What Will They Be Eating at The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards?

Table at The Emmy Press Conference

I don’t cover a lot of entertainment news on this blog, but when it comes to Los Angeles and the entertainment industry, the latter is an undeniable part of our culture as…well, television.

Windrose Farm Heirloom Tomato Salad

Tomorrow, our TV stars will be gathering at the L.A. Convention Center for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball, and Patina will be catering the star-studded, “mod illusions”-styled event for only the 16th time.

The Governors Ball will be painted in black and white and everything nice. Awhile back, I got a chance to get a glimpse of the motif as well as taste miniature versions of the courses guests will be enjoying tomorrow.

…Such as this Windrose Farms heirloom tomato salad with rosemary and cherry wood-grilled asparagus. Fried gold potatoes and fried crisps decorate the top of the dish. This is a great first course to close out the summer.

Filet Mignon, Gratin of Macaroni w/Vermont White Cheddar

The entree course tomorrow will be Filet Mignon with an oxtail bordelaise. Gratin of macaroni (that is, a cylindrically-cut tower of horizontally-layered tube pasta with Vermont white Cheddar) and rainbow baby carrots line the plate as do a cipollini onion and caramelized broccoli emulsion.

Unless you’re vegetarian, it’s pretty hard to argue with a Filet. It’s also hard to argue with macaroni and carrots. With a 3-course menu this simple, it’s clear that Patina is going with ingredients that will provide the least fuss for a – let’s face it – potentially fussy bunch of diners.

Duncan Hines Milk Chocolate Brownie, Chocolate Blackberry Cream, Blackberry Macaron, Chocolate Rice Crisp, Honey Sauce

I’m still curious as to what they’ll feed to the vegetarians and vegans. This is L.A., right? Patina will be on-hand to take care of all the needs of all 3600 sat-down guests. They’re well-equipped in the front and back of the house to tend to all dietary preferences and restrictions.

The dessert course, in all its glitz and glamour (and glitz), would be a vegan-banned course as well. The Duncan Hines milk chocolate brownie is ensconced in chocolate blackberry cream and chocolate rice crisp. Blackberries line the plate and flavor of the lone macaron on the side.

And all three of these courses will be served in a setting that is designed to trick the eye, complete with a 60-foot, centralized and elevated, circular dance floor and orchestra platform.

As for cocktails by Grey Goose, I sipped on a delicious almost-grapefruit-tasting cocktail that they’ll be serving to guests tomorrow. It was surprisingly not too sweet and as far as vodka cocktails go, this is one of the ones I’ve liked in recent memory (in no small part due to the fact that I barely drink them, period):

The Emmy®

The Emmy® Cocktail
1 1/2 part Grey Goose® L’Orange Flavored Vodka
1 part Bénédictine® Liqueur
1/2 part Agave Syrup
1/2 part Ginger Ale
1 Orange Wheel

Combine Grey Goose L’Orange flavored vodka, Bénédictine, grapefruit juice and agave syrup in a shaker and shake vigorously. Pour all contents into collins glass filled with ice. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with orange wheel (optional).

It may be September, but it sure still feels a little like summer in Los Angeles. Enjoy what’s left of it…and enjoy the weekend!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

PST broadcast: 5 PM on FOX

The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

What’s Cooking at The Taste This Weekend?

Michael Voltaggio & Co. Cooking Demo at The Taste of Beverly Hills, 2010

Hello, Labor Day Weekend!

So many events, so little time. So many events within events, as well. Such as with The Taste, which has been revamped since last year’s The Taste of Beverly Hills 3-day event ran concurrent with L.A. Times’ own cooking, food truck and tasting debut.

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, as they say. And so the 4-day, 3-location extravaganza, a collaboration between L.A. Times and Food & Wine, begins today. Through Monday, nine 3- and 4-hour events will span The Beverly Hills Hilton, Rodeo Drive, Hollywood’s Paramount Studios and a block of Downtown Los Angeles.

So, which The Taste sessions will I be attending? If I weren’t hampered by a LudoBites 7.0 reservation tonight and FYF Fest (to see friends OFF! and others) tomorrow, I would pick these:

Burgers & Beer (Tonight/Friday, 7 – 10 PM)

With quality restaurant participants like Rustic Canyon, Blue Palms Brewhouse, Osteria La Buca, The Spice Table, City Tavern, The Gorbals and Westside Tavern – it’s a lineup that easily coaxes me out of my burger-hype-averse funk. With The Beer Chicks curating the beer list at this event, it’s a definite shoe-in. Check the full participant list, which also includes breweries.

Secrets From The Kitchen & Cellar (Saturday, 11 AM – 3 PM)

This is the session with intriguing demos, sure-to-be entertaining panels and top-notch restaurants all bundled in one. Get the inside take on Ludo and Krissy Lefebvre’s LudoBites operation and the first season of Ludo Bites America. Listen to Jonathan Gold, Michael Voltaggio, Craig Thornton (Wolvesmouth) and Walter Manzke talk about the industry in the age of tweeting. Learn insider tips on farmers’ markets from Russ Parsons. The cooking demos by Celestino Drago and Scarpetta’s Scott Conant are sure to be educational and interesting.

…And, while you’re at it, sneak some bites and sips in from my personal favorites of the session: Black Market, Ray’s and Stark Bar, Chaya, Craft, Cafe del Rey, Locanda del Lago, Osteria La Buca, Scarpetta, Sotto and Wood & Vine.

Taco Tryst (Saturday, 7 – 10 PM)

Need I say more? Nouveau and O.G. tacos collide, here. Yes, the Kogi King, Roy Choi, will be host on this night. But the real tastes I’d look forward to are brought to you by Antojitos Carmen, Guelaguetza, Loteria Grill, Mariscos Chentes and Yamashiro.

Street Eats (Sunday, 4 – 8 PM)

The panel led by Betty Hallock will be the main event for this session as she leads Roy Choi, Sang Yoon (Father’s Office, Lukshon), Jet Tila (Wazuzu) and Mario Alberto (Chimu) through a discussion about Los Angeles as a (the best) food city.

While you’re there, don’t miss bites from Akasha, Cast Iron Gourmet, Coolhaus, Jitlada, Osteria La Buca, Pitfire, STREET, The Foundry on Melrose and The Grilled Cheese Truck.

Desserts After Dark (Sunday, 8 – 11 PM)

This is pretty self-explanatory, and though it may be after dark, I’m thinking that dessert on Sunday may also be my dinner. Look for sweet treats from the brand-new Fonuts by Waylynn Lucas, Craft, Farmshop, Oliverio, Pazzo Gelato, Simplethings and Sweet Rose Creamery.

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I wish I had time to list all the wines and spirits that are also participating, but you’ll have to see the individual event pages for those. Don’t forget the 40% off code (WEB) when you buy your tickets. The all-inclusive price of $125 and $150 gets knocked down to $75 and $90.

Have fun this weekend, whatever you do. Enjoy the long one, and see you on the flipside.

The Taste: Friday – Monday, September 2 – 5, 2011

Tickets

40% off code: WEB

9900 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Paramount Pictures
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Broadway Blvd.
Between 8th and 9th
Los Angeles, CA

VIP Giveaway to BBM Lounge in the Hollywood Hills: Pre-VMA Edition

View from Hollywood Hills

You may already know that I’m a BlackBerry fan girl, but now it’s time for me – and you – to put our enthusiasm to use! This Saturday, September 11th, there will be a very exclusive event – the 2nd BBM Lounge – yet again at a location to be disclosed at a later time.

First 29 to scan this code and join the e*starLA-Xomad VIP BlackBerry group will be eligible to win

The MTV Video Music Awards are on Sunday, so it’s no coincidence that there are some confirmed A-listers who will be in attendance (sorry – I can’t share who, but even in my opinion they certainly are A-list!) at Xomad’s BBM Lounge. Indeed, there will be very important elbows to rub your own with. What I can share is that Ne-Yo will be performing and it will be in a posh mansion in the Hollywood Hills.

This is where you, hopefully a BlackBerry user, get your chance. The first 29 people to scan this bar code to join my special e*starLA VIP BlackBerry group will be entered into a random drawing to win VIP entry for you and a guest to the BBM lounge on Saturday, the night before the MTV Video Music Awards. You have until midnight TONIGHT (Thursday, September 9, 2010) to enter by joining my BlackBerry group and I will pick the winner by noon, tomorrow (Friday, September 10). I will forward the winner’s info on the right people and they will take care of the rest.

So yes, fortunately or unfortunately this means you need a BlackBerry to enter. Hey – we have our perks, too, right?

Happy bar code scanning – and I will see you in my BlackBerry Messenger chat room, as well as the winner and guest on Saturday night. Good luck!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Evening

Location to be disclosed to winner only

Deadline to enter: Midnight, end of Thursday, September 9, 2010
Winner announced: Noon on Friday, September 10, 2010

BlackBerry Goes Hollywood

Bubbles Everywhere | © Xomad

There’s something to be said of Steve Jobs’ hatred of buttons by BlackBerry users. All I know is, there’s no app for the alleviation of frustration caused by a 100% visually dependent phone. Nor is there an iPhone app (or my iPod Touch, for that matter) that provides the tactile experience which enables me to type anywhere near my 115 WPM laptop keyboard rate.

Ordering a drink via BBM

Enough with the geek talk. Because BlackBerry has thankfully become local to me since Xomad, who holds these events, pitched me a couple weeks ago on an exclusive party at a location not to be known until the night of (or in my case, a couple of days prior). VIP entry? Sure, I thought. Let’s give it a shot. I relished the invite since it was specified that perks would be available by adding contacts by scanning bar codes or adding PINs…iPhone users need not apply.

It ended up being at Siren Studios, another studio lot in Hollywood, and I was sent via BlackBerry Messenger an image to show to the valet for comped parking. We walked up to and stood for a few minutes in the “VIP” line, but after a few minutes I found my PR contact and we were escorted inside in high style…unbeknownst to me until later, along with LA Snark.

BBM Lounge and Dance Floor | © Xomad

Nevermind that the drinks I ordered by adding a contact with screen name “Beverage Services” never came to our table – and that it was easier to go straight up to the 1-deep open bar for our libations – the concept was still cool. As VIP, we also had access to the green room where there was another bar and gift bags filled with BlackBerry headphones, T-shirts and holsters.

And so maybe I didn’t order any carne asada (just came from dinner) or get a touch-up on my make-up (I had just applied) but all the same, those options plus a VIP bathroom were available via BBM – thus making us BlackBerry users feel pretty special. The beats were also bumpin’ and bootys got down; it was Hollywood’s clubbiest at the clubby-club-club.

Requesting a Touch-up via BBM | © Xomad

And it wouldn’t be a Hollywood party without the unexpected celebrities dropping by…and my failure to recognize any of them. Apparently Spice Girl Mel B, Quinton Aaron (Blind Side) were there – as were both Mark Salling (Glee) and Vienna Girardi (The Bachelor), despite his adamance on their not being together. What say ye? (Don’t ask me – I’ve never seen the Spice Girls Movie, The Blind Side, Glee or The Bachelor!)

The best part of it all is that this was just the kick-off as far as BlackBerry parties in L.A. (and beyond). Stay tuned for another event which will take place in September, where you guys – my readers – will also get VIP entry. I’ll also be hosting a BlackBerry-related giveaway. And don’t worry, even if you have an iPhone, you’ll still get to enjoy open bar.

Next BlackBerry party slated for September
Stay tuned for VIP guestlist details
Location to change

Siren Studios
6063 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028-6434

Austin, Here We Come

As a result of all the road trips I’ve taken with my family back in the day, there are only 11 states in the U.S. that I’ve never physically stepped foot in. Texas is one of them. And of all the cities in Texas to visit, I hear Austin is the one to try. The Live Music Capital of the World®, they say.

Sweet.

I feel pretty lucky to live in a city where I can hear lots of live music acts – and the abundance of shows that I’d actually like to see here is way more than I can conscientiously demand of my wallet (yeah, I have to do that thang called “prioritizing”). So I’ll take that live music capital title with a grain of salt, the same way I’m sure surfers are content to session outside Huntington Beach, CA, which was recently trademarked Surf City USA®.

We’ll find a show in Austin to crash, somehow. We’re just happy to be along for the ride and it would be a nice perk if we can make it happen.

It’s been about a year since I’ve attended one of Tim’s film premieres, and I couldn’t imagine a better scenario. Seventh Moon is premiering at the Fantastic Fest, a “science-fiction, fantasy, horror, animation, crime, Asian and all around badass cinema”-themed film festival held in Austin. Tim (my schoolmate and friend of almost 11 years) is co-starring opposite Amy Smart in the movie and together, they play newlyweds on their honeymoon in China. Of course, this is where everything goes awry during a Chinese holiday, and supernatural forces are out to work their terror on them.

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