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Five Crowns Has A New Look!

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FIVE CROWNS HAS A NEW LOOK! 

Five Crowns

Five Crowns bold new look

An Orange County landmark for over 50 years, Five Crowns restaurant and bar recently unveiled bold, new interior and exterior renovations.
 Five Crowns is pleased to unveil the completion of the interior, exterior renovations and new Cooper’s Bar.  The renovations began in 2015 as part of the landmark restaurant’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration.  The major revitalization, which includes the addition of the new Cooper’s Bar, honors the Five Crowns legacy while opening a new door to a bright future.
Coopers Bar at Five Crowns

Cooper’s Bar at Five Crowns

“We’ve invigorated the Five Crowns experience,” said Ryan O’Melveny Wilson, Executive Chef and Vice President. “From our updated sign out front, to refreshed dining rooms, the new bar and a menu that honors our classics and highlights seasonality, we’re setting the table for the next 50 years.”

Five Crowns collaborated on the renovation plans with Hatch Design Group, YYES Design Studio, Robertson Hill Architecture and Roger’s Gardens.

The first phase of changes focused on a new landscape design, re-imagined branding and the traditional façade. A second renovation phase included dramatic changes to the interior.

Five Crowns new dining room

Five Crowns new dining room

Lush landscaping by Roger’s Gardens highlights the historic building’s English theme. Topiaries and boxwood hedges surround the property. A large, raised vegetable bed and aromatics including lavender, rosemary and sage embellish the front. Citrus trees enhance the back garden for outdoor dining and special events.

The eye-catching sign on Pacific Coast Highway features a bold new Five Crowns logo. While the iconic red telephone booth remains, the building’s exterior now showcases a multicolor palette, including a distinctive red stripe with metallic gold lettering painted above the windows and doorway.

The relocated entrance, with a larger front door, opens to a redecorated reception area that offers a direct sightline to the restaurant’s most striking addition: its vibrant new showpiece, Cooper’s Bar in the Greenhouse. Named for Chris Cooper, much loved co-worker and Lead Service Bartender for 42 years, this handsome, inviting bar features a stunning copper beer tower with rotating taps. Lively plaid barstools provide comfortable seating around a grand communal table whose surface is covered with thousands of authentic English shillings.

Custom designed, oversized glossy red benches add a touch of whimsy to the Greenhouse dining space enhanced with new chandeliers and side chairs. The sky lit room’s once green metal framework has been painted a deep, rich gray.

Five Crowns new greenhouse

Five Crowns’ Greenhouse

Vivid paint colors, eclectic wallpapers and fabrics as well as new flooring refresh the Main, Nelson and Crown dining rooms. Notably, custom hardwood tabletops replace the traditional white tablecloths. Cozy fireside nooks and antique British artifacts continue to be central to Five Crowns’ unique atmosphere.

Complementing the renovation, Five Crowns’ forward-looking menu balances innovative seasonality with the classic dishes that have made the restaurant a landmark. Guests can now enjoy greater flexibility by pairing seasonal small plates with a shared main dish or a heritage entrée from the Crown Classics section.

“The new menu offers favorites from our 50-year menu archives in addition to a daily selection of fresh fish, hand cut pasta and interesting wines,” commented Wilson. “There is something for every discerning palate, long-time guest or first time Five Crowns diner.”

Five Crowns' duo of salmon

Duo Of Salmon

Since opening more than a half century ago, Five Crowns has welcomed its guests to a world apart, a place of warm hospitality, the finest food and drink, a truly one-of-a-kind Southern California dining experience. Today’s changes — inside and out — signal an exciting future.

About Five Crowns

Five Crowns was established in 1965 and is a member of the Lawry’s family of fine-dining restaurants, which includes Lawry’s The Prime Rib with locations in Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Singapore, Taipei, Hong Kong, Osaka and Seoul and the Tam O’Shanter in Los Angeles. Lawry’s Carvery, with locations in South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, and at L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, represents the company’s unique quick-service concept. SideDoor gastropub, recipient of Orange Coast Magazine’s “2010 Restaurant of the Year” Award, is also housed within the historic Five Crowns building; its primary entrance is on Poppy Street.

Five Crowns and SideDoor
3801 East Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, CA, 92625
Open daily 5pm – 9pm, Fridays and Saturdays until 10pm
Valet parking is available
For reservations or more information, visit http://lawrysonline.com/five-crowns


Nick and Stef’s Steakhouse : Reopened and Reinvented

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Nick and Stefs logo

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


Five Crowns : 50 Years and Counting

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Five Crowns : 50 Years and Counting
Five Crowns
One of Orange County’s most notable restaurants, Five Crowns, turns 50 this year. To celebrate, Executive Chef Steve Kling has unveiled a new, innovative menu and beverage program to showcase the restaurant’s versatility and unique style while still honoring the traditional favorites loyal customers have come to know and love.
Five Crowns
Established as a classic English tavern in 1965, Five Crowns in Corona del Mar is part of the privately-owned Lawry’s fine-dining restaurants. “As we come into our 50th year,” says Corporate Executive Chef and Vice President Ryan O’Melveny Wilson, “we wanted to present a menu that offers guests a flexible dining experience with broader selections of starters, main dishes, and family style options and pay homage to the classic selections.”

Five Crowns

To complement the new menu, Five Crowns has ramped up its craft cocktail selections and increased their wine inventory nearly three-fold with additions of multiple limited release wines from Napa Valley, cult wines by Bryant Family and Screaming Eagle, interesting reds from the Southern Hemisphere and added a curated section to the wine list which highlights favorite wines “Inspired by” patrons of Five Crowns.

Poppy Love cordial

Poppy Love cordial

New appetizer offerings include Duck Rillette and a Crab and Avocado Mash which pair nicely with a distinguished craft cocktail called Poppy Love – botanist gin, poppy liqueur, foro amaro, fig & cinnamon bitters served on-the-rocks on hand-cut ice.
Five Crowns seafood tower

Embracing the sea, Chef Kling now offers Absinthe-Cured Salmon Gravlax, Smoked Trout Dip, Grilled Shrimp Cocktail, Oysters on-the-half-shell, served in shared and small plate options to please multiple types of diners and food lovers. Adding to the “Plates for the Table” selections are a 2-pound broiled Maine lobster, Whole Pan Roasted Jidori Chicken, and a 14-ounce Sliced Beef Tenderloin. Small plate selections include Prince Edward Island Mussels, Frito Misto of Vegetables, Seared Hokkaido Scallops and the Five Crowns classic Crab Cake.

Duo of Salmon

Duo of Salmon

For those looking for lighter fare, a Tuscan Kale Caesar salad is a delicious option, or choose from the Beet and Strawberry Salad with arugula, sunflower seeds, and fromage blanc, Citrus Salad of oro blanco, grapefruit, fennel, tomato, watercress, and salanova lettuces.

Beet and Strawberry Salad

Beet and Strawberry Salad

Traditionalists can still enjoy the famous Prime Rib options with side dish favorites, Colorado Lamb Chops, Grilled Rib Chop for Two and more traditional favorites, but new dinner items include a Tomahawk Pork Chop with broccoli rapini, cannellini beans, and citrus, an 8-ounce prime flat iron Steak Frites with maître d’hôtel butter and Linguini, Seared Scottish Salmon, Potato Horseradish Crusted Salmon, Beefsteak Neptune and Grilled Ribeye served with baby squash, cipollini onion, fingerling potato, and cognac demi-glace.

Grilled Ribeye and Beefsteak Neptune

Grilled Ribeye and Beefsteak Neptune

For dessert, Meyer Lemon Steamcake, Palet D’Or with cocoa nibs, Dark Chocolate Souffle and more offer decadent finishes to the meal.

Palet D'Or

Palet D’Or

Inside, Five Crowns will be featuring an inviting, guest-friendly new bar and outside, the restaurant will add a vegetable garden. For patrons who prefer to dine at the bar, SideDoor gastropub is still entered from Poppy Street and housed within the historic Five Crowns building.

Shhhhhhhh, did someone say speakeasy? It’s not a club, it’s not a pub… it’s a secret room upstairs at Five Crowns where guests can sip on selections of Absinthes like Tennyson and Pernod from France, Butterfly from Switzerland, classic cocktails like the French 75, Hemmingway, and Boulevardier, Signature cocktails such as Green Beast of Burden, Crimson and Clover, Amaro flights, wines, and bottled beer. This room is so secret, however, only those in-the-know are able to pass the word around underground and to keep it top secret, no photos are allowed.

Meyer Lemon Steamcake

Meyer Lemon Steamcake

Offering something for everyone, celebrate 50 years of Five Crowns by enjoying the traditional favorites or create your own new traditional favorites with Chef Kling’s expanded menu items.

Five Crowns and SideDoor gastropub
3801 East Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, CA 92625
949.760.0331
Five Crowns
SideDoor gastropub

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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


Ment’or Young Chef Competition Series

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Ment’or Young Chef Competition Series… the inaugural Ment’or Young Chef Competition series comes to Los Angeles on Thursday, October 30, 2014. Presented by Chef Thomas Keller, Jerome Bocuse, and Daniel Boulud, this rigorous cooking competition is designed to recognize outstanding young professionals in America and give them the opportunity to earn stagiaires at some of the nation’s most well-respected restaurants.
Bouchon BH

The public is invited to purchase tickets to attend this exciting culinary event to be held at the beautiful Bouchon restaurant in Beverly Hills. Guests will enjoy champagne, canapes, caviar, and more while enjoying the young chef cooking competition.

Not only will guests be pampered with incredible food from Bouchon, they will enjoy fine wines from Galerie and Mt. Brave in Napa Valley, WindRacer and Maggy Hawk in Sonoma County and Anderson Valley, and they will be treated to a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the Bouchon kitchen, where competitors will be hard at work preparing their dishes for an esteemed panel of judges.

The judges for this inaugural young chef competition include: Chefs William Bradley (Addison), Josiah Citrin (Melisse), Timothy Hollingsworth (Broad), Roland Passot (La Folie), and Richard Rosendale. Chef Thomas Keller will be the host for the evening.

For VIP ticket holders, the evening begins at 6pm with an exclusive one-hour canapé and Champagne reception at Bar Bouchon.

Then, all ticket holders will be welcomed into the event at 7pm with specialty hors d’oeuvres and wine. Judges will lead guests on kitchen tours throughout the evening for a first-hand experience to see the competitors in action. After judging has ended, the winners will be announced during a live awards ceremony.

100% of the proceeds from the ticket price will benefit ment’or, and guests may purchase tickets online.

Menu for the evening:
Snake River Farms’ Steak Tartare with Potato Milles Feuilles
California Sterling White Sturgeon Caviar
Sea Urchin with Cucumber and Lemon Oil
Santa Barbara Spot Prawns
Applewood Smoked Petit Jambons with Maple Glaze
Mentor

The Los Angeles young chef competition is the second in the series of four Young Chef Competitions taking place across the country. Beginning at Emeril’s in New Orleans on October 19, the competition then comes to Los Angeles. Afterward, the third competition in the series will take place at Johnson & Wales in Miami on November 8, and the fourth and final competition in the seriesw will be held at the International Culinary Center in New York City on November 15. The first and second place winners of each city will receive a $15,000 and $10,000 award in the form of three and two month stagiaires.

Who is competing in Los Angeles…
Michael Dengelegi, Vallejo, CA
Sous Chef, Bouchon Bistro Yountville

Soleil Ho, New Orleans, LA
Line Cook, Bayona

Jason Sipe, Tacoma, WA
Line Cook, Pacific Lutheran University

Lyn Wells, Orem, UT
Line Cook, Canyon Park Café

This live event takes place October 30, 2014 with VIP at 6pm.

Bouchon Beverly Hills
235 N. Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

COST: VIP: $100; Non-VIP $75
Purchase tickets here: Ment’or BKB


The Palm West Hollywood Closes Its Doors…

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The Palm West Hollywood Closes Its Doors… but don’t fear, it will re-open soon in Beverly Hills. Here’s my story. Bar beginnings at The Palm West Hollywood

The time is New York City, 1926. Two Italians from Parma, Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi, opened their first restaurant at 837 Second Avenue in Manhattan. Immediately, The Palm restaurant was a hit with the New York elite attracting journalists and cartoonists from the New York Daily Mirror, Hearst and King Features, among others. It was the cartoonists who set the stage for the caricatures on the walls as Bozzi and Ganzi had no money to decorate their new restaurant. In exchange for meals, cartoonists would draw cartoons and caricatures of the restaurant regulars and successful cartoons such as Popeye, Batman, and Beetle-Bailey. It wasn’t long before the caricatures became tradition at every Palm restaurant to follow.

Caricatures at The Palm West Hollywood

The original menu featured crowd-pleasing Italian meals and fine cocktails, yet staying true to their philosophy – treat guests like family, serve great food, and always exceed expectations – just as family would do. Bozzi and Ganzi added steak and in later years, lobster, to the menu by request. The restaurant was such a huge success the duo decided to expand. First to D.C. and then to the west – West Hollywood that is. Opening October 1975, Hollywood stars and studio execs embraced the beloved dining establishment. The walls began to fill up with caracitures of celebrities, studio executives, and loyal patrons alike, which has served as a tribute to stories of Hollywood past and present.

Everybody is welcome at The Palm

It was these esteemed Hollywood drawings that first intrigued me upon my inaugural visit in the mid-90’s. As a new arrival to Los Angeles, I had never heard of The Palm restaurant nor sunk my teeth into the now famous three-pound lobster, my favorite dish, of course. Dimly lit with a modest and welcoming bar, I felt like I had stepped into someone’s home drawing room or library. Dining with friends had never been more spectacular. The food was some of the finest I had ever eaten. I sat in a booth absorbing the ambiance like a neophyte Angeleno. It was exciting and comfortable, all at the same time. That’s the way The Palm in West Hollywood will always be remembered, even as the restaurant served its final meals on Tuesday, September 30th.

The Palm Established 1926

I recently stopped in to enjoy my final meal at what will go down in my personal culinary history as one of my favorite restaurants of all time. It’s not just that my friend, the former good-looking leading guest-star actor of the 70’s, Dennis Cole, and I shared chardonnays and filet mignon there together and that his caricature is right in the front of the restaurant next to his former wife and Charlie’s Angel, Jacquelyn Smith. Nor is it the memories of eating 4 of the three-pound lobsters and enjoying 2 bottles of champagne with my second husband (and luckily neither having to drive). Nor the dinners with clients and friends and nightcaps after a local play. It’s more than just those memories. It’s the hospitality, the inviting personalities that greet you when you walk in the door no matter if you are an A-list celebrity or the guy or gal who loves LA and chooses to live there. It’s the servers that have been a part of The Palm family some for 10, 20 or 30 years. It’s the way they aim to please and welcome special requests like extra char on a filet, and asking the chef just how does he get those lobsters grilled to perfection yet not overdone? What a thrill to be invited into the kitchen — pre-professional-culinary-expert-days — to view his technique firsthand. It’s not just those memories; it’s the feeling of being in a place where you belong with perhaps a hundred other diners you don’t know. Those are the memories I will treasure.

I miss my friend, Dennis Cole

On my last visit, I sat down, in true Palm fashion, with my friend, Genevieve Morrill of the West Hollywood (WeHo) Chamber of Commerce and asked her to share what The Palm in West Hollywood has meant to her and to the City of WeHo. Right out of the gate she blared, “they are making a huge mistake, huge!” which I immediately flashed on another icon, Julia Roberts, in the film “Pretty Woman”. You know the scene. “The Palm is such an institution,” shares Genevieve. “All this nostalgia is going away.” I agree. Even though generations will be able to enjoy the new Palm in Beverly Hills, there is no re-creating the nostalgia experienced in West Hollywood. “This is the Melrose Triangle”, states Genevieve. The Melrose Triangle, she explains, is one of the most significant gateway developments between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, both signature cities within the Los Angeles community, and both well loved by celebrities, visitors from around the world, and locals alike. “The Palm West Hollywood has been a relevant part of that era,” states Genevieve. “It will surely be missed.”
Crabcakes at The Palm

“But I don’t expect West Hollywood to crumble when The Palm closes,” Genevieve continued. “There is a big demand for locations here. West Hollywood is exploding with notable stars like Oprah, Drew Barrymore, and Will Ferrell establishing offices and more.” Add to the celebrity factor, high pedestrian traffic, spurring economic growth, and more parking development makes WeHo a community to contend with. West Hollywood is not just holding its own among dining and retail establishments but making its mark as a true destination for everything hip, tasty, and fun.”

The Three Pound Lobster at The Palm

While we will miss The Palm in West Hollywood, we will look forward to crossing through the Melrose Gateway into Beverly Hills to make new nostalgic moments at their new location. But, for Genevieve and others like me, we will hold dear to our hearts our memories of the first “west” palm location – The Palm West Hollywood. When I asked Genevieve what her favorite meal was at The Palm WeHo, a broad smile came across her adorable face as she replied, “lobster, of course! And the waiters – their professional career is to be your server! Where can you get service like that?!” And so, The Palm has closed and yet, lives on.

Bar beginnings at The Palm West Hollywood

Visit the new The Palm restaurant in Beverly Hills opening November 2014. >> ThePalm.com


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


Nick and Stef’s Steakhouse, A Girl and a Grill

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Nick and Stef’s Steakhouse, A Girl and a Grill

Nick & Stef's Executive Chef Megan Logan

NICK + STEF’S Steakhouse Announces the Return of the Popular Summer Series “Girl and a Grill” with an added Guest Bartender Night and BBQ Classes

Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, downtown Los Angeles’s modern California steakhouse, is back once again with the popular “Girl and a Grill” patio dining series with Executive Chef Megan Logan running from June 1 to August 31, 2012. New to this second annual series are a guest bartender program and BBQ classes alongside the mainstay feature of outdoor grilling.

Every Thursday, Nick + Stef’s al fresco lounge will play host to a series of rotating bartenders whose “grilled” cocktails will be debuted that night and offered the following week. Familiar faces of the downtown, sports arena, and cocktail communities are set to make appearances. Patrons are encouraged to visit the Nick + Stef’s facebook page weekly for updates on featured guest bartenders.

On Fridays, the celebration of all things grilled will continue when Executive Chef Megan Logan steps out of the kitchen and onto the patio, offering an interactive grilling experience. Utilizing prime cuts of meat, Logan’s weekly rotating dishes will include items such as tri-tip, skirt steak, ribs, chicken breast, barbeque shrimp, grilled oysters, and flat iron steak with prices ranging from $8-20. To accompany the grilled meats, the veteran chef will offer a selection of grilled seasonal salads and sides available for $5 each. Logan’s expertly crafted summer comfort dishes can be enjoyed on the restaurant’s patio, where there will be free live entertainment weekly.

Fans of the ongoing Meat 101 series can add a few more dates to their calendar. In conjunction with “Girl and the Grill,” Chef Megan Logan will be offering two additional classes on July 13th and August 10th. These exclusive nights will focus on BBQ techniques and Chef Logan’s personal tips on creating memorable outdoor grill nights at home. Patrons who wish to attend are encouraged to reserve a spot by contacting the restaurant directly.

NICK + STEF’ STEAKHOUSE
330 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 680-0330

“Girl and A Grill” Summer Series
June 1, 2012- August 31, 2012
Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Guest Bartender Series
Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Outdoor Grilling with Megan Logan

BBQ “Girl and A Grill” Meat 101 Classes
July 13, 2012 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
August 10, 2012 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

PRICING: Grilled Cocktails: $10 – $12
Grilled Items by Chef Megan Logan: $8 – $20
Grilled Salads and sides: $5

For more information, call 213.680.0330 or visit Nick & Stef’s online at www.patinagroup.com/nickstef

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