April 7, 2019 – 4th Annual Masters of Taste – Pasadena Rose Bowl!

4th Annual Masters of Taste, Host Chef Michael Hung & L.A.’s Top Tastemakers, celebrate the Finer Things on Field. L.A.’s premier outdoor, luxury food and beverage festival on the field of the iconic Pasadena Rose Bowl! What an amazing event and each year it just keeps getting better!

Masters of Taste 2019 is also introducing Chef Michael Hung as the event’s first-time Host Chef. 2017 and 2018 Masters of Taste Culinary Master, Michael Hung’s illustrious career credentials include time spent with Traci Des Jardins’s James Beard Award-winning team at San Francisco’s Jardinière and overseeing the kitchen at Roland Passot’s Michelin-starred La Folie. Chef Hung then left San Francisco to open Faith & Flower in Downtown Los Angeles, where under his leadership the restaurant was honored “Best New Restaurant” by Esquire Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, and Travel + Leisure. Michael’s success continued when he opened the highly-acclaimed Viviane in the Avalon Hotel Los Angeles and then he started his own company Ardour Hospitality in 2016, which focuses on full-service consulting, culinary and hospitality experiences in Greater Los Angeles. In addition to running his own company, Michael has also returned to Faith & Flower where he oversees the kitchen.

“I have been a participant in Masters of Taste for the past two years and it is spectacular. Cooking and serving people on the field of the Rose Bowl could be a once in a lifetime dream, but I have been lucky enough to get to do it for the past two years, and this year, the honor to be able to formally host the event,” says Hung. “And, while the festivities are amazing, what is most impressive is that Masters of Taste donates 100% of proceeds from this event to Union Station Homeless Services each year. Homelessness deserves our attention, focused work and finances, and Union Station Homeless Services and Masters of Taste are truly leaders in helping those who are in need.”

Masters of Taste 2019 will bring over 2,500 food and beverage enthusiasts together from all over Greater Los Angeles for one afternoon to celebrate this exhilarating festival, which will include the finest fare from over 95 Culinary Masters and restaurants, delectable sweets prepared by L.A.’s top Sweet Masters, top Beverage Masters who will be featuring signature handcrafted cocktail tastings from over 25 spirit brands and bars, a premier 50-Yard-Line Cocktail Bar featuring top Mixologists from four of L.A.’s most distinguished drinking destinations, select wineries, local craft breweries, cold-pressed juices, cold brew coffee, live entertainment and much, much more.

100% of the proceeds from Masters of Taste 2019 will directly benefit Union Station Homeless Services, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to helping homeless men, women and children rebuild their lives. Union Station is part of a premier group of human services agencies in L.A. County that are leading the way to end homelessness in our community. Union Station offers an array of services including street outreach, meals, shelter, housing, case management and career development. In the last three years Masters of Taste has raised over $1.5 Million in support of Union Station’s life-saving programs. Thank you for making that possible.

Some of this year’s Masters of Taste 2019 participating Culinary Masters and Restaurants include:

• Faith & Flower 2019 Masters of Taste Host Chef Michael Hung (Los Angeles)
• 1212 Santa Monica Chef Hiro Fujita (Santa Monica)
• Alexander’s Steakhouse Chef Florent Courriol (Pasadena)
• Ayara Thai Chef Vanda Asapahu (Westchester)
• Bacchus Kitchen and Claude & Co. Chef Claud Beltran (Pasadena)
• Bistro Mon Cheri Chef Kimmy Tang (Pasadena)
• Bone Kettle Chef Erwin Tjahyadi (Pasadena)
• Celestino Ristorante Chef Calogero Drago (Pasadena)
• Cento Pasta Bar Chef Avner Lavi (Downtown Los Angeles)
• Eagle Rock Brewery Public House Chef Jerry Su (Eagle Rock)
• Eat @ Rollin’ Joe’s Chef Mark Salazar (Los Angeles)
• Gus’s Barbecue Chef Mike Stern (South Pasadena, Claremont)
• Gus’s Fried Chicken (Burbank, Long Beach, Los Angeles)
• HATCH Yakitori + Bar Chef Daniel Shemtob (Downtown Los Angeles)
• Jackfruit Café Chef Angela Means (Los Angeles)
• KASS Wine Bar + Kitchen Chef Christophe Émé (Los Angeles)
• Kitchen for Exploring Foods (Pasadena)
• La Bohéme Chef Atsushi Kenjo (Los Angeles)
• Lunasia Dim Sum House (Alhambra)
• Maestro Chef Elena Vargas (Pasadena)
• Maple at Descanso Gardens Chef Philip Mack (La Cañada Flintridge)
• Mercado Chef Jose Acevedo (Hollywood, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Santa Monica)
• Momed Chef Alex Sarkissian (Beverly Hills and Atwater Village)
• Mrs. Fish Chef Yoshi Matsumoto (Downtown Los Angeles)
• Namaste Spiceland Harsh Malik (Pasadena)
• Packing House Wines Restaurant & Wine Shop Chef Eric Rowse (Claremont)
• Patina Chef Andreas Roller (Downtown Los Angeles)
• Pez Cantina Chef Bret Thompson (Downtown, Los Angeles)
• Preux & Proper Chef Sammy Monsour (Downtown Los Angeles)
• Prince of Venice Chef Generoso Celentano (Los Angeles)
• Ramen Tatsunoya Chef Ryuta Kajiwara (Pasadena, Silverlake)
• Rappahannock Oyster Bar Chef Wilson Santos (Downtown Los Angeles)
• Salazar Chef Jonathan Aviles (Los Angeles)
• SpireWorks Chef Mustafa Otar (Westwood, Eagle Rock, Westlake Village, Upland)
• Sticky Rice Chef Dave Tewasart (Downtown Los Angeles, Echo Park)
• Sumo Dog Chef Jefrrey Lunak (Santa Monica)
• Sweet Greek Chef Christina Xenos (Los Angeles)
• The Arbour Chef Ian Gresik (Pasadena)
• The Pizza Plant Chef Rachael Carr (Pasadena)
• The Raymond 1886 Chef Jon Hung (Pasadena)
• Wax Paper and Lingua Franca Chef Peter Lemos (Frogtown, Los Angeles)
• We Olive Ervin Galvan (Pasadena)
• Wolfgang Puck Experience (Los Angeles)
• World Empanadas Chef Matthew Hirtz (Burbank)

Sweet Masters: A select group of Los Angeles Top Sweet Masters will showcase an assortment of delectable desserts such as the deliciously scrumptious scratch baked custom cakes and cupcakes from Fantasy Frostings, Lark Cake Shop and Lady M., Chocolatier Mignon Chocolate, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream, Nomad Ice Pops, homemade premium sorbets from Pop’s Artisinal Creamery, Porto’s Bakery, SuperCool Creamery, THE Bakery Truck and more.

Some of this year’s participating Beverage Masters include:
Brewmasters: Beverage Masters who specialize in barley and hops will be presenting top-notch ales, lagers, pilsners and more for guests to sample, sip and savor all throughout the event, including Southern California favorites Indie Brewing Company, Iron triangle Brewing, Los Angeles Ale Works, Lincoln Beer Company, MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., Arcadia’s first Microbrewery Mt. Lowe Brewing Co., San Fernando Brewing Co. and State Brewing Co..

Wineries: A specially curated collection of Wine Masters will be showcasing their finest varietals including premium boutique winery Ascension Cellars, CRŪ Winery, Frisco Cellars, Golden Star Vineyards & Winery, Hitching Post Winery, Kieu Hoang Winery, Anderson Valley’s Navarro Vineyards, San Simeon Wines, Vinemark Cellars, Wrath Wines and more.

Bars & Spirits: Some of L.A.’s top bartenders and cocktail bars will be creating first-rate craft cocktails, including Cameron Masden of The Raymond 1886, Ned Kirby of Magnolia House, and Katie Putterlik of Otoño. Top brands showcasing their finest spirits will also include American Born Moonshine, Buzzbox, Dulce Vida Tequila, KI NO BI Dry Gin, Krafted Spirits, Neustra Soledad Mezcal, Pomp & Whimsy, SelvaRey Rum, Ventura Spirits, Wild Roots Organic Vodka, Woodford Reserve, ZYR Russian Vodka and many more.

Non-Alcoholic Beverages: A variety of premium non-alcoholic Beverage Masters will also be on hand for those who wish to hydrate, caffeinate or regenerate, such as Boxed Water, Califia Farms Juices and Cold Brew Coffees, Dry Sparkling, East Imperial, Groundwork Coffee, Honeydrop Beverages, Humm Kombucha, Immordl energy elixirs, Matcha Matcha, Zico Coconut Water and more.

Sponsors: Masters of Taste 2019 is made possible through the generous support of our Sponsors, which includ HomeStreet Bank, Judith L Chiara Foundation, US Bank, Western Asset Management, Kaiser Permanente, Capitol Group, Citizen’s Business Bank, Chase Bank, Westport Construction, App Dynamics, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Clear Stream Media Group, Tsutayo Ichioka & Satsuki Nakao Foundation, HKG LLP, Wescom, California Linens and more.

There was so much variety of food this year and I did have many favorites, but just tasting everything will really gets your taste buds going, and the beverages were a big success as well. Such a lovely way to spend a perfect spring day and the weather totally cooperated!

Masters of Taste
Pasadena Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA 91103
Masters of Taste – Direct Line: 626.791.6677
www.MastersofTasteLA.com

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Antigua Kitchen + Bar – Dinner & Lunch – March 25 & 26 – Palm Springs, CA.

Located right on Palm Canyon, Antigua Kitchen will get your taste buds going. You will love all the Mediterranean and American authentic dishes, with Antigua Kitchen being super conveniently located right in downtown Palm Springs, in a very upscale area, chalk full of dining, hotels, and nightlife.

Owner Sal Zavala also owns L’Olivo Italian Bistro down the street. I did a review back in 2017. His Father Sal Sr. is in the kitchen at Antigua, some of Sal’s family is from Spain, and his father is from Michoacán Mexico and has lived in The Coachella valley for most of his life. Most of Sal’s family is working with him at Antigua Kitchen. It is truly delightful having all of their family members, even Sal’s sister Sandra is there to greet all of the customers. What ever their business model is it is really working.

I went for dinner one night and then got invited in for lunch the following day to really taste everything and not be too stuffed. What a great way to enjoy their marvelous cuisine. Sal wants my readers to know that when you come to Antigua Kitchen you will be taken care of like family with their unique style of cuisine, he wants everyone to feel this inviting atmosphere.

There are so many great places to eat in Palm Springs and it’s hard to decide but Antigua Kitchen is a great choice for lunch or dinner. Excellent home made fresh Mediterranean food and warm and friendly service.

The interior has rustic wood paneling and partitions, with a Japanese feel because Gylo Japanese Restaurant was there before. There are black leather chairs and tables, and great light maple hard wood floors. It’s a mixture of modern with all nice little design details. The outdoor life is huge in Palm Springs and their modern patio will give you the opportunity to people watch under their yellow umbrellas, during your amazing lunch or dinner. The music is really fun Motown, which sets a lively tone.

Here’s What I Tried:

Cocktails:

Classic Martini, 2 olives, in my favorite martini glass this is one to remember.

Vintage Margarita, Mi Campo Tequila, Agave Nectar, Fresh Lime Juice. A great take on a margarita; on a hot summer night this would be the perfect thirst quencher.

Ocean Organic Vodka, Pineapple Basil Tini Ocean, Symple Syrup, Pineapple, Basil Leaves. This is a very tropical drink, which marches the overall appeal of Antigua Kitchen & Bar.

Ocean Organic Vodka, Cane Field Cosmo, Gran Marnier, Fresh Orange Juice, Splash of limejuice, squeeze of Lime. A great example of how a Cosmopolitan cocktail can be done so creatively.

Sharing is Caring:

Krispy Calamari, lightly fried, with tartar sauce, this Calamari is cooked right, crispy and tender.

Pacific Prawns lemon, garlic, white wine sauce, for sure a dish you need to try, sumptuous garlic sizzles in your mouth.

San Francisco Crab Cake, with avocado, aged balsamic glaze. Another great take on an existing classic, very good choice.

Batan Avocado with avocado dip, tortilla chips. A great way to get your appetite going.

The Duo with crisp onion rings, shoestring fries. I love great onion rings and these do not disappoint.

Lust for Crust:

Chef Sal’s Special, with light marinara, mozzarella, pepperoni, ham, mild sausage, just a great pizza, order this one, you will be happy you did.

Salads:

1930’s Bleu Wedge, with iceberg, tomato, bacon, red onions, Bleu cheese crumbles, Bleu cheese dressing. I just love a good wedge, the lettuce is super fresh and crispy, and the dressing is rich and creamy, a definite keeper.

Baby Organic Spinach Salad with bacon bits, diced mushrooms, berries, home made raspberries vinaigrette. The presentation is delightful, with the strawberries and really fantastic salad.

Caesar Cardini’s, with hearts of romaine, shaved Parmesan, crostini, Caesar dressing. A nice rendition of a Caesar, the dressing is equally terrific.

Wrap-It-Up:

BLT, with bacon, lettuce, tomato. A very big wrap with great bacon flavor, a terrific lunch item.

Chefs’ Favorite Pasta:

Fettuccine Alfredo, signature Alfred sauces. This pasta is so creamy with superb cheese sauce, just the best.

Linguine Clams with garlic, olive oil, Pinot Grigio natural sauce. The clams pop in your mouth and the simple sauce adds to the overall experience.

Lobster Ravioli with vodka cream sauce, and basil. These are huge raviolis, with bites of lobster, a very filling menu item.

Red Meat:

L’Entrcôte de Paris, 1940 butter-based sauce served with grilled beef with fries. This is very French but totally worked for me, especially the sauce.

Antigua Burger, 8oz. Angus beef, lettuce onion, tomato with house spread. Oh what a burger, I would come here just for this.

White Meat:

California Paella, with mild sausage, clams, mussels, white wine. A nice subtle paella with great Spanish seasonings, a true winner.

Guilty Pleasure:

Antigua Tiramisu, luscious, smooth, just what the doctor ordered.

Tres Leches Cake, this is a super rich cake so save room.

Wine:

Ruffini, pinot grigio “Lumina” Italy, a great pair with the Krispy Calamari.

Simi, Chardonnay, Sonoma County, you just have to try this wine with the Pacific Prawns, its very buttery so it adds so much nuance to the garlic sauce.

Vanderpump, Rose, Provence, France, yes this is Lisa Vanderpump wine and without all of the hype it is a great wine.

Genesis By Hogue, Syrah, Columbia Valley, do this wine with L’Entrcôte de Paris, it’s the perfect steak for this very meaty Syrah.

Ravenswood, Zinfandel, “Old Vines”, Sonoma. Really a great old vines Zinfandel is truly my favorite wine. I loved this wine with the Sal’s pizza; it’s an interesting choice but somehow it works.

This part of downtown is really being built up; there is a whole new resurgence. It used to be that all of the businesses would close down for the hot summer months, but with the advent of the misters they can open all year long. Tourists from Germany especially love the hot summer months. From my home in West Hollywood I watch the weather during the summer and always see it always be about 20 degrees hotter there from June – October. My season to go visit is November – May, just the perfect temperature for me.

Antigua offers quality dishes, with locally sourced ingredients and a casual desert dining vibe. Antigua delivers when it comes to high-end quality cooking from many cultures and attracts a very chic city crowd. Its dining room, which features a spacious 30-foot bar and dining room seating up to 120 people, while more can be accommodated out on their patio. For a romantic dinner, request a table next to their outdoor fireplace with low lighting.

Palm Springs really is the place to be, so any choices so little time. But with Antigua Kitchen and bar, you get many options that are all great. A fun new people watching spot, with great food and luscious cocktails, what more could you want.

Antigua Kitchen + Bar
105 S. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-656-7875
AntiguaPalmSprings.com

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Dinner – Il Corso – March 24, 2019 – Palm Springs, CA.

Imagine the best food in Italy; except you are in Palm Springs. A while back I did a tasting at the Il Corso sister restaurant in Palm Desert and was very impressed. When I saw that they opened a new restaurant, I jumped at the opportunity to do a new review.  The review I did a few years ago was incredibly impressive, but now it’s only gotten better. Il Corso is a much-needed addition to the gentrification of downtown Palm Springs. The hotel next-door, The Ronan by Kimpton, is elegant and gorgeous; so, Il Corso is just the perfect fit for this new upscale part of town. Il Corso takes you on a tour of Italy with dishes from Sicily to Venice.

The interior is very refreshing, with a pizza oven and a huge wine wall. Everything there is a part of the whole experience and inspires one’s appetite. The bar area has its own menu, smaller plates, and some mini versions of the main courses served in the dining room. In the dining room, imported Italian, natural stone walls; reclaimed farmhouse wood on the floors and entryway ceiling; comfy red chairs, and red and white linens on wood tables. Overhead: shiny, oversized air ducts give the restaurant an industrial feel below the piano-wire taut, pattern of steel cables crisscrossing the high ceilings. The ambiance is enhanced by lighting, which is very complimentary. The bar, tucked behind the host’s desk, seats approximately 15 and beyond that, more seating. In the back is an open kitchen with counter-seating in front of the pizza oven. The counter is an immersive experience and an opportunity for chef Claudio Marfia and his diners to get to know each other. If you’re good with letting go, Marfia would be thrilled to plan your entire meal for you. He loves to do this.

Here is What I tried:

La List Dei Nostri:

Martini Milano, Lombardia, Martini bianco, martini rosso, mint syrup, mint leaves, tonic water, shaken. A lovely effervescent cocktail, that had all of the right ingredients mixed together.

Marfia Cocktail, Toscana, Belvedere vodka, tangerine belvedere vodka, Mario’s tangerine liquor, tangerine juice, granatina syrup, shaken. I thoroughly enjoyed this cocktail, and would order it often.

Il Corso Cocktail, Sicilia, Basil Hayden’s bourbon, cinzano, Campari, cherry, stirred. This cocktail was a bit too heady for me, very bold and strong, one of my guests loved it.

Antipasti:

Speck Tirolese, Trentino Alto Adige, GF, champignon mushrooms, Belgian Endive, speck. The speck is sliced very thin and the mushrooms are the stars of the show, everything about this dish will inspire you.

Impepata Di Cozze, Sicilia, GF, sautéed mussels in a white wine sauce. These delicate mussels were cooked to perfection with a very tantalizing broth.

Carpaccio Di Manzo Alla Veneta, Veneto, GF, Cured beef in a harrisbar sauce topped with capers and shaved parmigiano. I have always loved Carpaccio, though some people do not like the fact that it is raw beef, when it’s cut super thin with a great sauce you just can’t go wrong.

Burrata Nostra, Puglia, GF, burrata fagiolini, heirloom tomatoes. The burrata melts in your mouth, like it is supposed to, and the tomatoes sing with happiness, a no-brainer appetizer.

Salmone Tiradito, Puglia, cured salmon topped with light chili sauce, served with fennel salad. This was my favorite appetizer and I could eat this all day. The salmon is cured to perfection; with the fennel salad; it is a wonderland for your eyes. I just wish the ride never ended.

Soup:

Minestra Di Verdure, Puglia, GF, Vegetables soup with topped with toasted bread. I can always tell what a restaurant has to offer from its soups, all three were simple delightful.

Zuppa Calurese, Sardegna, fregola, mixed fish, in a fish broth. It is served with couscous, another amazing soup, with such fresh seafood.

Tortellini In Brodo, Emilia Romagna, mini veal ravioli, julienne vegetables, chicken broth, and parmigiano cheese. This is a very similar soup to a Jewish kreplach, it is just what the doctor ordered.

Pasta:

Pappardelle Ai Bolognese, Toscana, pappardelle pasta with beef ragu. The pasta was so fantastic, thick, lovely handmade pasta does the trick, and the sauce is rich and bold, a great pappardelle.

Fruiti Di Mare, lots of seafood with a light red sauce. Shrimp, clams, mussels, adorned this wonderful pasta, I would order this every time.

Bavette All ‘Astice, Sicilia, cherry tomatoes, white wine, arugula, chopped lobster. I always love lobster and this dish did not disappoint. The sauce was amazing and the lobster was fresh and sweet, I would definitely order this again.

Secondi:

Spigola All’Isolana Sicilia, Mediterranean Sea bass baked in the oven with tomatoes, black olives, and potato. The sea bass was light and wonderful, with the olives as the backdrop, it really pops in your mouth.

Scottadito D’Agnello, Lazio, Rack of lamb in a rosemary sauce, served with roasted potatoes and rapini. This lamb is succulent and tender, plus the rosemary sauce really sealed the deal for me, yum!

Dolci:

Torta Di Cioccolato, chocolate hazelnut cake with vanilla ice cream. A beautiful desert with lovely chocolate and the ice cream was pure heaven.

Cannoli Chips, pastry shells, sweetened Ricotta, and drizzled chocolate sauce. A very nice take on a standard desert, I would recommend this one.

Panna Cotta, Italian vanilla bean custard, raspberries, strawberry sauce drizzle. This is a nice light choice, it really rounds out the whole experience.

Wine:

Massimo, Malvasia Istriana, Istria, this was the perfect wine for the Salmone Tiradito.

Lunelli Villa Morgon Chardonnay, Trentino, a great pairing with the Spigola All’Isolana Sicilia.

Tenuta Di Nozzole, Bruniche, Chardonnay, and I would do this wine with the Fruiti Di Mare.

Vini Bianchi Al Bicchiere, a true Italian wine that should be paired with the Carpaccio Di Manzo Alla Veneta.

Massimo, Terrano Istriano, Istria, I loved this wine with the Pappardelle Ai Bolognese.

Ascheri, Barolo, Piemonte, this wine is a must-do with the lamb, Scottadito D’Agnello.

Belpoggio, Rosso di Montalcino, Toscana, forget the dessert wine, pair this wine with the Torta Di Cioccolato, it enhances the rich chocolate flavors.

Il Corso’s wine list is just spectacular, many can be enjoyed by the glass. Take a recommendation from the Sommelier or your wait staff, they know the wines and will not steer you in the wrong direction.

Executive Chef Mario Marfia has done a great job with his skill and knowledge of all things Italian. There are such great products mixed with homemade goodness that you just want to keep coming back for more. But at the Palm Springs location his son Claudio has taken the helm. Claudio Marfia, 33, grew up in an Italian kitchen. His father, a chef from Palermo, had him “peeling potatoes and cleaning squid” since he was a tot. “It was like my day care,” he says. He came to Coachella valley was he was a teenager, but went to college and worked in Los Angeles and Europe. Once finished, he came back to the dessert to start a business with his father, “The desert always stayed with me,” he says. “We wanted our look to be like a Tuscan, upscale farmhouse but with a Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York vibe,” says chef and owner Claudio Marfia. His dad Chef Mario Marfia was born in Sicily, Italy and honed his craft working as a chef in the Mediterranean. He brings those cultural influences to the El Paseo location, partnering with developer John Wessman to create a truly unique fine dining experience.

My great, sweet waitress, Reyna Barbeyto, from Texas made my culinary journey flawless. She was very competent and just delivered amazing service.

Sauces are made separately at each restaurant, and that’s because the Palm Desert Il Corso is all about Tuscany. While Chef Claudio’s Palm Springs version takes you on a culinary tour of Italy, each dish is representative of a specific city or region (the menu tells you where), with regional wine pairings to complete the experience.

The new Palm Springs Il Corso opened in Jan 9, 2019. Owner/developer Michael Beckman was very smart to expand his successful brand in this very upcoming part of Palm Springs. Il Corso offers genuine Italian hospitality serving a wonderful variety of authentic Italian dishes – fresh salads, homemade pastas, wood oven pizza and delicious seafood. You can see many tourists as well as locals enjoying the fruit of Michael Beckman’s labor. Il Corso is a tasteful addition to the plaza outside the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel, the entire area is a vibrant scene with shopping, and dining.

Chef Marfia makes all of the bread, pasta, and pizza dough at another family restaurant, Trattoria Tiramisu. The kitchen has been expanded to include what they call “the lab” where all of the big gadgets and equipment live, including a gelato maker, which is his current favorite new toy. He and his father started out as pastry chefs, so you know why it’s all so good.

Il Corso in Palm Springs offers sophisticated dining with no pretense. If you want the best authentic Italian food without getting on a plane, you must give Il Corso a try.

Il Corso
111 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs
760-656-3770
ilcorsocv.com
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El Morocco Inn & Day Spa – 3 Night Stay – March 24, 25 & 26th – Desert Hot Springs, CA.

Think 1942 American romantic drama starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid in the controlled city of Casablanca. El Morocco Inn is all about Morocco and Casa Blanca, from its looped screening of the film in the TV lounge room, to its décor all over the property. What you don’t figure out until after you are bathing your troubles away in one of the hot mineral baths, is that this décor will enhance your overall experience. The spiritual new-age background music adds to the incredible heightened mood. One thing you will be guaranteed of for sure is that once you enter the compound, all of your stress will be left outside of the wooden gate.

The grounds are very charming as well. There are lots of hammocks and little nooks to meditate. There are fabrics flowing off of every available area, which in the wind adds an extra sexiness. One of their treatment rooms is in a small building on the grounds near their wonderful gardens. This very sweet little area is all part of the overall ambiance that makes El Morocco Inn  & Day Spa so unique and special.

As part of my 3-night stay, they gave me a 90-minute treatment done by Maria, which was pure heaven. She started me off using a soft brush, and brushing my skin with the circulation going up towards my heart. She then applied a clay body mask, massaged my scalp, and wrapped me up like a mummy. I was escorted to an outdoor shower that was still private with a shower curtain separating any common areas. Once the clay was washed off, I went back into the treatment room and she did a full body massage. What a treat, I highly recommend including this with your glorious stay.

They have a happy hour with their special martini, “The Morocco-tini”, as well as a lovely continental breakfast, which included: hard-boiled eggs, pastries, bagel, fruit, yogurt, and cereal. The best part of all of this is their French-press coffee that you make yourself, and is ready to make anytime of the day or night – what a very amazing touch.

My room was on the first floor and very close to the entrance. The bed is super comfy, and their small but cute kitchen gives you everything you need if you wanted to stay in and chill. The motif aligns itself with the rest of the Inn with Moroccan details, which for me was very soothing.

Robert, who arranged my stay was extremely accommodating, he is just so sweet. Anything your heart desires he will make happen. He extended my stay to 3 nights, which was so kind and generous. He is one stand up guy!

Dessert Hot Springs is off the beaten path, but something not to be missed. It’s about 25 minutes away from Palm Springs, worth the drive, in a very quiet low-key area. The hills are all part of the San Andreas fault, and they release minerals so all of the hotels are privileged to have mineral baths that are great for healing any ailments. After 1 day of soaking in the baths my body felt great, all of my aches and pains were literally gone.

I highly recommend this Inn. It is part of the Cabbi – California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns, which is a vetted website/book that only has the best of the best Bed and Breakfast Inns. www.cabbi.com

A truly amazing romantic getaway, but not just for lovers, it can be a nice time by yourself as this hotel is quiet and rejuvenating. Whatever the occasion, I would make your next trip a very memorable one by trying a nice spot, The El Morocco Inn & Day Spa.

El Morocco Inn & Day Spa
66810 4th Street
Desert Hot Springs, CA. 92240
760-288-2527
www.elmoroccoinn.com

 

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LN2 Pizza Shoppe – Dinner – March 22, 2019 – West Hollywood, CA.

I must say I was truly surprised. I went to the grand opening and an industry mixer, and although I never tried the full experience, I was able to enjoy little bits and pieces of delicious food by LN2! LN2, a “modern gastro lounge,” opened early January 2019 with Chef Chris Robbins at the helm. The restaurant gets its name from the chemical symbol for liquid nitrogen (LN2), a substance that adds theatrics in the restaurant to both the cocktails and various dishes. This is a testament to the detail-oriented, chef driven food LN2 has to offer. Everything served was unique and interesting. Each dish, with its own flavor profile and nuances, Chef Chris Robbins and his restaurateur wife Mica Ray made for one stellar experience.

NJ restaurant was in this space previously, and while they had their own crowd, LN2 is a welcomed sight along a very hipster part of Melrose Ave in West Hollywood. Mica Ray did all of the interior design, she had her work cut out for her. She had some help from Maison Bertet Showroom on Beverly Blvd., they did some of the furniture that Mica Ray designed herself on paper, they also did some of the furniture for Crustacean Restaurant in Beverly Hills. Mica transformed this space into a lively modern experience, with deep purple plush velvet club chairs, lots of marble, a friendly bar, and cool graphic wallpaper and murals. There is a very user-friendly patio, which will make it the ideal place to come and meet up with your friends after a long week during those hot summer Los Angeles nights.

I couldn’t wait to do a proper tasting. For my readers, a piece of advice, if you love the food at a grand opening or catered affair, show them your love by going for a full sit down dinner!

Here’s What I Tried:

Cocktails:

Proper Vodka Martini, it comes in nice large coupe glasses, for the perfect martini.

LN2 Cosmo with vodka, hibiscus, cranberry and lime. This cocktail is very festive. Its garnish reminded me of a peacock, and the combination is a feat in itself. After tasting it you too will know why it is their signature cocktail.

Blueberry Smash with vodka, cucumber, blueberry, lime, and mint, this is a very fresh light pairing of vodka with blueberry, a nice thirst quenching cocktail.

Melrosita with Mezcal, centerba, agricanto, lime, and agave, a sexy blend of liquors, that packs a punch.

Small Plates:

Soup of the season – Cream of Spinach. Farmer’s market inspired. I can always tell how good the food will be from the soup. If a Chef can make a killer soup, then the rest is easy-street. This soup was so delicious and great to the last drop.

Snacks, with Furikake chickpea fritters, wood fired bread, avocado goddess dip, and tapenade. The presentation is just fantastic, and the flavors all together make for one incredible starter.

Hamachi, with aji amarillo, kizami wasabi, lime, apple, nori, shoyu pearls, avocado, wonton crips. Lovely colors add to the overall experience, the Hamachi is cubed and extremely fresh, with a nice tag from the citrus, a true winner.

Shoppe fries, with pickle chips, mango-caper ketchup, and piquillo aioli. This was a very fun way to start this meal, the fried pickle chips with the two sauces do not disappoint.

Salads:

Caesar, with romaine, butter brioche croutons, kale, anchovy, and poached egg. The egg oozes its lovely yolk all over, creating the perfect sauce for this great salad, topped with crispy and light croutons.

Pizza:

The wood fired oven makes all the difference in the world for LA’s pizza aficionados.

Duck confit, with goat cheese, butternut squash, basil, roasted plum hoisin. Oh my goodness, truly a must have. It is sweet and cheesy, with the precise amount of everything. This is one of my all time favorite pizzas.

Shrooms, with Taleggio, truffle sauce, candied peppers, arugula, thyme, and herb oil. Another off the charts pizza, wow! You just have to try.

Caramelized fig, with saint agur blue cheese, hazelnuts, onion jam, arugula, aged balsamic. This pizza was served to me after my entrees, as it is kind of a desert pizza. However, whenever you order this pizza, it will be tantalizing and delicious.

Plates:

Crispy chicken sandwich, with jidori chicken, brussels slaw, butter lettuce, pickles, wasabi dynamite sauce, and tomato jam. The chicken melts in your mouth. There are lots of fried chicken specialty restaurants opening up in Los Angeles, but this will give them all a run for their money, it is just that good.

Black Cod, with sauce Vera Cruz, clams, roasted tomato, fennel, potatoes, chorizo, and saffron. The clams pop into your mouth with incredible foam, and the fish is flaky and tender. A great entrée!

Short rib, with mashed potatoes, baby vegetables, charred onion, and hondashi jus. For the meat and potato lover, it hits all the right notes.

Buffalo duck wings, with crispy duck leg, sriracha-tangerine glaze, celery, five-spice sherry caramel, 
and root vegetables. This is a very inventive dish. I can’t say enough about these lovely duck wings; the duck is tender and sweet, with an incredible caramel glaze.

Special:

Lamp Shank with creamy Taleggio polenta, Bordeaux reduction sauce, mushroom glaze and caramelized shallots. This entree was by far my favorite. Call ahead and see when they are featuring this dish again – It is heaven on a plate.

Sides:

Sautéed spinach, this spinach comes with a hint of garlic slightly cooked, making for an impeccable side dish.

Mashed potatoes, these potatoes will blow your hair back! They are creamy and smooth, everything you would want from a mashed potato side dish.

Mushroom Ragou, this was an ideal accompaniment with the short rib.
Market vegetables, these veggies are colorful and fresh. It feels good to be able to include such a healthy side in my meal.

Desert:

Carmel Corn with kumquat, on a waffle cup, this is sweet and sour, and also amazing. Vanilla crème brulee whipped cream in a waffle cup, my favorite one of the night, I just love vanilla and caramel. All I can say is WOW!

Milk and cookies with chocolate syrup and balsamic pearls, the balsamic pearls are the highlight. They pop in your mouth and are a very interesting combination with the chocolate, but somehow work beautifully.

Ice Cream:

They have a whole area designated just for their handmade ice cream. You pick your favor, all of the other fixings, and you have one heck of a flawless ice cream delight. Chef Rodolpho gets a huge “bravo” from me. The ice cream itself is so specialized, you almost can’t describe it.

Wine:

Vermentino Di Sardegna, Giunco, Sardinia, 2017. This is a fresh fruity wine, one you can tell is Italian. It was a great start to my night, and the correct balance between the Cesar dressing and the anchovies.

Chardonnay, Starmont, Napa Valley 2015. This wine was made for the Cod. It is a bit oaky and enhanced the unique Vera Crus sauce.

Chardonnay, Blindfold, Santa Barbara 2016. I loved this wine with the Duck confit pizza. The pizza is sweet and the wine is a huge contrast, which makes for a delightful experience.

Red Blend, Cline, “Cashmere” Sonoma 2016, this is a lovely wine with the short rib. It is jammy with a bit of a creamy texture, which adds another component of flavor to the enjoyable short rib dish.

Malbec, La Perlita, Mendoza, 2016. This wine was designed to be paired with the lamb, plain and simple.

I had one of the best meals ever. Their take on inventive, creative, and casual cuisine will make you want to come back for more. There is a bit of Italian influence over this delectable food, but the real story here is their Chef’s take on otherwise unexciting cuisine. Every now and then you find a new spot that engages you with innovative food, and LN2 Pizza Shoppe is just that. Don’t let the name fool you, yes their pizza is delightful and fantastic, but all of the menu items will put a huge smile on your face and palate.

LN2 pizza shoppe is located on Melrose Avenue in the heart of Los Angeles. LN2 is where the chef creates his own whimsical take on what he calls “the modern gastro lounge.” Utilizing his fine dining background and passion for tastes that “make us happy,” Chef Robbins and the team at LN2 offer an innovative, playful approach to comfort food right here in West Hollywood.

LN2 Pizza Shoppe
7212 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles 90046
https://ln2pizzashoppe.com/
Phone: (323) 917-5178
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday – 5:00pm to 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday – 5:00pm to 11:00pm, Sunday – 11:00am to 3:00pm and 5:00pm to 10:00pm, and Closed Mondays
Social: Website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Dinner – Feb. 27, 2018 – STK – The W Hotel – Westwood

In the glamorous W Hotel in Westwood lies an oasis of wonderful fully realized delicious cuisine. This is a true steakhouse in the finest tradition, but somehow modernized. The food is off the charts and the service was just as special.

With Executive Chef Robert Liberato, taking the lead, you know all of the food is going to be the best of the best. The Chef De Cuisine, Carlo’s Flores From San Diego, had previously worked at Divante Enoteco in Del Mar, and was also executive chef at Martini’s in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego.

My server Ivory was so accommodating and sweet, anything I asked for she just said yes!! She delivered an amazing experience of serious fine dining. Francisco Castaneda busboy from Honduras, was equally fantastic.

STK has a modern and inviting interior. We sat in a large dining room, which also boasts a grand bar with mirrored walls. The mood is romantic, with small float-like lighting fixtures that drop down from the ceiling. The floors are a cool slate, and the seats an elegant leather. I loved their wood tables and illuminated flowers. There are beautiful strong white textured walls and purple colored lights, with black walls. The ambient dance music creates an added hipster element, letting you know you’re not in an average old fashioned steak house.  In the summer, you can dine in the very inviting outside patio.

The types of customers at STK are varied. Businessmen, dates, and families all enjoy this hearty amazing cuisine.

Here’s What I tried:

Cocktails:

Martini, served up in a tradition martini glass, this was the perfect cocktail to start my incredible dinner.

Strawberry Cobbler, with Grey goose, fresh muddled strawberry, and graham cracker. This is light and fluffy, and has some good sweetness, a delightful cocktail.

Starters:

Tuna Tartare with Hass avocado, soy honey emulsion, and taro chips. This starter was delicious and fresh, and the sauce melded everything together. It was truly an elegant appetizer.

Lobster Ravioli with Maine lobster, Parmesan, English peas, and truffle crema. This is very simple tasting lobster ravioli, but the tiny bites of lobster and the peas just make for one amazing pasta starter.

Market Salads:

Market Lettuces with cucumber, heirloom tomato, market vegetables, avocado, and green goddess dressing. The vegetables are so fresh and pristine, and the dressing adds the perfect balance of acidity and sweetness!

Mains:

NY Strip 14oz: Their steak program is a one-of-a-kind curated experience, courtesy of the Linz Heritage Certified Black Angus Program. Each piece USDA beef is primarily from farms in Iowa and Nebraska, and carefully cared for from conception to plate. Linz Heritage Black Angus cattle are certified, allowing for consistency and the highest quality of marbled beef. These are great cuts of meat with delicate seasonings, so tender, you don’t need a knife. With all of these amazing sauces, you just have to dive in and indulge.

Sauces: STK, STK Bold, au poivre, horseradish, chimichurri, blue butter, béarnaise, Red Wine. These sauces will blow your hair back, each one having separate flavors.

Entrées:

Mary’s Organic Chicken, roasted winter squash – couscous – Brussels sprouts – roasted apple jus. Mary’s chicken is very famous, just about every fine dining establishment has Mary’s as their chicken option. This dish does not disappoint; their version of the winter squash and couscous adds the right touch.

Market Fish – Branzino, with black truffle rice, chili oil. This fish is so flaky and fresh, and the black truffle rice is so fantastic, a real winner.

Sides:

Sweet Corn Pudding (so creamy and smooth). This was my favorite side dish, creamy, sweet and luscious, just a must have side dish.

Creamed Spinach (fried onion on top). This is another one of my favorite sides. It has just the right amount of cream and flavor that makes for one great spinach dish.

Seasonal wild mushrooms. You just have to try these on top of the steak, Wow, what an amazing combination.

Spicy Broccolini (small onions). vegetables offer a crisp fresh take on a usually boring side dish, it’s the spice that will get you coming back for more. You must try these if you want a kick.

Parmesan Truffle fries. Instead of traditional baked potatoes, this will add the extra pizazz that you would want from your fabulous steak dinner.

Desserts:

Bag O’ Donuts with dulce de leche filling, spice chocolate sauce, and raspberry sauce. These little darlings pack some beautiful sweetness for the end of your glorious meal.

Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie with caramel sauce, hot fudge, and vanilla ice cream. I just loved this; it is served on a square mini iron skillet and its so yummy.

Frozen S’more, with graham cracker tuile, and burnt marshmallow. This is just so decadent, you have to try this.

White Wines:

Michael David: Chardonnay, Lodi, CA, ’16. A very nice light Chardonnay, it was a good pair with the tuna.

Landmark: “Overlook”, Chardonnay, Sonoma, CA. This Chardonnay is right in the middle, not too dry, and not too oaky, it was a good pair with the Branzino.

Sonoma Cutrer: Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, CA. My favorite wine of the night, it went so well with the lobster ravioli.

Red Wines:

Decoy by Duckhorn: “Estate Red”, Sonoma, CA. I loved this wine with the chicken, it just hit all of the right notes.

Justin: Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CA. You can’t go wrong with this big and bold Cabernet complimenting the steak, its spicy flavors bought out the meatiness of the steak, and the uniqueness side sauces.

I have been doing these reviews since 2011, this experience will go right up there with my top 20, and it is just that good. Next time you want to indulge in a glorious steakhouse experience skip, the others and go straight to the STK. Enjoy, you won’t get this kind of food anywhere else!

“Not Your Daddy’s Steakhouse” – STK Artfully Blends The Modern Steakhouse and chic lounge into one – offering a dynamic fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse.”

Hours of Operation
Monday: 3:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 3:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday: 3:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Thursday: 3:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Friday: 3:30 PM – 12:00 AM
Saturday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Dinner Hours
Mon-Thu: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Fri-Sat: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sun: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Happy Hour
Mon-Fri: 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

STK
930 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
310-208-8765
www.marriott.com
https://togrp.com/venue/stk-los-angeles/

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Oscar Gift Suites- Friday February 22, 2019

WOW! Creations – The W Hollywood

The Harris Brothers always do a great gift suite at Oscar time. You really feel like a princess with all of the glorious gifts given.

Here is the list of gift vendors:

Amy Ron, Octopus and beach Picture, Shannon Justice – Cartoon art, Divine Spark Art – Woman with snake picture, Shine – Candles, Kat Trimarco – Book – self approved, Watson Style Group – Wardrobe bag, Tenfed – T-shirt, hat, Central Cali Caregivers – Miracle healing rub, Nutrista – Pink coconut water, Maximum State Program, Bracelet, 2 rings, G4 Tequila, 2/6 tequila, Shea Moisture – 4 in 1 all over wash, Manuka honey and yogurt skin renewal recipe body yogurt, Silicone free miracle styler leave-in treatment, Nyakio – soothing oil, Luxe bag care, Acrylic handbag hanger, SC Enable oil, All around booster oil, Muscle Vodka, Vodka mini samples, Mrs. Prindables, Caramel/chocolate apple, Meraki – Ultra hydration cocoa butter, CBD fast pain relief cream, Ganja Gold – Pre-rolls, Hats, Kashmira Professional – Baobab oil + biotin glimmer shine spray, Proliss – Diamond Collection mini straightener, Liv&b – Earrings, Corc Yoga – Cosmetic bag, Canna Hemp – Relief cream, Euphoria elixir, Focus elixir, Lip balm, Corydon Customs – Toy car, G Cookies – Lemon lavender shortbread, Zéa – Facial wipes, TBH – Conditioner, Mont Blac – 1 free black car ride, Toluca Lake Tennis and Fitness Club – 2 day pass.

The scene was very lively with lots of celebrities, influencers, and socialites getting amazing gifts, truly a fantastic event.

BudTrader – Hollywood and Highland Center:

Since Marijuana is legal is California, Hollywood is jumping on the bandwagon. There are many Cannabis type of events popping up for the Hollywood elite and this was one of them. There were lots of many great Cannabis products that were all high and mighty.

The gift suite was located within the Dolby Theater complex, where the Oscars were held on Sunday night. BudTrader.com, the universe’s largest cannabis social media platform, hosted an exclusive cannabis gifting suite to honor nominees and other film industry VIPs. The weekend leading up to the biggest awards show is traditionally a time of high-profile entertainment industry parties and high-end gift bags for nominees, but the BudTrader “Save the Weed, Save the World” event was the first ever all-cannabis VIP gift lounge to feature during a major awards show.

“BudTrader made history at the Save the Weed, Save the World gifting suite,” says BudTrader CEO Brad McLaughlin. BudTrader.com is the largest online cannabis social media marketplace. Its platform is available in the United States where cannabis use is legal, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. Their two-million registered users can safely and legally post and reply to classified-style ads for cannabis products, services, jobs, equipment and more while also networking.

It was a star-studded guest list for the BudTrader pre-awards show gifting suite! Attendees included Craig Robinson (The Office, Hot Tub Time Machine), Trisha Rae Stahl (Glee), Dominic Keating (Star Trek: Enterprise), Daniel Franzese (Mean Girls), Andre Allenberg (Entourage), Blaine Gray (Narcos), Scout Taylor Compton (Halloween, The Runaways), Billy Wirth (Lost Boys), Vanessa Zima (The Babysitter’s Club), Farrah Abraham (Teen Mom), Tasha Courtney (Playboy, Playboy TV), Kristopher Maz (Rock, Paper, Scissors), Alice Ko (Silicon Valley), Tony Winters (Silicon Valley), Jill-Michele Melean (Reno 911), Robert MacEwen (Mindhunter), Tasha Courtney (TBL), Marc Cleary (director Pepper), Jayson Glick (Bethany), Ivory Broome (Speed 2), Hari Tahov (model), Kyle Shaw (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Cody Pressley (Stranger Things), Jake Jensen (Alone Yet Not Alone), Brent Harvey (Natural Vice), Joshua Lee Young (Beauty Queen Murders) and Rolonda Watts (media personality). Also in attendance were high-profile athletes such as John Salley (five-time NBA champion, BudTrader Advisory Board), JD Harmon (NFL & Ex on the Beach) and Ian McCall (UFC, MMA, podcast host). Rappers Slim 400 and Scrilla King were also in attendance. In a surprise appearance, Cosmo, the supermodel great dane dog who has modeled for Gucci, strutted his stuff for the 300 guests in attendance, and snacked on CBD dog treats from Bark Bliss.

Sponsors who contributed are among the most prestigious cannabis brands in the business, including Enerhealth Botanicals, My Best Bud, Josh D, Hashbone Vape, Natural Emphasis, Traveling Hands Massage, Pure Hemp Rolling Papers, Pride Wellness, Therapy Tonics & Provisions, HempZoo, LA Kush, Centurion Extracts, Bark Bliss, Rove Vape, NEWSZN, QWIN CBD Technologies, Highgarden, CRU Cannabis, Randy’s Club, and Rosin Bomb. Guests also got to enjoy the art of Doug Mau and High Art Studios; his work graced the walls of the dispensary in the Netflix show, Disjointed. Linzy of Linzy’s heART-work was also there, working on her latest cannabis-themed painting and chatting with attendees.

http://mybestbudca.com/

Rafi Gift Suite – The Waldorf Astoria – Beverly Hills

TAO Social Media presents Rafi’s Choice Gifting Lounge. Bringing back elegance and style for the Oscars this year, Rafi’s Choice will feature a curated selection of exotic and luxurious vacations, rich cultural experiences, rejuvenating spa treatments, fine contemporary jewelry and more to create one of Hollywood’s most memorable celebrity experiences. Celebrity guests attending include Spike Lee (Best Director Oscar nominee for BLACKKKLANSMAN), Marina De Tavira (Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee for ROMA), Peter Farrelly (Best Screenplay Oscar nominee for GREEN BOOK), Keegan-Michael Key, and Gerard Butler. Live musical performances throughout the day include legendary Rock N’ Roll Hall-of-Fame groups The Temptations (Louis Price) and The Platters (Sonny Turner), as well as the Grammy-winning group Mary Mary.

A new and delightful suite that did not disappoint, here’s who was there:

Omax Health, Phytomax stress remedy, Crytofreeze CBD pain relief roll-on, Dr. Seeta Herbals – 7-day ayurvedic beauty detox, A personalized ayurvedic medicine session gift certificate, Sierra E – Suite kit bow, Moderntie – Tie, Gloria Hincapie – 3 sessions body contour gift certificate, Pineapple tea, Cellu lithe GH, Massage cream, Fydelity – Gold fanny pack, Source Naturals – Wellness formula, Herbal resistance liquid, Stem Cell Lift – Bioplantica facial treatment voucher, Fab 5 Clothing – Earrings, Lip balm, Towel, Bag, Parasuco, Hat Jeans, Save the Girls – Purse with phone pocket, FACE – Tshirt, Grind Stone – Hat

It is so nice to know that being apart of our great community allows those to get gifted, and it is not even my Birthday or Christmas! Cheers, here’s to many more!

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LA’s Annual Hispanic Culinary Extravaganza, ¡Latin Food Fest! Takes Place March 29-30

Super excited about this festival coming up, I will be there with bells on!! Among the fifty participating chefs are Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu.

¡Latin Food Fest! celebrates its seventh annual Hispanic culinary celebration March 29-30 at Los Angeles State Historic Park. California’s largest annual Latin culinary extravaganza includes “Chefs Night Out,” a high energy party and “Gran Tasting Los Angeles,” the festivals signature event featuring food, beverage, wine, beer, and spirits stations, cooking and wine demonstrations, chef awards, VIP Tent, and a four-hour music performance by La Junta Sound System.

Gran Tasting Los Angeles also includes a comprehensive tasting of Latin spirits with Agave Liquor, Bacanora, Cachaca, Fernet, Mezcal, Pisco, Pulque, Raicilla, Popo, Rum, Sotol, and Tequila. Wines from Argentina, Chile, Napa, and Spain with be poured and paired with a variety of Hispanic cuisine. Beer includes Tona Cerveza from Nicaragua, Estrella Damm from Spain, Sol from Mexico, local Latin favorite Chihuahua Cerveza.

Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger will conduct cooking demonstrations on the main stage, discuss Hispanic culinary trends, and sign copies of their latest book.

For more information, visit www.latinfoodfest.com/gallery.

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The 4th Annual Roger Neal Oscar Viewing Party – Icon Awards and After Party – The Hollywood Palladium– Feb. 24, 2019 – Hollywood, CA.

This year was so much better then last year, with this new location at The Iconic Hollywood Palladium, which is so retro, situated at 6215 Sunset Boulevard, this gigantic music venue has been built in a very chic and modern style. The dance floor inside alone measures around 11,200 sq. ft., which means it has the capacity for around 4,000 people. Since the time that the Palladium was built in 1940, it has held up its legacy quite stalwartly. Whether it is because it was built at the place where the famous Paramount structures once stood or not, luck has certainly been loyal to the reputation of the Hollywood Palladium.

“Where Academy Members Love to Watch The Oscars Over Dinner then Join The Nominees After Party”

Roger and Lynn Neal, Founder and Chairman of the annual Oscar night event, announces along with their partners Maryanne and Thomas Lai, the 4th Annual Roger Neal Oscar Viewing Party
For the past three years this event was held at the Hollywood Museum however the party has grown beyond the museum’s capacity. Neal and his associates moved into their new home The Hollywood Palladium, operated by Live Nation. It’s the first time in 50 years since an Oscar party has been held there. Neal added an after party that saw Oscar winners and presenters stop by to celebrate their win on Oscar night. “We are most excited for booking the Palladium and its beautiful restoration. We can set up to 800 for dinner if needed.” said Roger Neal.

Entertainment included live on stage R&B Pop sensation/Foundation Records recording artist 22 yr. old Roger Neal, and his dancers followed by Richard Halpern’s Hollywood Cavalcade show with a live band, (from LA’s Cicada Club) and special guests performing high brow music from the 20’s and 30’s. A special appearance by Howard Hewett of Shalamar will rock the Palladium performing at the after party.

The Roger Neal Oscar Viewing Dinner once again honors stars with the ICON AWARD during the pre-show to the Academy awards. This year’s honorees include: For Television, award winning actress Loretta Swit star of Mash. Oscar nominees Robert Forster(Oscar Nominee), Margaret Avery(Oscar Nominee) and Lainie Kazan(Oscar nominee) for Motion pictures. Ernie Hudson for Motion Pictures, Bernie Kopell (Love Boat), for TV and Walton’s star Ms.Michael Learned, for TV. The Music Icon Award will go to Grammy and Golden Globe nominee Frank Stallone. Woman in Philanthropy Icon award goes to actress/philanthropist/ 2 time Daytime Emmy Award Winner Kira Reed Lorsch (The Bay). Awards presenters include:(TBA) All Awardees accepted in person.

The Academy Awards viewing dinner was a sit down, black tie white glove service experience for the stars, their guests, sponsors and ticket buyers.

During the Oscar Viewing dinner party, tradition has the 4 charities spotlighted receiving a donation check from Roger & Lynn Neal and partners Maryanne and Thomas Lai, which benefited them from funds raised. The 2019 non-profits are:

1. Environmental Charter Schools 2. Love From Music City 3. The Hollywood Museum, 4. The Robert H. Lorsch Foundation.

Eileen Bradley, from ‘The Real’, ‘E-Entertainment Television’ and 25 years in talent bookings for networks, serves as the Talent Executive and Edward Lozzi of Edward Lozzi & Associates PR (who was publicity and red carpet coordinator for the now ended Night of 100 Stars), has been brought in for the Roger Neal Oscar Viewing Dinner and after party for 2019. Over 100 Stars came and 600 Guests in total for dinner. “Over 200 media worldwide to cover our very long step & repeat Red Carpet”, said Edward Lozzi, Media and red carpet coordinator for the Roger Neal Oscar Viewing and After Party.

Souley Vegan owner and Celebrity Gourmet chef Tamearra created the Dinner for Oscar Party guests. Emerald Hare Winery will be among the wineries that supplied exceptional wines for dinner and afterwards.

This Year’s 2019 Oscar Nominees In Attendance:

Peter Farrelly-Oscar nominated Writer & Director of Green Book, Tony McNamara-Oscar nominated for Best Original Screenplay for The Favourite, Erick Beckman & David Jesteadt-Distributors of Oscar Nominated film Mirai, Mamoru Hosoda- writer & Director of Oscar Nominated film Mirai, Yuichiro Saito, Producer of Oscar nominated film Mirai, Joe Cortese(co-star) of Green Book. Patrick Don Vito (Oscar Nominated Best Film Editing for Green Book), Ethan Van der Ryn and Eric Aadahl(Oscar Noninees for Best Sound Editing for A Quiet Place), Kirk Bovill (starred as Henry Kissinger-Oscar nominated movie Vice) Emma Eliza Regan(Oscar Nominated “Detainment” 2019), Steve Kingston(Production Designer of Oscar Nominated “Detainment” 2019), Darren Mahon & Vincent Lambe Oscar nominated director and filmmaker (Oscar Nominated Film Detainment) Bryce Nielson(Special Effects for Roma),Ms. Tan Kheng Hua (star of Crazy Rich Asians).

Celebrities In Attendance:

Loretta Swit, Ilya Salkind(Superman), Ms. Michael Learned(Little House), Joe Cortese(The Green Book), Barbara Luna(Star Trek), Frank Stallone(Barfly), Lou Ferrigno, Jr (Swat), Cory Oliver, Lydia Cornell(Too Close for Comfort), Bridgette Nielson(Red Sonya), Sofia Milos(CSI Miami), Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island), Lorenzo Lamas(Falcon Crest/Renegade), Dee Wallace (ET), Mary Wilson(The Supremes), Lainie Kazan(My Favorite Year), Bernie Kopell (Love Boat), Ernie Hudson(Ghostbusters), Cory Feldman(Stand By Me), George Papadopoulous(fmr Trump’s Foreign Policy Advisor), Courtney Stodden(Celebrity Big Brother), Nic Novicki(Sopranos), Teale Sperling(Toy Box), Kate Linder(Young & Restless), Kami Kotler, Judy Tenuta(HBO Specials), Ieva Georges(No Way Out 15’), Katherine Kelly Lang( the star of Bold and Beautiful), Katherine Pacino, James Jurdi(Reaper), Noreen Taylor(The Bay), Patrika Darbo(Days Our Lives), Meredith Thomas, Miles Tagtmeyer(Emmy nom Broken), Stanley Livingston(My 3 Sons), Suzanne Marques(Enlightened HBO), Donna Spangler(Beverly Hills Christmas), Patty McCormack(The Bad Seed Oscar nom), Gabrielle Stone(Speak No Evil), Tanya Banks(Little Women), Ivan Modei, Rebecca Holden( Knightrider), Joel Diamond(Grammy Record Producer Engelbert Humperdinck), Robert Mack(Host Good Morning LaLa Land), Autum, and Todd McGinley, Dr. Paul Nassif(E!’s Botched), Danny Arroyo(tv series regular Sangre Negra), Clarence Gilyard(Walker Texas Ranger series star), Brenda Dickson(Young&Restless), Kathy Garver(Family Affair), Joann Worley(Laugh In), Ava Cantrell(Niclelodeons Haunted Hathaways), Melody Anderson(Flash Gordon/Firewalker), Carrie Schroder(I Am Frankie-Nickelodeon), Petri Byrd(Judge Judy), Renee Lawless(Tyler Perry’s Have and Have Nots), Sonika Vaid, James Dumont(Law & Order: True Crime), Lucille Soong(Fresh Off the Boat), Sheryl Lee Ralph(Instant Mom), Alison Arngrim(Little House), Yi Zhou(Runaway Pistol), Keith Carlos(Bold & The Beautiful America’s Top Model), Emmanuel Kabongo(21 Thunder), Gloria Loring, Carl Crawford (LA Dodgers), Francesca Fanti(American Crime Story:Versacae), Frank Pesce(29th Street), Carolyn Hennessey(Terminator 3), Peter Mark Richman(Naked Gun’Star Trek), Erin Haskell(Good Morning La La Land, Richard Brooks (Emmy winner), Ron Moss( Emmy winner star of The Bay), Devin Devasquez (tv & film producer Emmy winner & former Playmate), Marla Gibbs(The Jeffersons), Freyda Payne(singing legend), Ernest Harden Jr., (White Men Cant Jump), Kathleen Bradley(Price is Right), Art Evans(Die Hard 2), Janet Dubois(Good Times), Roger E. Mosley(Magnum PI), Ella Joyce( Roc), Margaret “Shug” Avery-(Oscar nom.The Color Purple), Cisco Reyes(Amazon’s Chosen Kin), Luenella (A Star is Born) nominated Best picture, Jamie Farr(Mash-presenting Icon award to Loretta Swit), Joe Fria(Guardians of the Galaxy) Kevin Seymour( NFLCarolina Panthers), Adoree Jackson(NFL Tennessee Titans), Vincent Spano(Alive), Willard Pugh(Air Force 1), Mother Love, William McNamara(Nun), Jaclyn Lopez(The Lucky Man), Roger Neal Jr.(recording Artist), Tanya Roberts(Charlies Angels& Sheena), Stephanie Szostak(ABC’s A Million Little Things& Iron Man 3), Gloria Garayu(How To Get Away w Murder), Farah Abraham(star of Teen Mom), Carrie Mitchum(James Dean Live Fast Die Young), Vincent DePaul( The Bay), Ken Davitian(Borat), Shadoe Stevens(Hosts Top of The World), Beverly Stevens(Shadoevision), Amber Stevens West(ABC’s Greek), Laurene Landon(All the Marbles/Maniac Cop), Jeremy Miller(Growing Pains)Jeannie Kasem (Cheers/The Tortellis), Lou Ferrigno(The Hulk), Burt Ward(Batman), Susan Olson(The Brady Bunch), Buzz Aldrin, Chris McDonald(Thelma & Louise-Happy Gilmore), Donovan Carter(HBO’s BALLERS) Jamie Kennedy (Scream), Johnny Roastbeef Williams( Good Fellas & Green Book), Katherine Kramer, Karen Kramer, Gloria Allred( Netflix-Seeing AllRed, Celeste Thorson(How I Met Your Mother,)Lee Purcell-JL Ranch +Murder She Wrote), Sean Kanan(Bold Beat, )Camila Banus(Days of Our Lives),Phil Crosby(Bing’s grandson performing)Richard Halpern(performing)Terry Moore(Oscar Nominee Come Back Little Sheba)Sally Kirkland(Oscar Nominee-Golden Globe winner), Roslynd Kind(singer Streisand sister), Nancy O’Brian- Playboy Playmate, Vince Lazano(Pirates of the Caribbean),Wes Geer, Jeri Jewel(Facts of Life), Jeraldine Saunders(The Love Boat Lady), Kirk Bovill (starred as Henry Kissinger-Oscar nominated movie Vice) Emma Eliza Regan(Oscar Nominated “Detainment” 2019), Steve Kingston (Production Designer of Oscar Nominated “Detainment” 2019) Darren Mahon & Vincent Lambe Oscar nominated director and filmmaker of The Oscar Nominated Film Detainment), Maria Conchita Alonso( Moscow on The Hudson), John Ratzenberger(Cheers/Toy Story), Bryce Nielson(Special Effects ROMA), David Permut(Producer Hacksaw Ridge),Ms. Tan Kheng Hua(star of Crazy Rich Asians),Joyce Bulifant (Mary Tyler Moore Show regular.

OSCAR GIFT SUITE Part of The Evening:
The stars were gifted with a gift bag filled with couture, and service brands worth $20k.

Some of our stars Invited and or attended last year:

Mel Gibson, Natalie Portman, Bryce Dallas Howard, Hilary Swank, Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith, Dakota Johnson, Renee Lawless ( Tyler Perry’sThe Have and Have Not’s) Kevin Sorbo, Burt Ward ( Robin From TV’s Batman), Fred Willard, Michelle Johnson(Blame it on Rio), Lee Purcell, Suzanne Sena, Don Most(HAPPY DAYS), Fernando Allende, Ruta Lee( Seven Brides For Seven Brothers), Hank Garrett, Nikki Leigh- (Lifetime Movie) , Jen Lilley( Days of Our Lives), Phil Morris( Seinfeld), , Matty Cardarople( Netflix Series of Unfortunate Events), Oscar Winner George Chakiris, Mayf Nutter ( The Waltons), Lindsey Bloom ( Mike Hammer), Jayne Kennedy, Lee Benton ( NOCTURNAL ANIMALS), Marla Gibbs, Kymberly Hefner, Anne Marie Johnson, Marci Miller ( Days of Our Lives) Khandi Alexander, Maria Conchita Alonso, Alice Amter, Geri Jewel, Jeremy Miller ( Growing Pains), Rex Smith, Benjamin Onyango, Fred Willard, Isidora Goreshter ( Shameless), Renee Taylor, Lou Ferrigno, Gloria Allred, Lee Meriwether, The Pointer Sisters(receiving Icon Award), Burt Ward, Dawn Wells, Lee Purcell, Courtney Stodden, Judy Tenuta, Ruta Lee, Marion Ross(receiving Icon Award), Paul Sorvino, Don Most, Erin Murphy, Anson Williams, Katherine Kelly Lang( Bold and The Beautiful), Gloria Allred, Cerina Vincent, Jake Busey, George Chakiris(Oscar winner), Janice Dickinson, Jeremy Miller(Growing Pains), Rex Smith,Charlene Tilton, Leyna Nguyen, Kristy McNichol, Chester Rushing(Stranger Things), Martin Klebba( Pirates of the Caribbean), Dee Wallace (ET), Ronnie Schell (Gomer Pyle USMC), Fran Drescher (The Nanny), Carol Connors(2 x Oscar nominee), Ed Asner(Icon Award recipient), Shadoe & Beverly Stevens, Chester Rushing (Stranger Things), Claudia Lee(Kick Ass2) Jayson Blair(The New Normal, Moniqua Plante (Nashville), Lou Gossett Jr.(Oscar winner, Hal Linden( Barney Linden, Tracy Scoggins(Dynasty), Victorial Rowell – (Young and The Restless & Rich and The Ruthless), Sean Kanan, Dorian Davis – (Star of The Oscar Nominated Best Live Action Film Short. ‘ My Nephew Emmett) Shana Solomon (The Big Sick’)Pat Boone, Jacqueline Murphy ), Kym Whitley(The Parkers) Maria Conchita Alonso, Nicky Whelan(Dusk til Dawn, Nic Novicki( Boardwalk Empire, Bernie Kopell (Love Boat, Kelsey Scott (Fear The Walking Dead) Tylon Larry (My Nephew Emmett), Sam Humphrey( The Greatest Showman), Margaret Avery(The Color Purple), Christine Divine(Fox News personality), Margaret O’Brien-Oscar winner,

Sponsors: ~ Presenting Sponsor is World Zhitan Art Finance Co., LTD.(MaryanneLai), Greg Chapman executive tailor Beverly Hills, Souley Vegan, Emerald Hare Wine, Monte Cristo Cigars, Black Coffee, Bertha Maes Baking Company, Takako, Party and Sushi Catering, The Worlds Most Talented Mom, GM Collin Skincare Paris, The Hollywood Museum, The Red Skelton Museum, Greg Chapman, Belleeck Castle Ballina Ireland, Timmy Woods Beverly Hills Handbags, Glamour Bonbonier Chocolatiers, Raju Rasiah Rare Exotic Jewelry Beverly Hills and Hint Water, Bertha Maes Brownie CO, The Organic Face Cosmetics, John Paul Mitchell Systems, Papira Health & Wellness Group, SAY YES To HOPE.org, Hot Town Events, MSP.

This event is up there with the best of the best. It is always done with elegance and class. Both Roger Neal and Ed Lozzi really pulled off an amazing evening, filled with everything you would want from Oscar Sunday. The room looked beautiful and this iconic venue added the overall glamour of Old Hollywood. Next year, once again, I will be there with bells on!

The 4th Annual Roger Neal Oscar Viewing Dinner-Icon Awards and After Party

The Hollywood Palladium
6215 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA. 90028
www.rogernealsh.net
www.lozzipr.com

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Hello, Dolly! – The Pantages Theater – Jan. 30, 2019 – Hollywood, CA.

To be part of the whole spectacle, live and in person, makes me just gush with delight. In all of its original glory, Hello, Dolly! is a masterpiece of Broadway history. Seeing Betty Buckley on stage was a gift like no other. Her wisdom, and deep smoky voice led the audience down a divine path. This is a role that is made for her; she coveted every moment of Dolly Levi, commanding the theater.

Growing up in Los Angeles during the 70’s I had a drama teacher, Mrs. Meyers, who was a huge fan of the original play The Matchmaker. Part of our acting classes in high school required studying the play, and then working on many of the scenes. So for me, Hello, Dolly! was ingrained in my psyche from a very young age. As you may know, The Matchmaker was adapted into what we now know as Hello, Dolly! in the 1960’s, during Broadway’s heyday.

Producer Scott Rudin and Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in Hello, Dolly! – the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” and the Los Angeles Times says “distills the mood-elevating properties of the American musical at its giddy best.” Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving unanimous raves on Broadway, this Hello, Dolly! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest staging’s in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream.”

In 1890s New York City, the bold and enchanting widow Dolly Levi, is a socialite-turned-matchmaker. Her latest client seeking assistance is the cantankerous “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder, and a young artist named Ambrose, who is in love with Horace’s niece, Ermengarde. Dolly’s scheming soon involves Horace’s employees as well as a New York hat maker, as she tries to cover up her own secret romantic designs.

Led by four-time Tony Award®-winning director Jerry Zaks, and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Warren Carlyle, the entire creative team of the Broadway production reprises their roles for the national tour of Hello, Dolly!, including four-time Tony Award® winner Santo Loquasto (Scenic & Costume Design), six-time Tony Award® winner Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), Tony Award® winner Scott Lehrer (Sound Design), Andy Einhorn (Music Supervision), Robert Billig (Music Direction), Tony Award® winner Larry Hochman (Orchestrations), Tony Award® winner Don Pippin (Vocal Arrangements), David Chase (Dance Arrangements), and Telsey + Company (Casting). Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman, Book by Michael Stewart, and based on the play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder.

Betty Buckley (Dolly Gallagher Levi) called “The Voice of Broadway” by New York Magazine, is a legendary Tony Award® Winning performer; he is also a 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame inductee, and a 2017 recipient of the Julie Harris Award for Artistic Achievement given by The Actors Fund. Broadway: Triumph of Love (Tony Award® nomination), Sunset Boulevard, Carrie (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), Song and Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cats (Tony Award®), Pippin, 1776. London: Dear World, Sunset Boulevard (Olivier Award nomination), Promises, Promises (Evening Standard Award nomination). Television: “Preacher,” “Supergirl,” “Getting On,” “The Leftovers,” “Chicago Med,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Pacific,” “OZ,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Without a Trace,” “Eight Is Enough.” Recordings: 18 solo albums (two Grammy Award nominations), most recently Hope released on Palmetto Records in June 2018. Betty is a teacher of scene study, and song interpretation for over 45 years. Two Honorary Doctorates for her contribution to musical theater from The Boston Conservatory and Marymount Manhattan College.

Producers – Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson. Director – Jerry Zaks, Choreographer – Warren Carlyle, Music Supervisor – Andy Einhorn, Music Director – Robert Billig, Scenic And Costume Design –  Santo Loquasto, Lighting Design – Natasha Katz, Sound Design – Scott Lehrer, Hair & Make Up Design – Campbell Young Associates, Dance Arrangements – David Chase, Music Coordinator – Seymour Red Press, Vocal Arrangements – Don Pippin. Music Coordinator — Seymour Red Press.

Cast:

Dolly Gallagher Levi – Betty Buckley, Horace Vandergelder – Lewis J. Stadlen, Cornelius Hackl – Nic Rouleau, Irene Molloy – Analisa Leaming, Barnaby Tucker – Jess LeProtto, Minnie Fay – Kristen Hahn, Ambrose Kemper – Garett Hawe, Ermengarde -Morgan Kirner, and Ernestina – Jessica Sheridan.

Ensemble featured Maddy Apple, Daniel Beeman, Brittany Bohn, Giovanni Bonaventura, Elizabeth Broadhurst, Whitney Cooper, Julian DeGuzman, Wally Dunn, Alexandra Frohlinger, Dan Horn, Corey Hummerston, Madison Johnson, Nathan Keen, Beth Kirkpatrick, Ben Lanham, Ian Liberto, Kyle Samuel, Scott Shedenhelm, Timothy Shew, Maria Cristina Slye, Cassie Austin Taylor, Davis Wayne, Brandon L. Whitmore, and Connor Wince.

Musical Numbers:

Act One:
“I Put My Hand In,” “It Takes a Woman,” “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” “Ribbons Down My Back,” “Motherhood,” “Dancing,” “Before The Parade Passes By”

Act Two:
“Penny in My Pocket,” “Elegance,” “The Waiters’ Gallop,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “The Contest,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” “So Long Dearie,” “Hello, Dolly! (Reprise)”

Celebrities In Premiere Attendance:

Fran Drescher, Carly Hughes, Denise Crosby, Malcolm Barrett, Jennifer Leigh Warren, Lynn Andrews, Keala Settle, Sofia Milos, Patty McCormack, Brooke Lewis,Courtney Reed, Masiela Lusha, Naomi Grossman, Lisa Loeb, Bernie Kopell, Eric Petersen, Richard Portnow, Rob Colletti, Aubrey Anderson Emmons,Thomas Lennon, Ruta Lee, Rachel Bay Jones, Lea Thompson, Reginald VelJohnson, Kitana Turnbull, Dianne Kay, Laurie Walter, Al Sapienza, Kiki Shepard, Patty McCormack, Mindy Sterling, Kym Herjavec, Molly McCook, Kate Linder, Mindy Sterling, Garrett Clayton, Adam Rich, Patrick KilPatrick, Karen Strassman, Jeffery Anderson Gunter, Micky Dolenz, Masiela Lusha, Robert Herjavec, John Krause, Raegan Revord, Katherine Steele, Gloria Garayua, Connie Needham, Armand Mastroianni, Issie Swickle, Aijia Grammer.

History – From The Thornton Wilder Society:

From the very start of his work on The Merchant of Yonkers in early 1937, Thornton Wilder wrote that he was indebted to other plays, specifically a comedy by Johann Nestroy, Einen Jux will er sich Machen (Vienna, 1842), which was in turn based upon an English original, A Day Well Spent (London, 1835) by John Oxenford. Oxenford’s comedy is a one-act light farce about clerks taking a surreptitious holiday. The Austrian Nestroy’s play expands Oxenford’s basic plot, adding music, songs and social commentary.

Wilder made major changes to his sources, especially the introduction of Dolly Gallagher Levi, the matchmaker. After initial frustrations with the Fourth Act, Wilder experienced a breakthrough in March 1938, writing to his mother and his sister, “All my plots – count ’em – and idea-themes all come to a head at the right moment, with Mrs. Levi ruling the Roost.” The Merchant of Yonkers opened on Broadway in December 1938, while Our Town was still playing, with mostly disastrous reviews, and closed after only 39 performances, although it continued to be staged in other settings.

Almost twenty years later, following encouragement and specific recommendations by the actress Ruth Gordon and by director Tyrone Guthrie, Wilder transformed the play into The Matchmaker. The major changes are the new title, which emphasizes the role of Dolly Levi, and the addition of lines, especially a grand soliloquy, given to Dolly. The Matchmaker debuted in Edinburgh, Scotland on November 4, 1954, and was already an international success when it opened on Broadway on December 5, 1955. In 1964 Hello, Dolly!, a musical adaptation of The Matchmaker starring Carol Channing in the title role, premiered on Broadway, and ran for seven years. A film starring Barbra Streisand was released in 1969.

From: http://www.twildersociety.org/works/the-matchmaker/

All in attendance celebrated this Broadway legacy and no one was disappointed. With the perfect sets and colorful costumes Hello Dolly! is a show not to be missed. You travel to a time of simplicity, but with its historical moments we remember the suffragettes of what women had to go through to be part of society and find their place. Nowadays, these kinds of topics would never be written. The way women are treated in our-day-and-age does not allow for being the bride for reasons other than love. Back in those days, a good wife kept the house, and was basically considered a maid. However, the message of women being in power back then did not go unnoticed by me, and I am sure all of today’s feminist audience members. This is an important side note and one that needs to be addressed. The innocence of the time when women were happy to help men take care of their families and households still can be seen in many traditional marriages and families. These values have morphed into other traditions, but all in all, the strength of women in today’s society is something that is very prevalent. The Me Too movement has made all of this come to the forefront and I am glad it did, but one can still appreciate a grand story of when women were treated as the queen of their castles.

The performance schedule for Hello, Dolly! is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm. Opening Night is Wednesday, January 30th at 8pm.

The Pantages Thaeter
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, Los Angeles
www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com

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