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June 16, 1987 | From Associated Press
Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner's county-owned car was commandeered at gunpoint by two men in a 1973 red Mercedes-Benz outside Spago as Reiner dined inside the stylish Sunset Strip restaurant Monday night, sheriff's deputies said today. Reiner's driver reported the robbery at 7:55 p.m. Reiner was unaware of it until after the bandits had disappeared with the 1986 blue Buick Park Avenue, a spokesman said.
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February 11, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: The Hollywood Reporter's Nominees Night on Monday at Spago in Beverly Hills attracted guests including actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o, Ethan Hawke, Bruce Dern and Steve Coogan; directors David O. Russell and Alfonso Curson, producer Harvey Weinstein, Viacom's Sumner Redstone, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and more Hollywood VIPs. Leto continued turning heads on the red carpet as he has with his iconoclastic choices throughout awards season, wearing a Lanvin blazer with a hat perched atop his flowing locks.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 1986 | COLMAN ANDREWS
There's apparently something about working at Spago that makes people want to run off and get married and then go into the restaurant business on their own. It happened to Mark Peel and Nancy Silverton, who got hitched while they were that establishment's chef and pastry chef, respectively, and then went east to take over the kitchen at Maxwell's Plum in New York (a post, or pair of posts, they have recently vacated).
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | Jonathan Gold
Perhaps you have just realized that there are a few days left to go in Restaurant Week, the twice-yearly celebration of Los Angeles restaurants mounted by DineLA, under the auspices of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. Perhaps, like so many Angelenos, you find the list of options a bit overwhelming -- there are more than 300 restaurants involved this time around, each offering special, theoretically lower-priced menus through Friday. Some of the menus are worth it; others not. Here are a few of our picks.
NEWS
October 25, 2012 | By Booth Moore and Adam Tschorn
Rachel Zoe, Monique Lhuillier, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Pamela Skaist-Levy, Scott Sternberg, Doug Aitken, China Chow, Jacqui Getty and Sharon Stone were among the notable guests who turned out to fete W magazine's 40th birthday at a pair of events in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night. The festivities began at Saks Fifth Avenue, where W editor-in-chief Stefano Tonchi and actress Catherine Keener hosted a cocktail party and Tonchi, armed with a Sharpie pen, signed copies of a new book chronicling the publication's history.
FOOD
June 1, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
Here are six restaurants that I think have exceptionally interesting wine programs. Spago: One of the few restaurants in the country that can boast a full complement of great Austrian wines, especially Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners from the Wachau. Master Sommelier Christopher Miller is approachable and particularly astute at matching wines with the dishes at Wolfgang Puck's flagship restaurant. His list is impressive and deep yet has plenty of cutting-edge wines too. 176 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310)
FOOD
December 22, 2012 | By Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
The first responsibility of any great restaurant is to keep you in the bubble, the soft-serve cocoon of illusion where you forget the world exists for anything but your pleasure. And the newly redesigned Spago, from the moment you toss your keys to the valet to the moment you stagger back out again, gives good bubble. The thick prime rib steak sings with the flavors of blood, age and char; the tagliatelle with white truffles perfumes half the observable universe when its glass dome is whisked away.
NEWS
April 26, 1989 | NIKKI FINKE, Times Staff Writer
Something's missing at Spago these days. No, it's not the guacamole slathered over the gourmet Tex-Mex pizzas. Or chef-owner Wolfgang Puck overseeing creme brulees from the kitchen. Or regulars like Angie Dickinson, Joan Collins and Michael Caine playing kissy-face at the see-and-be-seen front tables. What's missing is the gaggle of celebrity photographers, who, like vultures circling their prey, have stalked the West Hollywood eatery almost from the day it opened, searching out the stars whom "enquiring minds" want to know about most.
FOOD
June 23, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
When I was in college, breakfast of toasted bagel, cream cheese and lox eaten with the Sunday paper spread all over the table seemed like a wonderful luxury. Later I discovered the nuances of gum-free cream cheese and the bialys and Nova from Russ & Daughters and Barney Greengrass in New York. (Barney Greengrass has an outpost on the top floor of Barneys New York in Beverly Hills.) Satiny smoked salmon or other fish can be enjoyed other ways as well. Here are a few places to find superior smoked fish in the L.A. area.
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | Jonathan Gold
Perhaps you have just realized that there are a few days left to go in Restaurant Week, the twice-yearly celebration of Los Angeles restaurants mounted by DineLA, under the auspices of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. Perhaps, like so many Angelenos, you find the list of options a bit overwhelming -- there are more than 300 restaurants involved this time around, each offering special, theoretically lower-priced menus through Friday. Some of the menus are worth it; others not. Here are a few of our picks.
NEWS
June 18, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
What is mint? Or maybe more accurately: What is “mint”? It's amazing that after more than 30 years of cooking and writing about food, I still get stumped by the simplest questions. Actually, maybe the most amazing thing isn't that I'm still getting stumped, but that I'm still surprised when I do. This last time happened over the weekend when I was at my local nursery (hey there, H&H !), picking up some plants. I stopped by the herb section, intending to buy my summer's globe basil.
FOOD
June 1, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
Here are six restaurants that I think have exceptionally interesting wine programs. Spago: One of the few restaurants in the country that can boast a full complement of great Austrian wines, especially Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners from the Wachau. Master Sommelier Christopher Miller is approachable and particularly astute at matching wines with the dishes at Wolfgang Puck's flagship restaurant. His list is impressive and deep yet has plenty of cutting-edge wines too. 176 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310)
BUSINESS
March 12, 2013 | By David Lazarus
I'm not one to say I told you so. But just saying. The Better Business Bureau of the Southland, which oversaw the betterment of businesses throughout Southern California, was expelled Tuesday from the national organization. It can no longer use the BBB name and logo. "Over a period of more than two years, BBB of the Southland failed to resolve concerns about compliance with several standards required of BBBs, including standards relating to accreditation, reporting on businesses, and handling complaints," says Carrie A. Hurt, president and chief executive of the Council of Better Business Bureaus.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2013 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
As soon as the last envelope is opened and the curtain falls on Sunday's Oscars, it's showtime for Wolfgang Puck. The celebrity chef behind the multi-course meal served to 1,600 at the Governors Ball immediately following the awards faces a pantry full of potential problems. Puck and his kitchen staff of 350 not only have to turn out thousands of appetizers, small dinner plates and desserts in a matter of minutes, but also must please picky Hollywood diners - from hard-core vegans (look for the kale salad with grilled artichokes)
FOOD
December 22, 2012
Wolfgang Puck shoots for legacy status and scores. LOCATION 176 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 385-0880, http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/restaurants/fine-dining/3635 HOURS Lunch, noon to 2:15 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays and Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Fridays. Dinner, 6-10 p.m. nightly. PRICES First courses, $12-$21; second courses, $14-$24 (more with truffles - a lot more); main courses, $34-$78. DETAILS Full bar. Credit cards accepted. Valet parking.
FOOD
December 22, 2012 | By Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
The first responsibility of any great restaurant is to keep you in the bubble, the soft-serve cocoon of illusion where you forget the world exists for anything but your pleasure. And the newly redesigned Spago, from the moment you toss your keys to the valet to the moment you stagger back out again, gives good bubble. The thick prime rib steak sings with the flavors of blood, age and char; the tagliatelle with white truffles perfumes half the observable universe when its glass dome is whisked away.
REAL ESTATE
June 1, 1986 | RUTH RYON, Times Staff Writer
Rock Hudson's house, just north of the Beverly Hills city limit, where the actor lived for about 20 years before he died last October, has been put on the market for $2.95 million. (Court papers describe the value of Hudson's assets only as "exceeding $10,000," although a bond of $8.6 million was posted for the estate, which Hudson willed to a trust he established in 1974.
NEWS
November 27, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
Sherry Yard , one of the best bakers in the country, is finally getting her own bakery - and not just any old bakery at that. The longtime Spago pastry chef is teaming up with Fathers Office owner Sang Yoon to revive the Los Angeles classic Helms Bakery in the landmark complex on Venice Boulevard. It's all happening very quickly. They'll start serving breakfasts three days a week at FO in January, trying out ideas, and plan to have the full operation going by September.
NEWS
December 4, 2012 | By Jay Jones
Wolfgang Puck, the man many credit with turning Las Vegas dining from a vast wasteland into a culinary happening, will celebrate two decades in Sin City with specials and a special appearance. Puck opened his first Vegas eatery, Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars , on Dec. 11, 1992. To mark the milestone, Puck will spend this Dec. 11 at Spago, greeting guests, posing for photos and cooking in the kitchen. From Dec. 10-14, Spago will be offer  a “throwback” menu featuring some of his favorite dishes at retro prices.
NEWS
November 27, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
Sherry Yard , one of the best bakers in the country, is finally getting her own bakery - and not just any old bakery at that. The longtime Spago pastry chef is teaming up with Fathers Office owner Sang Yoon to revive the Los Angeles classic Helms Bakery in the landmark complex on Venice Boulevard. It's all happening very quickly. They'll start serving breakfasts three days a week at FO in January, trying out ideas, and plan to have the full operation going by September.
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