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Oct

Chef Alex Reznik from Ivan Kane's Café Wa s in Hollywood

Chef Alex Reznik from Ivan Kane's Café Wa s in Hollywood

By Sophie Gayot

 

When dining at Ivan Kane’s Café Wa s, there is little chance that you will actually find the chef at the piano—though in the French culinary world “piano” is a nickname for gas range.

 

Last night I discovered chef Alex Reznik’s escargots for the first time. I have to admit they were the best I had tasted in a long time. The secret is the sauce, which is not the usual butter and garlic combination. Reznik has created a butter, lemon confit, capers and garlic confit mixture, which has a very distinctive taste. I discussed the recipe with him and figured out that the easiest way to taste it again would be to just come back to the restaurant.

Continue reading “Best Escargots in Los Angeles” »



Chefs Nobu Matsuhisa and Thomas Keller with Sophie Gayot

Chefs Nobu Matsuhisa and Thomas Keller with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

 

Fresh off the plane from Paris, I had only a few minutes to change before heading to Spago Beverly Hills for the 10th Annual Chefs Grand Tasting Dinner, held last night. Benefiting Meals-on-Wheels Programs of Los Angeles, it is one of the most prestigious charity dinners in the country.

 

Wolfgang Puck, Lee Hefter & Barbara Lazaroff, along with chef de cuisine Thomas Boyce and executive pastry chef Sherry Yard, welcomed six very fine chefs into their kitchen to prepare an elegant six-course dinner.

 

 

 

Continue reading “An Exceptional Evening at Spago Beverly Hills” »



Eating to Feed Others

on October 04th, 2009
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04

Oct

The American Wine and Food Festival

The American Wine & Food Festival

By Tara de Lis

 

 

It’s arguably the biggest annual Epicurean event on L.A.’s culinary calendar, the penultimate send-off to a long summer season of fabulous food and wine fêtes. Now in its 27th year, the event featured spectacular dishes from some of the nation’s top chefs, such as American Wine and Food Festival co-founder Wolfgang Puck, Kerry Heffernan (South Gate, New York) and Charles Phan (Slanted Door, San Francisco) as well as an esteemed selection of wine and spirits.
 
Among our favorite dishes of the evening were Alex Stratta’s (Alex, the Wynn Las Vegas) delightfully savory-sweet, crispy Kurobuta pork belly with dried fruits and toasted almonds on a bed of mascarpone polenta; Thomas Keller’s (the soon-to-be Bouchon, Beverly Hills) raw bar, where he was personally signing beach balls! Continue reading “Eating to Feed Others” »


Perfect Pairings (SM) Menu Campaign to benefit Meals-on-Wheels programs
Perfect Pairings (SM) Menu Campaign to benefit Meals-on-Wheels programs

By Sophie Gayot

 

We are happy to announce a partnership with the Perfect Pairings (SM) Menu Campaign, a new, pairing-based fundraiser taking place this October benefiting Citymeals on Wheels, Meals-on-Wheels of San Francisco and The Cooperative Feeding Program.

Restaurants in New York City, San Francisco and South Florida, almost 100 in total, will feature special food-and-beverage pairings on their menus, flagged by the Perfect Pairings logo. Each time one of these pairings is ordered, a donation ($1) is automatically made to local Meals-on-Wheels programs that deliver food and other vital services to thousands of people in need every day.

Continue reading “GAYOT Partners with Perfect Pairings (SM)” »



Dine Out For Less

on September 25th, 2009
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Sep

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with Sophie Gayot

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who loves food and good wines, changed his packed schedule so he could announce the launch of the third dineLA/Restaurant Week at this morning’s press conference at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at L.A. Live.

 

The last two editions of the program have been so successful that it is now being conducted twice a year instead of just once in January. The participating number of restaurants has also grown from 175 to 260.

 

Mayor Villaraigosa pointed out that the diversity of Los Angeles’ palates is due to the diversity of the many cultures found in the City of Angels. He also added that he will try to eat at as many restaurants as he can during the two-week period, October 4-9 and October 11-16, 2009.

 

dineLA is a good way to discover or rediscover restaurants in the Los Angeles area through specially priced three-course meals, ranging from $16 to $28 for lunch, and $26 to $44 for dinner. For a complete list of participating restaurants go to www.dineLA.com/restaurantweek.

 

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And the Legend Continues

on September 16th, 2009
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Sep

Milk sorbet with strawberries from pastry chef Jean-François Suteau

Milk sorbet with strawberries from pastry chef Jean-François Suteau

By Sophie Gayot

A recent dinner at The Polo Lounge, a Beverly Hills legendary restaurant, made us rediscover the dining room of The Beverly Hills Hotel. Chef Alex Chen and pastry chef Jean-François Suteau prepared a very elegant dinner that raised our rating of the restaurant an additional point (from 15/20 to 16/20), which put it on our Los Angeles Top 10 Food Rating list.

 

Besides the Los Angeles Classic Restaurant Top 10, it also cracked the Los Angeles Top 10 for celebrity-spotting and Los Angeles Top 10 French Restaurants list. The Polo Lounge will be a good replacement option when the Bel-Air Hotel closes its doors at the end of the month for its two-year-long renovation.

 

The restaurant is our Los Angeles Review of the Week. You can enjoy the dinner in pictures below.

 

  Continue reading “And the Legend Continues” »



14

Sep

The patio at La Cachette Bistro in Santa Monica
The patio at La Cachette Bistro in Santa Monica

By Sophie Gayot

Before I sit down at my computer to write the full review of La Cachette Bistro, I want to share with you, right away, my dinner there last night in our blog section—view it in the pictures below.

After many years of offering fine dining at La Cachette in Century City, chef Jean-François Meteigner is now doing “bistro” cuisine in Santa Monica.

Both the food and décor, whether enjoyed inside or on the patio, will surely attract diners.

 

 

Continue reading “It’s all Good Jean-François!” »



10

Sep

Chef Brian Redzikowski with his sous chefs

Chef Brian Redzikowski (middle) with his sous chefs

By Sophie Gayot

 

After two very unpleasant dinners foodwise, I decided to give BondSt Beverly Hills another chance. The result was a definite gourmet treat.

 

The décor and the service were unchanged, but right after the first course, it was obvious that there was somebody new in the kitchen; someone talented, very talented.

 

Young chef Brian Redzikowski, who hails from Le Cirque, Alain Ducasse, Nobu and Robuchon, has infused his talent and expertise to the place. He has completely turned around the cuisine, and serves smart and elegant dishes, (see pictures below).

 

Whoever found Redzikowski and trusted him to become a chef with his own kitchen should be proud of this discovery.

  Continue reading “A Turnaround at BondSt Beverly Hills” »



A Prime Setting

on September 04th, 2009
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Sep

Chef Andreas Nieto (right) and his team
Chef Andreas Nieto (right) and his team

By Sophie Gayot

 

Our current Los Angeles Restaurant of the Week is the highest restaurant in Los Angeles. Located on the thirty-fifth floor of The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, L.A. Prime offers a 360-degree view of the city and fine cuisine and steaks from chef Andreas Nieto.

 

 

L.A. Prime has earned a spot on our list of Top 10 Penthouse Restaurants in the US, as well as our Top 10 Los Angeles Restaurants with a View list, and Top 10 Los Angeles Steakhouse restaurant list. Don’t miss the revolving lounge right below it.

  Continue reading “A Prime Setting” »



18

Aug

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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