August 4, 1999 |
Ever get the travelin' blues, that what-time-zone-is-this, did-I-pack-my-razor daze (or haze, if you're in L.A.)? Check in at L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills, and spatial orientation tilts back into place. At the front desk, you get a chic version of "Hi, my name is . . . " stickers--business cards with your name, the hotel's address, the direct phone number to your room and your room's fax number.
December 16, 1990 |
CHAMPAGNE, CAVIAR and silky, smoked salmon are the little black dress and pearls of luxurious entertaining. The caviar and the bubbly are easy to get, but finding that perfect piece of smoked salmon can be tricky. Now, just in time for the holidays, there's smoked salmon, one of L'Ermitage's signature dishes, which is made at the restaurant in a custom-built cold-smoker.
March 16, 2003 |
Seven o'clock on a Wednesday evening, in the cocktail lounge of the Four Seasons Hotel on South Doheny Drive. Tonight, and every night, the lounge is packed with the entertainment industry's elite. The high-visibility personality of the moment is Robert Duvall, at a table near the rear of the room. Who's he with? I don't know, a couple of guys. God, he looks old, like Redford. Why doesn't he have some work done? Another demographic glides among the elite.
January 23, 2000
West Virginia's venerable Greenbrier resort was demoted from five stars to four by the Mobil Travel Guide for the first time in 38 years. Mobil lowered its rating of the luxury resort in White Sulphur Springs in listing its awards for the year 2000, but didn't say why. Greenbrier President Ted Kleisner said he will investigate how the 7,000-acre resort, a top destination for golfers, fell short. "Mobil found something wrong, and we're going to correct it," Kleisner told the Washington Post.
June 9, 1989 |
Got $125 to spare? Then you might want to know about the fund-raiser being held at Citrus on Sunday. A dozen of our best French chefs, including Citrus' Michel Richard, Michel Blanchet of L'Ermitage, Jean-Pierre Bosc of Fennel, Claude Segal of Mabe and the two chefs from Tulipe are banding together to put on a huge French bicentennial bash at Hollywood Park on July 16. To raise money for that affair, they're having this one. It's a sit-down dinner...
June 21, 1986
NBC has turned to the American Film Institute to find new TV writers. The network on Friday announced that it will sponsor a Summer TV Writers Workshop that will culminate in a one-hour prime-time showcase in July, 1987. In making the announcement along with other network and AFI officials, NBC Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff cited a shortage of good television writers.
February 18, 2011
GRAMMYS REWIND: Katy Perry and pals celebrating at EMI's post-party at Milk Studios in Hollywood alongside Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Natasha Bedingfield and "Glee" guy Matthew Morrison ... Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Kate Hudson, Neil Patrick Harris, Malin Akerman and Dianna Agron at Bing and Grey Goose's SoHo House celebration ... Lady Gaga and boyfriend Luc Carl at the Interscope Records party on the rooftop of Beverly Hills' L'Ermitage...
October 5, 1986 |
L'Ermitage, 730 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 652-5840. Dinner, Monday-Saturday. All major credit cards accepted. Valet parking. Dinner for two, food only, $75-$120. People who care about food tend to think of restaurants in L.A. as B.B. and A.B.--before and after Bertranou. The chef himself arrived here, and immediately wrote to France saying, "California is one of the most beautiful countries I have seen in my life, but when it comes to cooking, forget it."
July 25, 1991 |
In the late late '70s, back when Cher and Gregg were still an item, the tiny brick parking lot in front of L'Ermitage was where Rolls-Royces came to park. It's said that the restaurant's famous chef-owner, Jean Bertranou, would occasionally slip out of the kitchen and drive the few blocks to his chief competitor, Ma Maison.