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Hollywood Bowl 2015 Season Opens June 20th!

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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.


Spook-tacular Halloween in the OC

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Spook-tacular Halloween in the OC
How lucky are we that Halloween falls on a FRIDAY this year?! Stay up to the Hallo-“wee”-n hours. Sleep in on Saturday. Perhaps even keep the Halloween-weekend going with a party on Saturday like my crazy, fun neighbors do. Dressing up and going out? Hire a car to drive you around to these not-to-miss events in the OC – Orange County, that is:

Yelloween

If “Yelloween” makes no sense to you at this moment, trust me when I say when my day is done, I want to go out sipping the deliciously decadent “yellow label” Veuve Cliquot through a straw in a marble bathtub. But, you don’t have to wait until that scary day to sip this anything-but-scary champagne, Veuve Cliquot, on a Halloween sort of day. Head to Fig and Olive Newport Beach for their “Yelloween” Spook-tacular night.

In the spirit of Halloween, FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach is partnering with Veuve Clicquot on Friday, October 31 from 9:30pm – 1:00am to host an enchanted “Yelloween” party. Orange County residents are invited to Fashion Island to celebrate the spooky holiday in style with Halloween cocktails, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, special décor, and a Yelloween photo booth. The bewitching bash will be amplified with soulful house and new Downtempo music by St. Tropez‘s celebrity DJ Julien Nolan.

Guests can sit in the lounge—complete with Veuve Clicquot Champagne and a complimentary dessert plate (limited seating available)—or reserve a table in the dining room to enjoy a prix-fixe menu ($45) or à la carte options. Walk-ins are welcome to enjoy the spirited festivities, though reservations are strongly encouraged. Lounge reservations can be made by emailing: yelloween@figandolive.com. Dining reservations can be made by calling 949.877.3005;  Or, experience the…

**Costume Contest…

If Newport Beach is not your spook-tacular locale of the night OR, if you are ready for a “two-party” Halloween evening, head just a few miles south to the newly opened Tortilla Republic Laguna Beach where Executive Chef Chris Tzorin and his team are hosting the first-ever “Boo Ball” complete with spooky-yet-tasty fare:

Tortilla Republic Halloween

With ocean views and breezes from nearly every seat in the house, Tortilla Republic Laguna Beach hosts its Inaugural Boo Ball. Offering a costume contest at midnight and an “Adult trick or treat” and photo booth all night long beginning at the eerily hour of 8pm.

From 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Tortilla Republic will provide a Boo Bites menu, which includes Seared Albacore Tuna Bites with ancho Chile crusted, mango & radish slaw, avocado, and salted chili lime; Huarache de Hongos Bites with crispy corn flatbread, cremini & oyster mushrooms, roasted shallots, baby arugula, and Monterey Jack & Manchego cheese; TR Boo Sliders with three mini hamburgers featuring premium American Wagyu beef, roasted poblano, caramelized onion, chipotle aioli, watercress, and sweet potato fries with cilantro & lime zest; and Prime Tenderloin Steak Taco with fajita rub, salsa de mesa, and tequila slaw.

Whether a one-party, two-party, or group night out event, please don’t drink and drive. Call Uber, have a friend drive, hire a limo for the night, dress up and let someone else do the driving. Spooky-fun is fantastic. Anything else… not worth it. Safety first, fun second!

Fig and Olive Newport Beach
151 Newport Center Drive
Fashion Island
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 877-3005

Tortilla Republic Laguna Beach
480 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 393-4888


Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

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Fourth Annual LA Food & Wine

4th Annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

LAFW 2014 downtown
Over a balmy August weekend, celebrity chefs from all around the world converged in Los Angeles for the fourth annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival. Produced by Coastal Luxury Management, LLC which also produces the star-studded Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival now in its 8th year, this year’s festival highlights included the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Celebrity Chef Challenge, Asian Night Market with Iron Chef Morimoto, tribute dinner to culinary icon, Nancy Silverton, and Grand Tasting events both Saturday and Sunday with participation from over 100 restaurants and 150 wineries representing some of the top culinary talent in the Nation.

Iron Chef Morimoto Iron Chef Morimoto

This unforgettable gastronomic culinary immersion took place over 4 days in the heart of downtown Los Angeles with smaller culinary events transpiring in nearly every part of the city. Festivities kicked off on Thursday night with the Ultimate Bites of LA presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred®.
Chase Sapphire Preferred Chef Challenge winners board

The red carpet event was attended by celebrities and culinary stars such as Ben Ford, Lorena Garcia, Michael Chiarello, and festival CEO and co-founder, David Bernahl. Amid the fanfare, the first-ever chef challenge presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred® revealed the winning champion chef team of Fabio Viviani and Ray Garcia.
Chase Sapphire Preferred Chef Challenge winners 2014
Viviani and Garcia won the best street taco and cocktail challenge by impressing judges, including Food & Wine magazine’s Justin Chapple, with their Mango Chicharron Chile Relleno Taco. The grand prize of $20,000 was presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred® and benefitted the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
Chefs Viviani and Garcia preparing their tacos
Friday’s Power Lunch series stretched from Santa Monica’s One Pico with Elizabeth Falkner to Sven Mede, to Downtown LA’s Faith & Flower where Ferguson Crest wines, owned by Fergie Duhamel of the Black Eyed Peas, paired wines with Dominique Crenn and Executive Chef Michael Hung’s inspiring menu.
Elizabeth Falkner
Food and wine never tasted more inviting into the night than at the Asian Night Market where hundreds of food lovers enjoyed sashimi, 5-spice pork belly taco from Jet Tila, Chris Oh’s “Flaming Ball” from Seoul Sausage, and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s Chicken Dumpling who gracefully pleased legions of fans by participating in selfies and fan photos. Other highlights included a Lamb Ramen from EggSlut’s Alvin Cailan.
Asian Night Market
Saturday and Sunday’s afternoon Grand Tasting events certainly held up to their name with seminars, cooking demonstrations, book signings and the Lexus Grand Tastings held at LA Center Studios where chefs dished out signature fare and top wines poured all day and into the night.

Chef John Cox sharing sea urchin Chef John Cox sharing sea urchin

Kicking off the Saturday evening grand event was a live performance by Common for the Lexus LIVE on Grand event hosted by Michael Chiarello. Then, sounds Afro-Caribbean style music from the children’s ensemble amaWolseley Marimbas flowed through the air while guests enjoyed a putting green and patio lounge and cocktails in the Airstream 2Go from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Hitching Post wines
Just a few steps away at the beautiful Cathedral of St. Vibiana in downtown, Dinner with the Michelin Stars served up culinary decadence with chefs such as Michael Cimarusti, Dominique Crenn, David Kinch, and Pierre Gagnaire whom I had the pleasure to meet at a private Mandarin Oriental event in West Hollywood.

with Chef Pierre Gagnaire of Mandarin Oriental with Chef Pierre Gagnaire of Mandarin Oriental

As mentioned above, the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival is now in its fourth year. Generously supported by Food & Wine magazine, Lexus, The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, JENN-AIR, Delta Airlines and Chase Sapphire Preferred®, the four-day epicurean event showcases the finest in food and drink throughout Los Angeles.
Graham Elliott Graham Elliott
The star-studded lineup has included celebrated chefs such as Giada DeLaurentiis, Graham Elliott, Curtis Stone, Michael Chiarello, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Thomas Keller along with LA favorites Michael Voltaggio, Rory Herrmann, and Matsuhisa Nobu.

Chef Luigi Fineo at LAFW 2014 Chef Luigi Fineo at LAFW 2014

A Coastal Luxury Management, LLC (CLM) production, co-founder and manager David Alan Bernahl II creates unique experiential opportunities in the hospitality, entertainment, restaurant, and event sectors. Named 2012 and 2013 by Inc Magazine as one of the “Top Food & Beverage Companies”, CLM has also been included int he annual Inc 500/5000 ranking of the fastest-growing privately owned companies in the United States.

Challengers, Chefs Elliott and Ford Challengers, Chefs Elliott and Ford

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Susan with Iron Chef Morimoto
Goose Island Pale Ale
Miraval Provence
Chefs Viviani and Garcia before the win