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December 17, 1997 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oh sure, Courteney Cox and Quentin Tarantino were there. But the life of the party was Jeffrey Best. As one of the hottest event planners in the Southland, Best and his team are responsible if the food is cold, the speakers blow, the bagpipers get lost or the fire marshal busts the host for overcrowding. Best, who also owns Habana restaurant in Costa Mesa, is rare among the elite handful of party planners who cater movie studio bashes and other high-profile events. Why?
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NEWS
December 17, 1997 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oh sure, Courteney Cox and Quentin Tarantino were there. But the life of the party was Jeffrey Best. As one of the hottest event planners in the Southland, Best and his team are responsible if the food is cold, the speakers blow, the bagpipers get lost or the fire marshal busts the host for overcrowding. Best, who also owns Habana restaurant in Costa Mesa, is rare among the elite handful of party planners who cater movie studio bashes and other high-profile events. Why?
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FOOD
March 24, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Food Critic
A carload of friends and I are heading west on Ventura Boulevard on the lookout for the Studio City restaurant and lounge Firefly . Where exactly is it? We're scanning the south side of the boulevard for the facade. (I could have found the address and cross street on Google Maps, but that would have been too easy.) It's just past a corner, a bit dark, no sign, I remind everyone. "Oh, you mean the the Chia Pet place?" Chia? I'm thinking a topiary or a lawn. But when we spot the telltale valet umbrella, sure enough, the building is entirely swathed in ivy. Nine years after party-planner impresario Jeffrey Best opened this place, it's still happening.
IMAGE
April 20, 2008 | Monica Corcoran, Times Staff Writer
EVERY dinner party has its potholes. Souffles topple, wine runs dry, a guest turns out to be all sharp elbows. Jeffrey Best and Bryan Rabin have seen it all -- and then some. They are two of L.A.'s top party planners, each with a distinctive style. Best, who specializes in Hollywood fetes, finessed the recent black-tie Art of Elysium event and this year's high-octane Oscar party thrown by Madonna and Demi Moore.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2000 | KATHLEEN CRAUGHWELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Beach" premiere on Wednesday evening at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood was a study in Leo-mania. Hundreds of fans, mostly young women, waited hours for a glimpse of Leonardo DiCaprio. To the delight of the crowd, the impish actor showed up dateless. For the post-screening bash, party planner Jeffrey Best transformed the nearby club called Blue into the one-night-only Reclining Buddha (the film was shot in Thailand).
NEWS
July 24, 2000 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA
Who says the Westside is the only place to party? Judging by the 2,000 Angelenos who pulled up in convertibles and BMWs to the valets at the red pagoda on Hill Street, Chinatown could soon be the place to boogie and be seen with martini in hand. They packed the Chinatown plaza Thursday at the "7 Deadly Sins Escapade" party hosted by New York's Stuff magazine. And talk about sinful fashion.
NEWS
September 19, 1988
Miss Carolyn Chandler and Jeffrey Mitchner Barr exchanged marriage vows on Saturday at a ceremony held in the home of her mother, Mrs. Malcolm Stuart of Bel-Air. The bride, a former Las Madrinas presentee, prepared at Thatcher and Westridge schools and majored in biology and environmental conservation at the University of Colorado. She worked as a researcher at a game management ranch in Kenya, Africa, and more recently was employed as a Los Angeles Zoo keeper.
NEWS
July 29, 1998 | BILL HIGGINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Scene: Monday's premiere of Dimension's "Halloween H20" at the Village theater. A party followed at the Geffen Playhouse. The film is the sixth sequel to the genre classic "Halloween" and marks the 20th anniversary of stardom for that knife-wielding, masked maniac who takes sibling rivalry to new heights.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1997 | HEIDI SIEGMUND CUDA
Clubland Notes: Former Babylon partner Craig Trager has been angling to take over the Vine Street Bar & Grill for about three years now, with plans to create an old-style Hollywood hang. It's finally going to happen. Trager teamed with Will Shamlian, Jeffrey Best (the ex-GM of the Olive and a professional party-thrower--he put together the Miramax post-Oscar party at the Mondrian) and Dean R. Miller (the Viper Room's Sultan of Swing, a.k.a. the promoter of Mr.
NEWS
February 7, 2002
Firefly is glowing red-hot. Jeffrey Best's plush new restaurant on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City has Hollywood hipsters doing the unfathomable: winding through Laurel Canyon to spend their evenings in the Valley. On the invitation of the Viper Room's Sal Jenco, I checked out Firefly last Friday and particularly enjoyed its fried olives.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 1999 | HEIDI SIEGMUND CUDA
The grooviest thing about Vynyl's opening last week had to be the people in the shiny new house. Publicists weren't wrangling celebrities to show; the stars on the club scene just came out to support the effort their colleagues put into transforming the old Hollywood Moguls into such an ambitious venue. Where once stood a beleaguered art warehouse, there is now a funky, fresh nightclub modeled on the wackier, tackier points of suburbia.
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