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François Delahaye, Hôtel Plaza Athénée general manager, chef Alain Ducasse with Sophie Gayot


by Sophie Gayot


Although I missed the 100th-anniversary celebration of Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris in April of this year, I was there last night for its “unofficial” closing ceremony. Yes, you read that correctly, the Plaza’s last day was September 30th. Rest assured, it is closing for a good cause: to reopen with even more grandeur (if that is even possible).

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Sep

  • pinitbutton When the Animal becomes a Master
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Chefs Vinny Dotolo, Michelle Berstein and Jon Shook with Adrian Si, Events & Paternship Manager at Lexus, with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


Working in the world of chefs and restaurants, I see the name “Lexus” very often. The car company, which started with two luxury sedans in 1989, loves food. Over the years, it has become a sponsor of major culinary events throughout the country.


To reinforce that passion, the Lexus Culinary Masters team was created in 2011. Two new chefs have just been added to the circle: Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo from Animal restaurant on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. They joined Daniel Boulud, chef/owner of Daniel (one of GAYOT’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. since 2004); Michael Chiarello, chef/owner of Bottega and Coqueta; Dean Fearing, chef/partner of Fearing’s restaurant; Christopher Kostow, executive chef of The Restaurant at Meadowood (one of GAYOT’s 2013 Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.); Masaharu Morimoto, chef/owner of Morimoto restaurants; Michael Symon, chef/owner of Lola Bistro; and Michelle Bernstein, chef/owner of Michy’s.

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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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The Grand Curtis Stone

on August 26th, 2013
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Aug

  • pinitbutton The Grand Curtis Stone


by Sophie Gayot


There were many events during the Third Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. It was not possible to attend of all them, so choices needed to be made. When I saw that Curtis Stone was hosting Lexus Live on Grand on Saturday, I did not hesitate to trade a quiet evening at home for a giant food and wine party with the Walt Disney Concert Hall as a backdrop.

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  • pinitbutton 2013 Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival Opening Party

 

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Sophie Gayot with birthday girl Giada De Laurentiis

by Sophie Gayot

If you did not attend the Third Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Opening Party last night, you missed chef Giada De Laurentiis celebrating her birthday with a cake made by the Duff’s Cakemix Duff Goldman.

You also missed fine food from top chefs from LA, San Francisco, and beyond, lots of wines. Since pictures are worth a thousand words, take a look at photos from the gala. I’m hoping to see you over the weekend at the upcoming events.

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  • pinitbutton The First Diner en Blanc in Los Angeles


by Sophie Gayot


Have you ever dined dressed all in white right on the car lanes of Rodeo Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills? Presumably not, unless you were among the 1,500 participants of the first “Dinner in White” that took place last night in L.A.


Started in 1988, 25 years ago, in Paris — I attended one of the first ones back in the day — Diner en Blanc has now gone international. Brush up on your French and listen to an interview with François Pasquier, the co-founder, and his son Aymeric, co-founder of Diner en Blanc International. In my exclusive video they explain the etiquette to follow in order to be a part of this incredible dinner party.

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A Pour not for the Poor

on August 14th, 2013
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Aug

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Sophie Gayot with bottle #141/738 of Louis XIII Rare Cask 42.6 at Windows Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

by Sophie Gayot

 

A few days ago I talked to you about the 738 decanters of Rémy Martin’s Louis XIII Rare Cask 42.6 Cognac priced at $22,000 (+ tax). Well, if you can’t get your hands on one of them — there is a waiting list to become an owner — but you still want to enjoy this precious beverage, I’ve found the solution for you: Get on your jet, into your Bentley and head to the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The famous bar, Windows Lounge, is the only public place in North America where you can get a pour.

 

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  • pinitbutton Third Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival Pre Party
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Festival Founders David Alan Bernahl, II and Robert Weakley with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

Seventy thousand square feet of red carpet will be necessary to cover Grand Avenue in downtown between 1st and 2nd Streets for the Third Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival marquee events. Having the Walt Disney Concert Hall for a backdrop? Not bad!


More than 100 celebrity chefs from around the country and 250 wines from all over the world will come together August 22-25, 2013, to create culinary memories during some 25 events, with tickets ranging from $50 to $350. An Ultimate VIP Guest Package is available for $995. And a seat at the exclusive 24 guest Founder’s Dinner is $6,000.

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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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Jul

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by Sophie Gayot

 

House of Rémy Martin’s Cognac Louis XIII is made of an assemblage of 1,200 eaux-de-vie of which some are more than one hundred years old. The cellar masters involved in the process have to keep consistency so your palate enjoys the same taste from one bottle to another — especially since they are selling a $2,200 Cognac.

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