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The Katsuya Kiss

on June 26th, 2009
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26

Jun

Matt Erickson, Director of Operations, with Sophie Gayot

Matt Erickson, Director of Operations, with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

The lips of our favorite geisha have resurfaced for the fourth time at the newest Katsuya, scheduled to open next Monday, June 29th, at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.

 

Last night I got an exclusive tour of the restaurant by Matt Erickson, the director of operations of the four Katsuya restaurants (Brentwood, Hollywood, Glendale, L.A. Live), and a tasting from chef Daniel Elmaleh. I liked the room, decorated like the others by Philippe Starck: it’s large and rectangular, with the sushi in the center. Wherever diners sit, they will not miss any of the action, nor the other photos of the Japanese lady. The cocktails and dishes available are basically the same as offered at the other Katsuyas, except for the Kobe flat iron steak served with wild mushrooms and white truffles, exclusive to this location.

 

 

Katsuya on Urbanspoon



24

Jun

About to board

About to board

By Alain Gayot

 

Take any flight on Virgin America and compute in the cloud with your notebook or mobile phone. Today was D-day for the young airline to offer a WiFi environment for any passenger on every flight in the U.S., the first airline to stake that claim. Sir Richard Branson appeared via an animated video to introduce the program via Gogo technology, along with the flight’s friendly crew. What was special about our 6:00 am flight VA 921 from Los Angeles to San Francisco is that it competed with flight 920 from San Francisco to Los Angeles in The Day in the Cloud Challenge – an online puzzle played in the air and on the ground. Our winning plane earned each participating passenger a nifty and slim HP netbook. The game continued for 24 hours as well, and enabled all top five scorers of each flight to earn A Year in the Cloud package comprised of free flights, free in-flight WiFi  from Virgin America, a netbook computer from Hewlett-Packard  and one terabyte of online storage from Google. Happy gamers went to work early and connected to Google apps in the clouds to secure information to solve the puzzle.

 

Continue reading “The Day in the Cloud Challenge” »



24

Jun

Sophie Gayot in the bakery of Tavern restaurant in Brentwood
Sophie Gayot in the bakery of Tavern restaurant in Brentwood

By Sophie Gayot

 

When I went to Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s (Lucques, A.O.C) new restaurant Tavern in Brentwood last week, I had to stop myself from filling up on the bread.

 

It was so good, but I had to save room for the actual meal. At the end of the dinner, I asked where it had come from. Easy enough: it is baked on premises daily. Every night, three bakers arrive at 8 pm and bake ten different varieties of delicious breads until 5 am. The good news is that they are available for purchase to take home.

 

We are currently featuring Tavern as the Los Angeles Restaurant of the Week.

 

 

Tavern on Urbanspoon



 Alberto del Hoyo, General Manager of The Beverly Hills Hotel showing Sophie Gayot the tennis courts before they disappear

Alberto del Hoyo, General Manager of The Beverly Hills Hotel showing Sophie Gayot the tennis courts before they disappear

By Sophie Gayot

 

You don’t have to be a hotel guest to serve and volley on the two tennis courts at the famed Beverly Hills Hotel, but you only have until September to play your match.

 

Last week, during a lunch at the hotel, general manager Alberto del Hoyo declared that the courts will soon be covered by two new guest bungalows. Each will be over 3,000 square feet, with all the luxury and tech amenities imaginable, including a fitness room. The announcementof the new accommodations, which won’t come cheaply, is actually very optimistic news considering the current economy.

 

 

The hotel, also known as the Pink Lady due to its coral-pink façade, has made a few of our top hotel lists:

Los Angeles Top 10 Hotels

Los Angeles Top 10 Romantic Hotels

Los Angeles Top 10 Spa Hotels

Top 10 Brunch Hotels in the U.S.

 



An F Evening

on June 18th, 2009
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18

Jun

Famous chef Gordon Ramsay with Sophie Gayot
Famous star chef Gordon Ramsay with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

Famed chef Gordon Ramsay flew into the film capital of the world to celebrate the first anniversary of his fine establishment, Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood. The fabulous evening was fun and filled of fanfare and food.

 

Chef Andy Cook, with sous chef Kishi Harutaka and pastry chef Carl Bertka, prepared flavorful and fancy fare such as foie gras with barbecued eel in a maki roll, and crème fraîche served on top of cured salmon and caviar. The specialty cocktail of the fiesta was called “The Finest Hour.”

 

As a big fan of force of nature Gordon, I asked him to sign one of his books for me. In a friendly manner and in perfect français (French), he insisted to do it for “ton fils” (my son), who he has met when filming “Hell’s Kitchen.”

 

 
We foresee many more fantastic feasts in the future at his flourishing foray in our fair city.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
 

 

 

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Chef de cuisine Jorge Chicas from The Bazaar with Sophie Gayot stirring a liquid nitrogen margarita

Chef de cuisine Jorge Chicas from The Bazaar with Sophie Gayot stirring a liquid nitrogen margarita

By Sophie Gayot

 

More than fifty Los Angeles chefs and restaurants combined their culinary talents last Sunday at Share Our Strength’s annual Taste of the Nation, a benefit to support organizations that feed hungry children.

 

Guests were able to meet the chefs and taste their dishes, as well as enjoy live entertainment and a special auction. The event, held in Culver City’s Media Park, was supposed to end at 4 p.m., but the ambience was so enjoyable that the crowd stayed much longer.

Continue reading “Coming Together for a Nationwide Cause” »



Jay Leno & Sophie Gayot

Jay Leno & Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

More than three hundred guests attended Vintage Hollywood 2009, a charity event, held at a private estate in Bel-Air, California, last Saturday. Thanks to the hard work of Linda Daly and other members of the organization, many Los Angeles restaurants and wineries from across California as well as from Oregon, New Zealand and Argentina came together in a gorgeous garden. In addition, a silent auction took place.

 

But the highlight of the evening was the appearance of Jay Leno, who was in charge of the live auction. And trust me, it was an auction like no other. Leno’s celebrated humor was behind each of his words. I just wish there would have been more items to keep the show running. A private tour of the comedian’s “Garage,” guided by Leno himself, went for $29,500 for four lucky bidders. More than $200,000 was raised at this year’s event. Jay’s generosity brought even more support than expected.

 

Continue reading “A Night Show with Jay Leno for a Cause” »



Premiere with Rosé

on June 11th, 2009
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11

Jun

Chefs Mark Peel, Susan Tracht and Rick Moonen with Sophie Gayot

Chefs Mark Peel of Campanile, Suzanne Tracht of Jar and Rick Moonen of RM Seafood with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

Martini & Rossi Rosé was being poured with no limit (if you met the age limit, of course) last night at Campanile restaurant in Los Angeles, during the premiere of Bravo’s new television show “Top Chef Masters.”

 

For the occasion, Campanile chef/owner Mark Peel created a bite-sized dish to be paired with the sparkling wine: a roasted walnut and taleggio stuffed date. Peel also prepared six of his famous grilled cheese sandwiches, handed out to me by general manager Jay Perrin. Thanks to him I was able to try each of them. Due to the crowd I could not approach the gazpacho, the roasted beet salad, or the charcuterie and cheese station.

Some of the 24 chefs competing in the show were there, as well as host Kelly Choi. They all refused to give me any details, beside the fact that it was shot in the Los Angeles Warehouse District. I guess the best way to find out more is to simply watch the show, which takes competitive cooking to the next level. 

 



08

Jun

Coincidentally we landed at Orly Airport right  after Air Force One. They were so excited with President Obama that they forgot the red carpet treatment for us…

Coincidentally we landed at Orly Airport right after Air Force One. They were so excited with President Obama that they forgot the red carpet treatment for us…

By Sophie Gayot

Desirous to relax a little bit and enjoy Paris after one of those tense world leaders meetings, Bill Clinton asked former French President Jacques Chirac where he could have a nice, cool, simple dinner in a Parisian bistro. Chirac, who is known for his robust appetite and his love for calf’s head, can be considered among other things as a reliable source of information for restaurants. So he sent Bill to L’Ami Louis, known for being a fortress of bistro fare with generous portions. Records say Bill was happy.

 

Last week, when President Obama visited France and its new President Nicolas Sarkozy on the occasion of the anniversary of D-Day, after all the razzledazzle of the official receptions and functions, he was in the same mood as his predecessor. He chose to skip the proposed traditional—and probably boring—banquet at the Palais de l’Elysée and take his Saturday night off. He, too, wanted a bistro as bistroish as possible with no frills and just plain food. Who tipped him off about La Fontaine de Mars where he ended up was not disclosed. Probably not Sarkozy, who rather digs for the upper end of French gastronomy such as chef Eric Fréchon‘s offerings at Le Bristol close to l’Elysée or the very “people-oriented” Champs-Elysées Fouquet’s.

 

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LudoBites are Back

on June 03rd, 2009
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03

Jun

Chef Ludovic Lefebvre with Sophie Gayot

Chef Ludovic Lefebvre with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

If you were wondering where Ludovic Lefebvre had gone, look no further—we have found him. After L’Orangerie and Bastide, he resurfaced with Ludo Bites at Breadbar in 2007 for three months, then disappeared from Los Angeles altogether and landed on the Las Vegas strip, until he left there last May.

 

Given the past success of Ludo Bites, he is again serving his cuisine with the same concept, where it originated. He rents the Breadbar space on Third Street (only open for breakfast and lunch) for dinner. You will find him there for three months, until August 22. It is like a temporary art exhibit; it moves around, and you don’t always know where it will be next. If you have never tasted Ludo’s cuisine, isn’t he sort of an artist anyway?

 

This week Ludo Bites is the Los Angeles “Review of the Week.”

 

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