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April 30, 1990 | MARY LOU LOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Madame Sylvia Wu, wife of King Yan Wu, is the epitome of elegance--stunning in bright yellow China silk, fingering a large jade cross hanging on a gold chain, immaculately groomed, radiating the enviable beauty that comes from twinkly eyes, soft skin, wide cheekbones, proper posture and acceptance of adversity. It's 1:30 p.m. She's at the entrance to Madame Wu's Garden restaurant in Santa Monica. The parking lot is not packed.
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April 30, 1990 | MARY LOU LOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Madame Sylvia Wu, wife of King Yan Wu, is the epitome of elegance--stunning in bright yellow China silk, fingering a large jade cross hanging on a gold chain, immaculately groomed, radiating the enviable beauty that comes from twinkly eyes, soft skin, wide cheekbones, proper posture and acceptance of adversity. It's 1:30 p.m. She's at the entrance to Madame Wu's Garden restaurant in Santa Monica. The parking lot is not packed.
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October 30, 1985 | JODY JACOBS, Times Society Editor
Fred MacMurray and June Haver hurried over from the theater to have their say. Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby), sheathed in Schiaparelli pink sequins, put on her reading glasses and delivered a moving tribute to her friend. And Efrem Zimbalist Jr., who always looked so serious as an FBI agent, was actually very funny as the master of ceremonies. And finally ball chairman Mrs. Frank Higgins explained the plaque was too heavy to tote up on stage of the Beverly Wilshire's Grand Ballroom.
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April 26, 1990
Restaurateur Madame Sylvia Wu will be honored as the 1990 "Woman of the Year" during the 42nd Annual Women's Luncheon of the Sportsmen's Club for the City of Hope on Monday and other events at the Beverly Hilton hotel. Tickets for the black-tie dinner, "Down Memory Lane," at 7 p.m. Monday are $125 per person. Ticket prices for other events on May 1, 2 and 3 are $60 per person. For information and reservations, call City of Hope (213) 626-4611, Ext. 6261.
NEWS
April 26, 1990
Restaurateur Madame Sylvia Wu will be honored as the 1990 "Woman of the Year" during the 42nd Annual Women's Luncheon of the Sportsmen's Club for the City of Hope on Monday and other events at the Beverly Hilton hotel. Tickets for the black-tie dinner, "Down Memory Lane," at 7 p.m. Monday are $125 per person. Ticket prices for other events on May 1, 2 and 3 are $60 per person. For information and reservations, call City of Hope (213) 626-4611, Ext. 6261.
FOOD
April 27, 1989 | ROSE DOSTI, Times Staff Writer
There is a choice group of dishes from restaurants that have left an indelible mark on the Los Angeles culinary scene. They are dishes you would drop a date with a best friend to taste. They are dishes with an illustrious past and bright future. They possess a bold character and unmistakable charm--along, of course, with exceptional flavor. They have survived the test of time. They are, in fact, a class unto themselves, defying description. Each dish stands on its own, as proud of having originated in a diner as in a chi-chi bistro.
FOOD
July 2, 1997
How in the world of everything that's good and fattening could anyone write a full-page article about Chinese chicken salad ("What's in a Salad?," June 18) and fail to mention the very best? Anyone with an active taste bud knows that the very best Chinese chicken salad is the version offered by Madame Sylvia Wu at her restaurant, Madame Wu's Garden, on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica. Madame Wu opened her Santa Monica restaurant in the early 1960s. We don't recall when her Chinese chicken salad first appeared on the menu, but we do recall eating it in the 1970s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1999
When I opened my first restaurant in Santa Monica in 1959, I had the only Chinese restaurant in town. Until then there were just a few chop suey houses, most of them in downtown Chinatown. I featured gourmet dishes because that is what I had grown up with in my native China. However, one of my first celebrity guests was Frank Sinatra, who asked for chop suey. Since I didn't have it on my menu, I served him Wu's Beef and told him he didn't have to pay for it if he didn't like it. I had made up the recipe as a substitute for chop suey; he loved it and Wu's Beef became one of my most popular gourmet dishes.
NEWS
April 26, 1985 | Jody Jacobs
Chanel and the Music Center's Blue Ribbon. It makes for a classy team. Both sides admitted it at an announcement lunch hosted by Mrs. Earle Jorgensen, Blue Ribbon president Mrs. Alan Livingston and Mrs. Thomas R. Vreeland at the Jorgensen home. Chanel's Alain Wertheimer of Paris and Kitty d'Alessio of New York joined them in reporting that on Sept. 16 Chanel will present its entire couture collection for the benefit of the Music Center Unified Fund.
NEWS
November 26, 1992 | BEA MAXWELL
The Southern California food industry celebrated its 19th year of major support for the City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute by raising a record $3.6 million at the American Harvest Ball on Nov. 20. The black-tie gala, held at the Century Plaza Hotel, was attended by more than 1,800 guests. Hosts included circle president William E. Yingling III, Paul Arndt, Robert P. Hermanns and Ralph Liebman.
NEWS
October 30, 1985 | JODY JACOBS, Times Society Editor
Fred MacMurray and June Haver hurried over from the theater to have their say. Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby), sheathed in Schiaparelli pink sequins, put on her reading glasses and delivered a moving tribute to her friend. And Efrem Zimbalist Jr., who always looked so serious as an FBI agent, was actually very funny as the master of ceremonies. And finally ball chairman Mrs. Frank Higgins explained the plaque was too heavy to tote up on stage of the Beverly Wilshire's Grand Ballroom.
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December 25, 1997 | ANGELA PETTERA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Goodbye Garden: Madame Wu's Garden, that block-long Wilshire Boulevard palace of Chinese food, will be closing its doors soon, after serving her own brand of Cantonese-Mandarin food to the famous for 37 years. "I'm exhausted," says Madame Sylvia Wu. She opened the first incarnation of her restaurant at 2628 Wilshire Blvd. (where Drago is now) in 1959. A few years later, she moved down the block to 2201 Wilshire. "We were very busy the first 20 years," she says.
NEWS
June 16, 1989 | JEANNINE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
The word is out. Bill Kobin watches "Sesame Street." "Well, I don't watch it every day ," said the smiling president of KCET. "But I have the TV on in my office all day long, and I'm not obviously attentively watching every program, but, yes, I do watch 'Sesame Street.' " Kobin was extolling the virtues of Big Bird and his brethren at KCET's 25th anniversary dinner, hosted by the KCET Women's Council, on Wednesday night at the Beverly Hilton. The black-tie fund-raiser (net goal: $120,000)
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