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  • pinitbutton When A Chef Is In Love With His Tomatoes


by Sophie Gayot


If you head to the Italian restaurant Il Grano in West Los Angeles, and chat with chef Sal(vatore) Marino, you will have no doubt that he is in love with the tomatoes he grows at the restaurant and at his home garden. With the more than twenty varieties that he planted this year, he has so many different fruits at his disposal to create delicate dishes all around “pomodoro” that his inspiration is endless.

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  • pinitbutton SF Chefs 2013 Outdoes Itself    With Gelato Sandwiches and 25 Year Old Scotch
Islay And Oysters SF Chefs 2013 Outdoes Itself    With Gelato Sandwiches and 25 Year Old Scotch

Oysters paired with Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky at SF Chefs 2013

 

by Anneli Rufus


The foodfest known as SF Chefs has outdone itself yet again, lifting San Francisco ever higher into the culinary stratosphere with a wildly creative span of events ranging from an all-female-chefs deluxe dinner to a Portuguese wine intensive to a Nutter Butters cook-off between top local chefs.

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  • pinitbutton Back to the Beach with Celebrity Cruises
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The World Series Cup Women’s Finals in Long Beach, CA

 


After a nearly ten-year absence, international beach volleyball returned to American shores for the World Series of Beach Volleyball in Long Beach, CA, from July 22-28. Featuring both an International Federation of Volleyball (FIVB) grand slam event and a new “World Series Cup,” which pitted top international competitors against the best of the U.S. , the event drew out volleyball fans in droves to the picturesque Long Beach waterfront, which also hosted live music, street food and interactive booths throughout the week.

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  • pinitbutton When a Bird Lands in Century City, CA

by Sophie Gayot


Chef David Myers closed the doors of Sona restaurant in 2010. Since it had been a GAYOT Top 40 Restaurant in 2007, we expected him to resurface somewhere else in the City of the Angels with another fine dining concept.


In the meantime, he opened Pizzeria Ortica in Costa Mesa, one of GAYOT’s 2013 Top 10 Orange County (CA) Pizza Restaurants. With the success of Comme Ça in West Hollywood, he got himself a prime location on the Las Vegas Strip for a second Comme Ça. The restaurant at The Cosmopolitan, complete with a terrace and views of the Eiffel Tower, earned him a spot on GAYOT’s 2011 list of the Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S. Let us not forget his ventures in Tokyo: David Myers Café and SOLA.

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  • pinitbutton Savor the Summit in Park City

 

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Tables decorated according to Talisker on Main’s white theme at Savor the Summit in Park City, Utah

 

A Gourmet Feast in the Middle of the Street

by Alain Gayot


Long gone are the silver mining days in Park City, Utah. Today, locals, part-time residents and visitors flock to partake in an array of sports and activities, winter and summer. There is Bob’s annual film festival and they once held the Winter Olympics here. For the past six years there has been another reason to position yourself at 7,000 feet of altitude and partake in a culinary journey with 2,500 of your closest friends. All that is required is that for one Saturday night, the city shuts down Main Street, enabling three dozen restaurants to set up a ten-block long table.

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  • pinitbutton Music Meets Moonlight at Wentes Summer Concerts
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Country singer Martina McBride performs at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California


It’s concert season again at Wente Vineyards, where the 27th annual summer series of exciting alfresco shows is now under way.

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  • pinitbutton A Wine Pairing Tribute to the Pays dOc Region
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Guests enjoying the wine and food pairings at Ai Fiori in New York City


by Michelle Kwan

 

The Pays d’Oc, encompassing the Pyrénées-Orientales, Aude, Hérault and Gard within The Languedoc-Roussillon, six villages in the Lozère and the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, is prime wine producing country. Given the natural diversity of its terrain and warm Mediterranean climate it is no wonder that the Pays d’Oc comes forth as one of the most varied and diverse French wine producing regions in the world.

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  • pinitbutton Acclaimed Chef Jennifer Puccio
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Chef Jennifer Puccio (Photo credit: Tubay Yabut Photography)

Have Quail, Will Travel


by Anneli Rufus


Jennifer Puccio, executive chef/partner of San Francisco’s Marlowe and Park Tavern restaurants, was recently the guest chef at La Toque restaurant in The Westin Verasa. La Toque’s world-famous chef Ken Frank kept to the sidelines as Puccio prepared a gala feast which was part of the Somm Sisters Soirée, an International Women’s Day celebration organized by the hotel and Women of the Vine, a Napa-based winery selling only the products of female vintners.

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  • pinitbutton SF Chefs Kickoff Party Provides Sumptuous Sneak Peek at Summer Event Lineup
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Assorted pastries amidst a spectacular view of the city at SF Chef’s kickoff party


For a week during the peak of every summer, SF Chefs lets Northern California’s top chefs work their magic for food lovers from all over the world at a series of classes, cooking demonstrations, special meals, blind tastings, competitions, panel discussions, gala parties and other wildly popular events throughout San Francisco. Although the much-awaited festival is still a month away, the SF Chefs kickoff party thrown on June 25th on the 36th floor of the Grand Hyatt San Francisco provided a sneak peek at what we can expect to see (and eat and drink) once the official fun begins on July 28.

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  • pinitbutton Cruising and Dining on the Celebrity Solstice
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The Celebrity Solstice at sea


Gastronomy at Sea


Sometimes cruising is less about the destination and more about the journey itself. Cruise ships have evolved into giant floating resort complexes, getting bigger and better as years go by. Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice Class is a prime example with thirteen decks of luxurious staterooms and facilities, including a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center with breathtaking views, indoor and outdoor pools, a theater, a glass-blowing workshop, a shopping galleria, the first Lawn Club at sea and a running track. But the star of the Solstice Class is the dining and beverage program.

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