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May 31, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Mary Micucci, 63, is the owner of Along Came Mary Events, one of Hollywood's leading catering and special events businesses. Often called the "caterer to the stars," Micucci has handled more than 400 movie premieres, from "Titanic" in 1997 to "The Hangover Part III" earlier this month, as well as numerous Grammy, Emmy and Academy Awards parties. She has also catered events for numerous celebrities, including Barbra Streisand's wedding to actor James Brolin in 1998. The food business wasn't an obvious career path for Micucci, a former flight attendant who also worked as a cocktail waitress while she was a student at Cal State L.A., where she got her degree in psychology and communications.
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May 31, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Mary Micucci, 63, is the owner of Along Came Mary Events, one of Hollywood's leading catering and special events businesses. Often called the "caterer to the stars," Micucci has handled more than 400 movie premieres, from "Titanic" in 1997 to "The Hangover Part III" earlier this month, as well as numerous Grammy, Emmy and Academy Awards parties. She has also catered events for numerous celebrities, including Barbra Streisand's wedding to actor James Brolin in 1998. The food business wasn't an obvious career path for Micucci, a former flight attendant who also worked as a cocktail waitress while she was a student at Cal State L.A., where she got her degree in psychology and communications.
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FOOD
March 25, 1993 | KATHIE JENKINS
When Celia Hollander found out about an upcoming wrap party for the Steven Spielberg film, "Hook," she pounced. "Not only were we the only ones bidding on it," says the feisty Hollander, who at the time was working for another caterer, "but I had had a working relationship with ("Hook" star) Robin (Williams) from other stuff I had done for him. I know what he likes to eat, so I took him a huge basket of food."
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October 24, 2004 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
At a recent fundraiser for AIDS research in Santa Monica, designer Tommy Hilfiger showed off some of his latest fashions while actress Sharon Stone served as a guest auctioneer. Meanwhile, the more than 1,000 guests at the Macy's and American Express Passport party dined on such exotic dishes and hors d'oeuvres as molasses-cured salmon, grilled New York steak salad, duck confit and yellow grit cakes before moving on to desserts such as chocolate tuilles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2004 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
At a recent fundraiser for AIDS research in Santa Monica, designer Tommy Hilfiger showed off some of his latest fashions while actress Sharon Stone served as a guest auctioneer. Meanwhile, the more than 1,000 guests at the Macy's and American Express Passport party dined on such exotic dishes and hors d'oeuvres as molasses-cured salmon, grilled New York steak salad, duck confit and yellow grit cakes before moving on to desserts such as chocolate tuilles.
BUSINESS
March 15, 2000 | DENISE GELLENE and MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Los Angeles chapter of the National Assn. of Women Business Owners will induct 23 Southern California entrepreneurs into its Hall of Fame at its upcoming luncheon March 24. The women being honored have owned their businesses at least since the 1970s. Collectively they generate more than $500 million in annual sales and employ more than 10,000 workers. The honorees: Kathy Aaronson, CEO of the Sales Athlete Inc.; Gloria Allred of Allred, Maroko & Goldberg; Jane Arnault, of JurEcon Inc.
NEWS
December 20, 1992 | THE SOCIAL CLIMES STAFF
Social Climes has been besieged by invitations to movie premieres in the last few weeks as the big Christmas films debut. "Hoffa," "Toys," "The Bodyguard," "Chaplin," "A Few Good Men," "Used People," "Leap of Faith," "Forever Young," "Peter's Friends," "Love Field," "The Muppet Christmas Carol" and "Damage" have all had opening parties, making us feel very popular but also very exhausted.
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May 9, 1990 | BETTY GOODWIN
The Scene: A New England-by-way-of-Santa-Monica clambake in honor of the late James Beard at Michael's restaurant on Sunday. It would have been the great American chef's 87th birthday on Saturday (he died in 1985), and similar Beard birthday celebrations occur annually at restaurants around the country. The Charity: The James Beard Foundation, which preserves Beard's Manhattan brownstone and its huge kitchen where American chefs come to cook, stage tastings and hold other food-oriented events.
FOOD
March 25, 1993
Who feeds Hollywood? A small group of professionals who are constantly jockeying for position. The stakes are high. The stories are hot. 1. ALONG CAME MARY Owner: Mary Micucci Turf: Entertainment Party Line: "Catering is like producing a movie except on a smaller scale." Chef: Bill Starbuck Largest Party: 4,500 Years in Business: 17 Star Client: Michael Ovitz * 2. AMBROSIA Owner: David Corwin, Carl Bendix Turf: Entertainment Party Line: "We practice socially responsible ways of entertaining."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2003 | Ann Conway, Times Staff Writer
Better hang on to those party hats -- event planners are already well into 2004. A few forecasts: While this year's social scene was packed with parties for hundreds and thousands, the trend for next year is "intimacy," planners say. Never mind ballrooms and restaurants. The trendy gigs will occur in private homes and estates. The martini is still the cocktail of choice, the more colorful and cutely named the better. And authentic fare is in: Bring on the real Korean barbecue, please.
FOOD
March 25, 1993 | KATHIE JENKINS
When Celia Hollander found out about an upcoming wrap party for the Steven Spielberg film, "Hook," she pounced. "Not only were we the only ones bidding on it," says the feisty Hollander, who at the time was working for another caterer, "but I had had a working relationship with ("Hook" star) Robin (Williams) from other stuff I had done for him. I know what he likes to eat, so I took him a huge basket of food."
NEWS
September 2, 1993 | BILL HIGGINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The quietest exit from a movie screening any crowd made this summer was when 1,100 guests slowly walked from the Motion Picture Academy theater after Tuesday's L.A. premiere of HBO's "And the Band Played On." The $9-million film dramatizes Randy Shilts' best seller about the early struggle against AIDS. It ends with a stunning four-minute montage of AIDS activists and victims, done to Elton John's "The Last Song."
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October 2, 1995 | BETTY GOODWIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Scene: Opening night reception Thursday for PaceWildenstein Los Angeles (actually, in Beverly Hills), the West Coast outpost of the prestigious New York modern and contemporary art gallery. Trend Watch: Recent seekers of event venues are taking to the streets. Earlier in the month, Planet Hollywood's party planners carpeted North Rodeo Drive in red for their soiree for 2,000 merrymakers. PaceWildenstein, opting for white floor covering, secured South Rodeo Drive. The head count was 950.
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