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The Kauai Marathon 2015

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The Kauai Marathon 2015
The Kauai Marathon logo

Listed by Runner’s World among the Top 10 Bucket List Half Marathon Destinations, The Kauai Marathon is definitely on my bucket list of destinations, period! Lucky me, The Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon are taking place on Sunday, September 6, 2015, one day after I turn the big 5-0. That’s not Hawaii 5-0, that’s me turning 50! You know what they say, “When in Kauai during the marathon, RUN IT!” And so, I am.

Start of the Kauai Marathon

Start of The Kauai Marathon

Sunday, September 6, 2015, join me and over a thousand other Half and Full Marathoners for a beautiful destination run through the landscapes of Kauai. There’s still time to sign up, details here: thekauaimarathon.com

The Tunnel of Trees, Kauai, Hawaii

The Tunnel of Trees, Kauai, Hawaii

Highlighted on The Kauai Marathon website is a full drive of both the Half Marathon and Marathon courses. You can bet I’ll be studying those videos. Where I live, there are a few hills but I’ll bet the hills are nothing like those of Kauai on so many levels. I’ve incorporated hills into my training which you can follow over at thebikinichef.com (first post coming August 12, 2015) and on Periscope/Twitter @thesusanirby @thebikinichef

The Kauai Marathon
Sunday, September 6, 2015
thekauaimarathon.com

Upcoming highlights:
The Kauai Marathon Kickoff Celebration at Poipu Beach Athletic Club
Saturday, August 15th
4:30pm
Kauai Marathon kickoff celebration flyer

Come on down to Poipu Beach Athletic Club on Saturday, August 15th and enjoy an evening of fabulous local entertainment, culinary treats by island restaurants and food trucks, as well as cocktails, beer and wine available with a portion of the proceeds benefitting The Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon.

Doors open at 4:30pm so guests can find the best seat on the lawn for the concert. It is encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets for optimal comfort. The entertainment opens with Halau Kalei Mokihana O Leinaala at 5:30pm followed by The Blonde Boys at 6pm. Halau Kalei Mokihana O Leinaala returns at 6:50pm to get the crowd ready for Oahu’s Kalapana at 7:15pm. Then local favorites Greenstone Project will rock the house at 8:30pm. At the conclusion of the concert, Hapa’s Restaurant and Bar will remain open until 11pm with house music and cocktails.

Culinary delights will be available for purchase including summer fare from Poipu Beach Athletic Club’s own Hapas, Poipu’s Living Foods Gourmet Market and Cafe, as well as favorites from Kauai’s diverse food trucks. There will also be several beer and wine stations, as well as cocktails available in the bar.

Complimentary parking is available behind Poipu Beach Athletic Club. Please be mindful of parking signage.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Hapas Restaurant or online here =>> eventbrite.com.

PRE-RACE CARBO LOAD DINNER!
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Brennecke’s Carbo Load Dinner
at Poipu Beach Athletic Club
2290 Poipu Road, Koloa, Hawaii, Kauai
Two Seatings: 5pm and 6:30pm
Reservations: Pre-Race Carbo Load Dinner

Fuel up for the big race with a fabulous Carbo Load Dinner hosted by Brennecke’s Beach Broiler and Poipu Beach Athletic Club. Feast on an all you can eat buffet that features delectable Mediterranean Tortellini Salad, Caesar Salad, Chicken Piccata, Three Cheese Vegetarian Lasagne, Rigatoni Pasta Bake with Italian Sausage and much more!

Tickets: $29.99 for adults (purchased before September 1st). Children 6 and under are free and the price includes a choice of one beverage. Price increases to $34.99 on September 2, 2015. Limited seating and this event is expected to sell out so buy your tickets now!

Over 21 year olds can choose from a Mai Tai Rum Punch, Big Swell IPA, Bikini Blonde Lager, Miller Lite or White or Red Wine. Additional beverages can be purchased at Hapa’s Restaurant.

Reservations: Pre-Race Carbo Load Dinner

Follow these hashtags:
#thekauaimarathon
#tkm2015
#fitat50


The Longines Masters of Los Angeles 2015 Arrives October 1

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Longines Los Angeles Masters 2015 Arrives October 1

Longines LA Masters

The finest in horse Show Jumping arrives in Los Angeles this Fall. Presented by the prestigious Longines, The Longines Masters of Los Angeles Grand Slam Indoor event takes place October 1-4, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Established in three of the most important cities of the world — Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Paris — this unique show jumping circuit is internationally renowned and brings together Olympic-level sport, entertainment, lifestyle and glamour. The best Show Jumping horses and riders in the world compete during four days for a total prize money of $1,000,000 to be awarded during each stage of the Masters.

Masters Grand Slam Trophy

Now recognized by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the Longines Masters are a series that propose a unique challenge within the international indoor circuit: the Masters Grand Slam. With consecutive wins in all three international cities – the Longines Grand Prix of Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Paris – the winner will receive an additional prize of 1 million Euros. The winner with two consecutive victories will be awarded a bonus of 500,000 Euros, and a third prize will be awarded with 250,000 Euros to the winner with two non-consecutive victories in two of the three cities. Los Angeles, added to the circuit in 2014, is the second of the three competitions in the series. The first was The Longines Masters of Hong Kong which took place in February of this year.

Longines Masters Los Angeles Red Carpet

Longines Masters Los Angeles Red Carpet

Broadcast to over 550 million viewers in over 120 countries, The Longines Masters Grand Slam Indoor event entices growing audiences each year, is well loved and attended by celebrities and financial icons, and receives widespread media attention internationally. Events in each of the respective competition cities garner nearly 50,000 visitors locally and from all over the world.

Steffi Graf, Longines VP Charles Villoz, Jennifer Judkins, Andre Agassi

Steffi Graf, Longines VP Charles Villoz, Jennifer Judkins, Andre Agassi

Show Jumping

Elaine French, Jennifer Gates, Melinda Gates at Longines Masters LA

Elaine French, Jennifer Gates, Melinda Gates at Longines Masters LA

Four days of high-level competitions and show-stopping performances, The Longines Masters of Los Angeles sets the stage for some of the finest competition and entertainment in the world. Featuring the world’s best horse-rider combinations of the FEI Longines rankings, signature equestrian events take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the Opening Gala welcome event on Thursday, October 1.

Justin Resnik competing in the LA Masters 2014

Justin Resnik

Friday is dedicated to speed, with the Longines Speed Challenge, known as the fastest event in the world. Created in 2010 by EEM, this competition is a demonstration of speed, agility, power and precision. Faults are less penalizing than in other competitions, allowing the riders to reach the best results by being the fastest — an incredible competition against the clock and a crowd engaging show.

Alison Sweeney at Longines Masters LA

Alison Sweeney at Longines Masters LA

Saturday unfolds under the sign of glamour, entertainment and generosity with the Gucci Gold Cup and the Pro-Am Style & Competition for Charity, a costumed competition for the benefit of charity organizations.

Jane Richard Philips competing in the Masters LA Charity Pro Am

Jane Richard Philips competing in the Masters LA Charity Pro Am

Sunday is time for the best of the sport with the Longines Grand Prix, an Olympic-level event with a course at 1,60m.

West Palm Events Trophy

West Palm Events Trophy

Alongside these events, the main ring of the Masters also hosts the best junior riders, amateur and professional, with the Prestige Trophy and the Invitational Trophy, where the rising stars of the sport rub shoulders with the current elite riders.
Celebrity Red Carpet at Longines Masters LA

JUST ADDED!

Event organizers, Les Ecuries d’Ecaussinnes (EEM and translated, The Stables of Ecaussinnes), are excited to announce the addition of the Steffen Peters Dressage Demonstration as part of the The Longines Masters of Los Angeles program in October. Spectators can enjoy Steffen Peters Dressage Demonstrations on Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd. He will be explaining the sport, approach, and movements of dressage followed by a Kur Grand Prix Freestyle live demonstration to give guests a sense of dressage competition.
Opening Gala Longines Masters 2014

Opening Gala showcase

CONFIRMED!

One of the greatest riders of all time, Great Britain’s John Whitaker, just celebrated his 60th birthday and has been confirmed as a competitor in the American leg of this three continent competition. Whitaker returned to victory this past February at the Longines Masters of Hong Kong which is the first competition leg of the three in the Masters Grand Slam. Whitaker clinched a 5-star Longines Grand Prix win with his horse, Argento, whom he has trained himself since he was young.

TOP COMPETITORS

Scott Brash, UK, Ranked #1

Scott Brash, UK, Ranked #1

Also among the leading competitors at The Longines Masters of Los Angeles are the top three ranked riders in the world: Number one ranked, Scott Brash of the United Kingdom (pictured above), Number two, Daniel Deusser from Germany,

Daniel Deusser, Germany

Daniel Deusser, Germany, ranked #2

and third ranked Kent Farrington of the USA. A Chicago native, Kent is a member of Team USA and recently won a Bronze medal in the World Equestrian Games.

Kent Farrington, USA

Kent Farrington, USA, ranked #3

KIDS CORNER!

In addition to the competition, spectators and guests can dine on refined cuisine from two Michelin-star chef Yves Mattagne and enjoy live music in the exquisite lounge; additionally, they can explore the Prestige Village with its Kids Corner and shops from exclusive international partner brands.

STAR-STUDDED EVENT

Among the celebrities attending last years inaugural Longines Masters of Los Angeles:
Bo Derek

Bo Derek

Bo Derek

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa at Longines Masters LA

Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa

Anjelica Huston

Anjelica Huston and Danny Huston

Anjelica Huston and Danny Huston

Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg

The Longines Masters of Los Angeles Grand Slam 2015
Longines Masters Grand Slam Indoor 2015 LA
Opening Gala, Thursday, October 1
Competitions and events, Friday, October 2, Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4

Longines

TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
For complete details and event tickets, visit MastersGrandSlam.com => MastersGrandSlam.com

A little horse love

The Longines Masters schedule:
* Longines Masters of Los Angeles October 1 to 4, 2015
* Longines Masters of Paris December 3 to 6, 2015
* Longines Masters of Hong Kong February 19 to 21, 2016 (which kicks off the 2016 season)

Photos courtesy of The Longines Masters website


Feeding the Kids in America Gala

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Feeding the Kids in America Gala
Caterina's Club

Gala fundraising event hosted by CNN Hero, Chef Bruno Serato of Anaheim White House; Celebrating 10 Years of Caterina’s Club, serving underprivileged children

Chef Bruno Serato and KFI's Bill Handel

Chef Bruno Serato and KFI’s Bill Handel

Honoring

Bill Handel – Award winning KFI radio personality and Hollywood Walk of Fame star
and
Doris Roberts – EMMY Award winning actress, “Everybody Loves Raymond”

Bruno and bill handel

Date: Sunday August 30, 2015

Location:
Richard Nixon Library
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Time:
5:00 pm No-Host Cocktail Reception

6:00 pm Presentation

6:30 pm Dinner & Entertainment

Chef Bruno and Bill collect pasta

Pasta donations for the kids

2005 – First underprivileged child served by Caterina’s Club “Feeding the Kids in America” program
2015 – 1 millionth meal served to underprivileged youth AND 85th family moved out of motel

Sponsorship opportunities:

Diamond Sponsor – $25,000 (includes 10 tickets)
Platinum Sponsor – $10,000 (includes 10 tickets)
Gold Sponsor – $5,000 (includes 4 tickets)
Silver sponsor – $1,500
Table of 10 – $2,500 if you get 10 friends you get a table

Individual tickets – $250

To purchase tickets or tables, call 714-772-1381

Opportunity Drawing, Live auction, & In-Kind donations appreciated For Donation & Sponsorship details:
Please contact Sandy Scheppman (657) 254-3278

Anaheim White House

Anaheim White House

About the Anaheim White House and Chef Bruno Serato:

A landmark jewel that was once nestled quietly among an enormous orange grove in the early 20th century, Anaheim White House is still Anaheim’s most famous hidden treasure.

This beautiful historical landmark was skillfully crafted by a gentleman named Dosithe Gervais in 1909. Mr. & Mrs. George Waterman purchased the home in 1916; but soon after, the home was sold to Dr. Truxaw and his wife, Louise. The Truxaw family would call this lovely mansion their home for 50 years. Dr. Truxaw was well known to all in the community, with a reputation for “never refusing to help anyone” and for delivering 3,500 babies, spanning three generations. He died in 1952; his loving wife remained in the home until she died in 1969. And sadly, in 2001, one of the Truxaw’s last remaining daughters, Louise Sutherland, passed away a month after fulfilling one of her last wishes, which was to have one last luncheon at Anaheim White House. She “celebrated” her remaining days of life with one of her favorites, a special Anaheim White House martini!

In 1978, Mrs. Anthony Bouch, an energetic woman in her 70’s, purchased the home and aspired to open an antique store. After making $100,000 in renovations, however, her health failed and she was unable to fulfill her dream. Jim and Barbara Stovall purchased the home in 1981. They planned to build condominiums in its place, even hiring an architect to help with the design. But on the eve of the scheduled demolition, Barbara told her husband that she couldn’t bear the thought of the home being destroyed. New plans were then drawn up, almost immediately, for the restoration of the home as “Thee White House Restaurant,” which opened on New Year’s Eve of 1981.

Very few changes were made in the refurbishment project. The restoration was copied from original existing pieces, whenever possible. The interior of the home was restored with most rooms retaining their original size and shape. The brick fireplace in the library (now the main dining room) and many of the windows are original. Every effort has been made to retain the appearance of the home as it was in 1909.

Finally, in 1987, Italian immigrant Bruno Serato took over the ownership of the restaurant, which now features Northern Italian cuisine. His award-winning excellence and signature entrees befit the establishment, now Anaheim White House Restaurant, and his philosophy is simple: to treat each and every one of his patrons as a distinguished guests in his home. Simple as it may be, Anaheim’s once “hidden treasure” is now recognized worldwide, and is now a “home” to many.

Numerous celebrities such as Danny De Vito, Andrea Bocelli and even former president Jimmy Carter have graced the home’s threshold. Likewise, Anaheim White House has also graced catering events for many, including Madonna, and has even traveled as far as Bora Bora, to delight dinner guests with our magnificent fare.

Not only has it been a home to so many distinguished guests, but it is also a home to several awards of excellence. Anaheim White House garnered the DiRoNA award, a very prestigious award given to only a select few in all of North America; and also the highly coveted Golden Sceptre award, the highest honor award given by the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association. Our latest achieved is our Five Star Diamond Award awarded by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, Which boasts Donald Trump on the Board of Trustees. News of this cuisine extraordinaire has been the subject of numerous reviews in international publications in Italy and Japan.

Anaheim White House
887 South Anaheim Boulevard
Anaheim, California 92805
Reservations: (714) 772-1381
AnaheimWhiteHouse.com


Hollywood Bowl 2015 Season Opens June 20th!

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Hollywood Bowl sign

Hollywood Bowl 2015 Season Opens June 20th!
Journey, Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl

Since moving to the Los Angeles area nearly 25 years ago, the Hollywood Bowl has been one of my favorite places to take in each Summer. When I say “take in”, that’s what you do at “The Bowl”. Whether it’s the concerts, the food, the wine, or the sheer romanticism of the “Bowl”, the Hollywood Bowl is a place for everyone to enjoy. From celebrities to out-of-towners and locals alike, did you know that the Hollywood Bowl is also one of California’s State Parks? YES, it is! It’s open to the public. Read on for more…

During the day, and depending on the celeb quotient of the performer that night, regular folk can run the stairs at the Bowl, enjoy a private picnic, or just sit quietly and soak it all in during a morning meditation. It’s always been true that the Hollywood Bowl offers something for everyone, even those of a younger audience, but knowing that it is part of the California State Parks is special. Being a State Park means that it is truly welcoming to each and all including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, school groups, and more and is not left to concert goers.

The great news for concert goers is that the Hollywood Bowl is stepping up their game season after season. Not just with iconic musical performances – like their alliance with the famed band, Journey, this year – but with food that will make your tastebuds go “wow” with tapas, sushi, picnic fare, and now introducing gluten-free and vegan fare for diners. The menus at the Bowl are created and prepared by the well-established and super well-respected Patina Restaurant Group, helmed by Executive Chef Joachim Splichal. A bit shy for the camera, you won’t catch the loveable and likeable Chef Joachim at many events but you can guarantee his staff represents and delivers the best his menus have to offer.

What’s happening this season at the Bowl? Let’s start first with the music, saving the food highlights for later in this article.

Journey, Gustavo Dudamel and the Hollywood Bowl team

Journey, Gustavo Dudamel and the Hollywood Bowl team

Kicking off the Hollywood Bowl season 2015 is JOURNEY!

Featuring the superstar rock band and Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame inductees JOURNEY, LA Phil’s YOLA (Youth Orchestra LA), and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, led by Thomas Wilkins creates a special evening kickoff that concludes with a spectacular fireworks show.

Proceeds from the evening benefit the LA Phil and its community and education programs.

Patron packages include box seating in the Garden or Pool for the concert, VIP pre-concert cocktail reception and gourmet dinner in your box, please call 213.972.3051. Tickets are on sale now at HollywoodBowl.com, at the Hollywood Bowl box office, through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000, and by credit card phone order at 323.850.2000.

Renovated seats and boxes at the Hollywood Bowl

Renovated seats and boxes at the Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl SPAMALOT!

CASTING NEWS FOR MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT AT THE
HOLLYWOOD BOWL
Three performances only – July 31, August 1 and 2, 2015
Hollywood Bowl cast to include
MERLE DANDRIDGE as The Lady of the Lake
WARWICK DAVIS as Patsy
JESSE TYLER FERGUSON as Sir Robin
ERIC IDLE as the Historian
CRAIG ROBINSON as King Arthur
Directed by BT McNICHOLL
Conducted by TODD ELLISON
Choreographed by SCOTT TAYLOR
Single tickets for Hollywood Bowl Summer Season on sale NOW

The Hollywood Bowl’s upcoming production of Monty Python’s Spamalot, the parody of the Arthurian Legend which won the Tony for Best Musical in 2005, will star Merle Dandridge as The Lady of the Lake, Warwick Davis as Patsy, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Sir Robin, Eric Idle as the Historian and Craig Robinson as King Arthur. BT McNicholl will direct. Spamalot will be conducted by Todd Ellison and choreographed by Scott Taylor. Eric Idle, who wrote the book and lyrics and is co-composer of Spamalot – and who is a member of Monty Python – said, “To celebrate ten years since Monty Python’s Spamalot opened on Broadway and won the Tony for Best Musical of the Year I am proud to join a hand-picked cast of seriously funny people for three nights of fun at my favorite venue: The Bollywood Hole.”

Merle Dandridge has appeared on Broadway in a variety of roles including Kala in Tarzan, The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, Joanne in Rent and the title role in Aida. Her TV roles include NBC’s The Night Shift and FX’s Sons of Anarchy. Last fall, Dandrige starred as Kate in Kiss Me, Kate with Wayne Brady at The Pasadena Playhouse.
Warwick Davis portrayed Professor Filius Flitwick in the Harry Potter film series and starred in the HBO series Life’s Too Short, created by himself, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Davis played the role of Patsy in the West End production of Spamalot. He will be appearing in the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson is a five-time Emmy nominee, best known playing Mitchell Pritchett on ABC’s Modern Family. His Broadway credits include Leaf Coneybear in the original cast of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Chip in the 1998 revival of On the Town. Ferguson starred in the Hollywood Bowl’s production of The Producers in 2012.
Eric Idle is a member of the groundbreaking comedy troupe Monty Python, whose iconic films include Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life. He is an accomplished songwriter and wrote many of Monty Python’s best-known songs, including “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” In addition to writing the book and lyrics for Spamalot, as well as co-writing the music with John Du Prez, Idle has also written novels, a play, and a children’s book. His lyrics for Spamalot won him the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics in 2005.
Craig Robinson portrayed the beloved character, Darryl Philbin, on all nine seasons of NBC’s hit show The Office. His film roles include This is the End, Get On Up, Hot Tub Time Machine, and Hot Tub Time Machine 2. His new show, Mr. Robinson, will premiere later this summer on NBC.

Director BT McNicholl was recently named the Producing Artistic Director of the Palace Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut. He has been on the creative teams of a dozen Broadway plays and musicals including Billy Elliott: The Musical, Cabaret and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, with mentor directors Sam Mendes, Rob Marshall, Stephen Daldry, Jerry Zaks, James Lapine, and Mike Nichols. He wrote the book and lyrics for the successful musical The It Girl and is a BMI-Award winning lyricist. Regionally, his production of West Side Story won the 2014 Moss Hart Award. Internationally, he won the Helpmann Award (the Australian “Tony”) for Best Direction and staged the European premiere of The Producers for Stage Entertainment.

Todd Ellison, conductor, is currently the music supervisor/conductor for the new Broadway musical, An American in Paris. His other Broadway credits include Annie, Spamalot, La Cage aux Folles and 42nd Street. He was also the musical director of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular for several seasons and worked as Marvin Hamlisch’s musical director on Ballroom and The Nutty Professor.

Scott Taylor, choreographer, was on the creative teams of several Broadway musicals including Aladdin, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, A Little Night Music and Spamalot. He was also the dance captain for the original Broadway production of Spamalot.

Monty Python’s Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail. The show features lusty maidens, dancing divas, a killer rabbit and a legless knight. It has been honored with dozens of awards, including the Grammy for Best Original Cast Recording and three Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Monty Python’s Spamalot will have three performances at the Hollywood Bowl this summer – Friday, July 31, at 8 PM, Saturday, August 1, at 8 PM and Sunday, August 2, at 7:30 PM.

Single tickets for the 2015 Hollywood Bowl season go on sale Sunday, May 3, at 10 AM. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Hollywood Bowl box office. Five hundred wristbands will be distributed, starting at 8 AM. (The first 300 will be drawn randomly. Patrons in line will pick a wristband and then will be placed in line based on the number on their wristband. Wristbands will be distributed beginning at 8 AM with the random draw concluding by 9:45. The remaining 200 wristbands will be handed out in sequential order.) The Hollywood Bowl parking lot will open at 7 AM. Single tickets for the 2015 Hollywood Bowl season may also be purchased online at HollywoodBowl.com, Ticketmaster.com or via phone at 323.850.2000 or 800.745.3000 starting on May 3 at 10 AM. After May 3, the box office hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 12 PM – 6 PM.

One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the HOLLYWOOD BOWL has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and plays host to the finest artists from all genres of music. It remains one of the best deals anywhere in Los Angeles; to this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz offerings. The venue offers something for everyone, from its sizzling summer evening concerts to the daytime arts festival for children, “SummerSounds: World Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl,” now in its 48th season. In February 2015, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the eleventh year in a row at the 26th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards.

Flowers at the Bowl press preview

Herbie Hancock continues at the Bowl:

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announced today a one-year extension to Herbie Hancock’s contract as the William Powers & Carolyn Powers Creative Chair for Jazz through the Hollywood Bowl 2016 season and the 2016/17 winter season at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Hancock’s tenure began in the summer of 2010 and under his guidance the Los Angeles Philharmonic has presented notable jazz programs with both legends and breakthrough artists of the genre, including Esperanza Spalding, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Bobby McFerrin, The Neville Brothers, Quincy Jones, Hugh Masekela and many more. The upcoming seasons present equally diverse concerts with artists that include Jamie Cullum, Wayne Shorter, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Trombone Shorty, Chick Corea, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Billy Childs, José James, Aloe Blacc, and Ledisi, among many others.

“I am truly grateful to continue working with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and further build upon our shared commitment and dedication to the jazz genre,” says Hancock. “Together, we will continue to create more unforgettable musical experiences for today’s jazz artists and audiences.”

Gustavo Dudamel returns…

Now in his sixth season as Music & Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dudamel’s contract has been extended through 2021/22. Under his leadership the Los Angeles Philharmonic has expanded its diversified outreach through many projects, most notably Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), influenced by Venezuela’s widely successful El Sistema. With YOLA and additional educational expansion in Los Angeles, Gustavo brings music to children in the underserved communities of Los Angeles, and also serves as an inspiration for similar efforts throughout the United States, as well as for programs in Sweden (Hammarkullen) and Scotland (Raploch).

Gustavo Dudamel is one of the most decorated conductors of his generation. He received 2014’s Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society from the Longy School, was named Musical America’s 2013 Musician of the Year, one of the highest honors in the classical music industry, and in 2013 was voted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame. In 2009, Dudamel was named one of Time magazines Top 100 Most Influential People.

Hollywood Bowl Youth Outreach Programs:

“An orchestra means joy, motivation, teamwork, the aspiration to success. It is a big family dedicated to harmony.” — José Antonio Abreu, Founder of El Sistema

Youth Orchestra Los Angeles:

Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA) is the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s initiative to provide access to free, high quality instrumental and orchestral education in order to promote youth development. Central to YOLA is the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s plan to build, with community partners, youth orchestras in underserved communities throughout Los Angeles. YOLA families are engaged in making music themselves while supporting their children’s development, with the vision that YOLA neighborhoods become vibrant centers of musical culture with a deepened sense of community. YOLA is inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan music education system that nurtured the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Music Director, Gustavo Dudamel.

Other programs include the LA Philharmonic Student Insiders, Composer Fellowship Program, Dudamel Fellowship Program, Symphonies for Youth, World Music and Art for Kids and more programs for youth in music education in schools.

Farmers Market Crudites

Now, to the premiere event at the Hollywood Bowl.. the food! Presented by Patina Restaurant Group under the direction of Executive Chef Joachim Splichal, dining at the Bowl is more delicious and offers more variety than ever – from sushi, to picnics, to gluten-free and vegan fare – dining has something to please every palate:

Patina Restaurant Group celebrates 16 seasons at the iconic Hollywood Bowl with new menu items and exclusive culinary collaboration with Café Gratitude and Gracias Madre

The Patina tradition of offering exceptional cuisine and genuine service at Los Angeles’ landmark Hollywood Bowl continues with Chef and Founder Joachim Splichal collaborating with West Coast Culinary Director Gregg Wiele. Together these esteemed chefs are proud to present new menus at all 17 unique dining venues within the Bowl. Adding to the dining experience for 2015, Patina Restaurant Group has partnered with Café Gratitude and sister restaurant Gracias Madre, celebrated leaders in the plant-based culinary community. Café Gratitude and Gracias Madre will provide an expansive all-organic menu available at both Market Cafés, Rooftop Grill, The Wine Bar, and Staccato.

New plant-based offerings presented through the collaboration include raw pesto kelp noodles, raw tiramisu, and more. At these same locations, PRG is also proud to offer a taste of Ray’s & Stark Bar’s popular water program. The signature water menu, made popular at Ray’s & Stark Bar, features eight carefully curated domestic and international varietals personally selected by the company’s, and America’s only, certified water sommelier Martin Riese. Patrons will also find surprises such as the new gourmet desserts at the al fresco Rooftop Grill, and in the box seat ticket holder section, edible centerpieces along with an a la carte menu specifically designed to honor the unique neighborhoods flavors of Los Angeles.

Medley of the Hollywood Bowl

Patina Restaurant Group’s full array of culinary offerings at the Hollywood Bowl include: gourmet concert fare at Staccato; full service steakhouse at Rooftop Grill; curated wine, craft beer, soju cocktails, small bites in addition to large plates at the al fresco The Wine Bar; freshly prepared rotisserie chicken, artisan cheeses and a wide selection of wine at Market Café; authentic sushi at Nishi Sushi Bar at Market Café West; and savory a la carte and prix fixe options from Box Seat services including the popular “Dining for Two” menu. Available to all ticket holders PRG also presents gourmet picnic baskets, including a new plant-based option through the partnership with PRG with Gracias Madre, which can be delivered to box seats or from a pick-up window located at Staccato just outside the entrance to the outdoor auditorium. Furthermore, PRG provides an online ordering site to simplify the process. Guests can order at www.patinagroup.com/bowl.

2015 Menu highlights include:

The Wine Bar

Al fresco wine bar and lounge offers a relaxed atmosphere with variety of craft beer, curated wine, soju cocktails,
and unique small bites and large plates
Wasabi tempura fried squid, Sriracha sabayon
Charred octopus, heirloom rice, and salsa verde
Duck foie gras terrine, crème fraîche, salted dulce de leche, baguette
Steamed fresh mussels and clams, fennel, romesco
Crispy pork belly sliders, Hawaiian bread, jalapeno compote
Wine Bar grilled cheese, fig jam, fromage d’Affinois, fried sage
Duck confit tortellini, fresh peas, fine herbs
Lamb “shawarma”, pita chips, hummus, goat cheese

Pork Sliders at the Hollywood Bowl

Pork Sliders

Box Seat Ticket Holders

Includes a dedicated wait staff, trained in the Patina Restaurant Group standard of attentive and personalized service, a wide selection of chef menus and a la carte offerings.

3-Course Menus:
Spa Menu

Rainbow cauliflower “couscous”, Scarborough Farm teenie greens,
Green Goddess emulsion, Adam’s Ranch unfiltered olive oil
Grilled Atlantic salmon with Brentwood Farm sweet corn,
roasted French breakfast radish, lacinato kale and salsa verde
Café Gratitude “Adorning” raw vegan tiramisu
Family Style Platters:
Hudson Valley foie gras terrine, stone fruit marmalade, Luxardo cherries, toasted baguette
Edible Centerpieces
Harry’s Berries—2 lbs. of locally grown strawberries served with raw dipping sugar
Farmers Market Crudités—best of season baby vegetables chef-sourced from local farmers markets
served with hummus and pumpernickel “soil”
Caprese— fresh bocconcini mozzarella, toy box tomatoes, sweet basil, sea salt and olive oil

“Neighborhood Take-Out”

South East Asia—Filipino BBQ chicken skewers, Thai green papaya salad,
lemongrass shrimp glass noodles, Jasmine scented rice
Mediterranean Kabobs— herb marinated beef kabobs, sumac grilled vegetables,
tabbouleh, pickled turnip salad, tzatziki, pita, garlic butter
Chinatown— Char siu roast pork, garlic noodles, dim sum dumplings,
Chinese chicken salad, wok’ed vegetables
Southern Comfort—honey stung fried chicken (6 pcs), creamy coleslaw,
Smokey Jo’s baby back ribs, mac & cheese, warm glazed cinnamon rolls

Mediterranean Bar at the Hollywood Bowl preview

Dining for Two:

Roasted Rib-Eye- 18 oz steak grilled over mesquite and served with
sliced heirloom tomatoes, summer green beans, herb chimichurri
Whole rotisserie chicken- 3 lbs free range chicken served with wild arugula,
grilled asparagus, roasted potatoes, garlic aioli

A La Carte:

Berkshire pork chop, aged cheddar mac & cheese, Bloomsdale spinach, warm tomato vinaigrette
Glass noodle salad, lemongrass grilled shrimp, mango, Thai basil, cilantro, peanut- lime vinaigrette
Brown butter roasted sea bass, braised fennel orzo pasta, summer squash, lobster bolognaise
Agave roasted pineapple “upside down cake” with Luxardo cherries and bourbon anglaise
Nishi Sushi Bar at Market Café West

Chef Travis Kamiyama prepares fresh sushi and Japanese delicacies daily from the onsite sushi bar
Kamiyama Premier Platter
Assorted Sushi at the Hollywood Bowl

Rainbow roll (8 pcs), salmon lovers roll (8 pcs), dragon roll (8 pcs), spicy tuna roll (8 pcs),
California roll (8 pcs), spicy crispy shrimp (8 pcs), tuna tataki (8 pcs), veggie roll (8 pcs)
SAN Jyubako Box (serves one)
Seaweed salad and assortment of Japanese side dishes
Spicy tuna roll with wasabi and gari
5 pcs assorted sashimi with tsuma and shiso leaf
Albacore tataki salad with yuzu wasabi dressing
Teriyaki hanger steak with Japanese rice and sesame seeds
Summer strawberries and lychee

Sushi at the Hollywood Bowl

Market Café East and West

Gluten Free Vegan Wrap at the Hollywood Bowl

Ideal place to pick up last minute food items prior to each performance with a selection of salads, wraps,
cheese, wine, and assorted sweet treats
Vegan BLT, coconut bacon, tomato, lettuce, onion, chipotle cashew aioli,
whole wheat tortilla, side mixed green salad, goji-chipotle dressing
Raw Pesto Kelp Noodles, basil hempseed pesto, cashew ricotta,
heirloom cherry tomatoes, green and Kalamata olives, arugula, Brazil nut parmesan, chopped basil
Macrobiotic Bowl, sea palm, shredded kale, sprouted probiotic rice,
kimchi, shredded carrots, shredded beets, teriyaki almonds, garlic tahini dressing
Tiramisu – Cake: date paste, coconut oil, Himalayan salt, vanilla, almond flour,
almond milk, espresso, coconut oil; Filling: Irish moss, almond milk, date paste, cacao powder,
vanilla, salt, lecithin, coconut oil, agave; Whipped Cream: cashews, coconut milk, agave,
Himalayan salt, coconut oil, lecithin

Vegetarian options at the Hollywood Bowl

Vegetarian options at the Hollywood Bowl

Cold-Pressed Juice by Café Gratitude with kale, cucumber, apple, celery, lemon, ginger
Cold-Pressed Juice by Café Gratitude with grapefruit, apple, celery, mint

Gluten Free and Vegetarian offerings

Rooftop Grill

Inspired by PRG’s acclaimed Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse, the Rooftop Grill provides
the best cuts of meats in an al fresco setting overlooking the landmark music venue
Crab Louis salad, Jumbo lump crab, Gem lettuce, cucumber, heirloom tomato, avocado,
asparagus, hard cooked egg, Louis dressing

Ahi tuna tower, sashimi grade Ahi tuna, California avocado, soya onions,
oven roasted tomato, grilled scallion, yuzu ponzu sauce
A la carte mesquite grilled steaks including Rib-Eye, Filet Mignon and Flat Iron Steak
Crust and add-on selections include “Oscar style” and foie gras butter
Citrus marinated half-chicken, yuzu pico de gallo
San Luis chicken sausage, Tuscan kale “kraut”, pickled mustard seeds
Gooey cast iron chocolate chunk cookie, caramel, campfire marshmallow
Frog Hollow Farms stone fruit streusel, thyme brown butter, crème anglaise

Staccato

The perfect to-go spot for gourmet international street food before ticketholders head to their seats
The “Pool” Burger- 1 lbs. angus burger stuffed with foie gras, candied bacon,
gruyére cheese, baby arugula, black truffle aioli
Thai chicken sausage with pickled green papaya, jalapeno, cilantro, garlic aioli
Vegan BLT wrap by Café Gratitude with coconut bacon, tomato, chipotle cashew aioli
“Smokey Joes” Baby Back Ribs (1/2 rack) with fire roasted corn on the cob, creamy coleslaw
Korean short rib Hollywood “Bowl” with jasmine rice, scallions, grilled shishito peppers
Chocolate “Moon Pie” with caramel dipping sauce

Truffle Burger at the Hollywood Bowl

Foie Gras burger with Truffle

Hollywood Bowl Water Menu

International and domestic spring waters carefully selected by America’s only water sommelier Martin Riese
and available at Market Café, Rooftop Grill, Wine Bar, and through Box Services. Still Waters
Fiji, Fiji Islands; Waiakea, United States; Beverly Hills 9OH2O, United States; Iskilde, Denmark. Sparking Waters
Hildon, United Kingdom; Badoit, France; San Pellegrino, Italy; Vichy Catalan, Spain

Picnic Baskets

For those who want to arrive to the Bowl stress free without the hassle of bringing a meal, the picnic baskets make for a perfect alternative and can be ordered online prior to arrival.

Dandelion (serves two)
Honey stung golden fried chicken (8) with warm glazed cinnamon rolls (2)
Country style potato salad
Organic baby mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette
Summer strawberries with vanilla cream

Patina Chicken Wings with Ranch

Gracias Madre Vegan Picnic Basket (serves two)
Tempeh “chorizo” torta (2) with black beans, avocado, pico de gallo, pickled cabbage, cashew crema
House made tortilla chips
Guacamole
Roasted tomato salsa
Pumpkin seed Caesar salad with cashew Caesar dressing
Gluten free fudge brownie with cinnamon chocolate sauce

Desserts at the Hollywood Bowl
All picnic baskets feature eco-friendly picnic necessities.
For those interested in pre-made baskets to share, a selection is available through online ordering at www.patinagroup.com/bowl

About Patina Restaurant Group

Patina Restaurant Group (www.patinagroup.com) is a bicoastal boutique company and leader in the premium segment of the restaurant industry. In New York, its portfolio features the Michelin-starred Lincoln Ristorante, Stella 34 Trattoria at Macy’s Herald Square, The Sea Grill at Rockefeller Center, Brasserie, Brasserie 8 1/2, The Grand Tier Restaurant at the Metropolitan Opera, La Fonda Del Sol at Grand Central, and The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Other East Coast properties include Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli at the Epcot World Showcase in Orlando, FL.

On the West Coast its portfolio includes the renowned Los Angeles Times’ four-starred and Michelin-starred Patina Restaurant in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Café Pinot, Ray’s & Stark Bar, Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar, Nick and Stef’s Steakhouse, Catal and Naples in Anaheim’s Downtown Disney District®, Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge, Pinot Provence, and catering and food service in museums and cultural centers throughout California.

About Café Gratitude and Gracias Madre Café Gratitude is a collection of 100% organic restaurants that specialize in gourmet plant-based cuisine. The menu and environment is designed to support health and sustainability for both the community and the planet. The restaurant works closely with local farmers to serve organic produce at its peak of freshness with deference to seasonality. Originally founded in 2004 in San Francisco, Café Gratitude has three locations in Los Angeles (Downtown, Larchmont Village and Venice Beach), as well as restaurants in Santa Cruz, Berkeley, and Kansas City, Missouri with more on the way.

with Chef Fernando Darin of the Hollywood Bowl

with Chef Fernando Darin of the Hollywood Bowl

For more information on the Los Angeles locations, visit: cafegratitude.com, or follow along on Twitter and Facebook @CafeGratitudeLA, and Instagram @CafeGratitude.

Gracias Madre is an all-organic, plant-based Mexican restaurant in the West Hollywood area that serves seasonally-driven cuisine from Chef Chandra Gilbert. Produce is sourced from local farms, as well as Café Gratitude’s Be Love Farm in Vacaville, California. The restaurant is also known for Beverage Director Jason Eisner’s inspired agave-spirit based cocktail program that has garnered it recognition as one of the “Top Tequila Bars in Los Angeles.” The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit graciasmadreweho.com, or follow along on Twitter and Instagram @gmweho, and Facebook @GraciasMadreWeHo.


Hollywood Christmas Parade and Hollywood Hotel

Posted on by Bikini Lifestyles in Food

 

Hollywood Christmas Parade

Walk the world’s longest Red Carpet on Sunday, November 30, 2014 with The Hollywood Hotel.  For the first time in the hotel’s history, the team at Hollywood Hotel is inviting guests to walk with them on the world’s longest red carpet.  The 3.5 mile long red carpet takes you along the historic LA streets of Hollywood Blvd, Sunset Blvd, and Vine in the 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade.

Hollywood Hotel

In this exclusive package, this year the Hollywood Hotel team will be “wrangling” a giant The Elf on the Shelf balloon character accompanied by the beloved books’ co-creator Carole Aebersold.

Benefitting Toys for Tots, this year’s Grand Marshal is Stevie Wonder and guest co-hosts include Erik Estrada, Dean Cain, travel expert Laura McKenzie, and Montel Williams. Check out more details here http://thehollywoodchristmasparade.org/

The exclusive Hollywood Hotel’s Hollywood Christmas Parade Package: Reserve your room at the Hollywood Hotel over November 30, 2014 and guests can walk the parade route, help “wrangle” The Elf balloon, all while representing Hollywood Hotel. Room rates start at $154 per night/double occupancy (2 night minimum) and includes overnight stay, hot buffet breakfast, Wifi, Hollywood Hotel t-shirt and holiday hat to wear in the parade and, of course, walking in the parade.  PROMO CODE: XMAS.
Hollywood Hotel - Hollywood Christmas Parade - Official Photo

Hotel guests do not have to walk in the parade.  If you prefer to view the parade, the hotel is offering a 30% discount on Grand Stand seats for guests staying at the hotel.

For more information or reservations, call 1-800-800-9733 or local, (323) 315-1800. Or, visit hollywoodhotel.net or the Hollywood Hotel Facebook page.

About Hollywood Hotel
The original Hollywood Hotel was established in 1903 on Hollywood Boulevard, owned by H.J. Whitley, the tycoon credited with establishing Hollywood. It was known as “the” Hollywood hotel as the city began to grow with the advent of the silent film era. Rudolph Valentino, who lived in room 264; met and married his first wife, Jean Acker, there, and spent their honeymoon in his room. In 1967 Hollywood Hotel, was reestablished on Vermont Avenue and since then has become an icon in its own right. International athletes and dignitaries have stayed, to American celebrities such as Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore, Aidan Quinn, Jessica Biel, to John Krasinski and BJ Novak and Jason Rittter, all of whom have attended or performed at the hotel’s comedy club open mic nights.

The 130-room Hollywood Hotel is “where all the action begins in Hollywood.” Located in the center of the entertainment capital, the vibe of this intimate hotel is a comfortable, cosmopolitan meets vintage Hollywood glamour and steps away from shopping, world-class dining and cutting edge culture.

Hollywood Hotel is one of the most reasonably priced hotels in the city and offers incredible value in a central location. Guests start their day with a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, can later bask by the pool surrounded by gardens and sip a cocktail in the stylish outdoor bar and lounge after a day of sightseeing or shopping.

Hollywood Hotel
1160 Vermont Ave
Hollywood, CA 90029
(800) 800-9733
(323) 315-1800