| Oct 6, 2012
Everybody wants to be a sommelier these days, and yet Chris Meeske and George Cossette are two high-flying somms who left at the top of their game to open neighborhood wine shops. How's it going? Very well, they'll both tell you. And their background...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 8:10 PM
“East Meets Fete” was the theme chosen for “Only at Descanso,” the recent fundraising gala held at Descanso Gardens.
Heather Sturt Haaga, a Descanso trustee, seamlessly chaired the gala that raised $202,000 in support of the...
| May 2, 2012
Wine has a more fitting home at Walt Disney World with the opening of Tutto Gusto wine cellar in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot.
Tutto Gusto is a new venue adjacent to Tutto Italia Ristorante and debuted Tuesday after the restaurant opened its doors again...
| May 23, 2012
| 2:59 PM
Costa Mesa's 17th Street is full of mini-malls and teeming with traffic. So, finding Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop in an old hacienda-like building surrounded by lush greenery is like discovering an oasis in the desert.
Jonathan Rollo has brought his...
| Jun 3, 2012
Disney opened Tutto Italia at Epcot's Italy Pavilion in 2007, replacing L'Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante, which had an impressive 25-year run.
The menu remained classic Italian with lightly fried calamari fritti, polenta, a range of pasta dishes,...
| Jan 20, 2012
| 7:50 PM
The elegant gals of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County came together to host a tea at AnQi in South Coast Plaza in advance of the society's upcoming 2012 gala benefit.
They are calling the gala, which will take place in the Samueli Theater at the...
| Jan 26, 2012
Ding. Bzzzt. Bap. Beep. That's the sound of conversation in restaurants these days. Where cellphones once posed a nuisance as people chatted loudly into them during meals, they now present a whole new set of etiquette issues as entire tables disappear...
| Jul 12, 2012
| 10:45 AM
I think summer has finally made it to our fair valley. It has been quite hot enough for me. How about you?
On Tuesday my neighborhood lost its power for about an hour. Of course I was working on my computer at the time. Suddenly, everything shut down....
| Feb 23, 2012
When food lovers head to Paris these days, the savvier bypass the Michelin-starred restaurants entirely and seek out the small, sometimes funky bistros where passionate young cooks are turning out wonderful food at affordable prices. Spaces — and...
| Apr 21, 2012
"Grammel schmalz," says our waiter, setting down a small bowl of pristine whipped white pork fat sprinkled with bits of pork crackling. I lift up the napkin wrapped around the bread and pull out a glossy brown braided pretzel. Breaking off a piece, I...
| Apr 21, 2012
A smart new Austrian restaurant from former Patina chef de cuisine Bernhard Mairinger, who turns out polished contemporary cooking from a small open kitchen.
Location: 9669 Little Santa Monica Blvd. (between Bedford and Roxbury), Beverly Hills, (310)...