You may say to-may-toes and I may say to-mah-toes, but when it comes to San Luis Obispo’s Ode to Tomatoes festival, one would have to be a fool to call the whole thing off. So, when I was invited to the third annual tomato festival by SLO’s Boutique Hotel Collection, I wisely said yes and asked a friend from San Francisco to meet me. The Central Coast is midway between L.A. and San Fran, less than a four-hour drive in either direction.
Another weekend, another food festival....or two or three. These culinary events seem to take place with greater frequency in LA than movie premieres. Still, when celebrity chef Jet Tila--featured as the People Profile in the summer issue of California Meetings + Events--launches the inaugural Thai Food Festival in collaboration with the Thai Trade Center Los Angeles, it's a not-to-be-missed occasion. The gathering took place on the lot of Paramount Pictures Studios on a brilliantly sunny Sunday afternoon and celebrated the five different regions of Thai cuisine.
Austin is not only keeping it weird, it’s keeping it moving.
Registration is now open for the 23rd annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot, Austin’s Thanksgiving Day tradition benefiting Caritas of Austin. The event includes a five-mile run, one-mile walk, and a Kids’ K -- all taking place outside the Long Center for the Performing Arts on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2013.
There aren’t many events where you can brush shoulders with both Mickey Mouse and Angelina Jolie. The third D23 Expo, which took place over the weekend of August 9th, might be the only one. Disney’s bi-annual fan convention was launched in 2009. The "D" stands for Disney, of course, and "23" refers to 1923, the year Walt founded his company. Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, the Expo is like Comic-Con for Disney fans. There’s lots to buy, lots of people dressed up as their favorite characters, and lots of celebrities.
From reggae night to world music, Sondheim to Tchaikovsky, I’ve seen some great shows at The Hollywood Bowl. I’ve sat everywhere from the nosebleed bleachers to box seats, and the view was great from every seat. But I can now say from firsthand experience that the most spectacular vantage point of all is the one from the stage.
Last week, along with other members of the press, I took part in a cooking and wine-pairing class at Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom in west L.A. Eric Jacques Crowley is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, who apprenticed at some of the most acclaimed restaurants in Europe before going on to supervising event catering for the Patina Restaurant Group. He’s been teaching both professional and recreational cooking since 1999 and he’s a gifted and very patient teacher.
You know what’s fun? Attending a party thrown by people whose entire job is throwing good parties.
Wednesday night was the second annual Event Professional Industry Class Awards, the joint effort of the Greater Detroit Chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events, the International Special Events Society Metro Detroit Chapter and the Association of Bridal Consultants.
I can do a pretty good job of telling a cabernet from a merlot. But I’ll admit I’m useless but when it comes to distinguishing an anejo from a reposado. Still, I know a little more about the different types of tequila this morning, thanks to last night’s tasting of Tres Sietes Tequila at Tortilla Republic in West Hollywood.