SNEAK PEEK: 28th Annual Beverly Hills Vintage Bouquet

Greystone Mansion

Beverly Hills Vintage Bouquet @ Greystone Mansion

What are you doing Sunday, April 17th? Nothing, you say? Then whip out your eatin’ pants and checkbook, because have I got an event for you.

We all know how much I just adore the Beverly Hills Vintage Bouquet Food and Wine Event, right? No need at all to reiterate except to say: It’s back! So, without further ado…

Prestigious events at a glorious backdrop of the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills! Giving back to the community! Helping out with charitable causes! Hhors d’oeuvres by the area’s top chefs! Wine from California’s premium wineries! Libations! A photobooth! Live entertainment! Silent auction! Oh, I have your attention now, don’t I?

The Barristers of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation established the Vintage Bouquet Food and Wine Event in 1988 to raise funds for various causes including, but not limited to, Wills For Heroes (a free program to provide wills to firefighters, police and first respondents), free programs for victims of domestic violence, The High School Blue Car Project, which educates high school students about the law.

FOOD GUESTS: Dandy Don’s Home Made Ice Cream; Le Mervetty; Lawry’s The Prime Rib; Chef Kevin Warren; Bier Beisl; Plaza Le Reina; Sugar and Spiked; Ayara Thai; Le Bon Garcon; Camille’s Culinary Creations; Hansen’s Cakes; Maggiano’s Little Italy – just to name a few!

DRINK UP WITH: Deep Eddy Vineyards; Iron Triangle Brewing Company; Vampire Vineyards; Angel City Brewery; Aqua Hydrate; Organo Gold; Stella Artois; Cass Vineyard & Winery – just to name a smattering.

Lawry's Prime Rib - Beverly Hills Vintage Bouquet Food & Wine Event
Mmmm….prime rib! ::Homer drool::

Le Mervetty - Beverly Hills Vintage Bouquet Food & Wine Event
Sweet and elegant cakes for dessert!

So there you have it. An amazing afternoon filled with a culinary adventure, classy drinks, majestic views of Los Angeles and giving unto others.

See you there!

28th Annual Vintage bouquet Food and Wine Event | Official Website
Greystone Mansion | 905 Loma Vista Drive in Beverly Hills, CA 90210


Sneak Peek: 44th Annual Beastly Ball at the Los Angeles Zoo

LA Zoo Beastly Ball 2014 Media Preview
Carolyn Hennessy speaks at the Beastly Ball media preview

You are cordially invited to channel your inner wild thing and come out in full L.A. primal, animalistic glory for the 44th Annual Beastly Ball!

WHAT: 44th Annual Beastly Ball – Guests are invited to dress in casual or safari attire, stroll through the Zoo after hours observing its inhabitants, watching animal feedings, chatting with keepers, viewing small animals up close, enjoying entertainment by Central and South American music groups, dancing, and dining on bountiful fare provided by some of L.A.’s most popular restaurants. Also featured are silent and live auctions comprised of hundreds of remarkable items and one-of-a-kind opportunities, with comedian Jimmy Pardo serving as MC and auctioneer.

WHEN: Saturday, June 14th 2014 6:00pm

WHERE: Los Angeles Zoo – 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles 90027

WHO: Presented by the private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA). Over five decades, GLAZA has funded exhibits, plant and animal species conservation, capital projects, and education and community outreach programs at the Los Angeles Zoo, an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.

HONOREES: Heather Mycoskie (TOMS Shoes) in recognition for the “TOMS Animal Initiative”, which partners non-profit animal conservation organizations to drive awareness and funding for global animal protection. Entertainment attorney Ken Ziffren will be awarded the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award,which honors entertainment industry professionals in recognition of outstanding leadership in local or global wildlife and environmental conservation or for the efforts to promote civic pride and harmony in our multi-culture community. ALSO present will be the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS: Sam’s by the Beach, Canelé, Celestino Ristorante, El Cholo L.A., El Coyote Mexican Café, The Federal Bar, Maison Akira, Hard Rock Cafe, Georgetown Cupcakes LA, Jersey Mike’s, Maison Akira, Pink’s Hot Dogs, Taix French Restaurant, Villa Sorriso and Yummy Cupcakes.

TICKETS: $1,000 per person – individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities at higher levels are also available.

FOR MORE INFO: (323) 644-4753 |

SNEAK PEEK: Here is a sneak peek at some of the delicious food to be served next Saturday:

LA Zoo Beastly Ball 2014 Media Preview
Macaroni & Cheese “Otter Pops” – The Federal Bar

LA Zoo Beastly Ball 2014 Media Preview
Homemade Duck Pate on cristillion toast – Maison Akira

LA Zoo Beastly Ball 2014 Media Preview
Cupcake Truffles – Yummy Cupcakes

LA Zoo Beastly Ball 2014 Media Preview
Crab & Cream Cheese “Snake Heads” – El Cholo

LA Zoo Beastly Ball 2014 Media Preview
Ravioli alla Quattro Stagione con Mascarpone saliva – Celestino Ristorante

LA Zoo Beastly Ball 2014 Media Preview
Oero Cheesecake – Hard Rock Cafe

You’ll have to wait for the Beastly Ball to see more! See you there!

Street Food Cinema Schedule + GIVEAWAY

Street Food Cinema

I will never want for entertainment in the city of Angels, especially during the summer when the season of outdoor summer movie screenings are in full bloom. One such an event is STREET FOOD CINEMA, combining film, music and food under the southern California sky every weekend from now through September. Check out the full schedule and details for my GIVEAWAY for a pair of VIP tickets!

Exposition Park: (700 Exposition Park Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90037)

June 7th: ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW – with live shadow cast Sins O’ the Flesh
July 19th PRETTY IN PINK/WEIRD SCIENCE “80s Double Feature!”
September 13th GARDEN STATE
September 20th ALIENS
September 27th BEETLEJUICE

Glendale Central Park: (201 E Colorado St Glendale, CA 91205)

July 5th ET
August 2nd GOONIES
August 23rd CLUELESS

Additional Dates:/Screenings:
June 14th PULP FICTION Pomona Fairplex (NO Dogs permitted!)
June 14th BRING IT ON Culver City
June 21st MEAN GIRLS Pasadena/Rose Bowl Adjacent
June 28th PITCH PERFECT West Hollywood/Poinsettia Park
July 19th LABYRINTH Pasadena/Rose Bowl Adjacent
August 30th CASABLANCA Pasadena/Rose Bowl Adjacent

Pomona: 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768

Culver City: Veterans Memorial Park, 4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

Pasadena/Rose Bowl Adjacent: Brookside Park Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, CA 91103

West Hollywood: Poinsettia Recreation Center 7341 Willoughby Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

Ticket fees include access to food trucks, “The Market,” entertainment, park amenities and movie.
• General Admission – $12
• Reserved Seating – $17 (Reserved Tickets allow you to arrive at any time and have a guaranteed space in the front.)
• Children 6-12 – $6
• Children 5 and under free
• Group rates are available at


  • Outside food and beverage are permitted (please see for details)
  • Live bands (up-and-coming music artists) perform before each screening. 
  • Special giveaways and audience participation movie-themed competitions each night prior to screening.
  • “Fido Friendly, Fido Approved.” Dogs are permitted – except where noted! Bring your pooch and check out the hydration and potty area!
  • No picnic tables; bring your own blanket.
  • Due to popular demand blankets will be sold while supplies last and a limited number of lawn chairs will be available for rent at each screening. All first come, first serve.
  • Street Food Cinema guarantees ALL screenings are “always on the grass” to help people transition from a picnic and concert in the park to a comfortable movie-going experience.
  • Movies are presented with cinema quality sound and projection on a large screen with an image more than 40 feet wide by 22 feet high!


    This weekend is obviously out, but enter to win 2 VIP (Reserved Seating) tickets to ANY single screening of your choice.

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    INVITE: First Annual Bite at the Beach

    WHAT: Stella Artois presents the first annual Bite at the Beach featuring food and beer pairings from all around the South Bay and Los Angeles. This will be an extraordinary event filled with delicious bites, craft beer and wine with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Surfrider Foundation. Note: This is strictly a 21+ event.

    WHO: Adam Gertler (Cook, TV personality, actor and runner-up on s4 of The Next Food Network Star) will introduce a series of panels from multiple experts in the industry such as cicerones, critically acclaimed chefs, and successful restaurateurs.

    WHEN: Saturday, May 17th from 2p-7pm

    WHERE: MBS Media Campus -1600 Rosecrans Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    Food: Coni’Seafood, Fishing With Dynamite, Simmzys, Pitfire Pizza, MB Post, Doma Kitchen, Fresh Brothers, Rock’n Fish, Zinc, Tin Roof Bistro, Petros and many more.

    Breweries: Ballast Point, Mission Brewing, Firestone Walker, Ohana Brewing Company, Pacific Gravity, The Bruery, Monkish Brewing Company, Strand Brewing Company, El Segundo Brewing, The Dudes Brewing, Stella Artois and more to come!

    Panel: The Art and Craft of Beer Pairing – This panel will be teaching our crowd the art of beer pairing. The flavors that craft breweries are achieving these days are varied and complex, and these panelists will teach you how to pick just the right ones to go with your next meal.

    Panel: Fun with BEER! – Cook with it! Marinate a steak! Wash your hair! Fix your lawn! These are just the few fun things beer is good for besides giving you a buzz. (Or, while it’s giving you a buzz.) Don’t just drink it, play with it! Our lively panelists will show you how to really make beer the star of your next party. Or, your next bath…

    TICKETS: $100 general admission (begins at 3pm) or $200 for VIP (includes special hour prior to event start time with passed apps by Circa, tastings of Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection and a special presentation by Pacific Gravity Home Brew Club)

    ABOUT SURFRIDER FOUNDATION: The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide.


    How to be Superb with Eddy Lu

    If one were to look at my iPhone, one would notice a small handful of very deliberately curated apps. First and foremost, no Facebook and no games. As Twitter is my go-to platform for chit-chatting with the world wide web, I sprung the $3 for Tweetbot because there are certain features worth paying for (points and winks at mute feature). My apps tend to stick close to the traditional blogger arsenal: Tastemade, Instagram, Vine (even the occasional trend can suck the immovable force that typically is my iron will), Snapseed, my photo editing guardian angel, and now Superb.

    Superb in a Nutshell: From Eddy Lu and the team that brought you Grubwithus, Superb is an internet-based social networking app that showcases the best places around you and reveals where your friends want to go, so you experience them together. From restaurants to street art, live music venues to hiking trails, Superb elevates user-generated content based on overall community popularity.

    screenshots courtesy of Superb team

    How Superb works: From the moment you tap on the app, Superb reveals places in full photo view for you to scroll through and read about from the perspective of someone excited to either check out the place or go back again. Swipe right to mark places to do, swipe left to mark places you are not interested in and tap the center button to mark that you’ve already been to a place. If you are interested in a place, Superb unveils others who are also interested, highlighting your friends at the top for quick access to message them through the Superb Conversation feature. If you are looking for a specific place or want to browse by an interest, simply search or tap on a category to do so.

    Co-founder and CEO of Superb Eddy Lu took the time to answer some questions I shot off to him, giving users a more comprehensive understanding of Superb, and more importantly, why it should be in your app arsenal.

    Q: What is the inspiration behind creating Superb, and what do you hope to achieve with it?

    Eddy: We’re passionate about using online to facilitate offline interactions, so we created Superb to help you discover exciting new places and make it easier to experience them with friends.

    Eddy Lu
    Q: How do you expect Superb to grow and stand out?

    Eddy: With current apps like Foursquare or Facebook, it’s about telling people what you are currently doing, or what you did in the past. We’re all about future intent – things you want to do in the future. The app is truly better with friends. If your friends are using Superb, you can see their favorite places they’ve been to, where they want to go and the places you have in common, making it easier to plan outings. We expect users will see the potential the app has to bring their friends closer together and thus, more inclined to invite their friends to use the app with them.

    Q: What are the new features and improvements of the recent update?

    Eddy: We’ve improved the overall design of the app, making it simpler and more intuitive. In addition, we added an option for marking places “not for me,” so you won’t see them anymore, as well as added Conversations, which allows you to message your friends about a place through the app.

    Q: What is in Superb’s future, as well as yours?

    Eddy: Our goal is to get more people offline and experiencing their cities. Our new Conversations feature makes this possible, but there is still much to be improved upon. So, we’ll be reaching out to users for feedback and making those improvements over the next couple of months. A couple things we’ve already heard from users are the ability to add time based events/activities to the stream, and the ability to select multiple people to see what places everyone has in common to do. As the co-founder of the company, most of my life revolves around Superb, so my future mainly consist of making the app super useful and something people truly love.

    Glass on Win on Superb
    My Thoughts: After getting to play with the app in the time leading up to the big launch, I can securely commit to the opinion that Superb is on my iPhone to stay. I wouldn’t bother writing this post if I thought it wasn’t worth my time (or yours).

    What I Love:

  • The “To Do” feature; I have a list of carefully curated places I can reference on the go.
  • The “Not for Me” feature: Superb recommends places, and it’s nice to have a firm but polite way of saying thanks, but no thanks.
  • My Qualm:

  • The employment of photographs pulled from Instagram without filtering or accreditation, especially images feature peopling (if it be unbeknown to them). I’m unaware of how this technology works, but if the images that are pulled from Instagram are done so without the authorization of the user whom initially posted it, this feature does not sit well with me. Photos featuring people, especially children, ought to be filtered out for privacy protection and a feature that credits each image to its original Instagram user (complete with link), would leave me without any qualms with Superb.

    A labor of love and dedication, with a keen ear tuned to feedback is surely a recipe for success. For myself, a forever foodist, I’m constantly shuffling away bookmark after bookmark in my browser of places to eat. There isn’t a single restaurant I do not cross-reference online (especially at Gastronomy, where I’ve left a carpet bombing of “I’M GOING THERE!” comments in my wake). Now I have a carefully constructed list of restaurants and regional adventure destinations; all on the go, so I can utilize my Superb list when I find myself in a new neighborhood and a rumble in my stomach.

  • Discover more about Superb

  • Taste Savant: The Anti-Yelp

    I have a love/hate relationship with Yelp. I love the idea behind it, but I hate that I have to wade through review upon review just to find the truth between the digression, complaining and sometimes irrelevant nitpicking. Nefarious back door deals between Yelp and business owners on hiding negative reviews (for a price, of course, because this is America, damn it) have recently come to light, and when I was job hunting for writing gigs on Craigslist, look what I found:

    Look at this tomfoolery
    I have no words to accurately describe how much this infuriates me.

    So when I received an email from the press relations office of Taste Savant, the anti-Yelp, I was eager to chat with CEO Sonia Kapadia and find out more about her endeavor. In their words:

    Taste Savant is a highly curated restaurant discovery site designed to help the savvy diner decide where to eat out. Taste Savant curates and aggregates reviews from people its users trust including friends, restaurant critics, bloggers, chefs, and other food experts. It offers reviews from people who matter for restaurants that are worth your while. Taste Savant is also a one-stop shop for users to access all restaurant info, including menus, reservations, dining deals and delivery. In addition to offering the recommendations of restaurant connoisseurs, users will also have access to reviews through social networks. Serving as platforms for trusted opinions and reviews from friends, family and more, users can connect to the site by logging in through Facebook and Twitter to see what is well-liked among their peers as well as share their own experiences.


    During my chat with CEO Sonia Kapadia, I was able to find out a bit more about Taste Savant and its role in the Los Angeles restaurant community.

    Born out of the frustration over Yelp-digging, Sonia was inspired to create a more curated list of New York restaurants with the focused, unbiased eye of critics, chefs, bloggers and other food experts as the source for reviews. “Yelp is great for a lot of people,” Sonia contended. “(But) there is an entirely different set of people who trust what critics say.”

    Taste Savant maintains its integrity through various factors:

  • Taste Savant remains 100% objective.
  • Taste Savant does not accept advertisement dollars, as that would give misaligned incentive.
  • Reviews are all ordered chronologically.
  • All of the reviews are vetted and checked for robots.
  • Most importantly, the main motivation is to share reviews with friends, critics, chefs & bloggers.
  • It’s also worth mentioned that on the rare instances when a restaurant receives consistent negative criticism, their place on Taste Savant is reevaluated.

    Users want to know where chefs eat, so Taste Savant invited several chefs to take place in the Chef Relations Program – a title that sounds a bit more involved than it actually is. In truth, chefs let users know where they like to go and grab a bite or a drink through their own tailored “Top Restaurants” lists. Members include Adam Fleischman of Umami & Dakota Weiss of the W Hotel.

    450 restaurants throughout Los Angeles can expect to be featured on Taste Savant, from the cream of the crop down to the hole-in-the-walls ~ however, as it is a curated list, expect to only find the known hole-in-the-walls. Think your neighborhood joint is the bees knees and needs to be on the site? “We take recommendations all of the time from users,” Sonia insists. “We respect the requests.”

    The response Taste Savant has received in New York City has been overwhelmingly positive.

    “No one is taking this curated approach and aggregating the source,” Sonia informs me proudly. “As a result, people really enjoy our product. 40% are return visitors.”

    Speaking purely from a Los Angeleno point of view, I discussed very candidly about our constant need To Plan for every little outing in our life. Most of us – commuters and public transit users alike – have to take in so many factors when we go out to eat. Traffic and time are at the top of most of our lists. For myself, I try never to pay for what I can cook at home – so I want to know that wherever I’m going, it’s going to be worth my money. Having Taste Savant to assist me in making sure I’m picking the best bang for my buck is an endeavor I welcome with open arms.

    Get started on Taste Savant!

    What’s the Dish: November Events

    Did I say I would be back, like, two weeks ago? Whoops. Sorry about that. I promise that I am still alive, healing up very well from my surgery. I’m not going to lie to you, Marge…I got distracted. With fandom. If you do not know the word “fandom” I suggest you either do a Google search or you run for the hills. I should have chosen the latter, but oh well. Here we are, nearly a month out and my inbox looks like a battlefield. My blog hasn’t been touched like a – okay, I won’t go there. I may insult someone. Anywho. I do promise I am getting back into the groove of things, slowly but surely. Lord knows I have content…I’m just incredibly lazy these days. Let’s blame surgery, okay? Okay!

    In the meantime, check out these bitchin’ food and booze related events going on in and around Los Angeles. Have a drink for me while you’re at it. No, really. Snap a pic, throw it on the tweeter and hashtag #glassofwin so I can live vicariously through your glamorous life.

    WHAT: From October 1st through December 31st, Zengo at Santa Monica Place will be featuring their new Peru to Malaysia: Test Kitchen Menu. The inventive menu by Chef Richard Sandoval combines the bursting flavors of Peruvian and Malaysian cuisine to create unique small plates and specialty cocktails. (And you KNOW FROM MY POST how amazing this food is) A few menu items include:

  • Spicy Crab Potato “Sushi” (Avocado, Malay Curry, Crispy Corn Cancha & Soft Peruvian Purple Potato Cake)

  • Char Roasted Skate Wings (Ginger Chile Marinade, Crispy Lentil Rice Cake Sambal Butter Sauce & Charred Banana Leaf)

  • Arroz Con Mariscos (Mussels, Scallops, Calamari, Shrimp, Yellow Curry with Malay Rice & Thai Basil)

  • Toasted Coconut Profiterole (Toasted Coconut Ice Cream, Manjar Blanco & Chocolate Sauce)
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  • Pisco Elevation (Pisco, Elderflower Liqueur & Lychee)

  • WHERE: 395 Santa Monica Place, 3rd floor, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    WHAT: Dominick’s is celebrating its 65th anniversary on Monday, November 4th and has planned a special night of dinner and drinks. The restaurant will be offering a one-night only menu featuring $.65 cent martinis all night long! Mini Vodka Martinis Shaken or Stirred 65 cents & Dinner for Two Prime Steak Pizzaiola with Spaghetti & Green Beans ($45) The regular menu will also be available (if you’re wondering about the food at Dominick’s, check out my coverage of the SAN GENNARO FEAST last year)

    WHERE: 8715 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048 – 310.652.2335 –

    WHAT: “Wine Riot is all about learning about wine but having a lot of fun at the same time.” Produced by Tyler Balliet and Morgan First of Second Glass (is a unique, tech-driven events company that brings together wine lovers of all ages and all levels of understanding of the modern wine industry). “Our goal for Wine Riot is to take the traditional snobbiness out of the wine tasting event experience and to make wine more approachable for everyone,” says Balliet. This year’s Wine Riot Los Angeles will feature over 35 wine booths representing almost every type of wine from around the world. Some of this year’s notable highlights at Wine Riot include:

    · Second Glass interactive mobile app
    · over 35 wine booths representing almost every type of wine from around the world
    · Wine 101 booth (new) featuring an introduction to tasting (e.g. oaked vs. unoaked)
    · Bubbly Bar (new) offering a taste of all kinds of sparkling wines
    · Photo booth
    · Uber partnership keeping the riot safe and stylish for everyone

    WHEN: Wine Riot will host two identical events on Saturday, November 9th Riot One, from 1pm – 5pm and Riot Two, from 7pm – 11pm

    WHERE: Majestic Halls located at 650 S Spring St. Los Angeles, CA 90014

    TICKETS: $60 per person, include unlimited wine tastings. Uber will be partnering with Wine Riot and offering new users $20 off their first ride and 20% off the ride for existing users. BE MERRY AND BUY TICKETS HERE

    WHAT: El Cid continues its Tapas Tuesday Jazz Nights in November with the Tom McNalley Trio performing live. Guitarist Tom McNalley brings a new trio performing new original music featuring Jarrad Lander, electric bass and Matt Baker, drums, bringing fiery blues energy to jazz imagination. $5.00 cover charge; no minimum; $5 tapas and sangria specials; an extensive tapas menu and full bar with exclusive artisan cocktail creations.

    WHEN: Tuesday nights in November (5, 12, 19, 26) from 8p-11pm

    WHERE: EL CID 4212 West Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake 90029

    WHAT: Katsuya at The Americana At Brand has created a dedicated Movember martini that allows everyone to toast to this great cause. The Burning MANdarin martini was created in memory of The Americana At Brand employee who recently passed away from prostate cancer. The restaurant is proud to share that they will be contributing to the prostate cancer awareness fundraising efforts internally.

    WHERE: KATSUYA ~ 702 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210 – 818.244.5900