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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.
March 19, 1994
Launching its first "Vision and Visionaries" celebration to recognize distinguished alumni and community volunteers, Cal State Fullerton will honor six people tonight. About 400 people have been invited to the Titan Pavilion on campus for the black-tie-optional celebration, which begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner. "Vision and Visionaries" is hosted by Cal State Fullerton President Milton A. Gordon and his wife, Dr. Margaret Faulwell Gordon.
February 19, 2003
Regarding Regina Schrambling's article on TV dinners ("TV's Longest-Running Hit," Feb. 5), I think she is slightly out of touch with reality. Ordering in is not always at-your-fingertips easy. It can be expensive and not always available, depending on where you live. Your TV dinner would take 2 1/2 hours of prep and cooking. This is convenient? Bea Colgan Burbank Consumers today are presented with a multitude of choices in the frozen-food aisle. A study published in April by NPD Group Inc. showed that while restaurant takeout meals per capita fell in 2001 (for the first time since the early 1980s)
September 19, 1985
Friends and former colleagues will salute retiring Culver City Municipal Court Judge Frank W. Troost at 7 tonight at a dinner in the Channel Islands Room of the Marina City Club. Troost, 69, was appointed to the Culver City court in 1965 by then-Gov. Edmund (Pat) Brown Sr. after 25 years as a private attorney. Friday will be his last day in court. He was born in Joliet, Ill., and moved to Los Angeles when he was 5.
July 25, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
It began, as so many things do, on the Paris stage. That's not where you'd expect a star-heavy, big-budget studio comedy to start its odyssey. But it's hardly the only unusual place to which "Dinner for Schmucks," the Steve Carell and Paul Rudd remake of a French screwball comedy, detoured on its road to the multiplex Friday. The film followed a tortured path littered with nasty corporate divorces, tumultuous writers strikes, skittish financiers and, just to round out the colorful Hollywood journey, a reluctant Borat.
February 11, 2010
The cast of "Top Chef Masters" Season 2 has been announced, and local chefs Ludo Lefebvre and Mark Peel will return to the show. Expect other L.A. chefs to appear: Govind Armstrong, who judged an elimination challenge last season, will come back to compete in Season 2 as well. Susan Feniger of Street will make her first appearance as a contestant. The new season begins April 7 on Bravo. Creative cocktails at new 320 Main For anyone interested in cocktails, there's a new address to remember.
January 24, 1987 | United Press International
Nancy Reagan is planning a small dinner party to celebrate President Reagan's 76th birthday on Feb. 6, her spokeswoman said Friday. Elaine Crispen said a "quiet dinner" is being arranged with close friends Charles Z. Wick and Geoffrey Swaebe and their wives.
June 2, 1985
Randall E. Presley, board chairman and chief executive officer of the Presley Cos. of Irvine, was honored at a dinner held by the Orange County Construction Industries Alliance for the City of Hope. More than $250,000 was raised at the benefit held at the Newport Beach Marriot Hotel.
May 29, 1989
The Irvine Conservancy will hold a dinner Friday to honor Ray Catalano, a UC Irvine professor and former city councilman and planning commissioner who recently accepted a job at UC Berkeley. Catalano, who was instrumental in negotiating the city's open space preservation plan, was on the Irvine Planning Commission for 6 years and on the City Council for 2 years. Irvine Mayor Larry Agran will speak at the dinner, at 8 p.m. in the University Club on the UCI campus. For information, call (714)
November 12, 1987 | From a Times Staff Writer
Gov. George Deukmejian raised $500,000 in campaign contributions at a dinner here Wednesday night, bringing to $1.7 million the total he has raised during the last week for a possible third-term candidacy. Deukmejian has not said whether he intends to run in 1990 for a third term as governor, but his political strategists are working to keep his options open by building a substantial campaign bank account well in advance of any race.
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