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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.


Creative Arts Ball EMMY Awards 2015

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Creative Arts Ball EMMY Awards Ball 2015

67th EMMYs

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

EMMY Awards Main Course

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

EMMY winner AnthonyBourdain

Anthony Bourdain

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

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

EMMY Winner Jane Lynch

EMMY Winner Jane Lynch

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

EMMY winner Julianne Hough

EMMY winner Julianne Hough

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

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

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


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.