November 20, 1997 |
When Campanile recently began a new Monday night series of family-style dinners, I called a couple of friends and signed up for the first one: bouillabaisse. Family-style means everyone at the table eats the same menu. It's like eating at home--except you're in a restaurant and Mark Peel and Nancy Silverton are much better cooks than most of us. For this first series of dinners, they've wisely chosen festive and elaborate dishes few amateur chefs would have the time or moxie to take on at home.
February 24, 2000 |
After closing briefly to remodel, Celestino Drago (Drago, Il Pastaio, Celestino) has essentially opened a new restaurant in the space where L'Arancino, his West Hollywood Sicilian, used to be. Sicilian cuisine just didn't go over there--and it's a real shame. There's a silver lining in that cloud, though, because his new concept, an Italian steakhouse called Celestino, is smart and appealing.
April 4, 2001 |
DEAR SOS: My best friend took me to the Sow's Ear Cafe in Cambria, Calif., where they served a wonderful dessert called White Velvet. We both loved it. It would be such a surprise for my friend if I prepared this dessert. Do you have the recipe? DAWN FINK Santa Barbara * DEAR DAWN: Now we do. Our request came through with a nice note from owner Bruce Block: "This is not one of our proprietary recipes, so we are happy to send it along."
January 13, 2012 |
While Republican presidential nominees duke it out on endless debates and President Obama tweaks his reelection strategy, chef Gordon Ramsay is noisily taking over the world. Hotels and restaurants might as well just start hanging out "Gordon was here" signs to warn the rest of us. Here's what's been announced this week alone about happenings on Planet Gordon. The cranky charmer from "Hell's Kitchen" and "Kitchen Nightmares" will launch "Hotel Hell" on Fox in March -- yes, yet another reality TV show riven with dramatic spats in the "Hell" franchise.
May 4, 2008 |
Hannah and Jeff Kirschner eat at Wilshire, the relaxed yet sophisticated restaurant in Santa Monica, at least once a week. It's hard to say which they love more--the food or the chef. The food is earthy and honest--wood-grilled steaks, tangerine-and-chili-spiked mussels, a dramatic deep-fried whole Thai snapper. The chef is their youngest son, Andrew.
April 18, 2013 |
Aventine , a new Italian restaurant, sits just north of the Hollywood corner of Cahuenga and Selma, in the historic Marion Building. Brothers Gian-Paolo Veronese, chef Adolfo Veronese and restaurateurs Sylvain Bitton (Les Deux), JT Torregiani (Beso) and David Jarrett (the Dolce Group) have brought the second location of the San Francisco restaurant, named after hills in Rome, to the heart of Hollywood. On Monday evening, the restaurant is full by 9. Actors Hunter Parish and Dan Byrd are among the diners inside, while a pair of hungry paparazzi with cameras trained at the entrance camp out just beyond the door.
October 7, 2010 |
Every chef dreams about opening his or her own restaurant ? someday. For Paul Shoemaker, that day jumped closer when he arrived for work at Bastide one morning in 2008 to find out that owner Joe Pytka had abruptly decided to close it down, just weeks after Shoemaker had earned 31/2 stars from The Times for his refined, sensual cooking. (Bastide reopened a year and a half later with a new concept ? bookstore café ? and a new chef.) After an experience like that, it's easy to understand why Shoemaker would opt for working for himself.