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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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Bibimbap Backpackers

on July 12th, 2013
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This version of the signature Korean dish bibimbap was made with corn flakes

 


PSY recently put South Korea on the charts with his worldwide pop hit “Gangnam Style.” Now he’s trying to put South Korean food on the map as well.

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Actor David Arquette with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


We can all thank actor David Arquette for welcoming us to his beautiful Beverly Hills house for the 2013 Vintage Hollywood 12th Annual Wine & Food Tasting Event.


Some Los Angeles chefs offered delicious tasting bites like the scallop ceviche by littlefork, an array of grilled cheese sandwiches by chef Eric Greenspan, tuna tartare tacos by soon-to-open Del Frisco’s Grille in Santa Monica, and burgers by probably the best burger chain The Counter. Let’s not forget the oysters by Christophe Happillon‘s The Oyster Gourmet, and the savory finale of cheeses from the celebrated Cheese Store of Beverly Hills.

 

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Vino at Valentino

on June 06th, 2013
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Le Corti dei Farfensi “S. Joseph” Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC 2009 and Pileum “Massitium” 2009


by Jeff Hoyt


Italian cuisine restaurants have been popular in the U.S. for decades. And what better way to enjoy Italian food than accompanied by fine Italian vino? We recently enjoyed an evening of Italian wines at Valentino, Piero Selvaggio‘s Santa Monica restaurant that celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, as part of the Vino California celebration. Other events around town included dinners at Aventine Hollywood, Enoteca Drago and a Grand Tasting.


“In only its third year, Vino California has quickly become an iconic fixture on the national wine landscape,” said Letizia Miccoli, Executive Director of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West. “We are thrilled to bring such an extensive taste of Italy to Los Angeles which is filled with experienced wine consumers and professionals that are eager to learn more about old world wines.”

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House cured salmon with honey dill mustard


by Cara Trump


We’ve been a fan of Stefan’s at L.A. Farm in Santa Monica since its launch almost four years ago. Chef Stefan Richter opened his restaurant after competing on season 5 of “Top Chef,” in which he was a runner-up. Monday night, we had the opportunity to sample his delicious new menu for summer 2013, as chef Stefan mingled with guests and posed for photos.

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by Sophie Gayot
Those who know me know that I don’t really get intimidated. But last night when the time came to speak on camera with maestro Plácido Domingo, I was. The “King of Opera” had just finished conducting the world premiere of opera Dulce Rosa at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

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Moraga Vineyards 2005 Red Wine

Price: $125

Rating: 15.5/20

Region: Los Angeles, CA

Varietals: 56.1 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 43.7 percent Merlot, 0.2 percent Cabernet Franc

Production: 1,200 cases

Alcohol: 14.2 percent


Tasting Notes: The 2005 Red from Moraga Vineyards shows excellent balance of fruit, acidity and tannins. Its complex flavors are primarily of blackberry and boysenberry with some herbal and mineral notes. This finely crafted Meritage finishes full and long.


Food Pairings: Grass-fed beef, black truffle pizza


Other Meritages we have tasted

Check out GAYOT’s Los Angeles Travel Guide

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Tequila-battered avocado with pomegranate vinaigrette

by Barnaby Hughes


I’ve had the pleasure of attending many wine pairing dinners, but recently was invited to my first Tequila pairing at Tortilla Republic in West Hollywood. Taking place on the third Wednesday of each month in a private dining room, the four-course dinners pair Mexican tapas with a line of Tequilas from a single distillery. I was fortunate enough to attend the inaugural dinner featuring Milagro Tequila. Executive chef Brendan Warren came out of the kitchen to introduce each of the evening’s dishes, which were paired with three of Milagro’s Tequilas. Reposado was served with Tequila-battered avocado, Silver with camarones and chorizo, Reposado with albondigas over herbed rice and Añejo with sorbet and fresh fruit. A glass of the restaurant’s sangrita, a non-alcohol mix of juices and spices, was provided as a palate cleanser between courses.

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Wilshire Restaurant in Santa Monica has a new Sunday brunch buffet with bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys

Enjoy Farmers Market-Inspired Fare on a Primo Patio


With the weather starting to warm up in Southern California, we’re looking forward to leisurely weekend brunches outdoors. Wilshire Restaurant scores highly in the patio department with its split-level al fresco space shaded by trees and sail-like canvases, and this Santa Monica spot has added to its appeal by launching a Sunday brunch buffet complete with bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys.


Executive chef Nyesha Arrington, who was a fierce competitor on season 9 of “Top Chef,” takes inspiration from the nearby farmers market to put a spin on classic brunch dishes, such as her crab cake Benedict with tomato hollandaise sauce. The bountiful spread also features fresh fruits, cheeses, charcuterie, shrimp, smoked salmon, brioche french toast and salads like arugula with burrata, roasted red pepper and aged balsamic. In addition, there’s a customizable omelet station and a dessert buffet with mini cupcakes and over-sized cookies.

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Tea cappuccino (photo credit : CBTL)

by Anneli Rufus


Just when you thought the world could not possibly produce another frothy caffeinated beverage, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has just launched a new concept: Tea Cappuccino. Since the word “cappuccino,” when first applied to coffee drinks, referred only to the hooded brown robes of Italian Capuchin friars and not to anything specifically coffee-ish, it can just as aptly be appended to a tea drink — or a bean dish or anything else that is richly brown, come to think of it.


Debuting recently at all CBTL locations, Tea Cappuccino combines freshly brewed tea, whole-milk foam and vanilla bean sauce in three different flavors: chai, Scottish Breakfast and Anniversary Blend. The latter blend marks CBTL’s fiftieth anniversary; the company was founded in Southern California in 1963.

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