Blogger Prom Redux: Hollywood Confidential Glamourous

Blogger Prom Committee - Credit Heather Kincaid

I’ve been kind of busy these past few months. It all culminated a week ago at Yamashiro, atop the Hollywood hill that also hosts The Magic Castle. Indeed, it really was magical. All the hard work really paid off – at least from where we were standing. And it was fun to celebrate a culture that only continues to influence as well as permeate our urban lifestyle in Los Angeles. We tried to celebrate that in the best way we know how.

Credit - Heather Kincaid

With last year being an inaugural success, the Blogger Prom Committee and I had a solid boiler plate to improve upon for this year. While it was fun to recreate the ’80s, we knew that we wanted to keep things interesting and change it up. So, we decided to go even further back in time and a tad more grown-up. OK, maybe a lot more grown-up – as in glamorous Hollywood. We became inspired by a particular Los Angeles-specific movie chronicling crime, press and celebrity in the ’30s and ’40s; our theme was Hollywood Confidential. Fortunately, we also had the setting that would be the perfect backdrop for our theme – Yamashiro. Their team was an absolute dream to work with throughout the entire process, displaying the utmost in professionality and hospitality. I would recommend Yamashiro to anyone looking for a place to hold a high class event.

Chef Brock's tacos

…And the food! Who could forget the food? Chef Brock of Yamashiro brought his famous Garden Market tacos to the event as well as unveiled a brand new one incorporating Brock Family Farms’ sausage. They were delicious and perfectly complemented by his als0-famous wasabi guacamole and chips. Passed YamaBites were plentiful and guests enjoyed Asian-style ribs, albacore with jalapeno on fried crackers and more. We had Barrie Lynn, the Cheese Impresario, return from last year and educate us on the wonders of Wisconsin cheese. It is always a joy to have her and as a cheese fanatic, myself, I couldn’t be happier she was there. We also had amazing chocolates from Chocolate Box Cafe and Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches where you could customize your own sandwich.

Last year, it was an amazing thing to flex our star power and experience first-hand just what muscle L.A. bloggers have as influencers on our city. This year, we wanted to take it to another level and give back not only to bloggers but also to our community. And so, thanks to Blogger Prom Committee for taking on my suggestion of benefiting Operation Frontline Los Angeles. I became inspired by their ground-up approach to cooking and nutrition by providing classes to those who would otherwise not have access to these invaluable tools. (You can still donate to Operation Frontline Los Angeles here.) Admission to our closed event required a $10 donation to OFL, with Goldstar so graciously providing the donation ticketing. We ended up raising $2400 for the program. I’m proud that with all our resources, we could put on such a great event while benefiting a great cause.

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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

Doing 30 Right

In a past life, events was that “other thing” I did. It was the wholly involved extracurricular that took up more time than my day job. So whenever there’s that special occasion coming up – such as a birthday – I always feel an innate pressure to make it what it is: An event. Or better than what it could be. The event. The event you wanna be at.

With this birthday being the 30th, I wanted to do it not only in a way hardly anyone else had, but I wanted to do it big. I don’t know how to apologize for that, so I won’t. I’ll just tell you that I did, and a little bit about how.

My girlfriend’s name is Charlie and she lives at the top of Beachwood Canyon – her house was the setting. There was a full moon out on a beautiful, clear night and my celebration had one of the best views of it – straight from the Hollywood Hills. Little did I know that that night was and will be the biggest moon of 2009. Serendipitous. I love it.

Because I like to think that everything about this was big.

In the daytime, the road leading up to the house is littered with tourists parking their cars along the side before straddling the paint for a good, up-front shot of the Hollywood(land) sign.

While making daytime deliveries to the house, I often became stuck – frustratingly – behind “Star Buses” traveling extra slowly as the tour guide pointed out celebrities’ residences to tourists inside the roof-torn van. Even after you drive the curved, narrow roads in the area – the living space in the house is atop two flights of stairs. But from the balcony of the house is where it pays off: A clear view of Griffith Observatory – and on that balcony rested two hookahs for my guests’ enjoyment.

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