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Sofitel and Trimbach Wines – The Perfect Pairing

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Trimbach Winemaker dinner

Sofitel and Trimbach Wines : The Perfect Pairing

Sofitel Wine Days

As Sofitel closed out another successful celebration of wine and food during Sofitel Wine Days, I had the pleasure of meeting one of the premiere featured winemakers at the Trimbach Winemaker dinner. Trimbach wines are harvested and bottled in the Alsace region of France, which is located along the fartherest eastern border of France. Situated along the Wine Route, the Ribeauville village is sheltered between the Vosges Mountains and the vineyards and has been home to the Trimbach family wines and neighboring vineyards since 1626.
Trimbach wines

Now, that’s what you call vintage wines! Twelve generations of winemakers have put their passion into producing these highly acclaimed wines just as their family founder, Frederic Emile Trimbach, received the highest distinction at the International Wine Fair in Brussels in 1898.  And on this night in 2014, these highly acclaimed wines were to be selectively paired with the cuisine of Chef Marius Blini of Softel.

Champagne beginnings

I was invited to dine by Nilou Rahmani, the Esterel Restaurant Manager and a woman very engaged in working with the culinary and wine team to bring the freshest foods prepared in the highest quality and pairing with fine wines. To my delight and in true French fashion, I began my evening with a social chat with friends over a glass of champagne in the Sofitel lounge preparing my tastebuds for the delectable dinner ahead. With Executive Chef Marius Blin and Trimbach wines at the helm for the evening, I knew I was in good hands.
Chef Marius Blin

Upon entering the elegant Esterel restaurant, I was greeted by another Frederic ~ Frederic Zemmour, the Sofitel Los Angeles’ Food and Beverage Manager who seated me and my guest in a luxurious booth with a Chef’s table-like view of the kitchen. Perfectly poised to see the Chef at work. Frederic shared that the Trimbach wine Ambassador, Anne Trimbach, would be arriving shortly and I gleened in anticipation. And thus, dinner began.

Chanterelle Mushrooms stuffed bone marrow
The first course was a Roasted Marrow Bone “stuffed” with chanterelle mushrooms and garlic puree served with persillade toast and paired with Trimbach Pinot Noir. Persillade is a seasoned mixture of fresh parsley, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and customarily some seasonings all finely chopped together to create a delicious paste of sorts which, in this case, has been paired with chanterelle mushrooms. YUM! The Trimbach Pinot Noir features red fruit and blackberry aromas and comes from the best terroirs and is only produced “in the very best years”.

Anne Trimbach and Chef Marius Blin

About this time, I had the pleasure of meeting Anne Trimbach. As mentioned above, Anne is the Trimbach family wine ambassador and the grand niece to family founder, Frederic. “Does the Trimbach family use steel casks to age the wines?” I ask. “Never, never,” replies Anne. “We use nearly ancient oak barrels – some dating back to 1717 – that are so old they have neutral flavors.” Anne went on to explain that she grew up at the winery, what fun that must have been, and that they keep a close track on the measure of sugar in the grapes to determine when to harvest. Curious, I inquire, “When harvesting, do you use machines to pick the grapes or hand harvest?” Anne proudly exclaims, “Trimbach grapes are hand-picked, hand-harvested lending to the quality of the harvesting process.” Oooooh, I’m intrigued. Next course, please.

Chef Blin preparing the branzino

Chef Marius Blin chose Seared Branzino for the entree. Branzino, if you are not aware, is a white fish that is usually grilled or pan seared whole or fileted with the skin on. Chef Marius opted for pan seared white fish filets served with braised leek and fennel, California sunchoke puree, and yet Chef took the dish to a whole new dimension by adding a poached oyster and local caviar polished with his classic beurre blanc sauce.
Plating the branzino and Esterel

Wow, talk about a dance party in your mouth. The piece de resistance? A wine pairing of Trimbach Riesling. Well balanced subtle flavors and fruit, this elegant wine was perfectly paired with Chef Marius’ Branzino and Anne also recommends pairing with other fish such as smoked, grilled, or fried fish and white meats such as pork.

Branzino with oysters, caviar and tomatoes

The Cheese course arrived with a delicious pairing of Trimbach Pinot Gris. Let’s start with the wine first… one of the most remarkable Alsace grape varieties, the pinot gris combines full-bodied, dry fruitiness with a hint of smokiness that appropriately pairs with foods that possess depth of flavor. You can’t get anymore depth of flavor than an array of flavor-forward cheeses. When it came to cheese, Chef chose the Schloss Marin Farm cow’s milk cheese, Bay Blue Pointe Reyes Farmstead (cow), San Andreas Bellwether Farm sheep’s milk cheese accompanied by roasted red grapes, chocolate macadamia tuiles, and fresh honeycomb. Ummmmm, we could stop here and my tastebuds would be thriving in happiness. But, there was one more course to come. Dessert.

The Cheese plate

Strawberry Basil Sorbet highlighted the end of a savory evening and was accentuated by almond meringue, hibiscus flower, micro mint, a macaron shell and one of the most revered Trimbach wines – the Trimbach Gewurztraminer “Reserve”. Pair with spicy dishes, Asian-inspired cuisines, strong cheeses and featured here, fruit-based desserts.
Sorbet

If “the accidity of a reisling keeps you alive”, as Anne Trimbach states. Then, we shall all be alive indeed. Cheers!

For reservations at Esterel restaurant at Sofitel LA, visit SofitelLA

For more information about Trimbach wines, visit Trimbach.com


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


66th Primetime EMMY Awards

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66th Primetime EMMY Awards

66th Annual Primetime EMMY Awards 66th Primetime EMMY Awards

The premiere night for television stars, the 66th Primetime EMMY® Awards will be held Monday, August 25, 2014 at Nokia Theatre at LA LIVE in downtown Los Angeles and broadcast LIVE on NBC television with red carpet arrivals at 4pm and awards show at 5pm Pacific Standard Time. Host, Seth Myers and Executive Producer, Don Mischer will be joined by the EMMY winners, nominees and guests at the annual Governors Ball which takes place in the West Hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will be catered for the 19th year by Patina Restaurant Group.

EMMYS Governors Ball Laser Light show EMMYS Governors Ball Laser Light show

In another stellar creation from Event Producer, Cheryl Cecchetto and her team at Sequoia Productions, and in their 17th year as producers for the EMMYS Governors Ball, this year, the convention center Hall will be transformed into a “kaleidoscope of color” complete with an awe-inspiring laser light show, dynamic dance performances choreographed to the laser lights, and live performances by recording artist, Judith Hill backed by high energy Top 40 band, The Red Hot Band all dramatized with media-enhanced Versa TUBES and lasers and wall-to-wall harp strings created by 2,400 feet of brass wire.

Table decor for "Kaleidoscope of Color" EMMY theme Table decor for “Kaleidoscope of Color” EMMY theme

Governors Ball Committee Chair Russ Patrick states, “This year’s theme and decor are metaphors for creative excellence, vibrancy, and richness of our industry and the television season.” Adds Event producer, Cheryl Cecchetto, “Our ultimate after party will be a sensory of delight offering sights, sounds, and cuisine and hospitality that cannot be found anywhere else.”

Chef Alec Lestr Chef Alec Lestr

Under the direction of Patina Restaurant Group founder, Joachim Splichal, Executive Chef Alec Lestr and his team of over 200 chefs will create a kitchen of grandeur behind the floor-to-ceiling drapery cooking a-la-minute for the near 4,000 guests. On the menu for this year’s ball, Grilled Peach and Heirloom Tomato Salad, Filet of Beef with Artisan Grapes, Idaho “90” Potato “bone”, and Chocolate S’Mores.

Beaulieu Vineyard Maestro Collection Beaulieu Vineyard Maestro Collection

The decadent dinner will be paired with wines by Beaulieu Vineyard featuring their Maestro Collection Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 2012 Maestro Collection Napa Valley Port and NV Muscat de Beaulieu. Highlighting the “kaleidoscope of color” table decor are floral designs by Kevin Lee of La Premier Florist now in his 10th year with the EMMYS.
LA PREMIERE FLORAL DESIGNS

Watch the video preview here: 66th Primetime EMMY Awards Governors Ball
EMMYS BAND MENU
WATCH THE 66TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS MONDAY, August 25 LIVE on NBC television at 5pm Pacific Standard Time.

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5th Anniversary Party of The Bikini Lifestyles Show

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Purse Baby presents The 5th Anniversary Party of The Bikini Lifestyles Show on Talk Radio 790 KABC benefitting the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women’s Cancer Research

The Bikini Lifestyles Show with Susan Irby The Bikini Chef  790 KABC Talk Radio

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
9pm to 11pm

at Nic’s Beverly Hills
453 N Cañon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 550-5707

We invite you to celebrate on the Red Carpet and help raise funds for women’s cancer research

Enjoy a night at Nic’s Beverly Hills:
*Bikini and Martini* food and cocktail specials
*Sneak Preview – new TV show, “Wine, Dine and Workout”
*Celebrity appearances
*Introducing The Bikini Chef Diet Plan
*Introducing Skinny Cuisine by Artisan Bistro Pro tastings
*Surfing “bikini” tunes
Donations will be accepted at the door. Each donation will place you in the drawing for one of many Marika Yoga Sets, Purse Baby products, and Skinny Cuisine fresh frozen meal packs delivered to your door!

The event is FREE but donations are encouraged and will be accepted for the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women’s Cancer Research. The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations are deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Make a difference in the Fight Against Women’s Cancers! And, celebrate 5 years of The Bikini Lifestyles Show on Talk Radio 790 KABC.

Our team (Melons and Moobs) will be participating in the Annual EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women on May 10th in Los Angeles, CA. An inspiring and motivating day, from the confetti start to the emotional crossing of the finish line!

If you can’t join us in the walk, join us in the fight by making a donation on behalf of one of our team members. Your donation will help fund important research into the cause and cure of women’s cancers, prevention, education, and support service programs for those women battling cancer and their families.

RSVP for this event is appreciated. Electronic tickets accepted here: 5th Anniversary Party

Nic's Beverly HillsEIF Revlon Run Walk

skinny cuisine turquoise final

The Bikini Lifestyles Show is proudly sponsored by Fladeboe Automotive Group of Irvine

“If you need a car, you gotta go to Fladeboe”
Fladeboe Automotive Group
Irvine Auto Center
Irvine, CA
www.fladeboe.com

*Girls in bikinis get free martinis