Royal/T’s ‘The Art of Cooking’ — a food and art exhibit

Food you can't eat

From Friday April 27 through August 2012, Royal/T in Culver City, CA is debuting a food-inspired art display. The Japanese inspired cafe will feature “The Art of Cooking,” an art show curated by Hanne Mugaas, with a central theme of food from a gourmet meal to 3-D prints of empty beer cans and fast food cups. Mugaas’ goal is to “induce the pleasures of the table for everyone to appreciate.” For the opening night reception Hanne’s brother, Petter Mugaas Joakimsen will be creating food for the opening reception. The food exhibit is free and open to the public from 10 AM – 6 PM daily, with extended hours on Mondays. 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. 310-559-6300.

The Dish

Public House: Poutine with Duck Confit

Inside the Venetian

Executive Chef Anthony Meidenbauer and restaurateur Billy Richardson‘s vision for Public House at the Venetian Las Vegas Casino, Hotel & Resort is to refine the American gastropub with a lot of beers, over 200, and food to compliment them. The beers are curated by Nevada’s only Certified Cicerone, Russell Gardner. Public House’s Poutine is chef Anthony’s take on a Canadian fast food dish with French fries, duck confit, cheese curds, and specialty gravy. Read More

Montes Winery’s Folly (Syrah)

There's acrobats somewhere in this bottle

Aurelio Montes, winemaker of Montes Winery‘s Montes Folly, for whatever reason had an inkling that Apalta Valley was the best terroir for reds in Chile, something that is hard to dispute today and that he was determined to prove. They said it would be a “folly” to grow Syrah, an untested variety, in the region and the altitude, but they were wrong. Harvested by acrobats, all grapes are hand-picked and sorted on a special selection table, where every grape not up to the quality required is removed. Yes, acrobats …

Montes Folly is available at multiple locations and online wine stores throughout the U.S.

Food

Discovering culinary possibilities presented by Food & Wine Magazine

master-chef-michael-psilakis

By invite only, foodies and Buick enthusiasts attended an exclusive culinary event hosted by Buick and Food & Wine magazine on January 21 and 22 at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Guests enjoyed a scheduled program glittered with test driving Buick’s latest vehicles, wine tasting with sommelier Michael Green, and exciting demos and tastings from some of the nations’ most prominent and innovative chefs, headlining with Master Chef Michael Psilakis. Read More

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Bootleggers’ 10 brew tap takeover of Bruery Provisions and more

Happening today in O.C.!

Late notice, but starting at 6 PM on January 30 in Orange, CA, Bootlegger’s Brewery and The Bruery are teaming up with an event at the Bruery Provisions. Ten taps will feature popular brews from Bootlegger’s plus collaborations that they’ve created with the Bruery including Chocosaurus Rye, a representation of each brewing style: “a dark rye lager that was finished with cacao nibs and vanilla beans.”

Two other beers from The Bruery will also be released, Mother Funker is a sour blonde all aged in Chardonnay barrels for several years which is “a seriously sour beer, perhaps the most sour beer we’ve produced so far.” Sour In The Rye! makes it’s return, brewed with almost 40% rye malt and also barrel aged for over a year. 143 N. Glassell, Orange, CA 92866. 714-997-2337.

The Langham in Pasadena’s $30,000 Valentine’s Day hotel package

The best things in life are free, but you can keep them for the birds and bees

The Langham in Pasadena, CA is offering the “Ultimate Romance Package” for $30,000. Here’s the perfect solution for those that messed up last Valentine’s Day or those that want to create a V-Day memory that they’ll never be able to live up to again.

The hotel package includes: limo transfer to and from hotel (it’s also available on call during your stay); accommodations inside the Tournament of Roses suite (with early arrival and late check out); 80 minute couple’s massage at the spa; bottle of Champagne, five dozen roses and chocolate covered strawberries; rose petal turn-down and breakfast in bed; private dinner featuring a five course meal with wine pairings from The Royce; and a custom-created diamond jewelry piece from Single Stone on Mission Street (valued at $20,000). Package is valid February 2012. For reservations call 626-568-3900. 1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106.

The Scoop

Rare brews popular with connoisseurs, top selling beers of 2011

Drinking, eating and travelings news from across the web

  • Rare brews popular with connoisseurs all over the U.S.
  • Montreal’s craft beer scene is on the rise.
  • Airports using local celebrities for airport PSAs.
  • Top selling beers of 2011.
  • Information from the TSA at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show.