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Aussie Wine Fest With Adam Dromi

Aussie Wine Fest With Adam Dromi

February 12th marked the first annual Australia Wine Fest.  Adam Dromi our host and my dear friend, took us on a journey through Australia event through Tazmania!  I had the chance to sit down with Adam to ask him what inspired him to be a wine advocate and create this beautiful event. LK: What got you started in the wine industry? AD: Wow that was a long time ago.  To be honest, it started as...
Secrets of Sommeliers: Wine Appreciation, No Pretention

Secrets of Sommeliers: Wine Appreciation, No Pretention

Joey Kleinhans is the creator and producer of the LA Wine Elite: Focused wine appreciation dinners. I had the pleasure of attending his latest dinner this past Saturday which was held in the private dining room at the Park Grill at the lovely Intercontinental Hotel. Upon entering the dining area, I was struck not only by how small and intimate the group was but how boisterous, warm and inviting th...
Colcanyon Winery:  Circumstantial vintners

Colcanyon Winery: Circumstantial vintners

Last month I went to “A Taste of the Bu” at the Viceroy in Santa Monica.  Now as most of you know my favorite wines are cabs and one of the stand outs for me on that day was a Cabernet by Colcanyon Winery.  Established in 2001, Colcanyon Estate Wines were one of the first established vineyards in the Santa Monica Mountains.  The pictures at the tasting were so picturesque, I decided I had t...
Krupp Brothers Winery:  A Hidden Napa Gem

Krupp Brothers Winery: A Hidden Napa Gem

In 1991 Dr. Krupp, owner of Krupp Brothers Stagecoach Vineyards was saving people during the week and cooking and make wine on the weekends.  At that time he had a few acres to play with but wanted to do more.  That year he bought 41 acres of unplanted ground and started hiring the smartest farmers he could find and started planting.  Four years later he bought the additional 750 acres that are...
Chef Helene An of Crustacean & Tiato:  Survivor and Food Visionary

Chef Helene An of Crustacean & Tiato: Survivor and Food Visionary

Born into a Vietnamese family in 1944, Chef Helene An was born into a life of privilege.  Her family was always entertaining guests as her parents were advisers to the king.  Each day they would entertain at least  10-12 guests.  Since she was the youngest of 12, she didn’t have the responsibility of her other siblings, but her mother told her that she must learn to supervise a kitchen.  So...
Umami Burger:  Addicting and coming to your city soon

Umami Burger: Addicting and coming to your city soon

At a wine tasting event several weeks ago, I noticed a man talking to a friend of mine wearing the iconic Umami Burger logo on his shirt. Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last 2 and a half years, you have likely come across an Umami Burger. Deemed the 5th taste, Umami is a genre of flavor that has taken off especially in the Southern California Market. It turned my friend was talking t...
A Wok in the Park: Interview with CEO Stuart Davis of City Wok

A Wok in the Park: Interview with CEO Stuart Davis of City Wok

Last month I was invited to attend the 15th Annual UCLA Restaurant Conference hosted by Pillsbury Law.  We broke for lunch and I found myself sitting at the table with CEO’s from many of my favorite restaurant groups including Mr. Stuart Davis, CEO of City Wok. Growing up in Los Angles, I remember the very first City Wok restaurant popping up in the valley.  We thought the name was so clever a...
Sugar Fish Sushi: Who Said Too Much Sugar Is Bad For You?

Sugar Fish Sushi: Who Said Too Much Sugar Is Bad For You?

My favorite things include, shopping, vintage champagne, cooking, and now….Sugar Fish Sushi.  And now, I can get it way too easily at their newest location just around my corner in Santa Monica.  If you’re an LA native you will know the historical story about Sushi Nozawa a.k.a. “The Sushi Nazi” known for omakase only service and kicking you out for dipping your fish the wrong way (y...
Resetting the Table: New Approaches to Profitability an Interview with Anna M. Graves

Resetting the Table: New Approaches to Profitability an Interview with Anna M. Graves

If you are in the restaurant industry and haven’t bought your ticket yet for the 15th Annual UCLA Extension Restaurant Industry Conference, you don’t know what you might be missing.  This week I had the honor of getting some insider conference information when I sat down with Anna Graves, Co-Leader of the Restaurant, Food & Beverage Industry Group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP an...
15th Annual UCLA Extension Restaurant Industry Conference

15th Annual UCLA Extension Restaurant Industry Conference

Please join Anna Graves, a partner in Pillsbury’s Los Angeles office, and co-chair of the firm’s Restaurant, Food & Beverage Industry Team, on April 21 at the 15th Annual UCLA Extension Restaurant Industry Conference “Resetting the Table: New Approaches to Profitability.” Ms. Graves once again serves as Chair of the Conference, and San Franciso partner Bruce McDiarmid w...
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