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Nick and Stef’s Steakhouse : Reopened and Reinvented

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COMPLETELY TRANSFORMED NICK + STEF’S STEAKHOUSE

REOPENS IN DOWNTOWN LA
Nick and Stefs LA

Following a “down to the studs” renovation, Nick and Stef’s Steakhouse, the flagship steakhouse from celebrated Chef and Founder of Patina Restaurant Group, Joachim Splichal, has reopened, been redesigned, and has a new Executive Chef, Andreas Roller, who is presenting a sensational new menu and dining experience.

With a chic new decor incorporating classic steakhouse style with contemporary designs, the 16-year old newly reopened Nick and Stef’s celebrates its long standing tradition of offering cured meat selections with an emphasis on a newly added 28-day onsite aging of premium cuts. Comprehensive raw bar and seafood options, a wine program consisting of over 500 labels including selections from Splichal’s personally selected vintages, a mixology program rooted in mid-century cocktails and unparalleled service for which the brand is  known, are at the core of the new iteration of Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse.

Chef Andrew Roller of Nick and Stefs

Chef Andrew Roller with Susan Irby

The Cuisine –
Adhering to the founding principles of Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse, the menu by Executive Chef  Andreas Roller remains focused on celebrating top tier ingredients through traditional  steakhouse fare with a contemporary flair. As to be expected, meat is the focal point of both the  lunch and dinner menu. USDA prime onsite 28-day dry aged selections in addition to  showstopper options such as a Tomahawk Rib Chop or Prime Fiorentine T-Bone are carefully grilled over oak and mesquite.

Filet TriTip from Nick and Stefs

Filet Mignon and TriTip

Other large scale menu items, available for pre-order, include a  Whole Roasted Suckling Pig, Dry-­‐‑Aged Prime Rib, Whole Roasted Leg of Colorado Lamb and
Loup de Mer. For individual dining, other new meat experiences include Black Angus Beef,  imported and domestic Wagyu, along with a varied selection of grassfed cuts. Burgers and  sandwiches are also showcased during lunch service. The menu also features smaller bites  during lunch or dinner and an extensive list of returning classic sides alongside new innovative vegetable small plates.

Crispy Cauliflower

Crispy Cauliflower from Nick and Stefs

The new menu includes an expanded look at seafood, inclusive of entrees, a raw bar with $3  oysters, seafood cocktails,

Oyster Sake Shooters

Oyster Sake Shooters at Nick and Stef’s

and shellfish platters. The new seafood program is focused on fresh catch fish selections.

Classic Oatmeal Cookie

Classic Oatmeal Cookie at Nick and Stef’s

Rounding out the menu for lunch and dinner, a dessert course highlights items that evoke a  sense of comfort and contentment. Warm Buttermilk Cinnamon Doughnuts, Rum Raisin  Chocolate Soufflé Cake, Oatmeal Cookie, and a large selection of domestic cheeses are just a few  of the choices.

Cinnamon Doughnuts

Nick and Stef’s Cinnamon Doughnuts

More about Chef Andreas Roller –
Newly appointed Executive Chef is German Master Chef Andreas Roller, an internationally educated and experienced culinary talent who has created a global and diverse menu. Sourcing only the finest cuts of meat and carefully curated specialty items, Chef Roller has a long and dedicated relationship with Patina Restaurant Group,  including stints at the Hollywood Bowl and Disney Concert Hall. Prior to Patina Restaurant Group, Chef Roller’s culinary success includes tenures at three Michelin-starred restaurants, projects in Australia and London, along with the 2004 Olympics and the world’s only seven-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab located in Dubai.

Cocktails, Fine Wines, and Premier Water, Nick + Stef’s Beverage Program –
Whether for after work drinks or to supplement a formal dining experience, Nick + Stef’s  Steakhouse will be a premier destination for wine and mixology lovers. The sleek front bar  captures the overall spirit of the new Nick + Stef’s with a varied menu saluting classic libations  and introducing contemporary signature cocktails. With a focus on carefully curated small  batch labels and top-shelf selections, the cocktail program harkens to the golden age of  steakhouses when a steak was always consumed with a cocktail in hand.

Cocktails at Nick and Stef's

Selection of Nick and Stef’s cocktails

For wine aficionados, this may be the most exciting new wine list in the city. The new menu
presents over 500 labels reaching across the globe while incorporating private vintages selected
personally by Splichal, in partnership with the dedicated Sommelier/Assistant General Manager
Alejandro Marchesini. The wine list features many labels previously only found at auction and
not available at other dining destinations in the city.
Patina Restaurant Group’s popular water menu, crafted by America’s only water sommelier,
featuring 4 flat and 4 sparkling natural spring waters will be offered as well.

Ceviche selection at Nick and Stef's

Albacore with Jalapeno

About Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse
Named for Patina Restaurant Group Founder / Chef Joachim Splichal’s two sons, the restaurant
opened its doors in 1999. The sophisticated, contemporary, and eclectic setting includes a
stunning outdoor terrace for al fresco dining and after-work cocktails, as well as the only
display dry-aging room in Los Angeles.

Nick and Stef’s Steakhouse
the premier destination for meat lovers in the heart of downtown LA
330 SOUTH HOPE ST.
LOS ANGELES, CA 90071
RESERVATIONS: 213 680 0330
Open for lunch Monday through Friday
Open for dinner 7 nights a week


Café Pinot Art of Charcuterie Class

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Café Pinot Art of Charcuterie Class

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THE ART OF CHARCUTERIE EDUCATIONAL SERIES RETURNS TO CAFÉ PINOT

Chef Viet Pham and Jake Eaton

Chef Viet Pham and Jake Eaton

If you have EVER wanted to learn about cured meats and how they are made, this is the class for you! Join Executive Chef Viet Pham, of sister property Ray’s and Stark Bar, and Chef Jake Eaton as they give a fun, passionate, and educational class and demonstration on the art of curing meats beginning October 2015.

Chef Jake Eaton giving hands on instruction

Chef Jake Eaton giving hands on instruction

Café Pinot invites patrons to learn the “Art of Charcuterie” beginning on October 17th. For the launch of the 2nd iteration of the education series, Executive Chef Viet Pham from sister property Ray’s and Stark Bar, takes the reins with an in-depth look at his favorite charcuterie items through demonstrations and hands-on class participation.

Domestic and imported cheeses

Domestic and imported cheeses

The monthly rotating classes offer hands-on instruction for those who wish to participate so jump in and learn! Classes feature rotating subjects including Mortadella with Sriracha on October 17th, Kaese Krainerwurst with Mustard on November 21st, and Lamb-Chetta with Pickled Fennel on December 19th. Class includes personal instruction from Chef Viet Pham on housemade Sriracha and Chef Jake Eaton shares his self-taught in-depth knowledge of the charcuterie making process.

Lamb Chetta

Lamb Chetta

At the conclusion of the program, which is held in the intimate downstairs kitchen, a celebratory reception is presented with a sampling of the featured charcuterie, domestic and imported cheeses, and wines carefully selected by Café Pinot’s General Manager Steve Meyer. Guests are invited to experience classes on an individual basis, or as a complete series. Each guest takes home a sample of what they made along with class recipes.

Finished housemade mortadella

Finished housemade mortadella

Classes are $85 per person per class. *Credit card needed to reserve; 72 hours prior cancellation required

Class: Mortadella with Sriracha
October 17th
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Kaese Krainerwurst with Mustard

November 21st
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lamb-Chetta with Pickled Fennel

December 19th
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
RESERVATIONS are required; Please complete the online reservation form found here and return to artofcharcuterie@patinagroup.com

Café Pinot
700 W. 5th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
213.239.6500
www.patinagroup.com/CafePinot

ABOUT CAFÉ PINOT:

Adjacent to downtown LA’s 1920’s landmark public library, Café Pinot’s guests are surrounded by the metropolitan skyline view, a gorgeous garden seating, and floor to ceiling windows. The popular dining destination presents a contemporary California-French menu featuring fresh, sophisticated dishes inspired by the farmers’ market and seasonal produce for lunch and dinner. Located minutes from the Los Angeles Music Center, STAPLES Center and LA Live, Café Pinot offers patrons a relaxing oasis in the midst of a bustling urban community. Winner of Wine Spectator Award and named “Best Outdoor Dining,” “Best French,” and “Most Romantic” by the readers of Los Angeles Downtown News, Café Pinot is an ideal locale for elegant casual dining, social celebrations and weddings.

ABOUT CHEF VIET PHAM:

Viet Pham has been with Ray’s and Stark Bar since it opened in 2011. Assuming the executive chef role in spring of 2014, Pham has channeled the artistic energy of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art by pursuing his vision of culinary expressionism. Pham prioritizes using seasonal ingredients, capitalizes on the restaurants garden located on campus, as well as from distinctive California vendors. “We are blessed to have a forager who travels from farm to farm, picking out the best products at their peak of the season” Pham describes “Dragon,” the restaurant’s elite forager. Having the access to these ingredients, Pham is inspired to explore their capabilities.


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)


67TH EMMY® AWARDS GOVERNORS BALL THEME ANNOUNCED

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67TH EMMY® AWARDS GOVERNORS BALL THEME ANNOUNCED

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The Television Academy unveiled the 67th EMMY® Awards Governors Ball theme: “REIGNING WITH RADIANCE”

The Creative Arts Ball and Governors Ball are the exclusive Emmy® after-party celebrations following the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy® Awards on Saturday, September 12 and the 67th Emmy® Awards on Sunday, September 20. Themed “Reigning with Radiance,” the Creative Arts Ball’s 3,500 guests and the nearly 4,000 guests at the 67th Emmy® Awards Governors Ball will experience an evening of elegance under glimmering crystal chandeliers, with lavish dining and electrifying entertainment.

67th EMMY Awards Governors Ball artists rendering

Governors Ball artists rendering

According to Governors Ball Committee Co-Chairs, Barbara Cassel and Geriann McIntosh, “With this year’s design concept, our guests will experience an elegant, illuminated world with shimmering hues of radiance and rich textures; the feel of the room will be subtle yet dramatic.”

EMMY Governors Ball rendering of lounge seating

Governors Ball artist rendering of Lounge seating

Event producer, Cheryl Cecchetto of Sequoia Productions, added, “Our goal for the Governors Ball has always been to offer our guests a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. This year’s Ball, with its unique theme, Swarovski Crystal embellished décor and phenomenal food, beverage, and entertainment, reflects the Academy’s passion for excellence and singular commitment to guest satisfaction.”

67th EMMY Governors Ball table decor

Table decor for the 67th EMMY Governors Ball

The 67th Emmy® Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, airs live Sunday, September 20 (8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT) on FOX and will originate from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Don Mischer will serve as executive producer for the telecast.


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.


Patina’s “Wine After Work” Series

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PATINA RESTAURANT GROUP’S “WINE AFTER WORK” SERIES continues… with award-winning Sommelier Silvestre Fernandes. Additionally, the restaurant’s bi-monthly “Inside the Kitchen with Patina” 2015 Cooking Class Series has resumed!

Patina's Silvestre Fernandes

Patina’s Silvestre Fernandes

Building on the popularity of Patina’s sold-out cooking classes, which resumed on February 1, downtown Los Angeles’ bastion of fine dining has added a new monthly wine series to its 2015 lineup. Aptly named “Wine After Work,” classes are structured for the busy entrepreneur as well as the budding oenophile. Award-winning Sommelier Silvestre Fernandes will guide guests through essential tips, etiquette, and international drinking customs for impressing clients and colleagues when dining out for business. Fernandes has worked with Patina since 2000, and over the course of over a decade, has curated its extensive and award-winning international wine list.

These intimate classes for ten people offer an opportunity for one-on-one instruction, and will be held on the second Wednesday evenings in April and May 2015. Classes are $50 per person (excluding tax) and feature five wine pours and selections from Patina’s lauded artisanal cheese cart. Guests who stay for dinner immediately following the class will also enjoy one complimentary glass of any of the five wines they previously tasted.

During each beginner-intermediate level session, Fernandes will educate students on:

· Basic tips for demystifying wines from celebrated French regions – April 8 the focus is on Bordeaux, and May 13 on Provence

· Go-to food pairing tricks

· Top questions to ask a sommelier when selecting a wine and how to choose impressive wines to suit any expense account

· How to properly sip and swirl a wine when presented with that first tableside taste, and when to send a bad wine back

Cooking classes, “Inside the Kitchen with Patina” is held the first Saturday morning of every other month, indulging ten guests with the luxury of cooking an extravagant three-course meal in the restaurant’s kitchen while learning fundamental French techniques from the celebrated culinary team. Classes are $95 per person, and the February menu begins with Seared Scallops with lentils du Puy and cauliflower velouté; followed by the main course of Braised Short-Rib with creamy polenta, cipollini onion, and asparagus—a classic Patina dish; and ending with Olive Oil Cake with orange sherbet.

Reservations for each series can be made by calling the restaurant at 213.972.3331.

Wine After Work – Classes are from 6-7 p.m. on April 8 and May 13, 2015

Inside the Kitchen with Patina – Classes are from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on April 4, June 6, August 1, October 3, and December 5, 2015

Wine After Work – $50 per person (excludes tax)
Inside the Kitchen with Patina – $95 per person

Patina
141 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

About Patina Restaurant:

Located in the spectacular Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, the flagship restaurant of Patina Restaurant Group expresses the highest culinary ideals of Chef and Founder Joachim Splichal. This Relais & Châteaux property pampers its guests with multi-course tasting menus, gourmet cheeses, and an award-winning wine list. Patina features a private dining room, stylish late-night cocktail bar, and impeccable service, and defines luxury dining on the West Coast. Patina offers complimentary valet parking to all guests dining after 8 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant directly at 213.972.3331, or via Open Table. Find Patina on Facebook and follow on Twitter.


Leatherby’s Café Rouge celebrates Broadway Dinners

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Leatherby’s Café Rouge celebrates Broadway Dinners

Leatherby's Cafe Rouge
Leatherby’s Café Rouge is the premiere dining spot at the beautiful Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County. An artistic and dining destination, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts boasts some of the world’s top talents including an internationally acclaimed dance series, jazz and caberet, leading classical music artists, indie-bands, and top Broadway shows.
Leatherby's Cafe Rouge restaurant
To celebrate this season’s Broadway shows, Leatherby’s Café Rouge presents the Broadway Dinner series by Executive Chef Ross Pangilinan. Beginning in February and running monthly through the end of June 2015, guests can enjoy specialty menus honoring the famed performances of the Broadway shows at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Leatherby's Broadway Dinner menus

Dirty Dancing

February 3rd – 15th

Hey! Baby

Little gem, red endive, goat cheese, walnuts, poached pear, beets, petite herbs and flowers, champagne dressing

Leatherby's Act IV CAB Boneless Beef Short Rib

Leatherby’s CAB Boneless Beef Short Rib

Hungry Eyes

CAB boneless beef short rib, Yukon gold potato pave, king trumpet mushrooms, cipollini, herb tempura, natural jus

Will you love me tomorrow

Raspberry macaroon, chocolate cake, raspberry sorbet, Port air and pate du fruit

Nice Work If You Can Get It

March 17th – March 22nd

400 Cases of Gin

House smoked trout, Gin and dill crème fraiche, pickled cucumber, fennel, potato chips

Leatherby's Braised Rabbit

Leatherby’s Braised Rabbit

Will You Remember Me?

Rabbit braised in local beer and grainy mustard, orichette pasta, peas, bacon, carrot, pearl onion

Demon Rum

Warm crepes, caramelized pineapple, salted rum caramel, vanilla bean ice cream

Guys and Dolls

April 14th – April 19th

A Bushel and a Peck

West coast oyster cocktail, spicy ponzu, citrus caviar, cucumber, sake, wasabi tobiko, avocado sorbet

Leatherby's Oyster Cocktail with Avocado Sorbet

Leatherby’s Oyster Cocktail with Avocado Sorbet

Luck Be a Lady

Free range chicken “saltimbocca” prosciutto, sage, potato fonduta, broccoli rabe, lemon chicken jus

Havana

Coconut rice pudding, exotic sauce and fruit, sugar brulee

Annie

May 13th – May 24th

It’s the Hard Knock Life

Pea and kaffir lime soup, fried artichokes, green onions

N.Y.C.

Bacon wrapped East Coast monkfish, apple-celery puree, tomato-onion tart, buerre rouge

Bacon Wrapped East Coast Monkfish at Leatherby's

Bacon Wrapped East Coast Monkfish at Leatherby’s

Tomorrow

Apple and chocolate chip cookie cobbler, vanilla ice cream

Annie Kids Menu

Annie

American grilled cheese sandwich with house made tomato soup OR, “Easy Street” – Spaghetti and house made meatballs

Tomorrow

Apple and chocolate chip cookie cobbler with vanilla ice cream

Motown

June 16th – June 28th

The Supremes

Chopped salad, fennel salami, garbanzo, bocconcini, heirloom tomato, radish, crispy shallots, red wine buttermilk vinaigrette

Motown Sound

Smoked and grilled pork porterhouse, lobster mac and cheese, roasted vegetables, rosemary jus

Leatherby's Chilled Berry Soup

Leatherby’s Chilled Berry Soup

Berry Gordy

Chilled “berry” soup, pistachio panna cotta, waffle cookie

Enjoy a serene, light-infused setting as whimsical culinary artistry becomes an integral part of the cultural experience at Leatherby’s Café Rouge. A Patina Group Restaurant with warm, minimalist interiors creates an ideal backdrop for artful presentations serving up exceptional modern American dishes with a focus on seasonal ingredients. Perfect for pre-theater dining,  after work cocktails, or a special night out!

Leatherby's bar

Leatherby’s Café Rouge

SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
615 TOWN CENTER DR.
COSTA MESA 92626
RESERVATIONS (714)429-7640

Leatherby's Foie Gras amuse

Leatherby’s Foie Gras amuse


Laguna Beach Oceanfront Dining at Driftwood Kitchen

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Laguna Beach Oceanfront Dining at Driftwood Kitchen
Driftwood Kitchen
Summer may have ended but the ocean views and summer weather sparkle nearly year round at the recently opened Driftwood Kichen, the newest oceanfront dining experience in Laguna Beach from well known Sentinel Restaurant and Hospitality Group. Sentinel is the team behind The Deck on Laguna Beach and Fireside Tavern in Costa Mesa so it is no wonder the group chose Driftwood Kitchen to cozy up next door to The Deck.
The Deck at Driftwood Kitchen
Leading the team at Driftwood are restauranteur, John Nye, and Excutive Chef Rainer Schwarz who are also founders and partners, along with Colby Durnin, of Sentinel Restaurant & Hospitality Group. As you can see, before you even enter the rustic beachy oceanfront restaurant, you are in good hands. Chef Schwarz brings an extensive, acclaimed culinary experience to life at Driftwood. Having begun cooking at age 15 in an old Austrian castle, Chef Schwarz has cooked around the world in five-star hotels and restaurants in Switzerland, Germany and France. Interestingly, I discovered that Chef Schwarz’s culinary travels led him to work with the esteemed Chef Joachim Splichal at the Von Pfyffer in Switzerland and before long, Chef Schwarz waved goodbye to Europe and traveled to Carmel and then Los Angeles working with Chef Splichal at what has become Patina Restaurant Group. But Chef Schwarz achievements don’t stop there. He had much success in Vail, Colorado before returning to Los Angeles and launching Public Kitchen and Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. Now, Laguna Beach is thrilled to have his talent behind the fresh, delicious, inspiring coastal cuisine at Driftwood Kitchen.

Seared Ahi at Driftwood Kitchen Seared Ahi at Driftwood Kitchen

When I asked Chef Schwarz what influence his culinary journey brings to Driftwood Kitchen, he explained, “I draw inspiration from many places for this menu. Here, the menu features diversity and freshness the ocean provides.” Sounds good to me and I couldn’t wait to dive right in to sample some seafood and steak selections. To my delight, fish is prevalent on the menu which includes Whole Fried Branzino, Soft Shell Crab, Surf and Turf with Maine Lobster Tail and Petit Tenderloin that features a Bearnaise sauce, Zuckerman Farms jumbo asparagus, and Yukan Gold mashed potatoes, and a mouth-watering New York Steak with Peppercorn Sauce and homemade French Fries.

Seabass with Tomato Halibut with Roasted Tomato

But this coastal cuisine inspired menu with a touch of “turf” is not all that will inspire you, the craft cocktails are bottoms-up some of the best I’ve tasted.

Tenderloin with Pepper Tenderloin with Peppercorn Sauce

Shares Director of Operations, John Nye, “Our Cocktail Program at Driftwood Kitchen pays homage to the location’s rich history. The Stateroom Bar presents a cocktail menu featuring classic libations reminiscent of the historic tenants.” And who were those tenants? One unforgettable Hollywood actor, Slim Summerville had his home library there and he may have enjoyed a fine whiskey or bourbon, too.

Cynar Town cocktail at Driftwood Kitchen Cynar Town cocktail at Driftwood Kitchen

Among the classic cocktails are selections such as “Cynar Town”, gin with sweet vermouth, cynar artichoke liqueur and orange bitters, “Salad Bar”, sage liquor, kale, sweet red pepper, and lemon sour – almost sounds like one of my cleanse drinks minus the liquor, of course, and “Rock My World”, your own customized Manhattan with a lunardo cherry that is worth the bite and the drink and they pair perfectly with culinary sensations such as Oysters on the Half Shell with Uni (shown below).
Uni Oysters at Driftwood Kitchen

Whether you opt for the mesmorizing oceanfront deck views or the cozy al fresco patio with oversized couches and firepits, Driftwood Kitchen is a Laguna dining experience unmatched by any other.
Deck view from Driftwood Kitchen
Driftwood Kitchen front patio
Driftwood Kitchen
619 Sleepy Hollow Lane
Laguna Beach, CA
Open daily: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
visit: driftwoodkitchen.com
(949) 715-7700

Mac 'n  Cheese at Driftwood Kitchen

SMores deconstructed at Driftwood Kitchen SMores deconstructed at Driftwood Kitchen


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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