The historic Big Sur River Inn serves as the host and backdrop of one of the Big Sur Foragers Festival’s most popular events, the “Fungus Face-Off,” set for Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.
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Big Sur River Inn
The Face-Off at the River Inn, set under the oaks overlooking the Big Sur River, features celebrated local chefs competing for the best foraged dish, and will include food tastings, fine wines, craft beers, raffles, a silent auction and more.
This event sells out early, and tickets will be on sale through EventBrite starting July 2019.
The River Inn has a significant presence in Big Sur history and lore. The inn’s history goes back to 1888, when Jay Pheneger acquired a 160-acre parcel from the federal government and gave his name to the creek that bounds the River Inn on the south.
Homesteaders Barbara and Michael Pfeiffer bought the property, and in 1926, Michael, and Barbra’s son John took over the land on which the Big Sur River Inn now stands. The inn was opened in 1934 by his daughter Ellen Brown. She opened her living and dining rooms to the public and began serving hot apple pie, which is still served today and gave the place its first name, Apple Pie Inn. Lodging units were built and Big Sur’s first resort was established.
In 1943, Ellen’s sister, Esther Pfeiffer Ewoldson and her husband, Hans, took over the operation. Esther replaced her mother as Big Sur Postmaster and the Post Office was moved to the River Inn, situated where the front office of the motel is now.
With a lot of help, Hans built the General Store and lodging units 10 through 15. He rebuilt the dining room and “fixed it up fancy.”
The Pfeiffer and the Ewoldson families started a tradition at the Big Sur River Inn of fine food, excellent service, and warm hospitality. In 1988, the Perlmutter family, along with a small group of close friends, formed a partnership to carry on that tradition.
For the second year, the Big Sur River Inn extends its tradition of hospitality to host the Big Sur Foragers Festival.
The Foragers Festival has traditionally served as a fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Center. The community’s non-profit health center will receive the proceeds from the foraging events to continue to support the presence of local health care services in the Big Sur area.
The four-day festival affords Big Sur area restaurants the opportunity to host the culinary expertise of notable chefs, who will be preparing unique fare ranging from rustic to elegant, paired alongside the central coast region’s amazing selection of wine and beer.
In addition to the Fungus Face-Off, events will include:
Stay tuned for more details coming soon. For event details and venue information, visit www.bigsurforagersfestival.org.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Debra Del Fiorentino, Founder of Wine Competitions Management & Productions, in conjunction with Craig Palmer and Allen Habel, co-founders of Experience Rosé (formerly Rosé Today), are pleased to announce the results from Experience Rosé: The 2019 Competition, held at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg, California on Wednesday, May 1. Directed by globally-renowned wine expert and educator Del Fiorentino, Experience Rosé: The 2019 Competition drew just under 400 entries of domestic and international rosé wines, making it the largest wine competition dedicated to Rosé in the Unites States. The public’s first opportunity to sample some of these award-winning wines in one festival-setting will be on Saturday, June 22, at The Great Rosé Infusion of Summer event, to be held at Soda Rock Winery.
“Our judging is committed to the highest standards of competition,” explains Debra Del Fiorentino, who attracts a world-class panel of judges for the Competition. “The Experience Rosé judging seeks the very best in dry, a little sweet and sparkling styles that pair quality winemaking with the passion for rosé and its infinite possibilities.”
Experience Rosé is one of only a handful of U.S. competitions exclusively focused on identifying excellence in rosé wine, domestic and international, all styles. Due to the increased number of this year’s entries, the competition is now considered the largest rosé competition being held in the U.S. “This put a real feather in our cap,” states Del Fiorentino. “The art of creating great Rosé wines has fast-tracked within the industry as illustrated with more than 27% more entries than last year. We couldn’t be more delighted.”
The esteemed panel of judges awarded five Best of Show awards, nine Best of Class designations, 22 double gold and 61 gold medals.
Top honors and Best of Show went to the Balletto Vineyards 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, estate grown, bottled and produced. Described as a domestic dry rosé with tasting notes of cantaloupe, sun warmed strawberries, raspberries and rose petals, the wine garnered 94 points.
Other Best of Class winners include:
· Best of Show and Best of Class Domestic Dry: Balletto Vineyards, Rosé of Pinot Noir 2018
· Best of Class and Double Gold
o Domestic Sparkling: J Vineyards Brut Rosé
o Domestic Sweet: Jolee Wines, Rosé Jolee
o International Dry: Le Grand Courtage, Trés Chic Rosé
o International Sparkling: Risata Wines, Sparkling Rosé
· Best of Class and Double Gold
o Soda Rock Winery Rosé
o Hungry Hawk Vineyards Rosé
o Le Grand Noir Rosé
o Balverne, Rosé of Pinot Noir Reserve
· Best Domestic Cider, Gold: Urban Tree Rosé
Results were announced at an intimate gathering held at Soda Rock Winery on Thursday, May 2, following the judging. About 10 wineries, all Competition gold-and-above medal winners, poured and convened with a select group of industry influencers, media, and event sponsors and producers.
To view a complete list of 2019 winners, visit https://www.winecompetitions.com/experiencerose or http://rosewinetoday.com/2019-competition/.
Gold-and-above winners in the competition are invited to showcase their wines in The Great Rosé Infusion of Summer, to be held Saturday, June 16 at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg.
The Soda Rock event begins at 11 a.m. with an extraordinary Experience exclusively for VIP guests, titled “Rosé Without Cliché.” Thomas DeBiase (Idlewild Wines) will host a panel of distinctive winemakers pouring signature rosés that forever assert the commanding authenticity and captivating individuality rose’ can bring. Winemakers pouring and presenting their wines include Jeff Runquist (Jeff Runquist Wines, Amador), Antoine Favero (Wilson Artisan Wines, Sonoma and Mendocino), and Rick Moshin (Moshin Vineyards, Sonoma).
During the public event, from noon to 4 p.m., guests can expect to taste more than two dozen different rosés, in spaciously set-out themed tasting areas on the picturesque and historic grounds of Soda Rock Winery. Tasting areas are designed to illustrate how readily rosé pairs with so many different cuisines, and guest chefs will be on hand presenting delicious bites. French-trained chef Marc-Henri Jean-Baptiste (Mason Porcella) will serve elegant charcuterie offerings; Melissa Yanc, Healdsburg’s wildly acclaimed artisan baker, brings a tantalizing array of her mouth-watering artisan breads from her Quail and Condor; and Brian Bank will be showcasing his popular new BBQ hot spot in Fairfax, Way Station. By popular demand, Steel Jam has been invited back to fill the event with the exuberance of steel drum.
“There is a burgeoning appetite for all things rosé,” states Experience Rosé Founder and Co-Producer Craig Palmer. “Our goal is to showcase excellence, and the Competition sets that standard. This year we evaluated not only the best in rosé wines, but in rosé-infused spirits, beers and ciders. This is a first-of-its-kind idea for a public event.”
Early bird tickets are available now at experiencerose.com. VIP: $125; General Admission: $85; Designated Driver: $45. Tickets for The Great Rosé Pairing for Summer can be purchased by visiting www.experiencerose.com. For information about other Experience Rosé event, please visit www.experiencerose.com. Like Experience Rosé on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/experiencerosewine/.
Experience Rosé is proud to thank its Presenting Sponsor, Bank of Marin, and Hosting Sponsors: Soda Rock Winery, Jeff Runquist Wines, Spirited, and Wine Competitions Management.
About Wine Competitions Management & Production (WCPM) and Libations Logistics
Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., WCM&P is an independently owned and operated adult beverage competition company with a uniquely designed portfolio to appeal to a niche market based on its regional or otherwise defined style of judging. Its wine competitions include the prestigious world-renowned Sunset International Wine Competition, The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Harvest Challenge, West Coast Wine Competition, International Eastern Wine Competition, East Meets West, International Women’s Wine Competition, and the Craft Distillers Spirits Competition. It also operates the Mendocino Cider Competition and manages Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition. See website at www.winecompetitions.com.
About Soda Rock Winery
Nestled in Sonoma County’s scenic Alexander Valley, Soda Rock Winery offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy an eclectic mix of wine-country experiences. Sip a delicious array of wines with a focus on Bordeaux varietals. View the splendid surroundings and appreciate the historical buildings that have been beautifully restored using green building and recycling practices. Soda Rock is the original site of the Alexander Valley general store and post office, and was once the central hub of activity for the valley. Historic records provide evidence of the first bonded winery on this property in 1880. With a large line-up of Cabernet Sauvignons and Bordeaux varietals, Soda Rock wines are big and bold, just like its historic past.
Los Angeles, CA – With their first anniversary just around the corner, DTLA’s HATCH Yakitori + Bar raises their glass and kicks-off the celebration by introducing a cracking new Cocktail Bar!
Centrally located in DTLA’s The Bloc, a vibrant, open-air metropolitan center with its own access to the 7th Street Metro Station, HATCH Yakitori + Bar is the vision of Owner-Partners Akarad “AK” Tachavatcharapa, Nara Latip, and Executive Chef Daniel Shemtob. These hip-hop jammin’, globe-trottin’, food and drink lovin’ “Yakitori Boyz” created an urban nest for the burgeoning DTLA community and commuter’s alike; an oasis to congregate, rejuvenate, and celebrate with progressive Japanese cuisine and unrivaled new Bar Program that includes handcrafted Cocktails, meticulously curated Sake List, select premium Japanese Whisky, and eclectic Japanese Beer Menu, poising HATCH Yakitori + Bar as a not-to-be-missed drinking destination among the ever-evolving landscape of Downtown Los Angeles. The new Cocktail Bar features seating for lucky guests to get a premium view of the bartenders working on their craft, while the standing side bar welcomes guests looking to stretch their legs after a long day sitting in the office. The man behind the bar, Bar Director James Fastiggi set off to shake and stir things up as he first embarked on a culinary journey to better understand Partner and Executive Chef Daniel Shemtob’s menu. “I learned everything about the food before I even thought about the cocktails,” says Fastiggi. “Comprehending the menu was key to developing the cocktail menu.” With this epicurean education as his foundation, Fastiggi confidently moved forward to expand his knowledge on Japanese spirits, building the menu outward from his tutelage. “There is a Japanese twist to each of these cocktails, all of which beautifully compliment the overall Hatch Yakitori and Bar Menu.”
Paired with food or enjoyed on their own, eight thirst-quenching bangin’ Cocktails are ready to drop, like the Matcha Highball made with Iwai Whisky, coconut lemongrass nigori, lemon juice, house-made honey syrup and matcha powder, or the Yuzu Sour offering guests a refreshing twist on a reliable standby, prepared with Iwai Whisky, yuzu liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup and a fresh creamy egg white. The shocking pink For Goodness “Sake” receives its vivacious color from the splash of prickly pear juice, also featuring dry sake, Tito’s vodka, lychee juice and pear syrup, while the sweet and spicy Mangorita is comprised of Lunazul Tequila, house-made mango syrup, agave nectar, lime juice, orange bitters, and serrano pepper. Guests will be too furious if they are too fast when drinking the Tokyo Drift driven by Kaiyo Whisky, Angostura & orange bitters, and magic sauce (a citrus laden elixir) developed by Fastiggi which was based on a savory sauce originally created by Chef de Cuisine Erick Cielo. The Rum Tum Tum begins with house-made tepache, a beverage of Mexican origins in which pineapples are fermented for seven days before spices are added, and then joined by Greenbar Spiced Rum, lemon juice, Demerara syrup and Angostura bitters. Intriguing as it is innovative, the Wassup Bae is made with Roku Gin, wasabi, cucumber, lemon juice, lemongrass syrup and charcoal salt rim. Says Fastiggi, “When a guest requests a drink outside of the box, the Wassup Bae is where I will direct them.” Finally, for those feeling adventurous or indecisive there is the Bartender’s Choice, a special weekly cocktail crafted by Fastiggi to keep his creativity sharp and offer regulars something new.
HATCH Yakitori + Bar exclusively sources a myriad of Sake equally approachable for the sake novice and enticing for the sake connoisseur. Available on draft or carafe is the Bushido: Way of the Warrior, paying homage to the code of honor and morals developed by the Japanese samurai that stresses loyalty, self-discipline, and bravery. By bottle or carafe, the Junmai Sake selections are ready for guests to imbibe including the aromatic and ultra-dry Itami Onigoroshi: Demon Slayer, the light and mild Shintaro: Imperial Loyalist, the clean and crisp Joto Nigori, or the Hatch Organic brewed right here in California. The Ginjo style sake selection includes the delicately complex Gokujo: The Excellence, while AK is personally excited to introduce guests to the almighty Ryujin: Dragon God, noted for its vibrance and full-bodied flavor. Finally, Junmai Daiginjo, the highest caliber of sake categories begins with the award-winning Soto: The Outside, or the highly sought after Kitaya Kanasansui: Cold Mountain Water. Finally, for true aficionados, HATCH Yakitori + Bar offers guests a miracle with the Kimurashiki Kiseki: Miracle Sake, certified organic and produced under the supervision of Akimori Kimura, the pioneer of modern organic farming methods in Japan.
HATCH Yakitori + Bar also offers a new highly curated selection of premium Japanese Whisky, such as the Mars Iwai, with tasting notes of pear, quince, red fruits and vanilla. Matured in the finest Japanese handmade mizunara oak casks, Kaiyo Mizunara Oak spends the last leg of their maturation at sea, the salt air and ebb and flow of the tides enriching the whisky. Named by Forbes as one of the “10 Japanese Whiskies To Try Now,” the Akashi White Oak hails from Japan’s smallest whisky distillery, where only two months out of the year are dedicated to whisky production. Blended from whiskies matured in oak for 10 years, Yame Eight Goddesses 10 Yr is inspired by the mythical Yametsu Hime protector of the mountainous beauty of the Yame Region, home of the famed Kitaya Distillery. Dubbed a ‘worldwide blended whisky’, Ichiro’s Malt & Grain is comprised of whiskies from distilleries in Scotland, Canada, U.S.A., England, and Ireland, as well as young malt and grain whisky stock from the legendary king of Japanese distilling, Ichiro Akuto. HATCH prides themselves on being able to offer rare, high-end whisky, such as Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu “The US Edition”, a highly-limited single malt release made specifically for the US market from the extremely sought-after Ichiro Akuto Chichibu Distillery. Dry and honeyed with gentle oak spice and Tahitian vanilla, Mars Lucky Cat “Mint” Whisky is limited to less than 4,000 bottles, while the Mars Komagatake Limited Edition 2018 is aged entirely in Shinshu, the highest elevation of any distillery in Japan, creating a noticeable influence on this unique whisky’s taste.
If Beer is more your brew, HATCH Yakitori + Bar has an array of beers on Draft: Asahi, Sapporo, Orion, and Kirin, as well as select offerings that may inspire guests to expand their tastes including Coedo Shiro Hefeweizen Wheat Beer, Samurai Blonde Ale, Delicious IPA, and the Cali Creamin’ Vanilla Cream Ale. Two varieties from the Kyoto Brewing Company kick off the Bottle selections beginning with the Kyoto Matcha IPA, followed by the Kyoto Kuromame Black Soybean Ale. At 8% alcohol content the Hitachino Ginger Brew is not your Mama’s ginger ale, although let us not forget its slightly herbaceous sibling, the Hitachino White Ale. Brewed from kintoki sweet potatoes, the award-winning Coedo Beniaka Sweet Potato Ale is earthy and rich, while the equally acclaimed Coedo Shikkoku Black Lager boasts an enchantingly smooth elegance. It’s in the Can with the Yona Yona: Every Night Pale Ale, made with premium Cascade hops, and the Suiyoubi No Neko: Wednesday Cat White Ale is smooth enough to get guests through every day of the week. If Wine is the only way to wind down, there is selection of California Wines and one deliciously unorthodox Chinese wine. Adventurous minds are encouraged to inquire within.
There is no better companion to a cool libation than Happy Hour and Partner and Executive Chef Daniel Shemtob has pulled out all of the stops to deliver guests one solid hour of discounted gluttonous glory. Guests can enjoy Oysters, Chilled, Grilled, or Fried accompanied by ume mignoette, Sticks like Breast and Plum, Thigh & Miso, and Mushroom Party, or the Plates with selections such as the Black Karaage, with two day brined chicken thighs, squid ink, house pickles, grilled lime, and black ranch dip, or Miso Pork Spare Ribs, featuring slow cooked pork ribs, miso caramel, spice blend, and green onions. During this happiest hour, a selection of Drinks including Draft and House Sake, Wine by the Glass and Beer by the Glass will also be available at special prices.
Whether your glass holds the liquid amber of Japanese Whisky, the aqueous ambrosia of a perfectly chilled Sake, or a meticulously crafted Cocktail, raise it high and give a mighty, “Kanpai!” to the bangin’ New Cocktail Bar at HATCH Yakitori + Bar!
HATCH Yakitori + Bar is open for Lunch every Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, and for Dinner every Monday through Thursday from 5:00 to 10:00 pm, every Friday from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm, every Saturday from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm, and every Sunday from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Happy Hour is every Monday through Friday from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. For more information or reservations, please visit www.HatchYakitori.com or call HATCH Yakitori + Bar directly at 213.282.9070.
HATCH Yakitori + Bar
700 West 7th Street, suite G600
Los Angeles, CA 90017
LOS ANGELES, California – Mike and Kathie Gordon, owners of Toscana, the extremely popular Tuscan restaurant in Brentwood with a devoted following of food-lovers, celebrate their 30th year in business this year. In tribute, they’ve planned a week-long nod to their original menu from 1989 that started the story. Festivities begin Monday, June 10 and continue through Sunday, June 16, 2019, when the Gordons and the Toscana team invite their regulars and the public to join the festivities. The Toscana kitchen will offer their classic dishes of Salsicce all’ Uccelletto; Ravioli Radicchio; Scampi e Fagioli; Pollo al Mattone; Costolette d’Agnello alla Trevisana; and Florentina ala Bracie, among others that were featured on the opening of the restaurant and continue to be favorites to this day. The Gordons will be in-house nightly to personally greet their many loyal guests and to welcome new customers. In appreciation of many years of loyalty, they have created a special memento as a gift of thanks to the diners.
While looking back over the three decades, the Gordons have set their eyes to the future with an energized kitchen team. Newly installed Executive Chef Luca Crestanelli of Toscana’s sister restaurant S.Y. Kitchen in Santa Ynez will bring inspiration to the classic Tuscan cuisine. Working closely with Crestanelli is the recently recruited Samuele Minin as Chef de Cuisine. The two collaborate on Toscana’s menu and daily specials, infusing them with their Italian traditions along with the flavors and ingredients of Southern California’s markets.
Toscana was quietly opened in April 1989 by first-time restaurateurs Mike and Kathie Gordon and musician Doc Severinsen, who dreamed of creating a modest Italian trattoria in their neighborhood where friends and family could come together to eat the simple, delicious food they found in the small towns and kitchens of Tuscany. The trattoria’s success exceeded all expectations from the start. The cozy yet lively environment was discovered and soon populated by celebrities, industry leaders, politicians and athletes, along with locals and visitors from around the world. Dining on the clean, flavorful dishes of Toscana encouraged their clientele to return often; typically an average of several times a week.
The Gordons found it gratifying when their customers began bringing family and business associates for gatherings of their own. Every year, Director Michael Mann hosts a special dinner for all of the Oscar-nominated directors during the exciting week leading up to the Academy Awards. Just a few years back, Composer and Producer David Foster needed a place for a last-minute respite for acclaimed musical artists Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Barbara Streisand and others following a long day’s rehearsal for the Grammys, and brought them to Toscana to relax and share dinner. Long-time patrons have had yearly multi-generational birthday and anniversary celebrations throughout all three decades. Today, grandkids of the original regulars are some of Toscana’s favorite guests.
From the moment the colorful, signature Pinzimonio (Italian-style crudité) arrives at the table to nurture everyone with a first bite, to the farewell thank-yous from the staff, everyone is treated like family. The Gordons’ warm and welcoming personalities inspire the style of the friendly and professional staff – the dear Alberto, now retired to Italy, and Mark, Max, Roby and Emilio among the others – many of them have been working at Toscana since opening day. Thirty years later, the restaurant continues to thrive and buzzes daily with the electricity of anticipation of another wonderful meal.
The talented culinary team at Toscana has firm Italian roots. Executive Chef Luca Crestanelli was born and raised in Verona, Italy, where he received his Culinary Arts degree. Luca’s career has taken him across the globe which helped refine his epicurean sensibilities through exploration and hands-on discovery of regional cooking styles. After stints at Vincenti in Brentwood and positions as a private chef, he was invited to work for the Gordon family, launching Bar Toscana in 2010. In 2013 the three partnered to open a third restaurant, S.Y. Kitchen in Santa Ynez, California, where he is based today. Born in the small town of Griis di Bicinicco in northern Italy, Chef de Cuisine Samuele Minin grew up in his family’s restaurant, learning how to create traditional plates from his parents. He moved to the United States as a young teenager with an abundance of energy and a drive to learn from seasoned Italian chefs around the country. Since arriving in California in 2010, he’s proudly opened several restaurants – and most recently served as sous chef at Nerano, Toscana’s sister restaurant in Beverly Hills.
The Gordons are grateful for the longevity of their restaurant and are actively involved in the management of Toscana, the adjacent Bar Toscana, Nerano in Beverly Hills and S.Y. Kitchen in Santa Ynez, California where they have a home.“As Toscana looks to the future, it continues to retain whatever is good from the past,” states Mike and Kathie Gordon. “We feel as if we belong to a special part of the world where each generation is connected to all the ones that went before.”
TOSCANA 30th ANNIVERSARY MENU
served daily from Monday, June 10 through Saturday, June 15, 2019
TOSCANA 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Monday, June 10 through Sunday, June 16, 2019
Lunch at Toscana:
Monday – Saturday 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Sundays 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Dinner at Toscana:
Monday – Thursday 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Friday – Saturday 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Sunday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
11633 San Vicente Blvd #100
Los Angeles, CA 90049
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NAPA VALLEY, CA – On Saturday, April 27, over 850 wine and food enthusiasts came together at HALL Wines in St. Helena to raise awareness for local charities at the 10th Annual Cabernet Cookoff. 13 Bay Area chefs teamed up with a charity of their choice to compete in a food and wine pairing competition by creating small bites paired with 2015 HALL Ellie’s Cabernet Sauvignon. The event was hosted by Craig and Kathryn Hall and was emceed by Natalie Morales, TODAY West Coast Anchor/Host of Access. In total, four winners were announced including two People’s Choice Awards and two Judges’ Choice Awards. In total, $106,000 stemming from 100% of event proceeds benefited Napa Valley non-profit organizations.
“On Saturday at the 10th Anniversary of the HALL Cabernet Cookoff, we were thrilled to announce that since the start of this event 10 years ago, over $1 million has been raised for Napa charitable organizations,” say Craig and Kathryn Hall. “We applaud the participating chefs and charities and all the generous guests who showed up on a beautiful sunny afternoon celebrating great food, wine and fun.”
Participating chef teams included Acacia House, Brix, Goose & Gander, Gran Electrica, Harvest Table, InterContinental Mark Hopkins, KAIYO, One Market Restaurant, Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, Press, Tarla Mediterranean Bar & Grill, Blossom Catering Company, and Bounty Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ.
Each chef team selected a charity to compete for. Non-profits involved in 2019 included Napa Humane, Soroptimist International of Vallejo, Hands Across The Valley, Swords to Plowshares, St. Helena Hospital, CIA Scholarship Fund, NEWS, St. Helena Farmer’s Market, Voices: Foster Care for Independence, Collabria Care, Napa Valley Food Pantry, Puertas Abiertas, Zero Prostate Cancer Napa Valley.
Natalie Morales, TODAY West Coast Anchor/Host of Access, served as the official emcee for the event. Morales helped keep the guests excited about the competition throughout the day and announced the winners alongside hosts Craig and Kathryn Hall at the end of the event. Additionally, ten-time Emmy award winner, NBC Bay Area News Anchor Raj Mathai served as the Charity Champion during the Main Event by encouraging guests to learn more about the deserving non-profit organizations participating.
The 2019 judging panel included actress Wendi McLendon-Covey, television personality Shep Rose, Michelin-rated Chef Ken Frank, La Toque, and wine critic Virginie Boone with Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The two 2019 Judges’ Choice Awards winners were:
• 2019 Judges’ Choice – First Place
Chef: Mark Dommen, One Market Restaurant
Dish: Roasted Lamb Loin; Braised Lamb Loin, Anson Mills Polenta, Charred Scallions
Charity: Collabria Care
• 2019 Judges’ Choice – Runner Up
Chef: Nate Smith, Blossom Catering Company
Dish: 1300 A.D. Roman Ribs
Charity: CAN-V Food Bank Napa Valley
Guests in attendance were tasked with selecting their favorite dish for the two 2019 People’s Choice Awards by using Microsoft Surface tablets. The two Peoples’ Choice Winners were:
• 2019 People’s Choice – First Place
Chef: Chad Bayless, InterContinental Mark Hopkins
Dish: Lamb Belly Tacos
Charity: Swords to Plowshares
• 2019 People’s Choice – Runner Up
Chef: Brandon Watts, Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ
Dish: Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Charity: Napa Humane
Event sponsors included The Microsoft Store at The Village at Corte Madera, Corkcicle, Colorescience, Nixon-Peabody, My Office Products, Bright Rentals, Cypress Grove Cheese, Alastin Beauty, Topo Chico Water, Signum Architecture, Benefit Marketing, Imprezziv, Print Inkorportated, LUX Productions, Barbier Security and ALKAR.
Prior to the Main Event, Kathryn Hall hosted a cooking demonstration as part of the VIP Preview alongside celebrity Chef Ari Taymor. The demo included Chef Ari preparing Beet-Cured Hamachi Toast paired with a selection of wines that included a library offering of HALL Jack’s Masterpiece Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 11th Annual HALL Cabernet Cookoff will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Tickets are available now at 2020 Cabernet Cookoff. For more information contact HALL Wines at www.hallwines.com or 707-967-2626, and follow HALL Wines on social @hallwines #cabernetcookoff.
HALL Wines: The Art of Cabernet
HALL produces award-winning Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, available to taste and purchase at two properties in Napa Valley as well as at hallwines.com. Owned by Craig and Kathryn Hall, its vineyard collection features eight Estate Vineyards, of which five are Certified Organic (CCOF). Led by Vice President and Head Winemaker Steve Leveque, HALL’s portfolio includes 19 distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings highlighting the finest vineyards and sub-appellations of the Napa Valley. The HALL St. Helena winery was the first LEED® Gold Certified Winery in the State of California in 2009 and earned another LEED® Gold certification for its high tech production facility and tasting room in 2014, making HALL a leader in green efficiencies. HALL’s 2008 Kathryn Hall Cabernet earned the #2 spot in Wine Spectator’s Top 100. Two other bottlings, the Exzellenz and Rainin Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons have garnered multiple 100 point ratings in recent years. For more information about HALL, please visit www.hallwines.com or call 707.967.2626. @hallwines #artofcabernet.
TEMECULA VALLEY, Calif. (PRWEB) – Vacationers searching for wellness travel are discovering Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country’s pure life experiences. Wellness seekers have personal expectations and varied preferences, but most importantly they want a break from routine and a place to nourish the mind, body, and soul. Visit Temecula Valley has uncovered the 10 best wellness experiences that will kick-start or maintain travelers’ healthy lifestyles.
1. Indulging Spas
A wellness journey can begin with an immersive spa experience at Spa Pechanga. This 25,000 square foot spa is a sanctuary of luxury, wellness and serenity. Their Native American roots are inspired by the reverence for native botanicals and the strength of their Great Oak known as Wi’aasal. Therapies integrate the healing powers of nature.
Waves of Sound Massage is a popular way to relieve stress and energize through the use of a zero-gravity relaxation chair. This sensory experience lulls the mind into a deep state of inner peace and calm. Aromatic Alchemy is another unique service offered. This aromatherapy begins with a custom blend from 25 different essential oils and botanical extracts. A master therapist uses this dynamic blend in a full-body massage or body treatment.
In addition, there are hydrotherapy pools, steam rooms and saunas for relaxation both indoors and out. Panoramic views of Pu’eska Mountain, the sacred site of the Luiseño Indians, can be seen while enjoying the outdoors. Relaxation rooms for reading or enjoying light refreshments provide comfort and pampering.
GrapeSeed Spa is another recommended wellness option. Visitors stroll down the tranquility path through the vineyards to attend a private yoga class or find healing in one of their spa services that range from massage and body treatments to social spa experiences. The 17,000 square foot, three-story spa includes a heated outdoor saltwater pool, alfresco saltwater whirlpools, eucalyptus steam rooms, dry saunas, and tranquility lounges. Their Ashiatsu massage, a barefoot massage technique, is ideal for those desiring to reach deeper layers. LightStim Therapy – LED Light Therapy offers the most effective and affordable technology for achieving healthy and youthful skin. The process delivers light energy to the skin, which reduces fine lines and wrinkles. A variety of other massage, body rituals, fitness and skin care services are also available.
Each service includes a glass of pre-selected wine to be enjoyed while relaxing in a chaise lounge on the spacious veranda overlooking wine country after a day of rejuvenation. The pool area is available to all resort and spa guests. The use of the spa facilities is included with the purchase of any spa service. A Spa Day Pass (available Monday through Thursdays) provides access to the fitness facilities, spa locker room, steam room, sauna, and outdoor hot tub. GrapeSeed Spa experiences use innovative techniques, organic ingredients, and sustainable products so guests can feel good about the products interacting with their body.
2. Hiking Trials
The Santa Rosa Plateau’s Ecological Reserve, located in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains above the Temecula Valley, offers trails for every level. While at the Santa Rosa Plateau, hikers can get their hearts pumping as they walk along the paths and trails through 9,000 acres of woodlands and prairie. All the rainfall has provided an ideal time to visit the vernal pools and it’s the only place in the world to see fairy shrimp during the spring months.
Closer in-town trails can be found throughout Temecula Valley Wine Country. These trails are great for horseback riding, walking, or morning jogs with hot air balloons overhead. A little south of Santa Rosa’s visitor’s center is the 1.5-mile roundtrip hike to Tenaja Falls’ 150-foot tiered waterfall. For those staying at Temecula Creek Inn, the resort has several walking paths that make for a beautiful leisure stroll.
3. Historical Findings
Stepping where pioneers once walked and envisioning what it was like helps center the soul. Visitors can tour historical Old Town Temecula guided by notable characters from its past. The stories and rich history are uncovered during the walking tour through historical buildings and memorable sites. Reservations can be made at the Temecula Valley Museum.
Pechanga cultural tours feature The Great Oak, which is the largest and one of the oldest naturally grown indigenous coast live oak in the western United States. The land, native plants, and the Luiseño Indians way of life are explored during the enlightening and insightful tour.
Vail Headquarters has been restored and the buildings repurposed, but its rich past can still be recognized with renovated bunkhouses and its treasured history saved inside the Little Temecula History Center. The center once thrived as the original town of Temecula and visitors can learn all about it when visiting this site.
4. Farms & Ranches
Temecula Valley is surrounded by agriculture. In addition to wine grapes, visitors are surrounded by avocado trees, citrus groves, pomegranate trees, olive trees, rows of root vegetables and berries, and so much more. Many of the wineries offer behind-the-scenes tours to learn about growing wine grapes and the process of making wine.
Temecula Olive Oil Company grows and produces their olive oils at a ranch just outside of town, and they are open for tours year-round. They are a great example of a zero-waste ranch and production facility. Temecula Lavender Company is also open for tours during their bloom season each summer. Their charming farm in wine country is nestled up to their vineyard. The tour teaches about the types of lavender, their benefits and how to extract the oil. Temecula Valley is also horse country and visitors are welcome to ride on the wine country trails or at Green Acres Ranch, a real working equestrian ranch.
5. Educational Opportunities
In addition to education tours mentioned, a variety of classes are offered to visitors. Cooking classes are popular through Temecula Olive Oil Company, Williams Sonoma at Promenade Temecula, Lorimar Loft wine tasting room, as well as other locations.
Temecula Olive Oil classes offers a chance to build unique appetizer platters and experiment with local ingredients while learning how to display the foods. The class includes hands-on demonstrations, tastings, wine or kombucha, and attendees make a pickled creation to take home. Lorimar Loft transforms food into long-lasting, gut-healthy, beautiful ingredients while learning to curd food waste. There are hands-on demonstrations that teach methods to create pickles, ferments, tonics and preserves. Guests can sample in-season pickles and ferments, and other cultured foods and beverages, and leave with an edible project made in class. Williams Sonoma offers several classes each month to choose from, including seasonal and technique classes. April features Bravo’s Top Chef knife skills with tips and tricks for chopping, slicing and dicing like a pro.
AR Workshop in Old Town Temecula is a boutique DIY studio that offers hands-on classes for creating custom, charming home décor from raw materials. They have instructor-led workshops where visitors can make custom decorative signs, pillows, centerpiece boxes, tote bags, and more.
Several wineries invite visitors to explore their creativity on canvas. Paint Nite in the Barrel Room is a great way to express through art with a glass of wine at Mount Palomar Winery. A guided professional artist teaches the class in a fun way that gets the create muscles flexing. No experience is necessary, and the novice artists will be amazed what they can do. Wine, Dine & Paint class at South Coast Winery includes lunch with a glass of wine. Guests learn about mixing colors and painting techniques while creating a personal masterpiece. Sip n’ Paint “Cheers” class is offered at Falkner Winery. This class encourages guest to bring snacks to enjoy while painting and wine is available for sipping.
6. Mindful Dining
Healthy menus using local ingredients are maintaining visitor’s healthy lifestyle or encouraging them on their way to transformation. It’s easy to find guilt-free delicious food in Downtown Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Wine Country and Pechanga Resort Casino. Because so many chefs in the region make everything from scratch, they cater to those with dietary restrictions. Dining experiences include a chef’s table and Afternoon Tea at The Restaurant at Leoness Cellars, charcuterie wine pairings at BOTTAIA Winery, a food and wine pairings at several of the wineries. Old Town Temecula is a treasure for food explorations. Temecula Olive Oil Company offers free tastings of their oil and balsamic vinegar blends. Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants carries hundreds of fresh spices and in-house blends, as well as a large selection of teas. A Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday with fresh produce and foods. There is also a Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays at Vail Headquarters and Wednesdays at Promenade Temecula.
7. Live Entertainment
Shakespeare in the Vines classic theatrical company has been performing in Temecula Valley Wine Country since 2005. They passionately believe in the power of theater to change lives. They will be performing at Baily Vineyard & Winery in March then June to September.
As so many say, laughter is the best medicine, and there are many places to get a good laugh in Temecula Valley. The Comedy Club at Pechanga introduces comedy circuit’s brightest stars, as well as up-and-comers. Comedy at The Merc hosts improv with PseudoRandom Noise! on the Saturday night each month. The show engages audience members to help write, direct, and even act onstage. Rocky’s Comedy Live performs at Mount Palomar Winery throughout the spring season. Comedy shows can be found at several additional wineries, check VisitTemeculaValley.com for a complete list.
Temecula Valley Symphony, now in its 24 year explores music for the past to present. Works include Spitfire Prelude & Fugue from the 1942 film The First of the Few, Peter Boyer’s Three Olympians, and a thrilling medley of video game themes from Halo, Civilization IV, Bounty Hunter, and Kingdom Hearts. The Experience on May 18, 2019 will be Beethoven’s 5th Exposed.
Live music fills the air in Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Wine Country, and Pechanga Resort Casino, check VisitTemeculaValley.com event calendar under Things To Do to see a complete list of concerts and live music.
8. Peaceful Poolsides
There are some great poolsides in Temecula Valley for soaking in the sun, cooling off and just relaxing. Embassy Suites offers an oversized pool and whirlpool with an expansive patio area for sunbathing. Poolside food and beverage service is available. Pechanga Resort Casino offers a 4.5-acre pool complex with a family pool, splash pad and slide as well as adult pools and whirlpools, including a swim up bar, cabanas and dining at The Coveside Grill. South Coast Winery saltwater pool welcomes resort guests as well as walk-ins for a fee. Comfortable and spacious cabanas are available for rent and it includes a bottle of South Coast sparkling wine. The Pool at BOTTAIA Winery offers an oasis of relaxation, wine, cocktails and food surrounded by vineyards in Temecula Valley Wine Country. Visitors have their choice of renting two pool chaise lounges with a cabine for changing, showering and storing items; or a chaise lounge with drinking water, a locker and use of public showers. Guests will receive a southern California tan and a day of fun relaxation at whichever poolside experience they choose.
9. Meditation Spots
Several quiet pockets of tranquility, ideal for reflection and meditation, are waiting to be discovered. Sunrise moments are best spent watching hot air balloons over wine country from a wine country inn or resort room patio. Inn at Churon Winery, Inn at Europa Village, Carter Estate, and South Coast Winery all offer the perfect morning views. Rose Haven Heritage Garden immediately south of Old Town Temecula is a beautiful setting for quiet time and meandering afternoon walks. The Rooftop Garden at Pechanga provides ideal viewing for stunning sunsets, as well as hilltop wineries like Callaway, Mount Palomar, Miramonte, Lumiere and Monte de Oro.
10. Home Away from Home
In addition to Temecula Valley Wine Country Temecula Creek Inn, Ramada Inn, Hotel Temecula, and Embassy Suites offer peaceful settings for refueling and rejuvenating the mind and spirit.
For more information about wellness travel while in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, see VisitTemeculaValley.com.
About Visit Temecula Valley
Laid back, picturesque Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country welcomes nearly three million visitors each year. It is a year-round vacation destination, located 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs; 90 minutes from Los Angeles.
Temecula Valley Wine Country is widely recognized for its scenic vineyards, award-winning wines, and experiential wineries. The popular boutique destination includes the Temecula Valley A.V.A. (American Viticulture Area) as well as historic Old Town Temecula, and Pechanga Resort Casino. It also was named as a 2019 Wine Enthusiast 10 Best Wine Travel Destination.
Visit Temecula Valley is the region’s official tourism marketing organization and resource for visitors. The Visitors Center is located in Old Town Temecula. For visitor information and assistance, please call (888) 363-2852 or go to VisitTemeculaValley.com.
RUTHERFORD, California – Francis Ford Coppola, proprietor of Inglenook, is pleased to announce that the historic winery will mark its 140th anniversary by significantly expanding its caves. The major expansion will accommodate the addition of 122 stainless steel fermenting tanks, each dedicated to one of Inglenook’s 122 vineyard parcels.
“Since it was founded in 1879 by Gustave Niebaum, Inglenook has been renowned for its creativity, quality, innovation and industry leadership,” said Coppola. “We continue that tradition and dedication with this significant cave expansion, led by our director of winemaking, Philippe Bascaules.” The cave expansion kicks off a year-long celebration of Inglenook’s 140th anniversary.
From Gustave Niebaum to John Daniel, Jr. to Francis Ford Coppola, Inglenook’s three principal stewards have shared a strong sense of vision and an unwavering passion to create a wine estate that hearkens back to the European tradition, producing original, distinctly Napa wines that rival the best in Europe. Working with Coppola, Bascaules’ vision is to ferment each of Inglenook’s 122 vineyard parcels separately, to enhance the wines’ complexity.
“Having more tanks preserves the identity of each parcel, which allows us to be more precise as we’re blending,” said Bascaules. “We can then better explore the capacity of each parcel, which will create more diversity and will lead to more complex, balanced blends.”
Inglenook has a rich history of leadership in the wine industry. Many of founder Gustave Niebaum’s innovations at Inglenook became industry standards: Inglenook instituted the first sterile bottling process in Napa; it was the first to separate field debris from grapes; Inglenook planted Napa’s first Merlot in 1882; and Inglenook built the first gravity-flow winery in 1888, which was considered one of the greatest winery structures in the Western Hemisphere at the time.
The new cave expansion is expected to be completed in time for the 2020 harvest.
Founded in 1879 by Gustave Niebaum as Napa’s first estate winery, Inglenook boasts an illustrious heritage, a renowned legacy of innovation and an outstanding portfolio of award-winning wines that have defined and established Napa as a world-class wine region. From Gustave Niebaum to John Daniel, Jr. to Francis Ford Coppola, Inglenook’s three principal stewards have shared a strong sense of vision and an unwavering passion to create a wine estate that hearkens back to the European tradition, producing original, distinctly Napa wines that rival the best in Europe. It remains the largest contiguous estate on the famed Rutherford Bench, Napa Valley’s finest area for producing spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon.
The iconic Inglenook chateau was first constructed in 1887, and faithfully restored in 1997. Befitting the grandeur of the Inglenook estate, the chateau welcomes guests for seated tastings and special events. Experiences include tours of the Chateau, the Infinity caves, the vineyards, barrel tastings and culinary offerings under the direction of Winery Chef Alex Lovick who expertly pairs the wines with the seasonal, organic bounty of the expansive estate farm and orchards.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (PRWEB) – KVC Kentucky will host the 2nd Annual Brews, Boots & Beats presented by Sleep Outfitters and Tempur Sealy, at Fasig-Tipton horse farm on May 17, 2019 to raise funds to support KVC Kentucky’s mission and further their work. Located in the heart of the Bluegrass, this elegant venue highlights Kentucky’s stunning farmland, prized Thoroughbred horses and beautiful equine architecture.
This year’s event features live concert performances by The Tee Dee Young Band, Dustin Collins, The Swells, Small Batch, and Ben Lacy, heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by award-winning Chef Ouita Michel and her team, beer by West Sixth Brewing, cocktails and more! This event brings together guests of all ages to enjoy a night of music, dancing and fun – plus, your chance to win a Tempurpedic bed and other great prizes, all for a great cause!
While this evening event promises to be a fun time with family, friends, and community partners, Brews, Boots & Beats will also raise awareness for the vital work of KVC Kentucky in supporting those in our communities who are experiencing mental health distress, substance use and family trauma.
For over 18 years, KVC Kentucky has provided an array of behavioral health, substance use and child welfare services that target significant problems that youth, adults and families face in our contemporary society. KVC Kentucky positively impacts the lives of over 12,000 children and families each year by providing in-home behavioral healthcare and substance abuse treatment, family preservation and reunification, and foster care services. KVC Kentucky is committed to strengthening and supporting the well-being and vitality of Kentucky’s children, families and communities through their high-quality, collaborative, and impactful services designed to empower clients by building on their unique strengths.
Doors will open at 6:00pm. VIP and General Admission Tickets are on sale now at https://brewsbootsbeats2019.eventbrite.com. Come dance the night away in support of KVC Kentucky’s mission to strengthen and support the well-being and vitality of Kentucky’s children, families and communities!
Presented by the WiSH Education Foundation, Wine on the Roof is being held on May 16, 2019 on top of the Macy’s parking structure at Westfield Valencia Town Center. The event, starting at 6:30 pm, will feature at least six food courses prepared by local chefs paired with many wines from our handpicked winemakers. In addition, this year we are adding wines for the appetizer hour donated by private wine enthusiasts. Local favorite Lance Allyn will provide live music. Up to twelve winemakers and vintners will be seated among our guests to answer questions about the wines. Only 200 tickets will be sold.
“This was so popular for our first year that we had to bring it back again this year,” says Amy Daniels, Executive Director of the WiSH Education Foundation. “It’s a great way for our community to really enjoy and spoil themselves and support our local students.”
Created by Eve Bushman of Eve Bushman Consulting, the event is also hosted by Marlee Lauffer of Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation and Steve Lemley of Pulchella Winery. Tickets are $125 and available now at www.WiSHscv.org.
Lemley added, “This is a wonderful opportunity for us as winemakers to share our wines as paired with food that presents them well. To be able to sit among the diners is yet another great occasion to share our knowledge and toast to a wonderful spring evening.” Adds Bushman, “We try to bring something new to these events every year and I think we’ve succeeded in doing that. The response has been incredibly positive and we look forward to another successful event for everyone involved.”
Currently, participants include Salt Creek Grille, Old Town Junction, Nealie’s Skillet, Olive Terrace, Honu Coffee, Greater Pacific, Newhall Press Room, Marston’s, Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewing Company and Smokin Bar-B-Quties. Wineries include Pulchella Winery, Dusty Nabor Wines, The Blending Lab, Pagter Brothers, Triassic Vineyards, Ascension Cellars, Byron Blatty Wines, Hoi Polloi Winery, Parhelion Cellars, Two Papas Wines, Mystic Hills Vineyard and Golden Star Vineyards.
Each course is presented with a wine – paired by Lemley and Bushman – and single menu card that lists the dish, chef, restaurant, winery, wine and winemaker. As the dishes are served our chefs and winemakers are invited to introduce the course and the wine respectively.
We want to promote our generous wineries and restaurants as much as we can and ask that our guests take the menu cards home with them so they can reach out to the restaurants and wineries that they enjoyed.
We ask that our guests be responsible; this is a 21 and over event. Westfield is allowing cars to be parked overnight in the garage and Hyatt Regency Valencia, only steps away from our roof, is offering a special rate of $109 for our guests. Simply call the Hyatt at 661-799-1234 and ask for the “Rooftop” rate.
We appreciate our sponsors Westfield Valencia Town Center, Eve Bushman Consulting, Santa Clarita Magazine, SOS Entertainment, and Jennifer Ramos Social Conduit. Our restaurant prep tent coordinator will again be the amazing Jennifer Chadwick of Salt Creek Grille.
For more information on ticketing and sponsorships, please contact Executive Director Amy Daniels at WiSH@hartdistrict.org or go to www.wishscv.org.
Old Town Pasadena has welcomed Bone Kettle with open arms as brothers and Partners Eric Tjahyadi and Executive Chef Erwin Tjahyadi have transformed beloved Indonesian dishes into a modern dining experience that ignites the taste buds, creating a very unique and special place for Date Night. Guests can enjoy Executive Chef Erwin Tjahyadi’s homemade Bone Broth, using time-honored cooking techniques and fresh, ingredients reflective of Southeast Asian traditions, is made by boiling beef for 36 hours in filtered water with onions, garlic, ginger and a specific to Bone Kettle mix of dried spices; the Oxtail Dumplings made with oxtail, seasonal mushrooms, leeks, San Bai Su, or the Spicy Papaya Salad prepared with green papaya, mangoes, tomatoes, chili, cilantro, green beans, peanuts, and bay scallops adding just the right amount of zest for the perfect night. The sharable plates and unique desserts, along with Bone Kettle’s specially curated Wine, Sake and Beer List, will nourish your mind, body and soul, making this your new go-to Date Night spot!
Bone Kettle is open for Dinner every Monday through Sunday from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm; 67 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103: 626.795.5702; www.BoneKettle.com
Casita Del Campo:
Legendary Casita Del Campo celebrating 57 years in Silverlake is colorful, artistic and the perfect setting for a Date Night in a cozy booth or in the Chimney Room by the fireplace. Delicious Fresh Fruit Margaritas, such as the Strawberry and Pomegranate Margaritas made with fresh lime juice, triple sec and tequila are the perfect treat to get you in the mood. Homemade Mexican fare like the Casita’s Special; six delicious crispy mini tortillas topped with chicken, beef, beans, jack cheese, sour cream, and fresh guacamole, served with chopped tomatoes and peppers is served to share; the cheesy Enchiladas are prepared with a choice of protein or can be served vegan with a light tomatillo sauce, and the Mahi Mahi is grilled and topped with red bell peppers, onions, cilantro, tomatoes and is served with white rice, black beans, and plantains made with love and perfect to enjoy over conversation. Casita Del Campo’s atmosphere will take your Date Night to the next level, not to mention, the music will bring just the right amount of fun to spice up any night!
Casita Del Campo is open every Sunday through Wednesday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, every Thursday from 11:00 am to 12:00 Midnight, and every Friday and Saturday from 11:00 am to 2:00 am; 1920 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027; 323.662.4255; www.CasitadelCampo.net
A true Pasadena staple, Celestino Ristorante, is the epitome of where to go to impress a date. The perfect combination of Old School flare with just the right amount of Pasadena sophistication, this Drago establishment has you covered with delectable Wines from Italy, as well as authentic and highly regarded Italian cuisine from Owner and Executive Chef Calogero Drago. Whether you begin with the Prosciutto & Melon or the Jumbo Scallops, be sure to also enjoy one of Celestino Ristorante’s Homemade Pastas like the Spaghetti Alla Vongole, spaghetti with clams, or go for the delightful Risotti Porcini e Mascarpone, risotto with porcini mushrooms and Mascarpone cheese, and do not forget to leave room for the Cannoli and an Italian Grappa to make this Date Night one for the books!
Celestino Ristorante is open for Dinner every Monday through Thursday from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm, every Friday from 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm, every Saturday from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm, and every Sunday from 5:00 pm to 9:45 pm; 141 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101; 626.795.4006; www.CelestinoPasadena.com
Culina & Vinoteca: Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Make it a night in Beverly Hills and impress your special date with a modern Tuscan meal from Chef de Cuisine Luca Moriconi at Culina & Vinoteca located in the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Chef Luca will take you on an Italian getaway through his masterpieces beginning with the Antipasti with choices such as the Cozze al Prosecco comprised of black mussels, Prosecco, garlic, tomato, parsley and grilled ciabatta to ignite the fire on this “Buona Notte.” Continue to impress with an assortment of house-made pasta, such as the understatedly refined Gnocchi alla Sorrentina prepared with San Marzano tomatoes, basil, and buffalo mozzarella, or the robust Tortellini Lucchesi served with roasted beef and prosciutto stuffed pasta, thyme, and braised beef sugo. Continuing on to the Secondi, where Chef Luca offers a multitude of proteins from the land and sea, such as the Baccala Ripassato, a dish that centers on fried and braised salted cod filets in an escarole and leek stew with San Marzano tomatoes, shallots and garlic, or the Cinghiale in Umido con Polenta prepared with braised wild boar, polenta Gialla, black olives, Piave Vecchio, and Taggiasca olives. Finally, indulge your date and your inner cheesemonger by enjoying the Quattro Formaggi with mozzarella, Gorgonzola, Pecorino, Taleggio, and San Marzano tomatoes. All of these unique and addictive dishes pair perfectly with the incredible and worldly wine selection that Culina & Vinoteca offers, making this Beverly Hills meets an Italian dream night very real.
Culina & Vinoteca is open for Dinner every Sunday through Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm, and every Thursday through Saturday from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm; 300 South Doheny Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90048; 310.860.4000; www.CulinaRestaurant.com
HATCH Yakitori + Bar:
Make it a yakitori night and opt for a modern izakaya experience that celebrates creativity and quality at HATCH Yakitori + Bar in Downtown’s Financial District. Partner and Executive Chef Daniel Shemtob brings a fresh take on Japanese cuisine to excite and make Date Night memorable in more ways than one. Dive into dinner with your date and try the unique and zestful Beef Tongue Gyoza, a slow braised beef tongue with herbs and special XO sauce, or get cheeky and cuddly over an order of a Half Dozen Oysters, prepared Chilled, Grilled or Fried. HATCH Yakitori + Bar’s signature Sticks are also a must try with choices like the Organic Jidori Chicken Heart, Chicken Breast and Shiso or Seared Ahi Belly among many other incredible pairings! Date Night should be lavish just like the sharable Half Maine Lobster with house pickles, micro cilantro, key lime, tomato, Japanese chili sauce and onigiri rice, or savor the 18 Day Aged Rib Eye, Aspen Ridge beef steak, wasabi mash, potato three ways, and mustard tare. Cocktails are the perfect accompaniment to this Date Night adventure with the Matcha Highball made with Iwai whisky, coconut lemongrass Nigori, lemon juice, honey syrup and matcha powder, or the For Goodness “Sake” prepared with dry sake, Tito’s vodka, lychee juice and pear syrup. Finally, to end the perfect evening savor the sweetness with the Yuzu Panna Cotta made with yuzu kosho, pickled pear and honey dust. HATCH Yakitori + Bar will soon become a regular Date Night for you and your sweetheart!
HATCH Yakitori + Bar is open for Dinner every Monday through Thursday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, every Friday from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm, and every Saturday through Sunday from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm; 700 West 7th Street, Suite G600, Los Angeles, CA 90017; 213.282.9070; www.HatchYakitori.com
Head to an Old Town Pasadena classic, Mi Piace, where modern Italian cuisine takes reign in this contemporary, yet homey establishment. The food will delight so take your time and start the evening off with the Escargot, prepared with imported Burgundy Escargot baked with Pernod liqueur, garlic, shallots, fresh parsley and herb butter, served with grilled Ciabatta crostini, or opt for the Cozze con Chorizo, steamed Prince Edward Island black mussels topped with Pamplona Spanish Chorizo, cherry tomatoes and lobster cream sauce. Continue the extravagance with the Osso Bucco di Vitello to share, a 16-ounce slow braised veal shank served with mushroom risotto, or try one of the handmade pastas such as the Pork Ragu Papperdelle made with a slow-braised Moroccan spiced pork ragu and topped with homemade lemon zest ricotta and a touch of Fleur de sel. The Cocktails are not to be forgotten with the sweet and savory Oi’Pas, made with vodka, St. Germaine, strawberry preserves, rose orgeat and fresh lemon juice. Just when you think the night could not be going any better, end an evening of Italian fun with a Chocolate Soup, Mi Piace’s signature bittersweet Belgian flourless chocolate soufflé served with a side of Chantilly cream. Vita Amorosa!
Mi Piace is open every Monday through Thursday 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, every Friday from 11:00 am to 12:00 midnight, every Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 midnight and every Sunday from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm; 25 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91105; 626.795.3131; www.MiPiace.com
Preux & Proper:
Bringing Southern hospitality to Los Angeles, Owner Joshua Kopel and Executive Chef Sammy Monsour have created a heavenly haven right in the middle of Downtown Los Angeles, which includes two open window dining areas and a beautiful and lively bar. Start this Southern adventure off with the Chicken Liver Pate with Knob Creek whiskey, bacon fat, house piccalilli relish, creole mustard seeds, served with a baguette, or the tasty Squash Blossom Chile Relleno prepared with Humboldt fog, midnight bean succotash, cornmeal crust, and pumpkin seed mole. Preux & Proper also offers sharable Southern plates such as their signature Dungeness Crab Hushpuppies made with house-bourbon barrel-aged green hot sauce, boil spice and charred poblano butter, or make the night really authentic with the Cast Iron Seafood Gumbo Pot served with Louisiana crawfish, tiger prawns, Willapa Bay oysters, PEI mussels, rice and tobacco leeks. Delight and sip on Beverage Director Kassady Wiggins’ Handcrafted Cocktails such as the classic P&P Old Fashioned – 110 Proof, P&P Makers Mark, organic cane sugar and bitters. Laughing over cocktails and savoring Southern fare is truly all you need for a great date, but do not forget to finish off this perfect Date Night with Preux & Proper’s famous Beignets for that final touch of sweetness!
The Preux & Proper Dining Hall is open for Dinner every Thursday from 6:00 pm to 12:00 Midnight, every Friday and Saturday from 5:30 pm to 12:00 Midnight, and every Sunday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The Preux & Proper Barroom is open every Monday and Tuesday from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm, every Wednesday through Saturday from 4:00 pm to 12:00 Midnight, and every Sunday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm; 840 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213.896.0090; www.PruexandProper.com
The Raymond 1886:
For over 40 years, the iconic Craftsman Cottage that is The Raymond 1886 has been delighting diners with both its delicious dishes and refined Old-World charm. There are three beautiful patios; the South Patio with an especially cozy fireplace; the Main Dining Patio, and the Wisteria Patio that each offer a perfect dining experience for a lovely Date Night. Soft lighting, warm flames and a delicious new menu from new Executive Chef Jon Hung include Micro Farmed Oysters with champagne mignonette; Roasted Chicken with creamy truffle polenta, Maitake mushrooms, fried capers and preserved lemons, or the house favorite Strozzapreti prepared with a short rib ragu and citrus gremolata. Executive Chef Hung’s real-life and professional partner new Pastry Chef Alexa Clark could not be any sweeter and her Peanut Butter Mousse with Nutella cremeux, honeycomb, cinnamon condensed milk and lime gel is an absolute must. Any selection from the mouthwatering new menu will pair perfectly with one of 1886’s Handcrafted Cocktails, so try The Forbidden Peach prepared with Cognac, peach purée, peach bitters and rosemary simple syrup, or sip and savor a special selection from the Wine List, making for one truly memorable Date Night at The Raymond 1886 in Pasadena!
The Raymond 1886 is open for Dinner every Tuesday through Sunday from 5:30 to 10:00 pm. 1886 is open every Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 am to 12:00 Midnight, every Friday and Saturday from 11:30 am to 2:00 am, and on Sunday from 11:30 am to 12:00 Midnight; 1250 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105; 626.441.3136; www.TheRaymond.com