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  • pinitbutton A Cheesy Time on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills
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Partner/owner Norbert Wabnig of The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills preparing raclette

by: Sophie Gayot

If you walk into The Blvd, the other restaurant at the Beverly Wilshire hotel besides CUT (one of 2011 Top 10 Steakhouses in the US), on Thursday nights between 6 and 8 p.m., you will certainly wonder what is the unusual smell in the room.

At least until the end of February, Norbert Wabnig or Tony Princiotta, the partner/owners of The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, invade the center of the room with their cheese and their “melting machine.” That means there is no need to go to the Alps to savor the Swiss delicacy raclette. The warm, melted cheese comes with the usual fingerling potatoes, charcuterie and cornichons, with a Californian addition of heirloom cauliflower, romesco and peppers. Each plate costs $15.

If you prefer your cheese cold, come on Tuesday or Wednesday, between the same hours of 6 to 8 p.m., for tasting plates priced at $20 or $35.



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  • pinitbutton We Will Miss You, Michael
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Latoya Jackson with Wolfgang Puck and Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

The closest I ever got to Michael Jackson was through his sister Latoya Jackson. I had met her at the opening party of Wolfgang Puck’s CUT restaurant in the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Los Angeles, back in May, 2006.


Then, later that year, I had the pleasure to dine with her at CUT while master chef Puck was there. We were only four at the table, so I was really able to appreciate her kindness. Like many of us, fascinated by her genius brother Michael, I was hoping to meet him one day.


Michael, you will forever live in our heart and ears. Thank you for all you brought to music and the world.