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December 14, 1989 | BARBARA HANSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER and Hansen, a Times food writer, is author of "Mexican Cookery," published by HP Books. and
Christmas and the end of year are a time to bring families and friends together for dinners that promote the seasonal feeling of good cheer. The food should be as special as the occasion, and the following menu fills that need. Enchiladas dress up for the holidays with a bright topping of pomegranate seeds, almonds and parsley. The filling is a ground meat mixture-- picadillo-- that also contains raisins, nuts and olives.
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October 23, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
On Thursday, Rivera restaurant sommelier Mark Mendoza will be pouring wines from Patagonia for a special four-course dinner chef/owner John Sedlar has designed around the wines.  Owned by Tuscan Piero Incisa della Rochetta (Sassacaia), Bodega Chacra  makes Pinot Noir and Merlot in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia, and Sedlar and Mendoza will be pairing the night's special menu with four of their wines.  The cost for the dinner and wines is $95 per person, not including tax and tip. To reserve, call the restaurant at ( 213)
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October 23, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
On Thursday, Rivera restaurant sommelier Mark Mendoza will be pouring wines from Patagonia for a special four-course dinner chef/owner John Sedlar has designed around the wines.  Owned by Tuscan Piero Incisa della Rochetta (Sassacaia), Bodega Chacra  makes Pinot Noir and Merlot in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia, and Sedlar and Mendoza will be pairing the night's special menu with four of their wines.  The cost for the dinner and wines is $95 per person, not including tax and tip. To reserve, call the restaurant at ( 213)
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August 16, 2013 | By Jay Jones
About 100 eateries will be participating in Restaurant Week Aug. 23-30, offering three-course, fixed-price meals that also help fight hunger. Most of the restaurants participating in Restaurant Week are on or near the Las Vegas Strip, making it ideal for tourists. Among the many choices: Alize on the 56 th floor of the Palms : Besides its superb view, Alize, a fine French restaurant, will be serving a special meal priced at $50.13 per person. Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria : The acclaimed chef whose name is on the door has created a special menu for $50.13.
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August 16, 2013 | By Jay Jones
About 100 eateries will be participating in Restaurant Week Aug. 23-30, offering three-course, fixed-price meals that also help fight hunger. Most of the restaurants participating in Restaurant Week are on or near the Las Vegas Strip, making it ideal for tourists. Among the many choices: Alize on the 56 th floor of the Palms : Besides its superb view, Alize, a fine French restaurant, will be serving a special meal priced at $50.13 per person. Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria : The acclaimed chef whose name is on the door has created a special menu for $50.13.
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September 5, 2012 | By Amanda Natividad
'Book of Mormon' dinner special: In honor of the L.A. debut of “The Book of Mormon,” Wood & Vine, located across the street from the Pantages Theatre, has created a special menu for theatergoers. The prix-fixe menu includes a cheese and charcuterie plate; choice of market or beet salad; choice of fried chicken and waffle or potato gnocchi; and choice of pot de crème or cream puff. The Respect Your Elder-flower cocktail (with kumquat, gin, elderflower, lemon and Champagne) and the Latter-Day Night Fever cocktail (with passion fruit, Oronoco rum and lime)
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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.
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January 23, 1992 | SANDRA K. SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just the thought of taking young children to a restaurant is enough to give some people indigestion. But that need not be. Several Ventura County restaurants are courting the kid crowd--and we don't just mean Chuck E Cheese's. The three eateries listed below, all in Ventura, have good reputations for being "kid-friendly" while serving tasty fare that adults can also enjoy.
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September 11, 2012 | By Amanda Natividad
Getty's celebrity chef signing and lunch: Ann Willan, author of "The Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers, and Recipes that Made the Modern Cookbook" and founder of Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris, is signing books Wednesday. Afterward, guests can enjoy an Old-World-French-inspired three-course lunch. Lunch is served at noon. Cost is $75, $90 with wine pairings. Reservations can be made online or by calling (310) 440-7300. 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles . www.getty.edu . Celebrating Gustav Klimt: In honor of Viennese modernist Gustav Klimt's 150 th birthday this past summer, the Getty Cente r is exhibiting Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line, a collection of the artist's drawings.
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November 12, 1992 | MAX JACOBSON, Max Jacobson is a free-lance writer who reviews restaurants weekly for The Times Orange County Edition.
Antonello has a longstanding and unimpeachable reputation at the very top rung of local Italian restaurants. Now owner Antonio Cagnolo has gone himself, and his restaurant, one better. Antonio's mother, Pina, visited from Piemonte (Italy's northwesternmost province) a while back, bringing some of her best recipes. This gave Cagnolo an unbeatable idea. Why not serve a few of these dishes in a private setting? Homey, rustic dishes to be enjoyed on special occasions.
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February 4, 2013 | By Caitlin Keller
On Valentine's Day, maybe you woo your sweetie with flowers, chocolates or even diamonds. But what are you going to do about dinner? Whether you'll be curling up to a showing of “When Harry Met Sally” at the Electric Dusk Drive-In, strolling the streets at downtown L.A.'s Art Walk or checking out “Art by People in Love,” an open mic night for romantics at the Echo Park Film Center, we've got ideas for dining pre- or post-outing with your...
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December 28, 2012 | By Caitlin Keller
We've already compiled one dining guide for those still figuring out where to eat their last meal before ringing in 2013. For the undecided, here are eight more restaurants in the Los Angeles area offering multiple-course and a la carte menus on New Year's Eve: Ammo: Hollywood's Ammo will be offering a prix-fixe dinner on New Year's Eve, accompanied by live music from Max Whipple of local band Deux Sons . Dishes include roasted baby...
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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.
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September 11, 2012 | By Amanda Natividad
Getty's celebrity chef signing and lunch: Ann Willan, author of "The Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers, and Recipes that Made the Modern Cookbook" and founder of Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris, is signing books Wednesday. Afterward, guests can enjoy an Old-World-French-inspired three-course lunch. Lunch is served at noon. Cost is $75, $90 with wine pairings. Reservations can be made online or by calling (310) 440-7300. 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles . www.getty.edu . Celebrating Gustav Klimt: In honor of Viennese modernist Gustav Klimt's 150 th birthday this past summer, the Getty Cente r is exhibiting Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line, a collection of the artist's drawings.
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September 5, 2012 | By Amanda Natividad
'Book of Mormon' dinner special: In honor of the L.A. debut of “The Book of Mormon,” Wood & Vine, located across the street from the Pantages Theatre, has created a special menu for theatergoers. The prix-fixe menu includes a cheese and charcuterie plate; choice of market or beet salad; choice of fried chicken and waffle or potato gnocchi; and choice of pot de crème or cream puff. The Respect Your Elder-flower cocktail (with kumquat, gin, elderflower, lemon and Champagne) and the Latter-Day Night Fever cocktail (with passion fruit, Oronoco rum and lime)
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May 4, 2012
Imagine a well-appointed table on a stone balcony overlooking Italy's storied Lake Como. Red wine, white roses, Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford, perhaps a drop-in from Brad and Angelina — it's a possible scenario for Oscar-winner George Clooney, who will celebrate his 51st birthday Sunday and has a home there. Those Angelenos not invited to Italy can still enjoy a meal themed for the date, however, at Santa Monica's Locanda del Lago, which specializes in Italian cuisine. For the second year in a row (the 50th birthday was a big deal)
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December 28, 2012 | By Caitlin Keller
We've already compiled one dining guide for those still figuring out where to eat their last meal before ringing in 2013. For the undecided, here are eight more restaurants in the Los Angeles area offering multiple-course and a la carte menus on New Year's Eve: Ammo: Hollywood's Ammo will be offering a prix-fixe dinner on New Year's Eve, accompanied by live music from Max Whipple of local band Deux Sons . Dishes include roasted baby...
NEWS
February 4, 2013 | By Caitlin Keller
On Valentine's Day, maybe you woo your sweetie with flowers, chocolates or even diamonds. But what are you going to do about dinner? Whether you'll be curling up to a showing of “When Harry Met Sally” at the Electric Dusk Drive-In, strolling the streets at downtown L.A.'s Art Walk or checking out “Art by People in Love,” an open mic night for romantics at the Echo Park Film Center, we've got ideas for dining pre- or post-outing with your...
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February 6, 2003 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
Last summer Jean Pierre Bosc announced the establishment of a "convivial," or chef's, table at Mimosa, his L.A. French bistro. He even put a special table out back for it. Given that it's winter now, after a fashion, the chef's table meal has moved indoors. If you want to have Bosc prepare a prix-fixe menu for six or more, he'll serve you on the enclosed front veranda. Recently I decided to try it and had a friend reserve the chef's table for six.
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April 23, 2000 | KAREN NEWELL YOUNG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As unlikely as it sounds, a small cafe wedged into a strip mall manages to bring a little bit of Oregon to Costa Mesa. Owner Kim Jorgenson has brought some of her favorite foods to Plums Cafe, a hip little spot on East 17th Street. At first, only the potted pine trees circling the patio and a few tree sculptures hint of the Pacific Northwest.
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