September 22, 1985
Re the article on Chicago by Beverly Beyer and Ed Rabey (Aug. 11): I feel that any visitors to Chicago should include a dinner at Le Francais restaurant, 269 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling (a northwest suburb), on their itinerary. It's about a 45-minute drive from downtown Chicago, but for what is probably the best food in the country, it's worth it. This restaurant is the answer to a hedonist's dreams. In terms of food and service, I think it towers over such local establishments as L'Ermitage, Bernard's, La Toque, Rex, L'Orangerie, Ma Maison, Max au Triangle, Spago, Michael's, etc. It's expensive; figure at least $85 a person (including appetizers, entree, dessert and wine)
August 28, 2012
Ludo Lefebvre has been named one of the World's 50 Greatest Chefs by Relais & Chateaux, despite not having a restaurant of his own. A French native, Lefebvre quickly made a name for himself in Southern California as the executive chef at L'Orangerie and then improved on that at short-lived Bastide. In 2007, he launched LudoBites and helped usher in the pop-up roving gourmet restaurant movement. He starred in the Sundance Channel's "Ludo Bites America" and has also appeared on "Top Chef Masters" and "Iron Chef.
January 29, 2013 |
Chef moves where? Readers will sometimes write in about a restaurant that's been gone for 10 or more years, wondering what happened. Maybe they don't get out much, but even frequent restaurant-goers can get so distracted with all the new places opening that they miss the quiet slipping away of an old favorite. For anybody wondering what happened to French chef Jean-François Meteigner when he closed up La Cachette Bistro in Santa Monica in late 2011, the L'Orangerie alum is now cooking in - Vietnam !
February 21, 2008 |
RICHIE NOTAR -- the magnetic managing partner of the vanguard sushi chain Nobu -- has a rich, honey-colored tan; tousled brown hair rubbed through with shiny product; and teeth as white as freshly sliced sea bass. He's dressed in designer jeans, soft leather shoes and a smart white shirt unbuttoned to reveal a silver pendant. He exudes a slightly goofy but well-rehearsed charm; his smile says, "Aren't we having fun?" while his keen chocolate-colored eyes flash a warning: "I'll eat you for breakfast if you mess with me. " At 48, he has overseen the opening of 16 of acclaimed sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa's namesake restaurants around the world and is working on what he believes to be his most important project to date: Nobu Los Angeles in the former L'Orangerie space on La Cienega in West Hollywood.
May 31, 1985 |
During the 1952 Olympic Games, Katalin Szoke won two gold medals in swimming for her Hungarian team. Thirty-three years later, now a California resident married to a very successful developer, Arpad Domyan (he was a member of the Hungarian water polo team that also won a gold medal in 1952), Kati was inducted into the Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last month. It's all heady stuff and worthy of the kind of party Arpad gave for Kati last weekend.
November 22, 2007 |
New Yorker Richie Notar, the managing partner of Nobu restaurants, has a new excuse to soak up the left coast's gentle winter rays: he's opening a second L.A. Nobu in the former L'Orangerie on La Cienega. The launch has been pushed back to February, a minor inconvenience that has granted Notar -- an optimistic power player with razor-sharp business sense -- extra time to perfect his formula for success. -- WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM THE NEW NOBU? We're going to have a reservation-less lounge/bar with an almost-full menu.