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Elizabeth Blau, a restaurateur and culinary queen. Photo credit: Bill Milne

Elizabeth Blau, a restaurateur and culinary queen

 

By Robert Barnes


Elizabeth Blau began her career with famed restaurateur Sirio Maccioni. Widely credited with transforming Las Vegas into a world-class culinary destination, she was instrumental in building the gourmet repertoire at several MGM Mirage properties, at Wynn Las Vegas and at the Palms with celebrity chef Kerry Simon.

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Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay cuts the ribbon

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay cuts the ribbon


By Patricia Mack

 

Gordon Ramsay is taking a break from the mob scene just outside the private dining room doors at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Caesars Atlantic City.


An adoring public lined up seven-bodies deep hoping to catch a glimpse of the celebrity chef during the official grand opening celebration of the newest addition to his restaurant empire last April. The spectacular pandemonium included a bagpiper in full regalia, a battery of Queen’s Guards, a proclamation delivered by an ersatz Julius Caesar, a parade with flags and trumpets and then the ceremonial tapping of the firkin by Ramsay who pulled a draft from the 10.8- gallon cask used for brewing what is sometimes called “real ale.”

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2015 French Open

on May 27th, 2015
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Roland Garros 2015

Roland Garros 2015

by Sophie Gayot


If you cannot make it to Paris for Roland Garros, also known as the French Open, you can still follow the action on the tournament’s official website. There, you’ll find round-the-clock coverage of the two-week French Open running through June 7. Real-time scores, streaming radio commentary and a live blog of tennis’ largest and most prestigious clay-court competition are available 24/7, keeping you up-to-date with the latest news on the action.

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Chef Yousef Ghalaini’s smoked salmon salad at FIG restaurant requires Chardonnay

Chef Yousef Ghalaini’s smoked salmon salad at FIG restaurant requires Chardonnay

 

by André Gayot


Attractive and sporty Molly Hill, winemaker of seven years at Sequoia Grove (Rutherford, California), teamed up with Yousef Ghalaini, the new chef of FIG restaurant in the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows (Santa Monica, California) to pair her wines with his food.


As Sequoia Grove focuses on prime Cabernet Sauvignons, the theme of the demonstration was that Cabs can accommodate a whole variety of dishes. Maybe not the smoked salmon salad, though. For the fish, Sequoia Grove has a flowery Napa Valley Chardonnay ($28).
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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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SAAM Black Truffle Dinner

by Sophie Gayot

 

 

Truffles are in season in autumn and winter. When the calendar changes to a new year, the black ones populate the market — and they are doing the same at SAAM, chef José Andrés’ private tasting room in The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills.

Continue reading “Truffle Extraordinaire 2015 – Part 2” »



Birthday at The Bazaar

on November 24th, 2014
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Bazaar Birthday Cake

by Sophie Gayot

 

 

One thing I will never have in common with Owen Wilson is an Oscar nomination, as I have no intention to become an actress. But this year to celebrate our birthdays (which are one day apart), we both had the same cake: Bazaar Dessert Graffiti. He shared his with actor Woody Harrelson at The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills; I shared mine with the creators — chef José Andrés himself and executive pastry chef Kriss Harvey.


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White truffle dinner sls la

by Sophie Gayot

 

 

Truffle lovers are happy: The season has started! It means special dinners around what Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin called “the diamonds of the kitchen.” Über-chef José Andrés even started a Truffle Season Dinner Series at SAAM, the chef’s private tasting room in The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. It is now in its third year.
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The hungry crowd at the 10th Annual NYC Vendy Awards

The hungry crowd at the 10th Annual NYC Vendy Awards


by David Farley


The tenth-annual Vendy Awards took place on Governors Island in New York City on Saturday, September 13, 2014. With a pregnant sky looming above, the festivities hit full stride as soon as the grills were fired up and burners switched on, with vendor contestants ringing a football field-sized space. Continue reading “NYC’s 10 Annual Vendy Awards Draws Crowds to Governors Island” »



Sunset & Dine takes place October 2nd


The Annual Festival Showcase’s the Neighborhood’s Best Culinary Talent


The third annual Sunset & Dine is a celebration of the often overlooked culinary scene of the famed Sunset & Vine intersetion, taking place Thursday, October 2nd from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Taglyan Complex on Vine. The Los Angeles Film School, located nearby, is the primary sponsor of this year’s event.

 

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