Women in Film & Champagne

Actress Halle Berry & Sophie Gayot
Actress Halle Berry & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

Bubbles of Perrier-Jouët Champagne were floating in glasses during the 4th Annual Women in Film pre-Oscar reception hosted by Academy Award® Winners Halle Berry and Cathy Schulman. The star-studded event was held at the Soho House’s garden rooftop in West Hollywood on Friday, February 25th.

The few men who attended the party, including Halle’s new flame Olivier Martinez, were happy to mingle with Amy Adams, Kate Walsh, Gillian Jacobs, Melissa Leo, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Jennifer Morrison, Hailee Steinfeld and Malika Sherawat, among others.

WIF President Cathy Schulman reiterated the night’s theme when she said, “This organization is about women supporting women.” Halle also briefly greeted the crowd, speaking about how, as women, it is important to support each other and lift each other up.

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GAYOT.com 2011 Top 10 Steakhouses in the US

by Sophie Gayot

Our steakhouse lists are some of the most read ones on GAYOT.com, so it made sense that we would dedicate a section in our Annual Restaurant Issue to honor ten of the best steakhouse restaurants in the U.S. There are many—so this was not an easy choice. Congratulations to the winners!

Check out my exclusive video interview above with executive chef Ari Rosenson at CUT Beverly Hills at the Beverly Wilshire hotel (he is also Regional Culinary Director, Los Angeles Restaurants & CUT Concepts), to see why CUT made the list. And to complete the tour of Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse, watch my videos with general manager Mishel LeDoux and beverage director Dana Farner.

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Paris, Produce & Purple

by Sophie Gayot

Fresh off the plane from Los Angeles, I headed to Le 114 Faubourg in Paris with an American friend of mine to show her how a chef can bring brasserie cuisine to a luxurious level. The restaurant is located in the Hôtel Le Bristol and is overseen by chef Eric Frechon, so I was pretty sure that the demonstration would be good. My assumption was confirmed.

At Le 114, produce is king. The cuisine, prepared by chef de cuisine Eric Desbordes, is simple, one you can have (almost) every day. Watch my exclusive video interview above with chef Frechon to learn more and see the luxury brasserie.


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Enjoy Sonoma County Restaurant Week

Dry Creek Kitchen is one of many excellent establishments participating in this year's Sonoma County Restaurant Week
Dry Creek Kitchen is one of many excellent establishments participating in this year's Sonoma County Restaurant Week

by Jeff Hoyt

It’s not all about wine in Sonoma County. They’re holding their 2nd Annual Restaurant Week right now until Sunday, February 27. During this seven-day celebration of Sonoma County’s farm-fresh food, with an emphasis on local ingredients, guests can enjoy three-course dinner menus at $19, $29, or $39, depending on the restaurant. This promotion includes appetizer, entrée, and dessert; tips, beverages, and tax are not included in pricing.

Each participating restaurant will offer their own unique menu and select restaurants will feature a bottle of — you guessed it — Sonoma County wine. Reservations are strongly recommended. Selections include Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, Hana Japanese Restaurant in Rohnert Park, Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar in Sonoma, and many, many more. Visit www.sonomacountyrestaurantweek.org for additional details.

Keep coming back to GAYOT.com for the latest in Napa and Sonoma restaurant reviews and wine events.

A Sweet Angel out of Hell

by Sophie Gayot

Two days ago, I finally got to spend quality time Nona Sivley, the winner of season 8 of Hell’s Kitchen, in person. The funny thing is that when I was on the show judging a challenge on episode 8, I had to compare her to another chef. And she won!

Sivley is as sweet as a person can be. She has such positive energy, you just want to be around her; her husband Curtis and son Jackson are very lucky. She has now arrived at Kerry Simon’s LA Market at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live to work as the chef de cuisine. She’s always pleasant, even though she gets in at 6 a.m. and leaves around 10 p.m. If you thought being a chef was an easy job, you are mistaken.

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