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NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Susan Denley
First Lady Michelle Obama wore a blue gown by designer Carolina Herrera at Tuesday night's state dinner honoring French President Francois Hollande. Celebs including Bradley Cooper, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Stephen Colbert mingled with the pols. [Los Angeles Times] Los Angeles designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy showed their best collection yet at New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic Booth Moore says. It included some gowns meant only for the runway that were inspired by "Star Wars.
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NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Amanda Natividad
'Book of Mormon' dinner special: In honor of the L.A. debut of “The Book of Mormon,” Wood & Vine, located across the street from the Pantages Theatre, has created a special menu for theatergoers. The prix-fixe menu includes a cheese and charcuterie plate; choice of market or beet salad; choice of fried chicken and waffle or potato gnocchi; and choice of pot de crème or cream puff. The Respect Your Elder-flower cocktail (with kumquat, gin, elderflower, lemon and Champagne) and the Latter-Day Night Fever cocktail (with passion fruit, Oronoco rum and lime)
WORLD
September 6, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- A late-night dinner of world leaders became a forum for global debate over the bloody war in Syria on Thursday night, as President Obama used an economic summit here to try to build support for punishing the Syrian regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons. Inside a lavish ballroom at Peterhof Palace, the former summer retreat of the Russian czars, Obama heard an earful from his counterparts around the globe about his desire to launch military strikes against the regime of President Bashar Assad.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2010 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
Steve Carell and Paul Rudd want to make one thing clear: They're not the second-coming of Laurel and Hardy. "For one thing, I look horrible in a top hat," Rudd deadpanned. "I'm so glad you said something," Carell joined in. "I didn't want to tell you." Be that as it may, there's no denying that anything this modern-day tag-team touches turns to slapstick gold. After they helped propel such films as "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" into box-office hits, Carell and Rudd are teaming up again in Paramount's "Dinner for Schmucks," which hits theaters July 23. A loose remake of the 1998 French comedy "Le dîner de Cons," the film is about a group of colleagues vying for a career boost who gather for a monthly dinner hosted by their ruthless boss and compete to see who can bring the most pathetic and idiotic guest.
NEWS
October 23, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
On Thursday, Rivera restaurant sommelier Mark Mendoza will be pouring wines from Patagonia for a special four-course dinner chef/owner John Sedlar has designed around the wines.  Owned by Tuscan Piero Incisa della Rochetta (Sassacaia), Bodega Chacra  makes Pinot Noir and Merlot in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia, and Sedlar and Mendoza will be pairing the night's special menu with four of their wines.  The cost for the dinner and wines is $95 per person, not including tax and tip. To reserve, call the restaurant at ( 213)
SPORTS
September 13, 2009 | Mike Penner
San Diego Chargers rookie linebacker Larry English was recently asked to give back nearly $15,000 of his $9.9-million contract. Reason: The Chargers' tradition of having rookies pick up the tab for a team dinner. When the bill for the dinner arrived, it totaled $14,508.67. It would have barely cleared the $14,500 mark, but there was one order for raspberry sorbet. It might seem extravagant, but in relative terms, English got away cheaply. Shawne Merriman's rookie dinner reportedly cost him $32,000.
FOOD
November 25, 2010 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
There's little ceremony to the digestif . Certainly nothing that compares to the pouring of tea, the pulling of a perfectly made espresso or even the carving of a shamrock into the thick, creamy head on a pint of Guinness. But then again, what compares to the sheer luxury of an after-dinner drink? Poured with a flourish into delicately fluted stemware, cordial glasses or snifters, the jeweled tones say, "What's the rush?" and "Relax" and maybe even "Hey, we're just getting started here?
NEWS
December 10, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Shhh --  this is what I'm getting the husband for Christmas: a steel triangle dinner bell, to signal to guests that it's time to sit down at the table. They're inevitably an unruly bunch, wandering around the garden, rubbing scented geranium leaves between their fingers, calling up to find out what's growing on the trellis, whether they can pick some tangerines. Or getting so involved in storytelling that it becomes hard to herd them toward the table mid-story. But this is the solution.  And quite a handsome one. Designed by Pat Kim of (where else?
NEWS
February 20, 1986
Hair products creator Vidal Sassoon has been named the dinner chairman of the 13th Annual Urban League Whitney Young Dinner scheduled for March 20. The event at the Century Plaza Hotel will pay tribute to musician Quincy Jones.
NATIONAL
January 20, 2011 | By Katherine Skiba, Washington Bureau
About 225 people on Wednesday swept into the White House for a "quintessentially American" state dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao. As tradition dictates, President Obama and Hu exchanged toasts. Obama saluted the people of both countries. "May they grow together in friendship. May they prosper together in peace. And may they realize their dream of the future for themselves, for their children and for their grandchildren," he said. Hu raised his glass to a "stronger friendship between the people of China and the United States" and the "steady growth of China-U.
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