The Gift of Food For Japan Cocktail Benefit: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

PRISM | Photo: Joshua White

Next week, Umamimart, Yamazaki Whiskey, Eveleigh and a host of other sponsors will be holding a cocktail benefit at PRISM in West Hollywood to benefit Second Harvest of Japan – Japan’s first food bank providing direct relief to the survivors of the recent disasters. Proceeds will go towards soup kitchens and food banks to assist the 220,000 people currently in emergency housing as they transition into long-term housing and children gear up for the new school year.

Getting involved with Japan relief is none easier than purchasing a $50 advance ticket ($75 at the door) to the cocktail benefit, which will kick off at 6 PM next Tuesday with Yamazaki highballs, Eveleigh appetizers and Fruit & Flour desserts. Exclusive limited edition posters and T-shirts by Clare Rojas will be available for sale, with proceeds also going toward Second Harvest. You’ll get great views of Sunset Strip from atop the roof of PRISM.

At 9 PM, you’ll move into neighboring Eveleigh’s own, lovely back patio for a reception with hosted cocktails by SKYY, Partida Tequila and Combier. Starting at 10 PM, the cash bar will open and all proceeds will also go toward Second Harvest.

What a great way to help Japan out by giving to a Tokyo-based organization – with Yamazaki Whiskey and Eveleigh appetizers, to boot. San Francisco’s inaugural event raised over $10,000 and the goal for next Tuesday is $20,000. Be sure to get your tickets (receipts are issued immediately via email). I’ll see you there.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

6 PM


8746 W Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

8752 W. Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Hell’s Kitchen Viewing Party at Ortega 120

Photo courtesy of Maya of Shop Eat Sleep

Anyone watch Hell’s Kitchen? Anybody simply feel like good Mexican food and/or margaritas in the South Bay on a Tuesday? Ortega 120 (previous write-up) is holding a Hell’s Kitchen Finale viewing party at their Redondo Beach restaurant where Chef Tommy Ortega will be serving up the very dish he made in his guest appearance on the finale:

Pato con Mole Oaxaqueno

Pan-seared maple farm duck breast, Oaxacan mole negro, Partida Tequila-poached manzana, onion confit

The dish is the first time the duck breast dish will ever be offered and available to order. For Ortega 120’s special viewing party, the resto will also employ Folklórico dancers, Partida Tequila paletas (popsicles) and Partida Tequila tastings for your pleasure. And don’t forget that for 2009, Ortega’s Partida margarita was awarded the “Best Classic Margarita” by LA Weekly. All readers who mention this LA Weekly award will receive a special discount on their margarita! Without question, it’s an award my own limited tolerance and consumption wholeheartedly agrees with. Nothing but lime juice, agave nectar and some of the best tequila I’ve tasted even on the sip.

It’ll the best thing to have in your raised glass as Chef Tommy appears on the projected screen… FOX 11 will be there to film the live Ortega 120 action at 10PM broadcast.

Photo courtesy of FOX


Tuesday, October 13

7 – 11 PM

Ortega 120
1814 S. Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA 90277