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October 24, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Farms are having a moment. Which, if you've gone to any weddings recently, is not news to you. For many a bride, her big day takes place in a rustic barn with a “farmhouse chic” decor that includes mint juleps served in mason jars. The ambitious bride even sticks her bridesmaids in cowboy boots. “I never thought I'd see the day when … people would want country instead of country club for their wedding,” says Tony Azevedo, who turned his Central Valley farm into a wedding destination . Turns out, the trend-seeking urbanites are providing enough supplemental income to rescue dairy farmers from financial collapse.
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)
October 21, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: The "Grand Inaugural Gala" to celebrate the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Presented by Salvatore Ferragamo, the affair came with cocktails, a gala dinner, fashion show of the Italian designer's latest collection and the first-ever performance in the Center's 500-seat Bram Goldsmith Theater. The setting: The brand new "Wallis," designed by architect Zoltan Pali of SPF:architects to incorporate the city's Italian Renaissance-style post office and temporarily house a pop-up Ferragamo boutique.
October 1, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Shareholder activist Carl Icahn broke bread with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Monday to make his case that the company's record stock buyback program was still not enough. Icahn revealed in August that he had purchased about $1 billion worth of Apple's shares. Earlier this year, Apple announced that it had increased its dividend and stock buyback program to more than $100 billion, including $60 billion to buy back shares of the company's stock. Icahn said in his tweet Tuesday that he wants to see the buyback portion increased even further:    Had a cordial dinner with Tim last night.
September 25, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The Southern Section will honor students, coaches, officials and administrators at its 10th annual Jim Staunton Champions for Character awards dinner on Monday in Long Beach. The dinner will honor individuals who followed the principles of "Pursuing Victory with Honor. " Here's the link to those being honored.  
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.
August 21, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Wynn Las Vegas is rolling out a specially priced package that includes dinner and premium seating at "Le Rêve - The Dream," the resort's brilliant but sometimes overlooked show. The Wynn offer begins at $185 per person, includes a three-course meal at Allegro , a casual Italian-American restaurant.  The fixed-price dinner includes a choice of four appetizers and an entrée of lasagna, chicken Parmigiana, mushroom-crusted salmon or veal Marsala. Freshly baked biscotti is served for dessert.
August 17, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
No way am I going to make it to Maine this summer to feast on lobster pulled straight from the Atlantic. Short of flying in the crustaceans from the East Coast (very expensive), I intend to get my lobster fix right here. Not at the Lobster in Santa Monica - too noisy - or the Red Lobster. And I'm not longing for one of the gigantesque lobsters served up at the Palm steakhouses either. Something more demure, more soulful for me. On a recent lobster crawl around town, I found three places that did a good, even great, job with Maine lobster.
August 1, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
It's a coup for Kors. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will receive the first-ever Michael Kors Award for Outstanding Community Service at the God's Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards dinner on Oct. 16 in New York. "I am deeply honored to present Mrs. Clinton with this award that means so much to me," Kors said in a statement. "She is a dedicated and enormously effective humanitarian whose commitment to community service encompasses the whole planet. Thanks to her talent, devotion and unrelenting efforts on behalf of those with much less, she has improved millions of lives and helped lay the foundation for a better, more just world.
July 29, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Bacon. It may be most traditional served at the breakfast table, but there's no reason bacon can't shine any time of day. Whether it's the star of a dish or simply lending its rich flavor in a supporting role, here are three perfect options for dinner. This velvety risotto incorporates the deep flavor of applewood-smoked bacon with Arborio rice cooked to perfectly creamy consistency. Fresh chopped chives and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano lend bright color and subtle tang, and a fresh egg yolk is nestled into each hot portion right before serving for added richness.
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