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67th EMMY Awards Governors Ball

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67th EMMY® Awards Governors Ball
EMMYS logo

The official after-party for EMMY Award winners, celebrities, entertainment moguls, and guests, the Governors Ball presents “Reigning with Radiance”, the theme for this year’s ball.

The 67th EMMYS Governors Ball

The 67th EMMYS Governors Ball

Glimmering crystal chandeliers, cascading orchid flower designs, lavish dining, premiere cocktails, wines and award-winning entertainment greet the 4,000 guests into the beautifully transformed West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, September 20 immediately following the 67th EMMY Awards airing on FOX at 8pET / 5pPT.

67th EMMYS crystal design

67th EMMYS crystal design

Cheryl Cecchetto and her team at Sequoia Productions are in their 21st year designing and producing this famed event.

Cheryl Cecchetto

Cheryl Cecchetto, Sequoia Productions

Working together with Geriann McIntosh and Barbara Cassel, the Governors Ball committee co-chairs, Sequoia Productions is the mastermind behind the décor, entertainment,

Geriann McIntosh

Geriann McIntosh, Governors Ball Committee Co-chair

Barbara Cassel

Barbara Cassel, Governors Ball Committee Co-chair

and overall presentation of the Governors Ball from the details of the grand entry to the Winners Circle – where EMMY winners have their statuettes personalized on site – to the details of the staff wardrobe.

EMMY Awards winners circle

EMMY Awards winners circle

What is one of the design secrets of this year’s “Reigning with Radiance” theme? Over 45,000 Swarovski crystals shine in over 530 hand-crafted strands together weighing nearly 450 pounds. Now that’s a lot of bling!

EMMY Governors Ball sound stage

EMMY Governors Ball sound stage

When it comes to entertainment, internationally acclaimed Andrea Bocelli and multiple Grammy® and EMMY Award-winning producer and songwriter, David Foster take center stage at this year’s Ball. Special dance performances by Maksim Chmerkovskiy formerly of Dancing With The Stars and opening musical guests JB Project and WCM Strings will have guests awe-inspired throughout the evening.

EMMY Awards Governors Ball lounge

EMMY Awards Governors Ball lounge

Helmed as one of the largest formal sit down dining experiences in the United States, Patina Restaurant Group returns for the 20th year as the premiere caterer for the Governors Ball. Executive Chef Joachim Splichal and his go-to Chef, Alec Lestr, will prepare a delectable and elegant 3-course dinner for the 4,000 guests.

Executive Chef Joachim Splichal and Susan Irby

Executive Chef Joachim Splichal and Susan Irby

Prepared a-la-minute (meaning prepared fresh on-site), behind the floor to ceiling drapes in the West Hall is the enormous staged kitchen where nearly 200 chefs man row after row of plates, ingredients, cooking and plating each of the delicious courses including:

67th EMMYS Governors Ball table decor

o FIRST COURSE is a Wildflower Honey Poached Forelle Pear Salad

Forfelle Pear Salad

o MAIN COURSE is Filet Of Beef Tenderloin with herb-scented potato terrine adorned with king trumpet mushrooms, yucca chips, roasted cherry tomatoes, red wine jus and béarnaise espuma

Filet of Beef Tenderloin

o DESSERT is a Single Origin Ghana Brownie embellished with Zephyr popcorn Chantilly, cara crakine and baby bourbon caramel drizzle
Single Origin Ghana Brownie

Accompanying the 3-course menu are carefully prepared selections offered by Penfolds wines, the Official Wine Partner of the 67th Emmy Awards season, with their Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz and Bin 311 Chardonnay to pair with the Ball’s three-course meal.
Penfolds Reserve Wines

DLynn Proctor, winemaking Ambassador for Penfolds was on hand to share the expertise of the wines and offer selections for EMMY Award telecast viewers at-home parties. Enjoy his interview here: DLynn Proctor on Penfolds

Other official sponsors, Cellar Door Chocolates from Louisville, Kentucky carefully handcrafted by owner Erika Chavez-Graziano,

Dusted Truffles from Cellar Door

Dusted Truffles from Cellar Door

FIJI Water
FIJI the Official EMMY water

and Patron Tequila which created the EMMY Signature Cocktail which the Press enjoyed a taste of at the official Press Preview event held on Wednesday, September 20. On hand to serve up the savory cocktail was Patron Marketing Manager Edward P. Blinn.

Edward Blinn of Patron serving the EMMY Cocktail

Edward Blinn of Patron serving the EMMY Cocktail

Celebrities and VIP guests will be transported to the EMMY Awards by AUDI, the official vehicle of the 67th EMMY Awards and Governors Ball.

AUDI Official Vehicle

Celebrating the best in television, watch the 67th Primetime EMMY Awards Sunday, September 20 at 5pPT / 8pET on FOX. For the official menu recipes to serve your award-winning guests at home, visit thebikinichef.com!

Susan Irby, the EMMY and Chef Alec Lestr

Susan Irby, the EMMY and Chef Alec Lestr

Wondering how the LA Convention Center West Hall gets transformed into “Reigning with Radiance” glamour? Enjoy the fascinating time-lapse video from Sequoia Productions, here: (coming soon)


Sessions Sandwiches Arrives in Huntington Beach

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Sessions Sandwiches Arrives in Huntington Beach

SESSIONS WEST COAST DELI

Orange County’s Critically Acclaimed Sessions West Coast Deli Expands Menu of Chef-Inspired, Gourmet Sandwiches with Opening of 2nd Beach City Location

After a spectacular Orange County debut in Newport Beach in 2014, Sessions West Coast Deli has opened its second location on the waterfront in Huntington Beach (414 Pacific Coast Highway). Designed as a neighborhood-casual concept, this new restaurant serves its immediate community with a menu of gourmet, culinary-focused sandwiches in a relaxed, beach-inspired environment.

ON THE MENU
The Huntington Beach restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with a menu mirroring that of its Newport Beach counterpart. Guests are presented with nearly two dozen hot and cold sandwiches, a selection of salads, and gourmet sides on Sessions’ lunch and dinner menu, as well ten signature sandwiches on its breakfast menu.

Sessions features a scratch kitchen with housemade sauces, sides, salads, and soups prepared in-house daily. All sandwiches are made to order with fresh, locally grown produce, humanely and naturally raised meats, and locally baked breads delivered daily from local artisan, OC Baking Company. In addition, the restaurant proudly serves a selection of locally roasted coffee beverages from Kean Coffee.

With the opening of the Huntington Beach location, Sessions sees the addition of nine new sandwiches to its already celebrated menu. Guests will still be able to enjoy their favorites, including the Summer Zephyr, with marinated vine-ripened tomato, wild baby arugula, fresh mozzarella, basil aioli, pickled red onion, and a balsamic reduction on french roll; and the Sloppy Barney, featuring spicy bbq pulled pork, jalapeño jack, house pickle, shaved red onion, and purple SoCal slaw on ciabatta.

Summer Zepher from Sessions

Summer Zepher

All new sandwiches are featured at both locations, including the Geno, inspired by local surfer Gene “Sliding Machine” Petersen, who was voted on by the public to be honored in conjunction with the opening of the new Huntington Beach location.

New sandwich creations include:

SESSIONS Meddock Melee

SESSIONS Meddock Melee

* MOLLY – vegan chickpea curry salad, cucumber, shaved red onion, cherry pepper, and wild baby arugula, on fresh-baked squaw

* MANIFESTO – sliced white meat chicken breast, sun-dried tomato & artichoke spread, marinated vine-ripened tomato, wild baby arugula, cherry pepper, and balsamic reduction, on fresh-baked squaw

SESSIONS Greatfella

SESSIONS Greatfella

* TURBEN – hormone-free roast turkey, muenster, million island dressing, cherry pepper, and SoCal slaw, pressed on fresh-baked marble rye

* GENO (GENE “SLIDING MACHINE” PETERSEN) – hormone-free roast turkey, bacon jam, habanero puree, jalapeño jack, homemade guacamole, cherry pepper, shredded iceberg, and sriracha aioli, on a fresh-baked french roll

* BOMBER – genoa salami, smoked provolone, italian bruschetta, wild baby arugula, shaved red onion, fresh basil pesto, and balsamic reduction, on fresh-baked ciabatta

* GANGNAM STYLE – pork & beef meatball, korean “marinara”, pickled vegetable, cucumber, and soy-sesame slaw, on a fresh-baked french roll

Sessions meatball sandwich

* MYHAMI VICE – smoked ham, humboldt swiss, whole-berry cranberry sauce, wine-grained mustard, and house pickle, pressed on a fresh-baked french roll

* SESSIONS GRILLED CHEESE – muenster, shaved parmesan, and spinach & marinated artichoke heart spread, pressed on fresh-baked ciabatta

* YAO MANGO – smoked ham, muenster, shaved red onion, cucumber, jalapeño mango slaw, and sriracha aioli, on a fresh-baked french roll

Yao Mango from Sessions

Yao Mango

In addition to the new sandwich offerings, Sessions now offers the following salads, created with the same thoughtfulness and culinary focus as its between-the-bread counterparts:

* CAPRESE – fresh mozzarella, marinated vine-ripened cherry tomato, shaved red onion, wild baby arugula, and crouton, with balsamic vinaigrette

* CHINA CHOP – mandarin orange, shredded chicken breast, crispy wonton, shredded brussel sprout, wild baby kale, broccoli, radicchio, rainbow carrot, and crushed almond, with soy-sesame vinaigrette

* UMAMI – arcadian mixed green, blackberry, smoked bacon, goat cheese, dried cherry, and crushed almond, with strawberry vinaigrette

* THE WEDGE LEGEND – arcadian mixed green, shaved red onion, marinated vine-ripened cherry tomato, smoked bacon, shredded chicken breast, crouton, and bleu cheese, with atomic vinaigrette and balsamic reduction

Sessions Deli Wake and Bake

Sessions Wake and Bake

* SPICY MANGO COCONUT – arcadian mixed green, shredded coconut, rainbow carrot, jalapeño, crushed cashew, and shaved red onion, with jalapeño -mango vinaigrette

* BUFFALO CHOP – arcadian mixed green, buffalo shredded chicken breast, bleu cheese, rainbow carrot, shaved red onion, and marinated vine-ripened cherry tomato, with adobo buttermilk dressing

* CRUNCH THYME – shredded brussel sprouts, wild baby kale, broccoli, radicchio, arcadian mixed green, dried cherry, and crushed walnut, with balsamic-thyme vinaigrette

Full menu can be found online at http://www.sessionssandwiches.com.

CULTURE & VIBE
Sessions has worked hard to create a culture that focuses on the people in the community it serves. The experience is dictated by the environment, which pays careful attention to detail, customer service, and a quality dining experience, while projecting an air of effortlessness that one would expect from a beachside location.

Sessions West Coast Deli is now open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Huntington Beach at 414 Pacific Coast Highway. For hours of operation, full menu, and other information, please visit http://www.sessionssandwiches.com.

ABOUT SESSIONS WEST COAST DELI
In Spring 2014, when Sessions West Coast Deli opened its first location in Newport Beach, its owners had one mission: to serve the best sandwiches to ever hit the lip. As a neighborhood-casual concept designed to serve its immediate community, Sessions embraces the area’s surf culture as it presents a menu of gourmet, culinary-focused sandwiches in a relaxed environment. The term “West Coast Deli” perfectly describes the marriage of a high-quality deli menu with a chill vibe that appeals to area locals and tourists, alike.

In Summer 2015, Sessions opened its second Orange County location on the waterfront in Huntington Beach. The opening of this location reinforced Sessions’ dedication and commitment to its community by becoming a local hub for surfers, skaters and area beachgoers looking for great sandwiches.

Shaka Spuds from Sessions Deli

Shaka Spuds

Unlike most sandwich shops in the region, Sessions proudly boasts a scratch kitchen with housemade sauces, sides, salads, and soups prepared daily. All sandwiches are made to order with fresh, locally grown produce; humanely and naturally raised meats; and locally baked bread delivered daily from local artisan, OC Baking Company. In addition, the restaurant proudly serves a selection of locally roasted coffee beverages from Kean Coffee.

Sessions West Coast Deli – Newport Beach Peninsula
2823 Newport Boulevard
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Open Daily
7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Sessions West Coast Deli – Downtown Huntington Beach
414 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

For more information, including menus, catering inquiries, and Sessions Club mailing list access, visit http://sessionssandwiches.com/.

QUICK LINKS:
Sessions West Coast Deli Website
http://sessionssandwiches.com/

Facebook – Sessions West Coast Deli
https://www.facebook.com/SessionsWestCoastDeli

Instagram – @SessionsWestCoastDeli
https://instagram.com/sessionswestcoastdeli/

Twitter – @SessionsNB
https://twitter.com/sessionsnb

YELP – Sessions Newport Beach
http://www.yelp.com/biz/sessions-west-coast-deli-newport-beach

YELP – Sessions Huntington Beach
http://www.yelp.com/biz/sessions-west-coast-deli-huntington-beach-2


Sushi Roku Fashion Island Now Open!

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Sushi Roku Fashion Island Now Open!
Sushi Roku NB entrance

Innovative Dining Group (IDG) brings its iconic sushi restaurant to Newport Beach Fashion Island. Now open, Sushi Roku is pleasing palates with one-of-a-kind dishes including fish, chicken, pork, beef, and vegetarian options. The well-rounded menu unites traditional Japanese cuisine with southern California seasonal ingredients prepared in a deliciously fashionable way.

Sushi Roku NB front dining area

Says Lee Maen, Partner at Innovative Dining Group, “We’ve been looking forward to making our debut in Orange County’s vibrant dining scene for quite some time.” Adding that “we are excited to share our modern approach to Japanese cuisine as well as Roku’s outstanding level of hospitality at this stunning location in Fashion Island.”

Sushi Roku NB sushi bar and seating

Stunning it is! The restaurant features a spacious and comfortable front patio that is perfect for people watching and the spaciousness spills into the interior of the restaurant with seating for 129 in the front dining room, a 16-seat sushi bar, and a 15-seat bar which features flat screen televisions to catch the latest news or sports events.

Sushi Roku NB sushi case

Helmed by Executive Sushi Chef Hiroshi Shima, Chef Shima has designated Head Chef Shin Toyoda to oversee the kitchen at Sushi Roku Fashion Island. Chef Toyoda is a native of Tokyo and has trained under Master Chefs at Kanda Muromachi, Tokyo.
Sushi Roku NB bar

On the cocktail side, Executive General Manager and Sake Sommelier Eiji Mori curates a selective sake menu that embodies the complex flavors and aromas of craft sake. The bar menu at Sushi Roku Fashion Island also extends to a full bar with Sushi Roku’s famous specialty cocktails (see more below), and signature wine list offering crisp white wines, champagne and full-bodied red wines each pairing well with Japanese cuisine.

Golden Boy cocktail from Sushi Roku

Golden Boy cocktail from Sushi Roku

A few menu highlights:
Golden Boy cocktail
Cazadores blanco, citrus juices, cucumber, mint, club soda and sherry float
(pictured above)

Ginger Lychee Mojito
Bacardi rum, ginger, lychee fruit, mint, vanilla, lime juice
Ginger Lychee Mojito from Sushi Roku

Tuna Tartare with Yuzu Guacamole and Tamari Soy Truffle
Tuna Tartare with Yuzu Guacamole and Tamari Soy Truffle

Yellowtail Diced Chilies with Olive Oil and Garlic Ponzu
Yellowtail Diced Chilies with Olive Oil Garlic Ponzu

Roku Sashimi (more selections available)
RokuSashimi

Signature Sushi Roku Rolls
Making sushi rolls at Sushi Roku NB

Tuna and Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Yuzu Miso
Tuna and Beet Carpacio with Goat Cheese and Yuzu Miso

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Baked Lobster Roll with Creamy Miso Sauce
Baked Lobster Roll with Creamy Miso Sauce

Chilean Sea Bass, Chicken and Beef Skewers at Sushi Roku NB
Chilean Sea Bass, Chicken and Beef Skewers at Sushi Roku NB

Deconstructed s’mores from Sushi Roku
Deconstructed s'mores from Sushi Roku

Sushi Roku Fashion Island
327 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(adjacent to Macy’s across from True Food Kitchen)
Lunch:
Sunday – Thursday: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Friday: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Dinner:
Sunday – Thursday: 3:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday: 3:00pm – 12:00am
Saturday: 3:00pm – 12:00am

Happy Hour menu:
$3 to $6 bites, including edamame with truffle butter, seared Albacore sashimi with crispy onions, and pork kakuni sliders
$3 beers and $4 to $7 cocktails and wines


Baja Mexico-inspired Menus at Solita Huntington Beach

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Solita Huntington BeachBaja Mexico-inspired menus at Solita Huntington Beach

Executive Chef Deborah Schneider introduces solita Tacos and Margaritas for her new weekend brunch menus. The popular Huntington Beach restaurant adds delicious brunch items with a Baja-style twist.

On the menu, Brunch Potato “Nachos,” Machaca & Eggs, and a Mad Scramble. Offered Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 3pm, Chef Deborah shares, “The success of our weekend brunches here at solita has inspired us to dig deeper into Baja cuisine.” Having recently published her sixth cookbook, Salsas and Moles, Chef adds, “We’re excited to introduce Machaca to our brunch menu – our unique dish that is oak-smoked, cooked in a rich sauce, and then shredded.”

Among other new menu items:

solita Mad Scramble – grilled chicken or chorizo, scrambled with eggs, spinach, onions & cheese, topped with crema & salsa fresca, served with one side & warm tortillas (optional: sub carne or machaca)

brunch potato ‘nachos’ – platter of fried breakfast potatoes, onions & ranchera salsa topped with melted cheeses, chopped bacon or chorizo, scrambled eggs, crema & salsa

machaca & eggs – slow-cooked & smoked shredded beef sautéed with onions, fresh tomatoes & scrambled eggs, topped with melted mexican cheeses, cilantro & avocado, served with one side & warm corn & flour tortillas

kids breakfast burrito – kid-sized flour tortilla stuffed with melted cheese & scrambled eggs, served with ketchup

The new additions will be offered alongside solita’s regular brunch menu which includes favorites like the Breakfast Burrito and Berry Cinnamon Bread Pudding. Those looking to liven up their brunch experience will enjoy Mixologist Colin Pflugradt’s lineup of specialty brunch cocktails including Fresh Fruit Mimosas, Frozen Sangrias and Bucket Service on beverages including Rainbow Fruit or Regular Mimosas, Ice-Cold Beer, and Micheladas, allowing guests to customize their brunch beverage experience.

solita Huntington Beach
in Huntington Beach’s Bella Terra Center
7631 Edinger Avenue, Suite 1508
Huntington Beach, CA
www.solitatacos.com
Brunch: 11am to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday
Open: Sunday through Thursday, 11am to 10pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am to 11pm
Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 3pm to 6pm

ABOUT SOLITA
With solita, Partners Matt Baumayr, Rich Howland and Executive Chef Deborah Schneider, the restaurateurs behind the SOL Cocina brand, have created yet another unique interpretation of contemporary Mexican food, with its own personality, look and distinctive menu. Similar to SOL, solita builds on an appreciation for fresh ingredients, big flavors, and seasonally changing menus. They deliver a Mexican food experience in a way that represents the soul of coastal Baja California.

At the heart of the restaurant and the menu is a wood-fired open grill and oak smoker, the inspiration for Executive Chef Deborah Schneider’s unique takes on familiar Mexican favorites such as tacos, carne asada, skirt steak asada, ancho chile chicken, oak–roasted chipotle chicken, house carnitas, red chile borracho beef and wood-grilled wild fish – all created with premium fresh ingredients and served with delicious hand-made salsas.

The bar menu at solita takes an equally fresh approach to traditional Mexican cocktails, featuring fresh fruit-based and agave-sweetened margaritas made with 100% blue agave tequilas. Margaritas focus on vibrant and immediate flavors, and all recipes are made in-house with fresh citrus juices and sugar, and contain no HFCS, preservatives or coloring. solita offers an extensive selection of artisan, premium and ultra premium tequilas.

In addition to highlighting the true flavors of Baja, the setting of solita Tacos & Margaritas invites diners to experience the simplicity, ruggedness, timelessness and warmth of the region. Much of the interior detail and furnishings were hand-made by Mexican artisans and craftsmen, and the space reflects the charm, sophistication and hospitality of modern Mexico, but also to represent some of the overlooked sophistication that is evident in the country. The airy 150-seat space offers 80 seats indoors and 70 seats in a covered, all-weather patio, with 20 of those seats shared in a unique indoor/outdoor bar.