The Tripel introduces new brunch menu, hearty new menu items at Cecconi’s West Hollywood

Starting January 14th, The Tripel in Playa del Rey will be offering brunch on the weekends from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Offering brunch menu items such as the Burrata egg white omelette with slow roasted plum tomatoes, Thai basil, and charred broccolini, the Banana bread french toast with vanilla bean maple syrup and bourbon cream, and the Bloody beer – spicy tomato spiked lager over ice with celery salt rim. 333 Culver Blvd., Playa Del Rey, CA 90293. 310-821-0333.

As we venture further into a southern California winter, Chef Andrea Cavaliere of Cecconi’s West Hollywood added hearty new menu items to it North Italian menu. New items available all day include: Parsnip Soup with Winter Black Truffle ($16); Strozzapreti with Wild Boar & Porcini Ragout ($20); Risotto with Squid Ink, Seppia & Shrimp ($28); and Speck, Potato, Chanterelle & Taleggio Pizza ($24), and more. Available for lunch only is the Piatto unico – a portioned plate of seasonal fish, vegetables, pasta and salad($22). 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90048. 310-432-2000.

AKA Bistro to host cooking demo, wine tasting and wine dinner

January 21 from 3 PM – 5 PM in Pasadena

Two Pasadena chefs are teaming up to host “Sustainable Table Interactive Demo and Wine Tasting” at a|k|a Bistro in Pasadena on January 21 from 3 PM – 5 PM. Chef James Lambrinos of a|k|a Bistro will team up with Bistro 45′s Chef Steven Lona and Melissa’s World Variety Produce to show off their culinary skills, along with Santa Barbara wineries Refugio Ranch, Martian Ranch, Costa de Oro and Sanguis.

Chef Steven will demo roasted Brussels sprouts with duck confit, preserved kumquats and sunchoke chips, a salad of organic fennel and potatoes served with a brown butter anisette aioli, and fricasse of white asparagus and arugula served with spicy grapefruit vin and Shishito peppers. Chef James Lambrinos will concoct roasted butternut squash soup with mint yogurt, kabocha squash risotto with a cinnamon spiced crème, grilled purple and white asparagus with truffle vin, grilled fennel with charred tomato vin, and grilled Brussels sprouts with chipotle vin. The cooking demo and wine tasting are $18 per person.

If you can’t get enough of the cooking demo, a five-course “Sustainable Table Wine Dinner” will follow at 5:30 PM for $65 per person. The menu includes Yellowfin tuna tartare, wild Barramundi with tomato risotto, Pitman Farms duck, and an all natural Aussie lamb strip loin and butterscotch pot au creme. Call 626-564-8111 for reservations. 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena CA. 91103.

UPDATE: This event has been postponed until March 30, 2012.


The growth of beer sommeliers in the U.S.

Interviewing 'Cicerone Certification Program' founder Ray Daniels with host Jace Milstead

For years wine experts have been acknowledged by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Now, the same degree of acknowledgement has been given to the beer experts. For the past four years, beer industry veteran Ray Daniels has been running the Cicerone Certification Program for people working in the beer industry, ranging from bartenders to brewers. There are three levels of certification: Certified Beer Server, Certified Cicerone and Master Cicerone. Read More

Dumplings & Buns expands menu, Olivia’s Brunch & Fine Dining Restaurant’s January promotion

Dumplings & Buns, a modern Chinese takeout restaurant in Pacific Heights is expanding their menu with new sections of entrees, soups, and combination plates. The new menu includes: 24 Hour Kwan Pork Sliders, Pau Pau Lee’s Tomato Beef Plate, Teriyaki Beef Skewers with Rice and Spicy & Sweet “XO” Dragon Wings made with cognac plus three kinds of soup (wonton, Burmese-style chicken noodle and egg drop). 2411 California St., San Francisco, CA 94115. 415-292-6209.

During January, Olivia’s Brunch & Fine Dining Restaurant in Bernal Heights, customer’s purchasing one entree will receive their second one at half price. Olivia’s specializes in American, Californian and Mexican food. The restaurant features authentic Mexican dishes, along with American favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. See their menu. 3771 Mission St., San Francisco CA 94110. 415-970-0375.


Gordon Ramsay set to open first restaurant in Vegas

At the Paris Hotel and Casino

Hitting the Las Vegas strip in the spring of 2012, will be TV personality and Michelin Star Chef Gordon Ramsay with Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris Hotel and Casino. Replacing Les Artistes Steakhouse, Gordon Ramsay’s contemporary steakhouse will seat up to 274 guests and include a large bar, chef’s table, and a private dining room.

Shifting the casino guests’ Parisian experience to the city of London, Gordan Ramsay Steak concept and design will reflect Chef Ramsay’s heritage. The restaurant will also offer guests a look at a specially created beef aging program created by Chef Ramsay in addition to traditional steakhouse cuisine, prime cuts of beef, and Ramsay’s signature dishes.

Lakers VS Clippers cocktail battle at The Mixing Room

17 NBA Championships VS Lob City

Fight for your Lakers or Clippers at The Mixing Room inside the JW Marriot Los Angeles, for the “Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers Cocktail Showdown” until the end of the 2012 NBA season. For every cocktail ordered, a point will be tallied at the end of the season and the winner will be added to The Mixing Room’s regular menu. Cocktails are $14 each and is available daily from 4 PM – 1 AM. Read More

Shore Hotel rocking two new room packages

'Cirque Du Soleil Package' for those wanting to take a trapeze course & 'Pink Goes Green' for the eco-conscious

Shore Hotel in Santa Monica is offering a room package celebrating Valentine’s Day during February. The “Pink Goes Green” package starts at $469 per night and features overnight accommodations at Shore Hotel, two bicycle rentals for the duration of your stay, a bottle of organic wine or champagne upon arrival, 60-minute couples massages at Tikkun Spa, and a $50 voucher to The Lobster Restaurant. The package is available for booking from February 1 – 29.

The second package, “Cirque Du Soleil” features overnight accommodations, two tickets to “Ovo” at the Santa Monica Pier, and lessons for two at the Trapeze School. Rates start at $443 per night and is available for booking from January 20 – March 25. Call 310-458-1515 for reservations. 1515 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Photography provided by Skott Snider

Togarashi Edamame Beans by chef Gabe Caliendo of the Lazy Dog Café

Skip the chips

Don’t want to munch on chips during your Superbowl party? Chef Gabe Caliendo over at Lazy Dog Café has a healthier option. This dish is available at all nine of their locations in Southern California. Here is the recipe for Togarashi Edamame Beans. Read More

Petrossian Restaurant serving Foie Gras menu during dineLA Restaurant Week

Saying goodbye to duck liver

An all Foie Gras menu will be featured at Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant during Restaurant Week. The 3 course prix fixe menu will serve as a farewell to the loved by many duck liver in California for $44 per person with the option of adding Petrossian’s Signature Caviar Presentation for $59. dineLA is January 22 – 27 and January 29 – February 3. 321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048. 310-271-0576. Read More