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2010 Flavors of Los Angeles Culinary Gala
2010 Flavors of Los Angeles Culinary Gala

by Sophie Gayot



I attend fundraising dinners quite often, but the one being held on May 23rd, outdoors at City National Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, is my favorite. Not because I am the Honorary Chair, nor that it will be the fifth GAYOT Dinner Series, but because of its unusual format.


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Chef Jelle Vandenbroucke with Sophie Gayot
Chef Jelle Vandenbroucke with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot



Valentine’s Day over? Mother’s Day too far away? St. Patrick’s Day not your cup of tea? Why not indulge yourself with some rest and restaurant fun at the Four Seasons Westlake Village? The fourth GAYOT Dinner series will be held at the signature restaurant Hampton’s on Saturday, March 13th.




Chef de cuisine Jelle Vandenbroucke has prepared a special five-course menu for the occasion, priced at $85, with optional wine pairings:



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Third Gayot Dinner Series

on December 01st, 2009
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Chef Gordon Ramsay with Sophie Gayot

Chef Gordon Ramsay with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


On Wednesday, December 9, 2009, the third GAYOT Dinner Series comes to Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood. Join Executive Chef Andy Cook for an evening of festive food and wine, as the GAYOT Dinner Series showcases Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood.


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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.





Chef Kerry Simon with Sophie Gayot in the kitchen of Simon L.A.

Chef Kerry Simon with Sophie Gayot in the kitchen of Simon L.A.

By Sophie Gayot


I am pleased to introduce the “Gayot Dinner Series” which will be held at some of the finest restaurants in the Los Angeles area.


The Gayot’s are quite honored that celebrity chef Kerry Simon will be the first chef to participate. He will be cooking the first two dinners of the “Gayot Dinner Series,” which will be presented in his Los Angeles restaurant, Simon L.A., located in the Sofitel Los Angeles on September 10th and 11th.


Simon L.A. is one of our Los Angeles Top 10 American Restaurants, and has one of our Top 10 Chef’s Tables and Top 10 Lounges.


I will also be there both evenings to talk about the dishes with the guests. We are still fine-tuning the menu, but diners will be able to enjoy Maine lobster, organic corn tortellini, Simon Prime Beef Strip and more of Kerry Simon’s creative dishes, for the unbelievable price of just $48 per person.


You can make reservations by calling 310-358-3979. I hope to see you there!


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