Shannon Swindle with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


The 6th GAYOT Dinner Series will be in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Signature Chefs Auction for the March of Dimes Greater Los Angeles Division held at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. The lead chefs of the event will be chef de cuisine Anthony Zapolla and pastry chef Shannon Swindle from CRAFT Los Angeles.
 
 
During the evening, ten chefs from the greater Los Angeles will be presenting tasting portions in the private courtyard of the SLS Hotel. As the honorary chair, I will be in the crowd mingling with the chefs and attendees, so you can ask me any question you have about food and I will be happy to answer. Continue reading “Sixth GAYOT.com Dinner Series” »


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