| Aug 4, 2010
| 10:52 PM
A book club with a Hollywood sheen, the monthly literary luncheon known as Round Table West, took root in 1977 at a ballroom in the Ambassador Hotel and grew into the largest such gathering in the nation.
Public relations executive Marylin Hudson was one...
| Jan 6, 2011
For a long time, Los Angeles chefs had the city to themselves. Outsiders might have turned up for a guest chef turn or two, but never much more than that. But then a couple of years ago that all changed, and Los Angeles was suddenly as attractive as Las...
| Dec 30, 2010
I could practically hear the gentleman reader spluttering as he typed out his e-mail to me, complaining that a restaurant I'd recommended wasn't up to his idea of fine dining. No captain, he lamented. Rock music pounding! And the sommelier looked too...
| Apr 14, 2011
Before Chasen's and the Brown Derby, way before Sam Nazarian or even Wolfgang Puck, the first restaurant guy who catered to Hollywood was Adolph "Eddie" Brandstatter. He had the "Brandstatter touch": one part dapper European suavity — he brought a...
| Mar 3, 2011
Like most outsiders who get into the wine business, Mark Tarlov, the guiding force behind Evening Land Vineyards, had much to learn about the ins and outs of running a winery. So he surrounded himself with smart people, learned the lessons he needed to...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 4:34 PM
My friend Laurie Winer has an interesting piece in LA Weekly complaining that New York publishers are prejudiced against Los Angeles chefs … or at least that they don’t pay them the same respect that they do New Yorkers. This......
| Mar 10, 2012
With the new Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, the Austrian chef who, along with Alice Waters, begat California cuisine, has finally achieved a quintessentially Californian restaurant, one with a legendary outdoor terrace in a verdant setting with swans...
| Apr 10, 2012
| 4:34 PM
The upcoming Screen Gems movie “Think Like a Man” is a romantic comedy based on the best selling book by comedian Steve Harvey. It’s also a love letter of sorts to Culver City, which plays a starring role in the movie that opens next...
| Nov 4, 2010
"Well, hello," coos one of the svelte babes on either arm of an elegantly attired gentleman crossing the tongue of red carpet in front of Wolfgang's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills. A young manager in a suit is right there to greet the trio, sweeping them off...
| Dec 29, 2011
The fellow I met at a holiday party had just one question for me: Where do you find a great steak in this part of the country? He grew up in Texas on grass-fed beef and complains he's never found a steak here with as much flavor. He's disappointed every...
| Apr 20, 2012
| 4:33 PM
Bikini-clad Meggan Anderson, her body labeled as if it were a butcher's diagram, protested outside Mozza restaurant in Hollywood immediately before celebrity butcher Dario Cecchini gave a steer-butchering demonstration....
| Apr 25, 2012
| 9:33 PM
San Marino garden tour: Spiritual Care Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has organized a tour of five gardens this Sunday....