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Rest and Revive at The Oaks at Ojai

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Rest and Revive at The Oaks at Ojai
The Oaks at Ojai encourages the youthful tranquility within

The Oaks at Ojai

A quick jaunt away from the hectic pace of Los Angeles rests a wellness oasis called The Oaks at Ojai. Located in the heart of the quaint town of Ojai, The Oaks at Ojai is spa, fitness, and wholesome food, all in one. Founded in 1977 by the forward thinking health advocate, Sheila Cluff, The Oaks at Ojai has become one of the most well-respected and often visited destination healing spa and wellness resorts in America. Going beyond a respite for weight loss, The Oaks embodies total wellness.

SheilaCluff doing pushups at age 80

SheilaCluff doing pushups at age 80

Cluff herself was not immune to weight gain having been a former champion ice skater. Upon retiring from professional skating, Cluff found her diet to be calorie high for the reduced exercise intensity. With a weight gain of 20+ pounds, Cluff decided to create a safe haven where women and men could experience healing rejuvenation, a restored sense of well-being and get on track with their health and fitness goals. “Whether it is to reboot healthy living practices or get started with a new regime,” shares Cluff, “It is my hope that guests take away a motivation and inspiration to make lifetime behavioral changes for healthy living.”

Hiking trails at The Oaks at Ojai

Hiking trails at The Oaks at Ojai

A pioneer in the healing health movement, Cluff was serving Potassium Broth for morning breaks from the get go, a tradition that continues to this day. “The fundamental values and core concepts of sound nutrition have always been a governing factor of The Oaks food philosophy,” Cluff explains. “Though there is nothing magical about our broth, it is a nutritionally dense snack to keep energy and satiety steady.”

Upon arrival, guests receive daily menus and an outline of fitness classes which begin each morning at six-thirty and continue until five each afternoon. Among the fitness activities are morning hikes into the Ojai mountains, aqua, dance, QiGong, yoga, and cardio sculpt classes. An on-site health director can provide a complimentary general wellness evaluation that includes weight, cholesterol check, and heart monitor and a personal journal is included to assist with goal setting, keeping track of spa appointments, fitness classes, and health and wellness lectures.

Pool at The Oaks at Ojai

Pool at The Oaks at Ojai

If resting is the priority, relax poolside, read underneath a tree on the resort lawn and visit their award-winning on-site spa for a total body treatment. Featuring a complete spa menu, choose from signature treatments such as a variety of massage, scrubs, and facials including Skin Authority “Fit & Firm” selections like the Fit & Firm VitAD Fortified Lifting Facial with AHA. Skin Authority’s skincare coaches follow-up after treatment to assist with personal skin care needs – an added bonus.

Chinese Chicken Salad at The Oaks at Ojai

Chinese Chicken Salad at The Oaks at Ojai

No wellness spa retreat would be complete without wholesome food. Executive Chef Christine Denney aims to help people “change their focal point” about food. “I strive to give a visual of what a healthy plate should look like and here, I serve the food in a way that guests don’t have to think about what or how much to eat,” shares Denney. Chef Denney enlists a “no added salt” attitude towards her menus, uses all-natural sugars in sparing quantities, and has expanded her selections to provide more options appealing to different groups including gluten-free, dairy-free, and adding items such as black bean noodles and quinoa. “It is appealing to be in a place where health and well-being is a priority,” says Chef Denney of her 10 years at The Oaks. “I, too, have lost over 50 pounds during my tenure just by creating a wellness focused practice daily.” Menu favorites among guests include Chef Denney’s famous Barley Burger, a vegetarian burger like no other, No-Cream Creamy Asparagus Soup with Lemon Pesto, Gluten-free Granola, and The Oaks Spa Bark – YUM!

Spa Bark at The Oaks at Ojai

Spa Bark at The Oaks at Ojai

An exclusive and affordable spa and wellness resort designed to promote a sense of youthful tranquility, The Oaks at Ojai features 46 rooms and suites available at private and shared rates. Special pricing packages and day spa programs also available. Visit the website at OaksSpa.com for details.

The Oaks at Ojai fig trees

The Oaks at Ojai fig trees

The Oaks at Ojai
122 East Ojai Avenue
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 646-5573
oaksspa.com


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)


Creative Arts Ball EMMY Awards 2015

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Creative Arts Ball EMMY Awards Ball 2015

67th EMMYs

Following Saturday’s 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater, nearly 3,500 guests including Emmy winners and nominees attended the 2015 Creative Arts Ball at the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Themed “Reigning with Radiance,” attendees celebrated under glimmering cascading crystal chandeliers, dined on a three course meal by Patina Catering, wines by Penfolds, and chocolates by Cellar Door Chocolates.

EMMY Awards Main Course

Emmy winners in attendance included: Anthony Bourdain (Outstanding Informational Series, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown)

EMMY winner AnthonyBourdain

Anthony Bourdain

Bradley Whitford (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Transparent), Chris Hardwick (Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media – Social TV Experience, @Midnight with Chris Hardwick), Derek Hough (Outstanding Choreography, Dancing With The Stars)

Jane Lynch (Outstanding Host for a Reality-Competition Program, Hollywood Game Night)

EMMY Winner Jane Lynch

EMMY Winner Jane Lynch

Julianne Hough (Outstanding Choreography, Dancing With The Stars), Margo Martindale (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, The Americans), Reg E. Cathey (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, House of Cards), Tessandra Chavez (Outstanding Choreography, Dancing With The Stars), Travis Wall (Outstanding Choreography, So You Think You Can Dance), and more.

EMMY winner Julianne Hough

EMMY winner Julianne Hough

Additional guests included Beau Bridges (Masters of Sex), Blake Michael (Dog with a Blog), Brooks Laich (NHL Washington Capitals), Darren Criss (American Horror Story, Glee), Drew Scott (Property Brothers), Fred Willard (Modern Family), G. Hannelius (Dog with a Blog), Jill Soloway (Transparent), Jonathan Scott (Property Brothers), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Lydia Hearst, Mae Whitman (Parenthood), Matthew Weiner (Mad Men), Mel Brooks (A Tribute To Mel Brooks), Neil deGrasse Tyson (Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey), Rowan Blanchard (Girl Meets World), and Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World).

Watch the 67th Annual Primetime EMMY Awards Sunday, September 20 on FOX at 5pmPT / 8pm ET. Following the Primetime EMMY Awards is the Governors Ball… the signature gourmet dinner attended by EMMY winners, nominees, guests and television industry professionals. For more information, visit EMMYS.com

For EMMY Award winning recipes for your EMMY party, visit thebikinichef.com


Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival 2015

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Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival 2015

Los Angeles Food and Wine 2015

The LOS ANGELES FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL pours on the revelry with marquee wine seminars and Lexus “Signature Series” featuring Intimate Dining Experiences with Lexus Culinary Master Carol Mirarchi, Michael Chiarello, and Michelle Bernstein

LA Food & Wine Lexus Culinary Master Michael Chiarello

Lexus Culinary Master Michael Chiarello

In addition, participating chefs at the 5th Anniversary of Los Angeles Food & Wine will be debuting festival partner Chef Works’ new extension of their Urban Collection of uniform apparel and products, as they treat guests to three-nights and four-days of tastings, dinners, lunches, seminars, cooking demonstrations at the annual culinary jubilee.

LA Food & Wine Lexus Culinary Master Carlo Mirarchi

Lexus Culinary Master Carlo Mirarchi

Los Angeles Food & Wine, produced by Coastal Luxury Management and presented with founding partners FOOD & WINE and Lexus, announces additional programming for festival goers, including three exclusive wine seminars set to be held at Faith & Flower.

LA Food & Wine Lexus Culinary Master Michelle Bernstein

LA Food & Wine Lexus Culinary Master Michelle Bernstein

The Lexus Signature Series will feature three intimate guest dining experiences at Milk Studios with Lexus Culinary Masters Carlo Mirarchi, Michelle Bernstein, and Michael Chiarello. In addition, festival partner Chef Works will debut products from their new line, as participating chefs don the newest Chef Works apparel collection.

Celebrating its 5th anniversary, Los Angeles Food & Wine is set to take place August 27-August 30. Master sommeliers, local chefs, and the food world’s biggest culinary stars once again meet head-to-head as the best of the Los Angeles culinary scene takes over the city of Los Angeles for the unprecedented three-night and four-day extravaganza.

On sale now, tickets for individual events range from $50-$350, with package and VIP options starting at $650.

The Lexus Signature Series of events will give festival guests the opportunity to experience three memorable dining events, including:

  • A Dining Experience with Lexus Culinary Master Carlo Mirarchi (Thursday, August 27, 7pm-10pm): Lexus has partnered with the creative minds behind New York City’s Spring Street Social Societyto present The Lexus Signature Series, A Dining Experience with Lexus Culinary Master Carlo Mirarchi, dedicated to fine food, wine and cocktails—all with some surprising twists. Hosted by Spring Street Social Society founder and Instagram notable @AGuyNamedPatrick, the menu highlights the inventive epicurean style of  Mirarchi, the talent and owner behind Brooklyn restaurants Blanca and Roberta’s.
  • A Supper with Lexus Culinary Master Michael Chiarello (Friday, August 28, 7pm-10pm): This installment in the Lexus Signature Series promises to be a memorable evening with a prolific multicourse dinner prepared by celebrity chef and one of the founding Lexus Culinary Masters, Michael Chiarello.
  • The Definitive “Boozy Brunch” with Lexus Culinary Master Michelle Bernstein (Saturday, August 29, 12noon-2pm): For the first time ever, Los Angeles Food & Wine will feature an adventurous and soul-pleasing brunch, curated by Lexus, showcasing Lexus Culinary Master, Michelle Bernstein from Cena by Michy in Miami. As you soak in the L.A. sunshine, be prepared to energize your senses with a brunch experience you won’t soon forget. With hand-crafted cocktails and a live performance from DJ Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots,brunch will never be the same.

Miraval Provence at LA Food and Wine

Just added, the three wine seminars will all be held at Faith & Flower in Downtown Los Angeles, and with extremely limited seating, oenophiles will have intimate one-on-one access to the wine world’s most revered experts as guests taste and learn more about some of the world’s most prestigious wines:

  • Next Generation Cult Cabernets (Saturday, August 29, 11am-12:15pm): Is cult cab dead?  Despite the rough economic waters that have indubitably changed the wine market, purveyors of “perfect” cabernet sauvignon still have a critical role to play on the international stage.
  • The World of Super Tuscans (Saturday, August 29, 4:30pm-5:45pm): When a Typical Regional Wine (IGT – Indicazione Geografica Tipica) is of such spectacular quality that the term ‘typical’ just does not fit, enter The SUPER TUSCANS. A Super Tuscan is the final expression of quality and skill of winemaking of a wine producer and his enologist. While a vertical of several vintages of one such wine is a much desired experience, Los Angeles Food & Wine has decided to make this occasion extra special by bringing them ALL to the table at once.
  • Krug Champagne & Black River Caviar (Sunday, August 30, 11am-12:15pm): Legendary Champagne Krug paired with a decadent tasting of Black River Caviar. Luxury epitomized, this is THE event to attend for anyone who loves champagne and caviar, its parallel in extravagance.
Graham Elliott at Los Angeles Food and Wine

Graham Elliott at LA Food and Wine 2014

Set to debut at the festival, Chef Works (ChefWorks.com) will release their new Q3 pieces by outfitting all participating culinary officials. Drawing on the success of the 2014 Urban Collection, the new Chef Works products join an existing collection of stylish aprons, chef coats, and kitchen/front-of-house shirt offerings. The new product line includes over 60 new pieces and features new details such as added pockets, back-of-the-neck apron tabs, 2-way zippers and stretch, mesh panels.

Please continue to visit LAFW.com for updates and details on full programming of events, chefs, wineries, sommeliers, mixologists, and culinary talent participating at the 5th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine festival.

Thursday, August 27 through Sunday, August 30, 2015

Headquartered in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, with main events taking place directly in front of the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall (with closures along Grand Avenue, between 1st and 3rd street), the 5th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine festival will also feature tastings, dinners, lunches, seminars, cooking demonstrations, and special events located across parts of greater Los Angeles including Downtown, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and more.

TICKETS:Tickets are available to purchase by visiting LAFW.com or by calling 855-433-LAFW (5239)

SOCIAL MEDIA:Facebook (@lafoodwine)
Twitter (@lafoodwine)
Instagram (@lafoodwine)
Pinterest (@lafoodwine)
#lafoodwine

SPONSORS/PARTNERS: 2015 sponsors for Los Angeles Food & Wine include: Food & Wine, Lexus, Whole Foods, Hendricks, Stella Artois, Driscolls, Chase Private Client, Chef Works, Classic Party Rentals, Plated, TyKu and Vessel. The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival has supported Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, St. Vincent Meals on Wheels and other L.A. based charitable endeavors.

ABOUT FOOD & WINE

FOOD & WINE is the ultimate authority on the best of what’s new in food, drink, travel, design, and entertaining. FOOD & WINE has an extensive social media following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Foursquare. FOOD & WINE includes a monthly magazine; digital editions on the iPad, Kindle Fire and Nook Color; a website, foodandwine.com; a books division; FWx, a digital brand and website for millennials; plus newsletters, clubs, events around the globe and a restaurant partnership, Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE.

ABOUT COASTAL LUXURY MANAGEMENT, LLC:

Coastal Luxury Management, LLC (CLM), co-founded and managed by CEO David Alan Bernahl II, creates unique experiential opportunities in the hospitality, entertainment, restaurant, and event sectors. In addition to being named one of Inc. Magazine’s “Top Food & Beverage Companies” in 2012 and 2013, CLM has also been included in the annual Inc. 500/5000 ranking of the fastest-growing privately owned companies in the United States for the past two years. CLM produces Pebble Beach Food & Wine and the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, both known for bringing together the highest caliber of culinary and wine talents to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. CLM’s catering division, Coastal Luxury Catering, combines the company’s restaurant and event divisions to offer full-service event planning and catering services for a variety of social, corporate, and non-profit events throughout the country. CLM’s restaurant division includes: Restaurant 1833, named one of Robb Report’s 2012 “Best of the Best” and a James Beard Foundation 2012 “Best New Restaurant” nominee; Cannery Row Brewing Company, home to one of the largest draft and bottled craft beer selections in Central California; and the acclaimed Downtown Los Angeles restaurant, Faith & Flower, an Esquire magazine 2014 “Best New Restaurant” recipient. In the winter of 2013, through their continued partnership with hospitality entrepreneur Charles Banks, CLM launched Vessel. Aimed towards redefining the way people dine. Vessel offers a highly curated selection of glassware and tabletop accessories sourced from across the globe for retail consumers and restaurant venues. For more information about Coastal Luxury Management, please contact media@clm-ca.com.

ABOUT LEXUS

Lexus launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers. Lexus is now going beyond its reputation for high quality vehicles with the integration of innovative technology, emotional exterior and interior designs, and engaging driving dynamics and performance. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and one F performance model. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 235 dealers who are committed to exemplary customer service

ABOUT CHEF WORKS:

Chef Works, Inc. is a worldwide culinary apparel manufacturing and distribution solution for the culinary, hotel, restaurant and food service industries. Offering cost-effective and efficient alternatives for companies of all sizes, Chef Works is the leader in uniform supply management, brand continuity, online ordering, on-site embroidery, personalized reporting, budget coordination and uniform design and distribution. As a company with its finger on the pulse of the industry, Chef Works continues to provide new and unique products for all service industries.

Chef Works is currently in over 60 countries around the world. As a global culinary apparel brand, Chef Works successfully manufactures and distributes high quality culinary apparel internationally. They remain resolute in their mission to provide the best-quality products at the most competitive prices, focusing all of their efforts to ensure complete satisfaction and meet, or exceed, expectations for high-quality, well-designed, comfortable uniforms alongside superior customer service. For more information, visit www.chefworks.com.


The Plant Seafood Tower Arrives at Crossroads

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The Plant Seafood Tower Arrives at Crossroads

Crossroads logo
Prominent Chef and Owner Tal Ronnen and Executive Chef Scot Jones push the envelope with a plant-based interpretation of the classic fruits de mer inspired by treasures from the earth and sea

After re-defining the dining experience with a focus on imaginative plant-based fare together with a creative cocktail program, Crossroads, continues to push the envelope once again with the introduction of an unprecedented Crossroads Seafood Tower (Market Price).

Lobster mushrooms seafood tower

Lobster Mushrooms

Available for a limited-engagement, now through mid-September only, the tower spotlights some of the worlds most coveted and hard-to-find ingredients including the star of the dish – Lobster Mushrooms grown in Southern Oregon. The Lobster Mushroom grows in very limited quantities and are exclusively available during late-summer only. “Lobster Mushrooms are true treasures of the earth,” says Chef and Owner Tal Ronnen. “The naturally seafood-like flavor of Lobster Mushrooms inspired the tower and it all developed from there.”

The Crossroads Seafood Tower transforms the dining experience offering an endless array of distinct and one-of-a-kind items, and is a perfect start to the evening whether paired with a cocktail or a glass of rosé.

The two-level tower showcases a platter of only the most precious ingredients such as the Hearts of Palms used for the Calamari. Recognized as the Peach Palm, Ronnen sought this particular purveyor, One Earth Farm, located in Costa Rica who is cultivating the product with sustainable practices in mind. Delicately placed on a layer of rock salt and ice, accoutrements of mignonette, house cocktail, and tartar sauces complement the Oyster Shooters, which include shitake mushrooms poached in olive oil and kombu seaweed and served with a choice of tequila or vodka.

Plant seafood tower

Plant seafood tower from Crossroads

Explosive flavors and bold ingredients will continue to captivate the palate as diners enjoy Clams Casino featuring smoked shallots which evoke the flavors of bacon, as well as Oyster Shell Rockefeller, and a Crab Louie Salad along with a smoked “Lox” made entirely of heirloom carrots and topped with kelp caviar. In the spirit of the east coast tradition, housemade Parker House Rolls are served alongside the tower. Building off of the beloved restaurants’ highly touted Artichoke Oysters, the introduction of the Crossroads Seafood Tower captures the flavors and essence of the sea and earth, yet changes the perception of a traditional seafood tower with the added benefits of excluding eggs, dairy, and high-cholesterol foods such as shellfish and seafood.

The plant seafood tower is available through mid-September only

Crossroads
8284 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
323.782.9245
www.CrossroadsKitchen.com
Thursday-Saturday and Sunday brunch10 a.m.- 2 p.m
Lunch is available Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Dinner nightly Friday-Saturday 5 p.m.- 12 a.m.
Sunday-Thursday 5p.m. – 10 p.m.
Valet parking is available.

Reservations recommended by calling 323.782.9245

Facebook (CrossroadsKitchen)
Twitter (@Crossroads8284)

ABOUT CROSSROADS:

Crossroads is an inviting and inclusive 3,000-square foot restaurant from chef/owner Tal Ronnen that features an imaginative and ever-changing menu of modern and artfully plated dishes approached in a conscious manner.

Voted “Best Vegetarian Restaurant” collectively two-years in a row by LA Weekly; “Top Ten Best New Restaurant” by Los Angeles Magazine critic Patric Kuh; and “Top 20 Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants Around the Country” by FOOD & WINE Magazine, the contemporary seasonal Mediterranean fare is helmed by Executive Chef Scot Jones. The luxurious setting is a landmark dining destination within Los Angeles, achieving an unparalleled level of environment, service, and culinary execution.

The restaurant can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.


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

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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


Capri, Italy Comes to Warwick Los Angeles

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Capri, Italy Comes to Warwick Los Angeles
Warwick LA

Warwick, the chic after-bar and night club in Hollywood celebrates its Summer re-design by bringing the beautiful and playful island of Capri to Los Angeles. The Italian-inspired décor and cocktail menu debuted at the beginning of the Summer season and will continue til Fall.
Welcome to Warwick

Seen at the Summer launch event were LA fashionistas, top LA media such as KTTV FOX 11’s Susan Hirasuna and the quintessential Summer Diva herself, Donna Summer. Guests enjoyed small bites such as Raspberry Tarts, Petit Chocolate Eclairs, and an Ice Cream cart.

Ice cream girls at the Warwick LA

Ice cream cart and “Capri” girls at the Warwick LA

Warwick, the season-themed after dark bar and lounge transforms its décor several times a year and offers delightfully attentive service with a smile from some of LA’s most chic and savvy hostesses.

Service Capri style at the Warwick LA

Service Capri style at the Warwick LA

This Summer’s Capri theme creates an inviting, sultry Amalfi Coast vibe with shades of oceanic blue, limoncello yellow, fresh pink florals so luscious one is easily transported to the romantic, luxury destination. Patterned canopies, true-to-life lemon trees, twinkle lights and delicate swaying lanterns surround the lower level which boasts two enchanting fireplaces and spacious, comfy seating where guests can enjoy bottle service of some of the finest wines, champagnes, and spirits or sip on refreshing craft cocktails made in the spirit of Capri.

Warwick Summer 2015 Capri

Fresh menu additions include the Cocchi Sangria made with Cocchi Americano, strawberry, vanilla, lemon, and soda; Raspberry Poloma with tequila, raspberry, grapefruit, lime, vanilla sea salt, soda, and agave; and Limoncello Slushy to lighten the palate with Capri’s staple liqueur.
the bar at the Warwick

Upstairs, the loft-type room has been transformed into the Rose’ Room. Ensconced in flirty shades of pink amongst the pearl white walls and décor, the Rose’ Room is accented with alluring fresh roses and serves everything rose’. From prosecco to champagne, the Rose’ Room has sumptuous wines and bubbly including Dom Perignon Rose’.
The Rose Room at the Warwick LA

Since its opening in 2013, Warwick has become an ever-evolving gathering place for Los Angeles nightlife. Its seasonal, thematic redesigns are crafted to keep guests on their toes and transport them to different cultural experiences around the world. Past incarnations at Warwick include a playful nautical motif in Spring 2014 and a nod to 1940s Hollywood through Film Noir in Fall 2014. With this summer’s total remodel, guests can expect to be swept away to Southern Italy where they will experience the flirtatious lure of a bright and whimsical Summer hideaway.

the Warwick LA

Warwick
6507 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
warwickla.com323.460.6667
Open Wednesdays through Saturday, 9pm to 2am
Reservations, email reservations@warwickla.com or call (323) 460-6667
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Capri style at the Warwick this summer


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.


American Airlines and Qantas, LAX to Sydney

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American Airlines and Qantas, LAX to Sydney
American Airlines and Australia

Two bikini lifestyle destinations team up to bring you premium comfort service in their new flights between Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia. American Airlines and Qantas Airways  expand their joint business by providing new service between the United States and Australia. American will offer new daily, nonstop flights between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Sydney Airport (SYD) with its flagship Boeing 777-300ER, pending regulatory approvals.

American Qantas team

American Qantas team

“Qantas has been a fantastic partner through oneworld® and our joint business relationship, and strengthening those ties has provided us with a solid foundation to introduce American-operated flights into the Australian region,” said Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of American Airlines. “Our customers have asked us to broaden our reach to important business destinations across the Pacific, and flying our flagship aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER, to Sydney, will provide another world-class travel experience from our key gateway at LAX.”

American Airlines touchdown Australia
American’s new service between LAX and SYD will be operated by the state-of-the-art, three-class Boeing 777-300ER with best-in-class premium customer offerings. The aircraft’s products and services feature all-aisle access, fully lie-flat seats and a walk-up bar in the premium cabins; Main Cabin Extra seating provides more legroom; and all seats feature personal, in-seat entertainment screens with up to 250 movies, over 180 TV programs and more than 350 audio selections, international Wi-Fi capability, and universal AC power outlets and USB ports.

As the world’s largest airline, American continues its investment in Los Angeles by enhancing its international reach. This development represents the natural evolution of the alliance between American and Qantas with revenue sharing and other agreements that provide the carriers with a platform for further growth, closer commercial ties, and an even more seamless customer experience on routes between North America and Australia/New Zealand.

Entry premium cabin bar American Airlines

Entry premium cabin bar

“Adding Sydney further strengthens LAX as American’s trans-Pacific gateway and gives our customers direct access to another one of the world’s great cities,” said J.C. Liscano, American’s managing director of its LAX hub. “American is the industry leader when it comes to offering an exclusive travel experience in LAX with Flagship Check-In, Five Star service, and our Flagship Lounge. Partnering with Qantas will give our customers even more access to tremendous personal service.”

Through their joint business, Qantas and American provide increased connectivity to destinations beyond their key gateways. Customers traveling from North America have access to nearly 60 additional destinations throughout Australia and New Zealand when connecting from Qantas’ trans-Pacific routes from Sydney.

Customers traveling from Australia can access more than 150 destinations throughout North America on American’s extensive network from LAX, SFO and Dallas/Fort Worth. This includes transcontinental service to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) from LAX and SFO on the only true three-class aircraft on those routes, the Airbus A321T.

In early 2016, Qantas will begin operating service six times per week between SYD and San Francisco International Airport (SFO), adding another key destination for business and leisure customers with more options when traveling across the Pacific.

American Airlines at LAX

American has served Greater Los Angeles for more than 80 years. With nearly 200 daily departures operated by the youngest fleet among global network carriers in the U.S. and unmatched premium services on the ground, American has a rich history as the premier airline at LAX with the most domestic and international destinations.

The Youngest Fleet with the Most Premium Offerings

In December 2014, American announced an investment of more than $2 billion in the customer experience. These investments include more fully lie-flat seats; upgraded aircraft interiors; more international Wi-Fi; more in-flight entertainment options and charging power for customers in all cabins; and an improved airport experience with faster, more reliable kiosks and refreshed gate and ticketing areas. This is all in addition to American’s historic fleet renewal, during which it expects to take delivery of 75 new mainline aircraft in 2015. American is adding new aircraft on routes which cater to a wide breadth of industries–entertainment, energy, technology, manufacturing, banking and finance, among others–to best meet the flying needs of the second largest air travel market in the U.S.

About American Airlines Group

American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) is the holding company for American Airlines and US Airways. Together with regional partners, operating as American Eagle and US Airways Express, the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. This year American topped Fortune Magazine’s list of best business turnarounds and its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.

Investing in the Future
American is investing more than $2 billion in the customer experience, which includes a redesign of the
LAX Admirals Club lounge. These investments also include adding more fully lie-flat seats on aircraft;
upgraded aircraft interiors; more international Wi-Fi; more in-flight entertainment options and charging
power for customers in all cabins; and an improved airport experience with faster, more reliable kiosks
and refreshed gate and ticketing areas. For more information about American’s investment in the
customer experience, visit aa.com/goingforgreat.
Supporting Los Angeles
American has served greater Los Angeles for more than 80 years and continues to strengthen its ties to
the entertainment industry by sponsoring the American Film Institute, the LA Film Festival, the Film
Independent Spirit Awards, the LA Chapter of British Academy of Film and TV Arts, Universal Music
Group’s Grammy Showcase and the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers.


Fig and Olive NB and MP for Mother’s Day

Posted on by Bikini Lifestyles in Food

Live in Orange County or Los Angeles? Take mom to France for Mother’s Day this year by dining at Fig and Olive Newport Beach or Melrose Place.

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On Mother’s Day, May 10, celebrate at Fig and Olive Newport Beach with an Exclusive French Riviera-inspired 3-course Brunch or Dinner… Brunch, $40*; Dinner, $52*.

Seasonally driven cuisine alongside a selection of signature retail gifts including infused olive oils, vinegars, candles, music, and more make the perfect pampering gift for mom on her special day.
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FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach —Fashion Island’s olive oil oasis—will offer seasonally driven three-course prix fixe Mother’s Day brunch ($40*) and dinner ($52*) menus. FIG & OLIVE serves vibrant French Riviera-inspired cuisine beginning every meal with a signature olive oil tasting to highlight the restaurant’s retail collection of olive oils. FIG & OLIVE’s kids’ menu is available in addition to the Easter menus for pint size foodies featuring dishes such as ¼ Roasted Chicken with Herbs de Provence, rosemary, garlic, lemon, and mashed potato and the F&O Pizza with tomato, mozzarella, and basil.

Featured dishes on the Mother’s Day brunch and dinner menus include:
Brunch

§ Maine Lobster Bisque – Pimenton chive mascarpone and olive oil crackers (with lobster +$6)

§ French Omelet – fine herbs, scallion, chive, asparagus, and goat cheese, served with Mediterranean fries and mixed greens

§ Riviera Salmon – seared salmon, grilled asparagus, braised fennel, and pea purée with Koroneiki olive oil emulsion, lemon zest, and basil infused olive oil

§ Nougat Glacé – nougat ice cream made with toasted pistachio, caramelized almond, olive oil crisp, orange marmalade, honey, and orange infused olive oil with micro-basil
zucchini blossom

Dinner

§ Octopus a la Gallega – thinly sliced braised octopus, marinated bell pepper, heirloom potato, black olive, basil, arugula, Pimenton lemon dressing, and Cobrancosa olive oil

§ Zucchini Blossom & Goat Cheese Ravioli – housemade goat cheese ravioli, zucchini emulsion, tomato confit, crispy zucchini blossom with parmesan, and shaved ricotta salata with Arbequina olive oil

§ Fig & Gorgonzola Risotto – Arborio rice, gorgonzola, fig, mascarpone, fig balsamic, scallion, parmesan, and 18 year balsamic

§ Panna Cotta a L’orange – orange panna cotta with cookie crumble and basil strawberry jam
dessert crostini

*Three-course prix-fixe brunch menu is $40 per person and dinner is $52 per person (excluding tax & gratuity) Space is limited; Reservations strongly recommended. Reservations can be made by calling 949.877.3005 or by visiting OpenTable

In addition, guests can treat mothers to FIG & OLIVE’s retail collection available at the restaurant and online. Signature items include:

§ Infused olive oils, such as blood orange, white truffle, Meyer lemon, and basil ($16-22)

§ Mandarin-scented soy candle ($28)

§ FIG & OLIVE music collection ($14) by St. Tropez celebrity DJ Julien Nolan. The eclectic, yet well-balanced CD features tracks inspired by the elegant lifestyle of the South of France from artists such as Andhim, Isaac Delusion, and Imogen Heap to transport listeners to the Provençal regions of France. The candle and CD can also be purchased together for $35.
fig and olive signature cd

FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach
Fashion Island
151 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 877-3005
www.figandolive.com
Brunch: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Dinner: 5:30pm – 10:00pm

About FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach

FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach is located on 401 Newport Center Dr., Suite 151 at Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA. The restaurant serves French Riviera-inspired fare in an approachable setting suitable for any occasion. FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach is open for dinner daily from 5:00 – 11:00 p.m. on Monday – Sunday. The restaurant is also open for lunch Monday – Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. From Monday – Sunday from 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. a bar & lounge menu is available. Aperitivo menu is served from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. daily (only available at the bar). Weekend brunch is offered Saturday – Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. On special holidays and private events, FIG & OLIVE’s lively ambiance is amplified with soulful house and new Downtempo music by St. Tropez‘s celebrity DJ Julien Nolan. Reservations can be made by calling 212.924.1200 and walk-ins are welcome. For more information on the restaurant, please visit www.FigandOlive.com or Facebook and Twitter.

FIG & OLIVE Melrose Place

West Hollywood’s olive oil oasis—will offer seasonally driven three-course prix fixe Mother’s Day brunch ($40*) and dinner ($52*) menus. Frequented by A-list celebrity moms including Halle Berry, Jessica Simpson, and Reese Witherspoon, to name a select few, FIG & OLIVE serves vibrant French Riviera-inspired cuisine paired with signature olive oils.

Featured brunch items:
Fig and Gorgonzola Risotto
Fig and Gorgonzola Risotto

Nougat Glace
Nougat Glace

Fig and Olive MP
8490 Melrose Place
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100
www.figandolive.com