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August 30, 1991 | JANE APPLEGATE
Do friends swoon over your strawberry shortcake or cluck over your Chinese chicken salad? Have you ever taken those compliments to heart and thought: "Since everyone loves my cooking, maybe I should become a caterer?" Well, think again. Although catering is one of the easiest small businesses to start up because you can get started in your own kitchen, the competition is cutthroat and there is a staggering failure rate.
April 19, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The walls of Alice Herman's home are covered in photographs. Herman and Sylvia Purdue, her partner of 45 years, smile in scenes from birthdays and hospital rooms. In black-and-white photos from their younger days, their hair is teased, their makeup flawless. After Purdue died a few years ago, Herman was left with two cats and enough money for two months' rent. Years of Purdue's hospital bills had chipped away their savings. Because Purdue died before the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last summer, Herman could not receive Purdue's Social Security benefits.
September 11, 2005 | From Times wire reports
The rise in telecommuting has led to home offices becoming the most popular special-function room that architects are being asked to design, according to the American Institute of Architects' Home Design Trends Survey for the second quarter of 2005. Low-maintenance materials and more storage space are also increasingly sought. Meanwhile, consumer demand for exercise rooms appears to have peaked in many markets. Upscale entryways and defined hallways are becoming less popular.
February 27, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The state of California issued an advisory on measles last week. Though only about a dozen cases have been reported so far, many more people have been exposed to the virus. In the Bay Area, thousands were warned to watch for signs of the disease after a man who'd been infected on a trip to Asia rode a BART train. In Los Angeles, far more people than necessary were exposed to measles because doctors failed to report two patients' cases immediately. One had traveled to Asia; the other had been exposed to a recently infected traveler.
September 17, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Gina Mirabella knows what it's like to be in need. The Lithuanian native fashioned a lucrative business career and comfortable lifestyle in the United States, which included a Porsche sports car and a home in Palos Verdes Estates, before her marriage broke up and bad investments left her with nothing. "All of a sudden I found myself homeless and penniless and at MEND's [Meeting Each Need with Dignity] door asking for help," she said Monday during a luncheon at the Pacoima social services agency.
April 8, 2007 | Susan King
Robert Lamkin Caterer for movies, TV, commercials and music videos and the occasional private party Company: Chef Robert Catering Credits: "The Transformers," "Because I Said So," "The Prestige," "Rent," "Daddy Day Care" Job description: "Generally speaking, it is our task to feed anyone who is working in direct relation to the set. That would include the talent, the producers and the crew, all the way down to the security guards.
July 12, 1989 | DENISE GELLENE, Times Staff Writer
Marriott Corp., the nation's largest hotel operator, agreed Tuesday to sell its leading airline catering business to an investment group that includes Frederic V. Malek, a former Marriott president who participated in the recent buyout of Northwest Airlines. The price was not disclosed, but lodging industry analysts estimated the price at $650 million.
July 17, 1991
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a series of regulations on Tuesday designed to crack down on ice cream vendors and catering trucks that operate without health permits or adequate safety features. The council also tentatively approved an ordinance that would limit the amount of time catering trucks can park in a given location at any one time.
July 3, 1989 | BRUCE KEPPEL
Sharon Sola directs catering at the Torrance Marriott, but when the hotel holds its annual picnic for about 600 employees and their families next month, Sola said she plans to hire outsiders to stage it. "While catering's my business, when it's our company picnic we prefer having someone do it for us. Otherwise, all the managers have to get involved," she explained. Sola also heads the Los Angeles chapter of the National Assn.
For Deborah Du Shane-Fabricant, all it took was Panache. Restaurant industry leaders gathered for the Pacesetter Awards Breakfast on Monday at the Chicago Hilton and Towers as part of the National Restaurant Assn. Show. There the Roundtable for Women recognized 18 women for innovation and excellence in food, beverage and hospitality. Awards were given in fields ranging from restaurant concept to institutional food service to food manufacturing.
December 5, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
Yu Chao Liang and his wife saved a few bucks recently by checking into a mid-price chain hotel in Santa Monica for a two-day business trip from Suzhou, China. But they were not impressed. In the room, they found no slippers, teakettles or complimentary toothpaste - extras that come standard in Chinese hotels. The hot breakfast bar in the lobby was free but it didn't include any of the traditional Chinese breakfast dishes they get back home, like rice porridge. "I can eat almost anything," Yu said, referring to the breakfast at his hotel.
November 12, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
All the amenities of modern medicine are available at a new West Los Angeles hospital. There's 24-hour emergency care, a team of surgeons, psychology and physical therapy units, MRI and CT machines, one of the top oncologists in the country. Medical assistants busily roam the halls, soothing patients' fears with smiles, kind words or gentle touches. But they have to watch out: The patients can bite. They're dogs, cats and other pets being treated at the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, which at 42,000 square feet is the largest pet hospital west of the Mississippi River.
October 4, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
BUENOS AIRES - Daniel Frago sat with a cup of coffee at a small table on the edge of the dance floor, explaining the art of the tango. "It's not about the man and the woman," the 55-year-old Buenos Aires hairdresser said. "It's about the driver and the driven. " Frago had come out to celebrate the eighth birthday of Tango Queer, a weekly party where women dance freely with women, and men dance freely with men. It's one of several popular gatherings in Buenos Aires that cater to gay and lesbian tango enthusiasts, as well as straights who want to test the dance's traditionally heterosexual gender roles.
October 3, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
The Spare Room in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has long had a reputation for serving up some of the best drinks in town. The menu was originally cultivated under the tutelage of mixologist Aidan Demarest, and gained wings thanks to the hugely creative and balanced drinks of herb-growing bartender Naomi Schimek. Now owners Med Abrous and Marc Rose are seeking to expand the fun -- and brand recognition -- by launching a cocktail catering program. The plan is simple: If you have a special event or party coming up, you can hire the Spare Room team to create a craft cocktail service tailored to that event.
August 22, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Drew James guesses he went to a total of five Dodgers games in the last five years. This season, the Hollywood resident has been to six games, bought two Dodgers jerseys and gathered with friends at bars to root for Los Angeles' red-hot baseball team. Struck by Dodgers fever, James and many other Southern Californians are generating extra and unexpected sales business for Southland restaurants, sports bars and apparel shops. "Demand just shot through the roof," said Coby Goodman, owner of Los Feliz sporting goods shop Bling Circus.
August 10, 2013 | Roy Wallack, Gear
It seems like nothing's really changed about camping in the last 100 years. You start a fire, sit around it, tell stories and make s'mores, then crawl into your sleeping bag ... and check your email. So a few things might have changed. But the good news is that innovative designs have made each of the aforementioned a little easier, more comfortable and more convenient. Pass the marshmallows. Sleep (not so) tight Nemo Nocturne 30 Down sleeping bag: A 30-degree sleeping bag sized wider in the knee area than normal lightweight down bags to allow more natural and comfortable knee bends while sleeping.
May 16, 1986 | CHARLES PERRY
"It's not a real restaurant," I was told. What was it, then? Showley-Wrightson has been serving lunches for 4 1/2 years, and now it's serving dinners. Ordinarily that would fool me. But I understand, I think. In Orange County, a real restaurant--an ambitious restaurant--is expected to look grander than this. The decor isn't much more than a few shelves of imported mustard and an old French butcher's signboard on the wall.
A Newport Beach couple were each sentenced to six months of detention after pleading guilty earlier this year to charges they failed to report $1.8 million earned in the family catering business during the late 1980s. Beverly Wunsch, 56, was sentenced Monday in federal court to six months in prison--with a recommendation that her time be served in a halfway house--and three years' probation.
July 16, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Lisa Phillian has been a one-stop shop for hundreds of gay couples who wanted to tie the knot even before gay marriage was legal in California. Want to say "I do" on the beach? No problem - she's a wedding planner. Need a marriage license? She's also a notary and authorized by Los Angeles County to issue them. Want a special ceremony? She can even do that - she's an ordained minister. Phillian is one of scores of professionals in Southern California's wedding industry who have been uniting gay couples even when it wasn't legal to be married.
July 8, 2013 | By Marina Villeneuve
WASHINGTON - Internet groups complained Monday that new Federal Trade Commission regulations to protect children's privacy online are financially burdensome to start-up companies. Under regulations that went into effect July 1, websites catering to children will no longer be able to collect a range of identifying information without obtaining verifiable parental consent. The child protection regulations will now hold the owners of sites and apps frequented by children responsible for third-party services - such as plug-ins or ads - that collect personal information from visitors who say they're younger than 13. The third-party services will be held liable only if the FTC can prove they knowingly collected personal information from children.
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