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  • pinitbutton The 25 Best Los Angeles Restaurants for Summer 2014


The Best LA Restaurants to Eat at Right Now

 

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Cioppino (Ristorante al Mar), Chef Salvatore Sodano (Nikita, Malibu), A.O.C. by chef Suzanne Goin

 

Summer is now in full swing in Los Angeles, with diners enjoying the famous weather that has drawn so many outsiders to the city over the years. Even with the mild winters that make patio dining a possibility year round, there’s something special about eating al fresco this time of year. From sandwiches in Hollywood and pizza in Long Beach to upscale al dente shrimp over the roar of the Pacific in Malibu, here are twenty-five restaurants that feature their outdoor space as much as the cuisine of the chef inside. Presented in alphabetical order, these are GAYOT’s 25 best restaurants to eat at, right now.

 

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Oct

  • pinitbutton The Four Seasons Hotels Food Truck?


by Sophie Gayot


When the Four Seasons Hotels take it to the streets, they take it in the form of a food truck! The Four Seasons Hotels Food Truck is an idea developed during a corporate meeting that was two years in the making. The truck is currently touring cities in the western United States which are home to Four Seasons Hotels, starting in Palo Alto and ending in Santa Fe.

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A Pour not for the Poor

on August 14th, 2013
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Aug

  • pinitbutton A Pour not for the Poor

 

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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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13

Mar

  • pinitbutton New Chef at Culina Modern Italian

by Sophie Gayot


The Vatican in Rome has a new Pope, while Culina Modern Italian, the restaurant at the Four Seasons at Beverly Hills, has a new chef: Mette Williams. I have been following her career as she worked her way through the kitchens of Wolfgang Puck‘s Spago Beverly Hills and CUT as well as Lexington Social House and One Pico.

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Marines with general manager Mehdi Eftekari & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


It is that time of the year when Mehdi Eftekari, the general manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, organizes an evening to collect toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The foundation then distributes them as Christmas gifts to needy children. Last week, I joined hundreds of other guests bearing unwrapped toys to enter the worthwhile event.


“This fund-raiser and charity are very personal to me, and I am committed to putting smiles on children’s faces as long as I can. I appreciate all of the support that friends and clients have given to me in order to achieve my goal,” said Eftekari.

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Hotel general manager Mehdi Eftekari with Marines & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


To celebrate the start of the holiday season, the Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills invited some 300 guests last night. The reception was actually a very good excuse to collect toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The foundation then distributes them as Christmas gifts to needy children. The Marines left with more than 500 presents!


Hotel general manager Mehdi Eftekari is behind this good cause. He started getting involved with the Marines’ organization sixteen years ago, when he was at the Newport Beach Four Seasons, and then brought it with him when he moved to the Los Angeles location eight years ago.

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22

Mar

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Executive chef Ashley James, Sophie Gayot, Hotel General Manager Mehdi Eftekari

by Sophie Gayot


Even though my plane from Paris arrived late, I was not going to miss celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts that was held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills last night.


The story started in Toronto way back in 1961 with a modest motor hotel run by Isadore Sharp, who is still the chairman of the company. Now with 84 hotels and resorts in 34 countries, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is synonymous with luxurious service, elegant spas, and fine restaurants. Key decisions that led to their success include a focus on managing only medium-sized hotels of exceptional quality; to manage, rather than own, those hotels; and to make service the brand’s distinguishing edge.

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18

May

  • pinitbutton Making Pasta at Culina

 by Sophie Gayot

 

 

I just published my review of Culina Modern Italian restaurant, which recently opened at the Four Seasons at Beverly Hills with an impressive décor. Now listen carefully to what Chef Victor Casanova says during my exclusive interview, and you will learn the secret of his tasty spaghetti that I just enjoyed.

 

The noise you hear in the background of the video is not a faulty microphone, but what the chef has to endure when he makes pasta twice a day for Culina’s satisfied diners. I also tried many more items on his menu, and particularly appreciated his wheat crust margherita pizza (see photos below).

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12

Jan

  • pinitbutton The Best French Fries in Los Angeles
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Chef Ashley James with Sophie Gayot


 

Look no further! We have found them for you, at Windows Lounge, the bar at the Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills. The chef, Ashley James, insists on calling them “Real Fries,” because they are made the way they should be made: from fresh quality potatoes (opposed to frozen), fried twice in vegetable oil that is thrown away every day. They only come with the grilled cheese sandwich and the beef sliders, but they were so good that I ordered more of them. The bar, which has always drawn crowds, has been redecorated. The huge marble chimney in the central room brings a touch of modernity.