ESPY Party – July 17th, 2018 – Regard Magazine – Bel Air, CA

By Guest Columnist – Bijan Khodavandi

This year’s ESPY Party organized by Regard Magazine was set in beautiful Bel Air, California. WWE Diva , CJ “Lana” Perry , who is on E Network’s WWE Diva show was the host of the party. She also happens to be a previous client of Jodi’s. I went to this event on Jodi’s behalf to relay a congratulatory message to CJ, and she was thrilled to receive it. Between taking photos on the red carpet and giving interviews, she was a busy girl. Noticeable from every corner of the event, she was wearing a white tasseled jumper with a plunging neckline that left little to the imagination. She looked stunning. The event brought together professional athletes, top-tier influencers, and industry insiders for a day of gifting, cocktails, and light bites. There were tents throughout the party advertising various companies and their products. These included: Papa & Barkley, a medical cannabis company that produces therapeutic ointments, and oils. As well as Amanda Louise, a luxury swimwear line based out of Arizona. Skyy Vodka, Grand Marnier, and Aperol Spritz were the liquor sponsors for the event, crafting delicious cocktails for guests ranging from a “Watermelon Spritz” to a classic Grand Marnier on the rocks. The party was a major success, and we send our congratulations, once again, to CJ “Lana” Perry on her beautiful cover for Regard Magazine!

 

 

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Bastille Day Bash – Bistro 45 – Sunday, July 15th, 2018 – Pasadena, CA.

When I left home many moons ago, straight out of high school, I moved to Berkeley, California. My roommate was also my good friend from high school. She was part of the dance department at UC Berkeley, and became friends with the drama department. Her boyfriend at the time was an actor, so she was part of this wild and crazy clique of actors, directors, writers. I was a part of their social events and gatherings and that is when I met Robert Simon, who at that time was more of a director than an actor. But whatever he was, he was one heck of a powerful guy. Lots of people looked up to him for his expertise and wisdom, you could say he was the king of the drama department. History with Robert was pretty complicated, having enjoyed the company of his brother, as well as another gentlemen who was an actor in that department, names will go unmentioned. That was my past and this is my present. So a few months back I went to a wine tasting in Pasadena and overheard a conversation where Robert was introducing himself, and talking about wines for his Pasadena restaurant. Though this could be the same Robert Simon from Berkeley, but after introducing myself I realized yes this is my lucky day and he was so gracious to tell me about his long-time establishment in Pasadena. We had few laughs and talked about our misspent youth.  I soon contacted him and told him about my being a food writer and having an interest in doing a proper review.

We had tried to work something out in the past few months but when I contacted Robert again he said “oh I have the perfect event to invite you to,” and boy was he right!

He has been doing his Bastille Day party at his restaurant for 28 years now, which includes an amazing prefix dinner. I was completely astounded at the camaraderie and community he has established there in Pasadena. But what was I thinking, this is no surprise.  As a director of actors, he would bring a whole slew of actors together to mount amazing shows. Bistro 45 is just the same concept except for instead of a play, he is creating an excellent gastronomic feast. We were even fortunate enough to hear an impromptu speech he gave on humanity, community, coming together and peace during this auspicious occasion. Robert still knows how to captivate his audience. Happy as a clam, I proceeded to imbibe on all the incredible bounty at Bistro 45.

He asked me to come solo and said he would take care of my meal. When I arrived, he told me that he had the perfect person in mind to join me at my table. When Philip appeared, I was delighted, being sight-impaired I switched up my momentum and helped guide Philip through this fantastic experience. But much to my amazement, even though Philip is completely blind he is not handicapped. His disability has made him a strong man, with no room for pity parties. He told me that he is a Deputy District Attorney in the Los Angeles County Court System and prosecutes in court most days of the week. After spending time with Philip, I realized how lucky I am to have all my senses. But really you could take everything away from me, but don’t take my sense of smell or taste, that would be a tragedy for me. Philip and I talked about everything under the sun, while enjoying the finest French wines and cuisine. He was truly the perfect dinner companion, giving me inspiration, and even more reasons to enjoy my life.

Here’s What I tried:

Rose of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Chateau Saint-Esteve, France 2016.
Mussels, Clams & Fries, the mussels and clams were so fresh, and the preparation was very simple but perfect. The French fries added a nice crisp texture, which of course is very typical in French cuisine. The wine had a nice crisp flavor that added a fruit nuance that could not have been better.

Sauvignon Blanc, Petite Perriere, Loire 2016.
Marinated Alaskan King Salmon Salad with Whipped fresh ricotta, arugula and marinated wild salmon. This dish for me was a palate cleanser along with the wine. The rich garlic flavor from the mussels and clams needed a way to dissipate and the earthy Sauvignon Blanc allowed my palate to be new and cleansed. The combination of salmon, ricotta, arugula, and a kind of sweet vinaigrette made a great impact on my tastebuds.

Merlot Blend, Chateau Mazetier, Bordeaux 2016.
Steak au Poivre, with ratatouille. Ratatouille seemed to always be part of my Bay Area roots, where I met Robert.  So this dish really made me feel at home. The steak was so perfectly cooked, and the wine enhanced all of the meaty flavors.  A true winner.

Petit Fours, these were all different, my favorite being the lemon bars, I just love a good lemon dessert.

The room was very loud with everyone enthralled in conversation; there was no music in the background. The interior had grey walls, with yellow, white, and grey striped banquets, nice wood floors, and elegant café style chairs. The exterior of the building is very art deco, built in 1939. Chef James told me it used be a mortuary, but it has been reconfigured and renovated so that you would never guess its past history! The crowd was older, some women with their friends having a girl’s night out dinner. Everyone truly enjoying his or her Bastille Day dinner party.

You could tell that everything was hand selected with the utmost attention to each flavor profile and product details. Every course was a stepping-stone to a higher purpose of culinary delights. Each dish was so fresh and flavorful, and the wines matched perfectly with all of the married ingredients.

I would run next time to Bistro 45 for a special occasion, or one of their future events. You just know that you will have the best experience and remember all the little nuances that went into the preparation and presentation.

Chef James Lambrinos has an amazing gift, he really knows how to take direction and prepare a meal to remember. He started at Bistro 45 in October of last year; he studied at The Culinary Institute of America. He came out to greet the customers and see how they were enjoying his food. My waiter, Dan, was very efficient and made sure I was well taken care of.

Their Story:

The ultimate dining experience, like no other. Bistro 45 is an innovative New American and French-style cuisine restaurant that embraces both a traditional and contemporary setting. Located in the heart of Pasadena, we create memorable dishes while always featuring the highest quality “ranch to restaurant” proteins and organic produce. Our chefs are dedicated to providing all guests with “food made with love” which pair greatly with our extensive wine list. We believe in catering to our customers in order to provide them with a personal and extraordinary dining experience. Bistro 45 is the perfect spot for celebrations or for a special night out.

Bistro 45 is proud to be a winner in the 2018 Los Angeles Hot List!

My experience was beyond expectations, what a lovely way to spend the evening. Bistro 45 offers an extraordinary sustainable / organically inspired seasonally changing menu which showcases French technique via new American cooking. Also, I took the train from Wilshire and Western, then the Gold line from Union Station, which added to my evening by not having to stress about driving until much later. I am smitten, and I will return. Thanks Robert Simon for reconnecting and being able to experience all of your life’s hard work!

Bistro 45
(626) 795-2478
45 S Mentor Ave
Pasadena, CA 91106
bistro45.com

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Dinner – July 8, 2018 – Bluewater Grill – Temecula, CA.

With seven Southern California locations, and one in Phoenix Arizona, Bluewater Grill is guaranteed to make you one happy customer.

Super simple interiors making you feel as though you were in a seafood shack somewhere in New England. Lots of black and white photography of seafood being caught off of various oceanfronts and piers. With its high open beam ceilings, and mixed industrial light fixtures, it will put you in the mood for some very creative cuisine. There are ships knots as dividers, with sailboats cleats as an added design highlight. Super relaxed, embrace yourself into a unique coastal food experience.

Their Story:

Celebrating over 20 years in business, Bluewater Grill was established in Newport Beach, California in 1996, by partners Rick Staunton and Jim Ulcickas. They have since grown into a family of seafood restaurants, located in resort communities, committed to serving guests pristine quality seafood, sustainably caught, and prepared classically or with a modern twist.

Fresh Sustainable Seafood:

They operate their own swordfish harpoon boat, the Pilikia, and serve the finest quality locally harpooned swordfish in season. Their fish is always the most pristine quality available as they purchase directly from fisherman, in season, at the peak of quality and freshness. Being fishermen at heart, they want to ensure the future availability of seafood and make responsible seafood purchasing a core value of their operation.

The Bluewater Experience:

Bluewater Grill’s Mission is to serve great food in a casual, relaxed environment by friendly and knowledgeable people at a fair price. They offer more than 40 varieties of seafood annually, with oysters on the half shell, award winning chowder, a kid’s menu approved by the Kids LiveWell program of the National Restaurant Association, patio dining, full bar and wine list, brunch, and happy hour.

Harpooned by “Pilikia”:

They have their own boat called Pilikia plying the waters of the Channel Islands. Harpooned swordfish is better because it is caught on day boats, it is a 100% sustainable method of fishing and there is no by-catch like there is with nets or long lines. “Pilikia”, which means “trouble” in Hawaiian, has been the #1 harpoon sword fishing boat on the west coast for many years. The boat was custom built in Hoquiam, Washington and supplies their Bluewater Grill Restaurants with direct access to the freshest swordfish for the summer season. Pilikia will ply the local waters off Catalina and the Channel Islands looking to harpoon “The Gladiator Fish.” Selectively harvesting mature fish and processing them only minutes later, the fish is quick cooled in “on board” refrigerators and rushed to the restaurants that same day. Bluewater Grill’s Pilikia gives “real” meaning to “from our boat to your plate”. The freshness, quality and flavor are as good as it gets.

Manager Max was very instrumental in my tasting, as well as my server Jordan, who did a fine job.

Here’s What I Tried:

Cocktails:

Handcrafted:

American Mule – Blue Ice Vodka, ginger beer and fresh lime.

Violetta – New Amsterdam Vodka, fresh lime and pineapple juice, St. Germain Elderflower, Crème de Violette, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur and served up.

Pilikia Margarita – Cuervo Tradicional Silver Tequila, De Kuyper Triple Sec, fresh limejuice, agave syrup, orange bitters.

Captain’s Mai Tai – Cruzan Coconut Rum, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Gosling’s Bermuda Black Seal Rum, triple sec, tropical juices

Cucumber Mojito – Myer’s Platinum Rum, fresh cucumber and mint, fresh lime juice, aloe vera and soda water.

Each cocktail was delicious, with all having the perfect balance between sweet and sour, alcohol and mixers. My favorite was the Captain’s Mai Tai, making me feel like I was off on a deserted island in the tropics. So leave your cares somewhere else and indulge in their specialized cocktails.

Wine:

House wines by Grand Cru, Chardonnay. This is a great mellow Chardonnay, not too oaked, just a great pairing with Chippino.

Robert Renzoni Pinot Grigio, Temecula ‘17. A nice fruity effervescent, wine, a nice choice for the Seafood Louis Salad.

Chardonnay:

William Hill, Central Coast ’16.

Annabella, Napa ’14.

Wiens, Temecula ’16.

Trefethen, Napa ’16.

Each Chardonnay had their own individual characteristics. My favorite was the William Hill, with its buttery profile. You can drink this wine with any of the seafood dishes.

Red Blends/Varietals – Leoness Meritage, Temecula ’14. I liked this wine with the Salmon, it is jammy and brought out the sweetness of the salmon.

Red Blends/Varietals – Wiens “Artist Series” Crowded, Temecula ’16, of course this wine paired great with the burger, truly a match made in heaven.ever

Appetizers:

Maryland Style Crab cakes, Remoulade, chive oil and micro greens. A very subtle and lovely appetizer, a great way to start my delicious meal.

Jumbo Prawn Cocktail with chive oil and housemade cocktail sauce. These are huge prawns and so delightful, the presentation alone will make you never want a traditional shrimp cocktail.

Soups:

New England Chowder, this is one of my favorite clam chowders. There are plump huge clam pieces and a very rich creamy soup, hit all the right notes.

Manhattan Chowder, not a huge fan of this type of chowder, but if you are it was a good rendition.

Salad:

Seafood Louie Salad, Red rock crab, bay shrimp, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, egg, avocado with San Francisco Louie dressing. I just could not get enough of this super rich dressing, which for me that was all she wrote.

Crab & Avocado Salad, Arugula, mixed greens, house vinaigrette, a bit too similar to the Louie, order the Louie instead.

Cedar Plank Salmon, King salmon cooked on a cedar plank and topped with a maple Dijon glaze with scalloped potatoes and broccolini. The salmon was a bit dry for my standards, but I’ll bet if you order it medium rare it would be out of this world.

Sides:

Sautéed, Spinach, great healthy way to accompany any dish.

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts, Currants, and Garlic. These sprouts are done the right way, cooked to perfection.

Bluewater Burger – “An Aussie Classic!” – Crispy onion, arugula, beet, fried egg, heirloom tomato with housemade fries. Oh what a burger, great flavors, love the onion rings, and the egg on top, wow, wow, wow.

Favorites:

Chipotle Blackened Swordfish, Chipotle dirty rice, corn and avocado relish. This is one of their most popular dishes, and for good reason, really terrific.

San Francisco Cioppino, with a zesty marinara sauce, clams, mussels, crabmeat, shrimp, scallops and fish. A rich mellow sauce with very fresh lovely seafood, it was super delicious.

Prawn Linguine, Grape tomatoes, basil, and garlic and tomato broth. These shrimps are large and plump and the linguini was al dente, just a great pasta dish.

Baby Back Ribs – Dry rubbed and slow roasted with housemade honey barbecue served with French fries and coleslaw. A huge slab of ribs with a nice dry rubbed seasoning, just loved this as well.

Fish & Chips, High Spot Beer Battered Fish & Chips. Since I am British I know good fish and chips and these ones made the cut.

Desserts:

Key Lime Pie, sweet but sour, the crust is buttery and light, a really great pie.

Crème Brûlée, one of the best Crème Brulee’s ever, you got to try this!

They also serve brunch on Saturday & Sunday – 10:30 am to 2:00 am.

I tried the Crab cake Benedict, from the brunch menu, with poached eggs, crabcakes on toasted English muffins with lemon hollandaise and breakfast potatoes. This is a great substitution for the usual benedict, it is flavorful with fresh crab goodness.

Bluewater Grill has been voted “Best Seafood in Wine Country”.

You too will get hooked on the best in fresh, sustainable seafood. Enjoy their seafood market, patio, full bar, happy hour, party platters and a pet friendly space. Centrally located in the heart of Temecula wine country on Ynez road, just off the 15 Freeway. I can’t say enough about the great food at Bluewater Grill. It’s worth a trip to Temecula just to try their spectacular food.

Hours:

Mon–Thurs: 11am–9pm

Fri: 11am–10pm

Sat: 10:30am–10pm

Sun: 10:30am–9pm

Happy Hour

Sun–Thurs: 3pm–6pm

Bluewater Grill

26700 Ynez Court

Temecula, CA.

92591

Tel: 951 308 2722

Fax: 951 699 6857

www.bluewatergrill.com

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Lorimar Vineyards and Winery – Wine Tasting – Sunday – July 8, 2018 – Temecula, CA.

Lorimar Winery happens to be one of the best wineries in all of Temecula, with its beautiful central location and incredible vistas and views. I have tasted their wines at many Hollywood A list events, like Roger Neal’s Annual Party; The Roger Neal Style Hollywood Oscar Viewing Dinner & Hollywood Oscar Suite, where Lorimar is their sponsor every year. I am so fortunate to have been able to try their amazing wines many years in a row. As well as Lorimar sending me some wines for my cooking show and them being a sponsor on my sponsorship page.

Our tour started out with Richie, our tour guide, taking us through the patio brunch area, where we got to see all of the delicious food items that Lorimar serves up off of its brunch menu and buffet. It all looked scrumptious. We sampled some great sparkling wine during that time.

Here’s what I tried:

California Sparkling wine, a delicious refreshing wine, great for any hot summer day. 2016 Chardonnay, I just loved the buttery creamy nuance, I had to buy one to take home. 2015 Meritage. This wine would be great with any lamb, steak, and meat sauce. Big and bold but the perfect meat lovers wine. 2014 Syrah, this wine would be great with a nice tomato sauce, a filet mignon or a pot roast.

“ A Fusion of Wine, Art Music, and Food”. At Lorimar Vineyards and Winery they will engage your senses with a blend of handcrafted wines, live music, local art, and gourmet food. Lorimar’s captivating views of the Temecula Valley are almost as impressive as their award-winning wines.

Lorimar wines are fruit forward and showcase dedication to producing the best product from grape to glass. Their goal at Lorimar Winery is to create a memory that guests will look back on with a smile and hold close to their heart.

Lorimar Winery – The Dream – What began as a long-time dream for brothers-in-law Lawrie Lipton and Mark Manfield, came to fruition with the opening of Lorimar Vineyards and Winery. In fact, the name Lorimar itself was formed by combining Lawrie and Mark’s first names. A unique winery concept was formed through the combination of their shared passion for music, experiences in hospitality, and culinary and performing arts. The journey began in 2009 with the opening of Lorimar’s Old Town location, a placeholder while the Wine Country location was under construction. In May 2012, Lawrie and Mark, along with hundreds of local residents and guests, celebrated the grand opening of Lorimar Winery, a Tuscan-style winery in the heart of the Temecula Valley. Featuring breathtaking views of Mount Palomar and the Santa Ana Mountains, Lorimar is the perfect picturesque setting to enjoy live music, local artwork, gourmet food, and award-winning wine. Lorimar Winery has a distinct personality, which is built around the perfect combination of wine and music.

Lorimar Wine:

At Lorimar they craft wines that are approachable with a fruit forward style that showcases the strengths of Temecula Wine Country. They create wines using the best of the old world ways combined with today’s more advanced technologies, producing delicious varietals and exciting blends.

Tuscan Style Winery:

Their Tuscan style winery is showcased amidst adjoining orange groves and our 22-acre estate vineyard. Their first vine plantings were of Cabernet Sauvignon in 2000 followed by Syrah, Grenache, Muscat, Viognier and Sangiovese.

Temecula’s wine growing region is unique and special. They are 22 miles away from the ocean, which classifies them as a Mediterranean climate. Balanced with warm sunny days and cool nights, the vines flourish and produce excellent fruit in their climate. The soil composition of decomposed granite and clay drains well and is ideal for retaining moisture reserves deep below the surface roots.

Whatever the occasion it is worth a trip to Lorimar Winery, lush lovely grounds, and a fun vibe,  you will be guaranteed  a fabulous excursion!

Wine Country Tasting Room
39990 Anza Road
Temecula, CA 92591
(951) 694-6699
www.lorimarwinery.com

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Dinner – July 7, 2018 – Trattoria Toscana – Temecula, CA.

Nestled in a strip mall near Costco in Temecula lies a real Italian gem. With so much delicious menu choices and amazing charm, Tratorria Toscana knocked it right out of the park for me.

The interior is very simple from crushed Italian wine bottle art on faux finish terrazzo type walls; Trattoria Toscana will make your every culinary wish come true. You will bask in the art of fine pasta making and spectacular Italian culinary traditions. There are extremely delicious sauces to accompany all of the homemade pasta, which you can watch being made from the front of the restaurant.

The night was so colorful, with Gil performing live music, hits from Engelbert Humperdinck and Wayne Newton. Then there was Gino, who captivated all of our hearts. Gino found his way to Pietro by walking by and asking Pietro about his business. Gino had owned many restaurants in the area for the last 25 years, so Pietro looks to him for his opinion and expertise in the restaurant industry. All of these over-the-top personalities make for one very fun experience.

Here’s What I Tried:

Antipasti:

Fritelle Di Asparage, Golden-fried savory asparagus fritters. They have a Gorgonzola sauce that is served with it. I could just eat that and be happy, but the fritters make for one happy food writer.

Calamari Fritti, tender golden fried squid served with lemon and marinara sauce. This is not the tendril, it is the body of the calamari cut in strips. Any good chef knows to get calamari to be super tender, you either cook it for a long time or really quick. Whatever their method, it was straight up fantastic.

Burrata Octopus, so delicate and delicious, never had octopus this good.

Primi:

Pappardelle Con Funghi, house made wide pasta sautéed in a medley of fresh mushrooms, caramelized onions, and light cream. By far my favorite of the night. Their pasta is done in-house by Fabrizio. There is a little room the has a storefront window so you can see the artist at work. His pastas are truly to die for, and the mushroom sauce, wow!

Gnocchi Alla Gorgonzola, Fresh house made potato dumplings in creamy Gorgonzola sauce. These little darlings are done t perfection and the sauce is just heavenly.

Secondi:

Tortelli with Filet Mignon. So delicate and wonderful, another amazing creation.

Lobster Ravioli with Shrimp, Pietro designed this dish for me and I was at a loss for words.

Chilean Sea bass, the freshest, best fish ever.  Such a nicely presented and executed delicacy.

Dessert:

Tiramisu, made in house and served in a parfait glass, the cream and is super light with just a hint of espresso, super yummy.

Wines:

Sparkling Wine, Lamberti Prosecco, a super bubbly nice way to start my amazing meal.

Pinot Grigio, 2016 J. Hotstatter, DOC, Sudtirol. This is a fruity, dry wine that paired great with the Calamari appetizer.

Pinot Grigio, 2015, Torre Rosazza, DOC, Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia. This a very drinkable, fresh wine, that added some nice acidity to the Octopus.

Chardonnay Cal Dora, IGT, Abruzzo, hands down this is a wine that you would want to drink with the lobster ravioli with the shrimp on top, the perfect accompaniment.

Scarpone, Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo. This was one of Pietro’s picks; he had a glass as well. Just the best red wine on the planet. This wine went great with the filet mignon tortellini.

Ciu Ciu, Gotico, Piceno Superior.  Another Pietro pick, just as delicious as the last one, but a bit dryer.

Trattoria Toscana Story:

Pietro Cinus, Chef, and owner of Trattoria Toscana, was born on the breathtaking island of Sardinia. A countryside filled with wild asparagus and bright green chard, nestled up to the Mediterranean Sea overflowing with mussels, clam, fish, and squid is where Pietro’s taste for fresh and natural flavors developed. As a young boy, Pietro would spend his time in the kitchen with his mamma, Maria, learning all of her signature Sardinian Recipes.

He then later moved to Tuscany, where he lived for over 20 years, developing his skills as a chef and woodworker. Pietro’s love for high-quality food continued to flourish in the Chianti region. He frequently would venture into the forest to collect wild mushrooms and greens, hunt for wild boar and quail, and then prepare it to perfection for friends and family. For Pietro, the joy of life is to prepare a delicious meal for others to enjoy with a glass of fine wine.

In 2007 Pietro met Blythe, a California-native who embarked on a walking adventure through the Tuscan countryside of Italy. While they did not speak the same language, the connection was instantaneous. Several years, two kids, many language lessons, thousands of dollars in phone and plane expenses later, their love for each other and great food has garnered them much success.

Trattoria Toscana, Chef Pietro draws on his Italian and Sardinian roots by bringing the community a true Italian experience, transporting his guests to Italy for a delicious, enjoyable meal. He believes that the best flavors come from fresh food, using the highest quality ingredients, prepared daily, just as they do in Italy. He says, “We are a scratch kitchen.”

Chef Pietro prepares his dishes with care and passion, attending to every detail. He makes the pasta and bread from scratch each day. He rolls tortellini and ravioli by hand. His gnocchi is made in house with potatoes and imported Italian Pecorino cheese, using his mother’s recipe.

You will find the staples of Italian cuisine, olive oil, and tomatoes, in many of his dishes. He chooses to use high quality, extra virgin olive and truffle oils from Italy to ensure that his dishes have true Italian authentic flavors. Chef Pietro sun dries tomatoes by hand using fresh, organic tomatoes to accentuate the flavors of his dishes, such as his popular dish, Pappardelle con Funghi.

Chef Pietro refrains from making his dishes far in advance, in order to preserve the tradition of serving freshly prepared food. This technique requires time for preparation and provides his guests with a leisurely dining experience, a time to relax and enjoy the company of others, sipping a lovely glass of wine, upholding Italian dining tradition. Cuisine is a passion and a past time in Italy, a time to revel in delightful flavors using just the right ingredients, and investing the time in its preparation every day. His goal is to bring this true Italian experience to his guests at Trattoria Toscana!

They also have a deli on premise as well, La Bottega, so you’re able to take home fresh pastas, deli items in their deli case, and the finest Italian products.

From the food to their staff you will feel like you’re at very special family run operation. Why get on a plane to Italy when you have this fantastic restaurant right in your back yard.

I was so impressed; I just loved the authentic vibe, the feeling of community. Never having been to Temecula I was made to feel right at home and loved every minute of it.

Trattoria Toscana
Palm Plaza
26485 Ynez Rd. Ste.
Temecula, CA 92591
Restaurant: 951.296.2066 | Deli: 951-296-9926
www.trattoriatoscanaintemecula.com
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****Most Important gotta give a shout out to Sandi, Kevin, Frank & Mike for making all of this happen and having such a good time, for my first time in Temecula!!!

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EAA – Wine Wisdom & Vision – June 21, 2018 – Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – Hollywood, CA.

Entertainment Aid Alliance (EAA) presented their annual Wine Wisdom & Vision at the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.

The event started with a VIP reception in their bar area, lamb chops, beef Wellington and other goodies were served, along with a nice list of hosted cocktails, wine and Tito’s handmade vodka. In the main lobby area there was a silent auction item as well as the buffet, which included sumptuous roast beef and turkey at carving stations with a nice array of side dishes, salad, and pasta.

The entertainment was in the bar with featured awards and performances. I ended up winning quite a few of silent auction items so I was super excited. All of the attendees enjoyed the food and libation.

About The Entertainment AIDS Alliance:
About The Entertainment AIDS Alliance dba Entertainment Aid Alliance (EAA), was founded in 1989 by a group of video industry professionals to respond to the urgent need for funding of AIDS service organizations nationwide. To date, EAA has distributed over $5.7 million to more than 155 national and community based organizations that provide client services to people living with HIV and AIDS, institutions that conduct research for AIDS treatment and prevention, and advocacy groups that help shape and promote public policy advancing AIDS issues. All beneficiaries are required to be non-profit organizations and are evaluated for fiscal management integrity. EAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by employees and companies in film, home entertainment, music, consumer electronics and game software including distributors, manufacturers, retailers and associated industries.

The Visionary Award was presented to Michael Kerns in honor of his exemplary service in the fight against HIV/AIDS. EAA also announced the establishment of The Maria LaMagra/Heather Hinkel Fund, which provides aid to those living with cancer. Recording artists The Mowgli’s (San Francisco) headlined the evening. Additional entertainment was courtesy of the Magic Castle, Inc., which including a special performance by Dale Hindman, past president of the Academy of Magical Arts. DJ Richie Rich (Lip Sync Battle) was the DJ all evening.

Sponsors:
Tylie, Paramount, HBO, Torrey Pines Bank, Vision Media, Media Play News, The Magic Castle, Sony, WB, DVD & Blu-Ray, Titos, Milk Jar, and Pasquini Coffee.

Can’t wait for next year, but for now I will have to enjoy all of the wonderful DVD’s in the gift bag along with some other fun goodies.

Entertainment AIDS Alliance
1049 Havenhurst Drive, #491
West Hollywood, CA 90046
http://www.entertainmentaidsalliance.net/
www.thehollywoodroosevelt.com/

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Black Business Association – The Business Behind The Music – Tuesday June 19, 2018 – California African American Museum- Los Angeles, CA.

This was an evening of wonderful accomplishments and amazing food! The table décor was beautiful with pink plates and pink roses.

About the Event:

Board of Directors, Gwen Moore – Chairman – GeM Communications, Denise Peoples – Secretary – Peoples Choice Staffing, Inc.,Nathan Freeman – Treasurer – Figueroa Media Group, Inc.

Board Members, Ted Davis – ISComp. Systems. Inc., Lamar Lyons – Rideau Lyons & Co. Inc.,Ezekiel Patten, Jr. – President, Patten Energy Enterprises, Inc.,Rosalind Pennington – President/CEO, BST Consulting Services, LLC.

Legal Counsel, Angela J. Reddock-Wright, Esq. – Founding & Managing Attorney, Reddock Law Group.

President & Chief Executive Officer
Earl “Skip” Cooper, II.

Sponsors & Supporters, Gold Sponsors, Capitol Music Group, Motown.

Silver Sponsors, AEG, SoCalGas.

Bronze Sponsor, Moss Foundation.

Supporters, AFM Local 47, The Ray Charles Foundation, Dillard University, Lionel Richie/Red Light Management, New Frontier Democratic Club, Dickerson Insurance Services, Verdugo Workforce Development Board, Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation.

Corporate Partners, AEG, AT&T, City National Bank, Comerica Bank, Frontier Communications, Northrop Grumman, SoCal Gas, Southern California Edison, Verizon, Wells Fargo Bank.

Dinner Program, Mistress of Ceremonies
Kim Anthony-Morrow – National Director, Urban Philanthropy Institute.

Introduction of Dais Guest, Gwen Moore – Chairperson, Black Business Association, Earl “Skip” Cooper II – President & CEO, Black Business Association.

Invocation, Dinner served, Award Presentation, Entertainment
Ellis Hall – “The Ambassador of Soul”/Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Zipporah Robinson – Vocalist.

Closing Remarks, Gwen Moore – Chairperson, Black Business Association.

Dessert/Networking Reception, Featuring Desserts by BBA Members.

Mistress of Ceremonies – Kim Anthony-Morrow – National Director, Urban Philanthropy Institute Kim Anthony-Morrow brings more than 25 years of experience in the small business and community development sectors to her role as National Director of the Urban Philanthropy Institute, (UPI) a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to positively impacting economically disadvantaged communities. Through its award-winning flagship program, Launch and Lead: Emerging Nonprofit Leadership Development Program, UPI currently provides training and support for more than 120 emerging nonprofits and social ventures in 31 states, with a focus on building sustainable organizations that create critically-needed jobs while providing transformative solutions for under-resourced communities.

Ms. Morrow also serves as producer and host of “Urban Philanthropy Live,” Urban Philanthropy Magazine’s weekly interview-formatted podcast that highlights individuals and organizations that are making a positive difference in urban communities.

A passionate social venture advocate and gifted fundraiser, she has sourced more than $20 million in funding for worthy causes and social innovation projects. She is also a highly sought-after keynote speaker, conference panelist and workshop facilitator on the topics of social innovation, nonprofit management and community-building.

Preceding her tenure at the Urban Philanthropy Institute, she served for more than a decade as the Director of Small Business Development for the Black Business Association.

Ms. Morrow is the author of From Gifted to Greatness: Manifesting Your Greatness Through Giving and provides nonprofit management consulting services to individuals and organizations worldwide.

Entertainment:

Ellis Hall – “The Ambassador of Soul”, Singer, Songwriter, Musician & Former Lead Vocalist/Keyboardist at Tower of Power

Ellis Hall, “The Ambassador of Soul” known for singing, songwriting, and as a musician playing every instrument with a strong 5 octave vocal range and was the lead vocalist and keyboardist for the soul-funk band Tower of Power.

He performs with most elite symphony orchestras worldwide including: His first being the Hollywood Bowl under the direction of his mentor Ray Charles. Since then he has performed with prestigious 81 piece orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Marvin Hamlisch conducting to playing with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Seattle Symphony ORchestra, Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra and more.

Ellis is currently performing two orchestra concept shows “Ray, Motown and Beyond” features such hits a Motown’s Heard It Through the Grapevine and Tower of Power’s Some Days Were Meant for Rain. With the second half of the show paying tribute to Ray Charles featuring hit songs like, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Unchain My Heart, Hit the Road Jack, and Georgia on My Mind.

Ellis’ other show, “Soul Unlimited” (conducted by Jeff Tyzik) is where he “Ellis-izes” songs from David Bowie’s Let’s Dance to Something by George Harrison, Beatles along with Motown and Soul hits.

Born in Savannah, Georgia and raised partly in Claxton, GA. Ellis has been blind since he was 18 years old, but that doesn’t stop him from his mission in life. In fact, it has been the driving force behind the creation of a 3,800 songs catalog full of Soul, Gospel, Blues, and Pop compositions. Among these works if the official song for his hometown of Claxton, Georgia. He has worked alongside other greats such as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle, Toby Keith, Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Bobby Womack, George Duke, Sheila E., Kenny G and many more. In addition, he was one of the lead vocalists of the California Raisins.

Ellis has also successfully had his hand at Hollywood, recording and performing songs for live action and animated films such as “The Lion King 2,” “Shrek 2,” “Chicken Run,” “Invincible” and “Bruce Almighty”. The Ambassador has even taken acting roles in “Big Momma’s House” (Martin Lawrence) and the crime drama “Catch Me If You Can” (Leonardo DiCaprio). Along with all these amazing films that he was a part of, Mr. Hall was nominated for an Ovation Theater Award for his first stage role in “The Gospel At Colonus” where he not only sang and acted but also walked the stage and stair props with nearly no assistance.

Zipporah Robinson – Vocalist, Zipporah Robinson is an 8th grade Honor Roll student in Oakland, CA with a natural gift in song. She is very active in her church and she blesses the hearts of many each month during youth, funeral and/or holiday services, as well as prayer breakfasts and other events. She is one of the youth participating in Tony’s School of Music directed by D’Wayne Wiggins, grammy award winning producer of Tony! Toni! Tone!. Zipporah is happy to share her talent with a positive attitude and beautiful spirit. She has aspirations of attending Oakland School of the Arts in Oakland, CA in the fall in order to develop her gift even further. She also loves going to the movies, shopping and attending fun activities with her friends.

Siedah Garrett – Grammy-winning & Academy Award-nominated singer/songwriter, Siedah Garrett is a GRAMMY-winning and twice Academy Award nominated singer/songwriter whose contributions to popular culture are unparalleled. A native of Los Angeles, Garrett began her career as a background vocalist when she was just 15 years old. Her experience in the music business has been varied, to say the last. She’s done it all – from being a singer in a variety of local bands in her early days, to catapulting to the member of Michael Jackson’s, Siedah is most famous for co-writing The King of Pop’s megahit “Man in the Mirror” from his chart-topping 1987 album, “Bad”, and as his duet partner on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, that album’s first single. She also toured with Jackson as featured vocalist on his Dangerous World Tour.

In addition to Jackson, artists who have recorded on Siedah’s songs include mentor Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, Earth Wind & Fire, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, will.i.am, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Toto, Sheena Easton, Natalie Cole, Barry White, Pointer Sisters, Donna Summer, Dionne Warwick, Patti Austin, Roberta Flack, Al Jarreau, and many others. As a recording artist, her first big hit was the now classic duet with ex-Temptation Dennis Edwards, “Don’t Look Any Further”. She has also toured internationally with Madonna, Sergio Mendes, Wang Chujng, and recently performed alongside pop sensation Aloe Blacc. Film and television productions to use Siedah’s music include Lego Batman, Rio, Rio 2, Dreamgirls, The Voice, and Netflix’s Fuller House, and the hugely successful Playstation video game Nioh.

In 2017, Siedah released her critically acclaimed single “G.H.E.T.T.O.” (Greatness Happens Even Though There’s Oppression) which featured GRAMMY and Academy Award-winning rapper/actor/activist, Common. The single, which is a motivational anthem about not being defined by where you come from, premiered in Essence magazine online. Most recently, Siedah has partnered with Academy Award nominated composer John Debney to create music for a forthcoming musical theater production entitled, “Silent Night”, and is now collaborating with multi-GRAMMY winning composer/producer Harvey Mason, Jr. on the musical theater production of Will Smith’s blockbuster film, “The Pursuit of Happyness”.

Outside of her work as a singer and songwriter, Garrett is also an active philanthropist – using her time, talents and creativity to make a positive difference in her community and throughout the world. Siedah is a frequent guest speaker at colleges, universities and industry conferences, offering her advice and sharing her experiences. She has become a go-to lyricist for special events and social causes, such as co-writing two theme songs for the Special Olympics World Games, the music theme for the World Expo in Shanghai, the American Idol Gives Back campaign, Fergie’s “L.O.V.E. (Let One Voice Emerge)” song to encourage voter participation, her Autism Awareness theme song “It’s Time to Listen,” and her new benefit single, “Carry On”, for the Race to Erase MS charity. Siedah also has taken a particular interest in causes related to HIV/AIDS, earning her the Good Samaritan Award from the Minority AIDS Foundation. An Avid knitter, Siedah is currently working on an initiative – Beanies for Babies – personally knitting 100 caps for children living with HIV/AIDS and cancer.

Valerie Ervin – President, Ray Charles Foundation, as guardian of the Ray Charles legacy, Valerie Ervin is committed to carrying forward the vision and philanthropic mission set forth by Ray Charles.

Prior to being named President of “The Ray Charles Foundation”, Valerie Ervin established her tenure with the organization by working closely alongside Ray Charles and his long-time manager/business partner Joe Adams, as Executive Assistant and Vice President of Operations. Ms. Ervin’s approach to business and the daily management of The Ray Charles Foundation remains consistent with the principles, tenets and integrity with which Ray Charles and Joe Adamas conducted business for more than five decades.

In addition to leading the foundation in its grant-making initiatives, Valeri also oversees the negotiation of music licensing contacts and manages all the commercial, business, marketing and financial interests from revenues generated by the Ray Charles Foundation.

She has been Executive Producer on multiple music and media projects including the “In PErformance at the White House” PBS special honoring Ray Charles, hosted by President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama. In every project, Ms. Ervin endeavors to add value to the Ray Charles brand including the Academy Award Winning biopic, “Ray”.Ms. Ervin has positioned the Foundation as a significant player in the world of American Philanthropy.

Valerie Ervin has received dozens of awards, plaques of recognition and appreciation from the City and County of Los Angeles. Numerous business organizations, entertainers, record companies, secondary and higher learning educational institutions including a Honorary Doctorate degree from Dillard University and other foundations, have all recognized Ms. Ervin for her unrelenting efforts in spearheading the agenda of the Ray Charles Foundation.

Under her leadership, the Ray Charles Foundation has donated millions of dollars in grants, making Valerie Ervin one of the most influential legacy estate guardians.

John Acosta – President, American Federation of Musicians Local 47, John Acosta currently serves as President of the American Federation of Musicians Local 47 representing over 7,000 professional musicians in the southern California area. John also serves as an international Executive Board member of the AFM, Vice President on the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Executive Board, President on the Music Fund of Los Angeles Board of Directors, Director on the Actors Fund Western Council and Director on the Verdugo-Workforce Investment Board.

John hails from the Bronx, New York. His father Juan Acosta was a percussionist from Cuba who worked a sa touring musician with Latin jazz greats such as Tito Puente and Celia Cruz. In California, John began his recording career working as a composer, guitarist, producer and engineer for artists on Warner Brothers, DreamWorks, Geffen, BMG, Elektra and Capitol Records. John’s work as a musician lead to his work with Local 47, advocating for musicians rights.

The Honorable Dr. Mike Davis currently serves as the President Pro Tem of the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works Commissioners. Dr. Davis was also the first African American to serve as Chair of the California State Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sports, and Internet Media Committee in the California State Legislature. He has served as a public administrator at all four levels of government. In the County of Los Angeles, he coordinated the Living Legends Program for Supervisor Yvonne Burke, working with musical celebrities such as Nancy Wilson, Issac Hayes. Lou Rawls, Smokey Robinson, Etta James and Natalie Cole. In the State Assembly, he coordinated the California Living Legends Program and worked with artists such as Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, Kenny Babyface Edmonds, Stephanie Mills, The Ojays, Jeffrey Osborne, and Stevie Wonder. Today Dr. Davis serves as the Chair of the city of Los Angeles African American Heritage Month committee where he works with Our Authors Study Club and has featured the stories of African American musicians such as Charlie Wilson, John Legend, Lionel Richie, and Johnny Mathis.

“Telling the stories of African American musical legends has been a past time of mines because I know this public history is one which inspires and motivates our citizens to achieve great thing in their own personal lives,” Dr. Davis reveals “If any of these musicians, whose work brings joy to our communities, share their triumphs and challenges, it becomes the foundation from which people will take positive action for themselves and others.” Dr. Davis concludes.

Dr. Davis received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and a doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Southern California. He is also a member of Los Angeles Musicians Union, Local 47.

The backdrop was also remarkable, The California African American Museum, rich with history and great exhibits.

California African American Museum
600 State Drive, Exposition Park,
Los Angeles, CA 90037.
caamuseum.org

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Dinner – Meatos Bistrot Chic – June 18, 2018 – Beverly Hills, CA.

This is a very iconic part of Beverly Hills, Restaurant Row; across from Lawry’s steakhouse, is a very upscale restaurant that caters to kosher food, with the emphasis on meat. You can expect high-end delicious kosher food options at Meatos Bistrot Chic Restaurant in Beverly Hills.

They follow the Jewish law of not serving meat with milk or milk with meat.
Milk and meat in Jewish law: From Wikipedia: Mixtures of milk and meat (Hebrew:, basar bechalav, literally “meat in milk”) are prohibited according to Jewish law. According to the Talmud, these three almost identical references are the basis for three distinct dietary laws: the prohibition against cooking a mixture of milk and meat, the prohibition against eating a cooked mixture of milk and meat, the prohibition against deriving any benefit from a cooked mixture of milk and meat. Milchigs: Dairy. This includes everything that is made from milk, such as cheese, butter, etc. Fleishigs: Meat: This includes everything made from meat or poultry, including their schmaltz (rendered fat).

According to Jewish law, kosher meals are prohibited from combining any milk and meat products. Within the Talmud (the primary source of Jewish religious law), it is forbidden to serve meat with milk, milk with meat, or meat in milk. More specifically, one cannot cook a mixture of milk and meat, one cannot consume this combination, and lastly, one cannot derive any benefit from this combination.

Here’s What I Tried:

Specialty Cocktails:

White Sangria Peach – Orange lemon, white wine and sparkling wine. They do not serve hard alcohol, but their faux drinks are very refreshing.

Champagne Mojito – Sake, lime, and mint. A Very cool and lovely cocktail.

Appetizers:

Stuff Portobello (Gluten free, vegan available on demand) – Marinara, pesto, cherry tomatoes, with Bolognese sauce. A large mushroom filled with a meaty sauce that is really delicious.

Hummus bowl – Roasted mushroom, caramelized onions, beef, and falafel balls. I just loved their hummus, it is very rich and flavorful.

Kefta & Trio de Merguez Plate (Gluten free) – Beef, lamb and chicken (spicy) merguez and beef Kefta. This is a great variety of house made sausages with great big flavors.

Pizza:

BBQ Chicken Pizza – Caramelized onion, BBQ chicken Bolognese, chicken tenders (option to add pepperoni). There is no cheese in this very bold flavored pizza, with an outstanding crust.

Soup:

Butternut Squash Soup (Gluten free) – Creamy roasted butternut squash, truffle oil, herbs. There is no cream, but they captured an amazing butternut squash essence.

Salads:

Caesar Salad – Homemade Caesar dressing, romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and croutons. This is a simple salad, with lots of croutons, a great dish for the salad lover.

Fish:

Atlantic salmon (Gluten free) – Fresh Atlantic salmon paned. This salmon is very fresh and cooked to perfection.

Mains:

Entrecote de Paris, 11 oz. (Gluten free) – Grass fed beef served with the famous Entrecote de Paris sauce. Done the traditional Parisian way with a nice Entrecote sauce.

Baby Lamb Chops (Gluten free) – Rich flavor French lamb rib chops. This is made to order, perfectly cooked with great grill flavor, my favorite item for the evening.

Wine:

Pays D’oc Chardonnay – France: I would drink this with the butternut squash soup, or the hummus, either way it is a great pairing.

Hagefen Sauvignon Blanc – California, USA: A nice, well-rounded wine with subtle melon flavors, drink this with the salmon or the salad.

Recanati Shiraz – Israel: This is such a perfect wine with the Kefta and trio de Merguez plate.

Hagefen Cabernet Sauvignon – California, USA: This is a spectacular wine; it went so nicely with the lamb chops. I would come here again just for this combination, it is all you need.

Beer:

Weinhenstephaner Pilsner – Germany,  a light, smooth beer that went great with the Kefta and the trio de Merguez plate.

Bitburger Drive – Another light beer, went great with the humus plate.

An earthy interior, with an outdoor patio, a nice mellow experience. The banquettes are brown leather, with some great religious art on the walls, but all very subtle and tasteful.

Chef Jonas Assouline is at the helm of this delightful Beverly Hills restaurant. Both of my servers, Ryan Briggs and Judge Boothby (named after American actor “Judge” Reinhold Jr.) were sweet and informative, describing specialty menu items and guiding me through my dining experience with a smile.

 

Meatos Bistrot Chic, formally known as Mazal’rella, is owned by Karen and Daniel Attias, both from Paris, France. Before Meatos opened its doors in December of 2017, Mazal’rella was known for preparing cream-based dishes and not meat. Now, Meatos has shifted the focus to tasty meats, which include farm raised fish and fresh vegetables.

If you are in the mood for high-quality, beautifully presented kosher cuisine, then it’s time to book a reservation at Meatos Bistrot Chic. The restaurant is busy on Thursdays and Sundays, leading up to and following Shabbat, so make sure you call ahead or arrive early. For the kosher palate, none of these dishes will disappoint, after all, it is kosher French cuisine at its best.

They have Happy Hour on Mondays – Thursday from 6pm-7pm with many bar discounts.

Meatos Bistrot Chic
111 N. La Cienaga Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(424)-343 0134
https://meatos.us/

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5th Annual – Real to Reel – Portrayals and Perceptions of LGBTQ’s in Hollywood – June 8, 2018 – Hollywood Museum, Hollywood, CA.

Exhibition Opens With VIP Reception at The Hollywood Museum
with a Special Presentation to The Future of Hollywood Award presented to Actress Stephanie Beatriz and the Legacy Award to Actress Julie Newmar.

This event was wonderful; they pulled out all of the stops, including serving a caviar extravaganza and lovely buffet. They did some great acknowledgements and awards; fun was truly had by all. The LGBTQ community showed up and their many supporters.

President/Founder of The Hollywood Museum, Donelle Dadigan, along with Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Christopher Street West, will proudly kick off an annual exhibit that shines the spotlight on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) community in television and film through the decades. This year’s event will also feature a special recognition for The Future of Hollywood Award presented to actress Stephanie Beatriz and the Legacy Award to TONY Award winning actress, Julie Newmar.

The Hollywood Museum’s REAL to REEL: Portrayals and Perceptions of LGBTQs in Hollywood exhibition opens to the public on Friday, June 8th, to coincide with the annual Christopher Street West Pride activities.

Background and Information:
Spanning 100 years, the 2018 exhibit is a salute to the LGBTQ community’s contributions to the entertainment industry. Now, in its fifth successful year, the REAL to REEL: Portrayals and Perceptions of LGBTQ in Hollywood exhibit, is offered in partnership with Los Angeles City Council member Mitch O’Farrell (CD-13) and LA Pride, as an educational, entertaining and informative retrospective of LGBTQ images in film, TV, new digital platforms featuring costumes, props, photos, and iconic imagery all telling the story of the milestones and influence that LGBTQ characters and plot lines have had in Hollywood from early stereotypes in silent films to modern-day representations. Additionally, REAL to REEL celebrates LGBTQ Icons by paying homage to those individuals who support the LGBTQ community. Founder and President of The Hollywood Museum, Donelle Dadigan, explains “The museum welcomes the opportunity to create and showcase this important exhibition, sharing with the public the artistic expression and extraordinary significance of the LGBTQ culture and its effect and impact on the world through the medium of entertainment.”

The Hollywood Museum’s presentation places the exhibit in the historical context of Hollywood, which is home to a large LGBTQ entertainment industry population. The exhibit revisits monumental LGBTQ moments in history with Rev. Troy Perry, including the Black Cat riots (1967), and the infamous sign that once hung at the entrance of West Hollywood’s Barney’s Beanery. Exhibit highlights include costumes from Transparent, How to Get Away with Murder, Brokeback Mountain, Superstore, The Walking Dead, Empire, Trans America, Sordid Lives, Cruising, Orange is the New Black, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ray Donovan, Mad Men, Arrested Development, Cabaret, K-11, After Forever, Orphan Black, Roseanne, Will & Grace, To Wong Fu Julie Newmar, etc. Additional exhibit items include famous costumes from Hollywood’s leading designers; Mr. Blackwell, Bob Mackie, Ret Turner, Nolan Miller, Zac Posen, Rudolf Nureyev and Edith Head to Project Runway with Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, as well as Days of Our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful, Tyler Perry’s The Haves and Have Nots, Scandal, Two in a Half Men, True Blood, The Good Wife, much more. This year’s exhibit also includes, LGBTQ Icons including Judy Garland, Betty Davis, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Cher, Rock Hudson, Liza Minnelli, James Dean, Bette Midler, Ramon Navarro, Rudolf Valentino, Charles Laughton, Sam Harris, Bruce Vilanch, Sherman Hemsley, Geri Jewell, Jerry Herman, Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner and many more.

The Hollywood Museum gratefully acknowledges the following ABC, Amazon Studios, BBC America, CBS, Discovery Life, Focus Features HBO, Logo, NBC, Netflix, OWN, Showtime, TLC and 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, as well as organizations serving the LGBTQ community including ONE Archives, Christopher Street West, The Glaad Awards, amfAR and more.

About The Hollywood Museum:
The museum houses more than 10,000 Authentic Show Business Treasures spotlighting more than 100 years of Hollywood history – from the Silents to Talkies, to Hollywood’s Golden Era, Film Noir, Television and its Pioneer Years, through the rebellious 60s, special effects 70s, evolving 80s, involved 90s, technological 2000s, and beyond to current day heartthrobs! The Hollywood Museum’s exhibits showcase the best in film, network and cable television, and new digital platforms featuring iconic and fan favorites! Named one of the top tourist attractions by LA Weekly, voted one of the Top 10 Museums in LA by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, and annually receives the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. Located in the heart of Hollywood, at the corner of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave – The Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building is the Official Museum of Hollywood and offers visitors the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world featuring the glamour of Hollywood legends and stars – past, present and in the making. See one-of-a-kind costumes, props, photographs, scripts, stars’ car collections, personal artifacts, posters, and memorabilia from favorite stars, films and TV shows. The Hollywood Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

The Hollywood Museum – in the Historic Max Factor Building
1660 N. Highland Ave (at Hollywood Blvd)
Hollywood, California 90028
(323) 464-7776
FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/TheHollywoodMuseum
TWITTER: @HollywoodMuseum
INSTAGRAM: @HollywoodMuseum
http://thehollywoodmuseum.com/

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Rich Little Book Signing – Friday June 1, 2018 – Hollywood Museum, Hollywood, CA.

All I can say is back in the day Rich Little to me was the god of impressionists, appearing many times on Johnny Carson he represented to me what real artistry is all about.

We got to see him and hear him do some of his famous impressions, Dean Martin, Johnny Carson, George Burns among others.

There were so many glamorous celebrities coming in to support Rich Little and the Hollywood Museum. When I am there I feel like I have come home, I always feel welcomed. Thanks to B. Harlan Boll, and Roger and Lynn Neal.

It was a fun memorable evening with help from lots of celebrities: Paul Sorvino, Ruta Lee to name a few. Bringing back all of my memories how television played such a big part in my childhood and beyond. Rich Little was a big part of all of that; I always enjoyed his brilliant impressions of some amazingly talented actors, and comedians.

The Hollywood Museum,
in the Historic Max Factor Building
1660 N. Highland Ave (at Hollywood Blvd)
Hollywood, California 90028
(323) 464-7776
http://thehollywoodmuseum.com/

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