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June 7, 2011 | By Katherine Skiba, Washington Bureau
About 220 elites will dine al fresco Tuesday when German Chancellor Angela Merkel is feted at a state dinner, White House aides said. First Lady Michelle Obama chose the Rose Garden for the gala dinner, the fourth of the Obama presidency. The menu's main course will be petite filet with Maryland crab ravioli and the dessert, a sweet nod to the honored guest: apple strudel with golden raisins and topfen. The second course reflects Obama's heritage, it being Hawaiian tuna styled into tuna tartare served with rye crisps and accompanied by pickled carrots, spring pea salad and shaved ham and ginger snaps.
March 25, 2013 | By Caitlin Keller
Jar hosts guest chefs: Israeli chefs Assaf Granit and Uri Navon of Machneyuda in Jerusalem will be paying chef Suzanne Tracht's restaurant Jar a visit April 13 for a one-night-only dinner collaboration. In honor of Israel's 65th Independence Day, Granit, Navon and Tracht will prepare a four-course dinner comprised of dishes such as sea fish tartare; shikshukit , cooked minced beef and lamb in a Mediterranean spice mixture with tahini and yogurt; calamari with dates, honey, pomegranate concentrate, porcini mushrooms, harissa, cherry tomatoes, confit of onion and garlic with tahigort and burnt aubergine paste; and basbousa , a wet semolina cake with tahini ice cream and fresh fruit.
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.
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.
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)
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.
March 31, 2011 | By Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times Food Editor
I've always loved Robert Frost's line about home being the place where, "when you have to go there, they have to take you in. " Perhaps I'm putting an overly optimistic reading on it, but the idea that even on our coldest, darkest nights, there is always a place with a warm light in the window is reassuring. That's kind of the way I feel about having eggs in the refrigerator. It doesn't matter how gruesome the workday has been or how late it is when I get home, give me a couple of eggs and some of this and that from the fridge and I know I can fix a meal that will not only get me through the night, it will even redeem the day. Yet it seems like every time I mention eating eggs for dinner, I get met with a blank look — "Dude?
April 7, 2012 | By Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
When Nguyen Tran emailed to tell me about an extravaganza he was setting up at an acquaintance's house, a special herb dinner in which each of the many courses would involve fresh marijuana, I did not necessarily beg to be included in the feast. The first time I met Tran, on a social-media panel somewhere, he happened to be wearing a banana suit, and he has been known to show up to food events dressed as a tauntaun from "The Empire Strikes Back. " I like his Starry Kitchen, a pan-Asian lunchroom in a downtown office-building food court, and I admire the running pop-up restaurant he mounts with chef Laurent Quenioux.
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.
December 13, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
If you are going to dinner with former Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville and he agrees to pay for it, make sure you get your food to go. Devonte Danzey, a junior college offensive lineman who was being recruited by Tuberville to play at Texas Tech, told the recruiting website that Tuberville left the table in the middle of dinner in Lubbock on Friday night and never returned. Saturday morning, Tuberville was named the new football coach at Cincinnati. Danzey said he asked Tuberville how long he planned to coach at Texas Tech, but Tuberville didn't answer the question.
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