Posts for April 13, 2012

Everybody Who’s Anybody Is in Pebble Beach Right Now

So pretty...

Pebble Beach Food & Wine kicked off yesterday with a few opening events, including the annual celebrity chef golf tournament on the world-renowned golf course there and the first tasting event at the Inn at Spanish Bay. Today, chef Christopher Kostow and Daniel Boulud cooked a lunch together for some of the variously wealthy guests at the fest, Michael Chiarello is doing a demo in about an hour, and tonight there's a major tribute dinner for Thomas Keller that's $1,250 a plate, co-cheffed by the all-star team of Boulud, Nancy Oakes, Ron Siegel, Michael White, and Francois Payard.

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Rihanna Shoots the Bird at Baldi; Diane Keaton Toasts at Toscanova

"It's the way I’m feeling I just can't deny..."

Rihanna made her 1,574th trip to Giorgio Baldi this week, but the Bahama mama refused to let the media push up on her as she made an exit. Making a break for it (lookin' all fine in the process) the singer hid her face, got into a waiting car, then shot a double bird to her paparazzi pursuers. That's right, RiRi, just stand up! (And maybe consider switching up your Italians one of these days to avoid such media-driven disturbia). In other celebrities-on-the-loose news, LeAnn Rimes spent Easter with Travis Lett in Venice, Lionel Richie entertained a little Dover sole at Ago, and once-and-future V Lounge guest Steve Urkel resurfaced to turn the party out at Planet Dailies' Mixology 101. To see all this, and even more enlightening information on celebrities and their L.A. dining choices, read on!

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What Sam Ross Will Serve With Joel Black and Julian Cox at Comme Ca Next Week

Cocktail at Comme Ca

Next Wednesday, Comme Ca is welcoming bartenders Joel Black, Julian Cox, and Milk & Honey/Attaboy's Sam Ross from New York to concoct a few drinks of their own that riff on the French trend of bistronomy, which are also reflected in a new spring menu of dishes being served at the restaurant. From 6:30 to 9:30 P.M. on April 18th, the public is invited to come sip twelve-dollar drinks made mostly by Ross, while David Myers' Frenchie debuts dishes like coq au vin with spring savoy cabbage sauerkraut, artichoke agnolotti with clams, heirloom tomatoes, and purple basil, and pan seared Ling cod with coconut emulsion. We still don't know if the prices behind each dish really put the "-onomy" into bistronomy, nor what Cox is up-to this night, but we do have the menu of cocktails below, just to wet your whistle.

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Suddenly, Papparazzi Aren't The Only Concern on The Ivy's Doorstep

The Ivy

There's always something going on outside of The Ivy, though until recently it was mostly limited to scumbag photographers angling for a shot of Jennifer Aniston picking through her salad (or whatever). Now NBC reports that the restaurant might have a more vocal swarm crowding its doorstep, as nearly two dozen protestors with Las Memorias, an organization dedicated to disease prevention in Latino communities affected by HIV and AIDS, rallied yesterday at the restaurant.

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Neil Patrick Harris Announces His Food-Porn-Only Twitter Feed

Foodstuff via NPH.

Call it: How I Met Your ... Marinara or Foodie Howser, but the great Neil Patrick Harris has opened our eyes to @NPHFoodPorn, an Ulterior Epicureish endeavor for his food-savvy fans. Per NPH, "I love tweeting food pics, but some don't enjoy. So I now bring you: @NPHFoodPorn (thanks @arnoldcam). Follow if you like deliciousness." Be warned, some things aren't available to the public; his latest Food Porn post was ... David Burtka. ("Dessert: My dapper dining companion, @Davidburtka. Sweeter than the tastiest confection.") [Neil Patrick Harris/Twitter]

Modern Eats Coffeehouse Coming to Silver Lake

The Eastsider L.A. readies Silver Lake for a new cafe taking over a rather lonely strip mall on Glendale Blvd. at Farnwell, with the optimistic outlook that this could serve as an indie replacement for Coffee Table, whose departure shifted the focus onto a Starbucks and Subway. Called Modern Eats, the new restaurant plans to start lunch and breakfast service in the next few weeks, and later, will add dinner to the program, along with its own bakery. 2590 Glendale Blvd. Silver Lake. [The Eastsider LA]

Thomas Schoos Transforming Mirabelle on Sunset, Grand-Opening Planned on May 10

This week we learned that Mirabelle on Sunset was shuttering its doors after 41 years of offering upscale Mediterranean dining in West Hollywood. Now the Germanides family, which operates the restaurant, tells Grub Street of its plan for the space, which apparently will still retain the Mirabelle name, making this less of a closing and more of a temporary shutter and relaunch of what they're considering "an entirely new restaurant." Designer Thomas Schoos (Koi, The Huntley, Wilshire, Searsucker, among others) has been brought in to completely re-envision the restaurant as an ode to old Hollywood glamor, with a reopening planned before or on May 10. What else?

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Grant Achatz Tweets Preview Image From Next Childhood E-book

GI Grant and Kung-Fu Grip BeranPhoto: Christian Seel, courtesy Grant Achatz via Twitter

The Next Thailand e-book should still be on its way (an image was tweeted back in January), but in the meantime Grant Achatz tweeted this hilarious image that suggests the tone of the Next Childhood e-book will be as playful as the dinner was. Now, to take them over by the goldfish tank to play Achatz threatening to drop Dave Beran into an immersion circulator full of piranhas. [Twitter]

Watch Beer Belly Make a Sudsy Silent Film

Rather than simply compose a tweet about its upcoming April 18th chug-fest with Bootlegger's Brewery, today Beer Belly hatches its very own short silent film, a mute romp following the adventures of two ne'er-do-well scallywags looking to get their swerve on, with no craft beer in sight in the grainy age of Prohibition. Hey, it worked for The Artist, so why not? The bit is short, sweet, and even a little sexy, as when the actors play smack-ass with some sticks found on the side of some train tracks. Check out the clip below to see what becomes of the two raging alcoholics on their midday search for some suds in this video from Beer Belly.

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What to Expect at a Reworked Tom Bergin's, Opening Late April

Tom Bergin's

Something big must be happening at Tom Bergin's, right? After all, the restaurant, which has been closed for a rare Irish rehab since July, did the unthinkable and missed Saint Patrick's Day last month, the Irish pub equivalent to showing up sober at missing your own wedding. Today, The L.A. Times reveals just what exactly the new owners, Dominick's/Little Dom's chef Brandon Boudet and partner Warner Ebbink, have in store for the 63-year-old Guinness-and-Irish coffee-serving classic.

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George Zimmerman Loading Up on Junk Food in Jail

You'll recall Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea got an unexpected, and unwanted, sales bump from the Trayvon Martin tragedy, and now the Daily News lets the world know that shooter George Zimmerman went on a candy-buying binge at the Seminole County Jail. He "bought plenty of junk food in the commissary — including Tostitos tortilla chips, beef sticks, white cheddar popcorn, chocolate creme cookies, Jolly Ranchers, root beer and fruit punch." All told, his commissary bill tallied $79.84. Crucial details, people. [NYDN]

Earlier: People Are Kinda Upset That Skittles Is Making Money Off Trayvon Martin’s Death

Watch the David Chang vs. Questlove Fried-Chicken Showdown on Jimmy Fallon

Last night on Late Night, David Chang and Questlove went face to face (drumstick to drumstick?) in their much-hyped fried-chicken showdown. And the stakes were high: Chang's loss would reward Quest a spread in the next issue of Lucky Peach and the serving of the winning chicken at his New York Momofuku joints; Questlove, upon losing, would wash dishes, don a cardboard lunch ad in front of Momofuku, and give shout-outs to Chang on Twitter for a week. Jimmy Fallon's celebrity guests, Tina Fey and Mad Men's Roger Sterling John Slattery, had the plumb luck of judging their chicken. "It's like old-school shake-and-bake a little bit," commented Fey mid-chew. Spoiler alert: It was a unanimous decision for Chang. As a gesture of goodwill, Chang will still put Quest's chicken on his menu and donate all proceeds to the Food Bank of New York City. Watch it all go down, straight ahead.

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