October 8: Dan Aykroyd Wine Tasting at Whole Foods

October 6, 2009

Elwood Blues. Dr. Raymond Stantz. Louis Winthorpe III. Beldar. Most actors would kill for any one of those roles, but Dan Aykroyd played them all. From his years as a founding cast member of Saturday Night Live, to his iconic movie roles, Dan has few peers when it comes to comedy. His writing skills and…

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Mixed Messages Sent By Rockwell

September 30, 2009

~ photos by Lena Watanabe After numerous delays, the highly anticipated Rockwell VT officially debuts with a Grand Opening Weekend on October 1-4. In the meantime, Rockwell has been in soft opening mode, and last Thursday our group stopped in to check out the newest addition to bustling Vermont Avenue. On our arrival, we were…

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A Taste of the Fall dineLA Launch Party

September 28, 2009

Los Angeles chefs and restaurateurs are gearing up for two weeks of mouthwatering meals and incredible deals during the first-ever Fall dineLA Restaurant Week, which begins on Sunday, October 4 and takes place through Friday, October 16. To celebrate the launch of Fall dineLA 2009, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill hosted a kick-off press conference…

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September 29: Radio Room at the Edison

September 18, 2009

Since its relaunch in February, the Radio Room has hosted top mixologists from around the country, including San Francisco’s Erick Castro (Bourbon & Branch); New York’s Alex Day (Death & Co.) and Richie Boccato (Milk & Honey, Little Branch, Dutch Kills); Boston’s John Gertsen and Misty Kalkofen (Drink). In July, the Radio Room welcomed Amanda…

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September 16: Cocktails for a Cause at Bottega Louie

September 14, 2009

Anyone who’s seen news footage of the monstrous Station Fire and other Southern California wildfires can appreciate the heroism and bravery of the firefighters who have been battling the blazes. Two of them, L.A. County Fire Capt. Tedmund “Ted” Hall and firefighter Specialist Arnaldo “Arnie” Quinones, were killed as they tried to find an escape…

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Lunes Latinos Launches at the Foundry on Melrose

September 14, 2009

Beginning September 14, the Foundry on Melrose will expand its hours to Monday night with the launch of Lunes Latinos. Lunes Latinos will feature Executive Chef / Owner Eric Greenspan’s spin on Latin cuisine. Menu offerings will include Greenspan’s Gorditas, three different gorditas priced at $3 each: Orange Glazed Chicken with Pinto Beans, Smokey Mole;…

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All the Booze That's Fit to Print – Summer 2009

September 10, 2009

An occasional roundup of L.A. cocktail culture in various media. Besides Los Angeles Magazine’s cover story on L.A.’s Best New Bars and coverage in its annual Best of L.A. issue, L.A. cocktail culture was well represented this summer: The Edison was named “America’s Bartending Mecca” in the cover story for the September/October issue of Mutineer…

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Los Angeles Magazine – Best New Bars 2009

August 26, 2009

The September issue of Los Angeles Magazine has hit the stands, featuring a “Best New Bars” cover story. According to Editor Mary Melton, the article is intended to “herald the return of the bar—not the velvet-rope animal of yore but the chummy neighborhood pubs, crowded wine bars, and fanciful cocktail emporiums that now constitute our…

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Drinks with a View: Rockwell Opens in September

August 21, 2009

Rockwell, a multi-level restaurant, bar and outdoor lounge located behind Vermont Restaurant in Los Feliz, is nearly ready for its September launch. Rockwell integrates 6,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor spaces, with dining and lounge areas designed around a 30-foot coral tree. A staircase leads to the upper levels and panoramic views of Los…

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October 10: Jonathan Gold's Union Station Cocktail Party

August 16, 2009

~ When it comes to food and drink writing in Los Angeles, Jonathan Gold is “the Man” and has the Pulitzer Prize to prove it. On October 10, he’s hosting Jonathan Gold’s Union Station Cocktail Party, a fundraiser for Zócalo Public Square, a non-profit organization that builds community by broadening access to civic discourse. According…

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