Countdown to the Golden Globes begins with the chefs of the Beverly Hilton Hotel unveiling the menu for the stars. Each year they take it up a notch. Thank you to our very own (Spy Girl), who arrived in 90201 to witness this and report back. So here is what is cooking.
Executive Chef Suki Sugiura just announced this year’s culinary theme: Global Flavor with California Twist this year.
1. Grilled Eggplant with Sun-dried Tomato Pine-nuts Hummus on Seared Tomato is 1st of 3 in Golden Globes appetizer trio. Appetizer Trio to also include Mini Sweet Pepper with Feta Cheese Pomegranate (yum or what) Herb California Olive Oil on Grilled Pita. (This makes me miss my olive tree in Beverly Hills. Grilled Artichoke on Multi-grain Tabbouleh & Tahini will complete the Golden Globes appetizer trio this year!
2. Executive Sous Chef Chris O’Connell announced Mediterranean Spice Crusted Braised Beef Short Rib: To accompany the short rib entree the chef has prepared Smoked Filet of Atlantic Sea Trout. Official entree. Oh wait that’s not all there is more to this; Spinach, Sweet-Corn Ragout and Light Cream of Tomato Dill-Sauce 2 polish Trout.
This is when things got a bit dicey as we had breaking news as one of the servers at the media event lost the tray and opp’s there went the veggie tray. Spy Girl said, “I felt really bad for the poor guy, all the media and he made “Breaking News” loosing the veggies, it can only happen in Beverly Hills.” Everyone felt bad it even got a mention on Twitter.
How do you top off a meal this fresh & flavorful? With Gusto-Mango dessert on Almond Sponge Cake with Creme-Anglaise. Yes there are those health nuts out there but hey, why pass this up, it is the Golden Globes, after-all. Executive Pastry Chef Thomas Henzi just has done it again with the dessert! it will rock the 71st Golden Globes. Naturally everything is from California. You gotta love, California, you gotta love Hollywood, where everything is done big.
David Bowie, his wife Iman, Jane and I finished screening the film ‘City of Joy’ on the Sony lot in Burbank. It was time to go have dinner somewhere and talk about the film starring the late Patrick Swayze. Iman had suggested we go to Chaya in Beverly Hills, not a bad call, but I thought why not take them to The Ivy on Robertson. Bowie had always treated me or let me stay on his yacht during the Cannes film festival it was the least I could do. Sitting at the Ivy by the fire place in the dinning room Bowie confessed that he has never been more in-love. Perhaps it was that he had really never been in-love before till he met former supermodel, Iman.
So as part of the ‘David Bowie Is Around The World’ we would like you to share in this experience, of being with someone you love in the splendor of nature all around you, the luxury of the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe. Yes, I am not kidding. I am not just making a movie, by helping me you can also be part of a wonderful experience. Here is what you have to do:
Go to this page :- ‘David Bowie Is Around The World’ Facebook page, and ‘LIKE’ it. Starting now to September 5, 2013 the day Toronto International Film Festival starts. Tell us why you would like to go to Lake Tahoe Ritz Carlton. On September 5, 2013 we will pick the winner announce it on Vine and Tweet it, and post it on the ‘David Bowie Is Around The World’ page. Within 24 hours you will know and you will get the invite. Enjoy Lake Tahoe.
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What you win!
You will get a one night stay for two guests in a Deluxe Resort View guestroom and a three-course dinner with wine pairing for two in Manzanita.
Valid Sunday through Friday evenings ONLY.
The winner will get by express mail the certificate. Enjoy life with the one you love and visit Lake Tahoe who some musicians such as Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Cher, Liza Minelli, Alanis Morissette, Mike Love, and James Hetfield just a few have called home. You can also go see if you would like to live there, last I heard billionaire Oracle chief Larry Ellison has just listed his Lake Tahoe mansion in Glenbrook, Nev., for a whopping $28.5 million.
Lets go around the world, with love and music with ‘David Bowie Is Around The World’.
At times unbelievable events begin to feel not just familiar but pre-ordained.
In the tick of the madness of the Toronto International Film Festival, in the luxury of the Ritz Carlton, racing back from the lobby, as I made my way through the Ritz Bar to it’s patio outside, Steph, Brenda, Ioanna, Corinne and Leanne caught my eye. How our conversation started is cloudy and vague to me. What I do know is that the ladies were a kaleidoscope of smiles, energy, and gimlet eyes, that would make anyone stop and say “hi”. I did just that.
The ladies informed me that they were celebrating two of their birthdays, and I believe I offered them a bottle of wine, which they declined as they would soon be off to dinner at a Queen Street, West restaurant Ursa. A friend had said so many great things about it they told me, “Wow, you’re going to Ursa, I know the chef” I said, “let me call him and let him know you are on the way”. It was one of those Hollywood moments, when you run into someone at a restaurant or bar, and make certain they are looked after wherever they are going.
The Ritz Bar and the hotel itself was in full swing, it was the second last day of Tiff, the band Kiss were off to dinner as well, and my friends had begun to arrive, not to mention that the cast and crew of ‘English Vinglish’ were getting ready for the evening gala screening.
I called Ursa, asked for Jacob,( that is chef Jacob Sharkey Pearce), who with brother Jonathan Lucas and their team make this fine restaurant run. As soon as I had Jacob on the phone I handed my cell phone to one of the girls, so they could talk to the chef directly. But hello, what about cocktails? Now I wanted to see what day it was, and as it was Friday Robin Goodfellow would be working the bar. I wrote Robin’s name down for the ladies, and let them know they would be looked after with great cocktails.
Later in the evening as things were rolling the band Kiss had returned from dinner at Scaramouche Restaurant, and if you thought you were in the tick of things at earlier in the evening now things were really taking-off, the red carpet in full swing, and it was then I got a call from Corinne, she wanting to know if they should come back to the Ritz Bar for wine. I had not checked my emails earlier as I had one from the ladies that was as follows.
Thanks from the ladies at URSA !
Your friends are taking care of us – excellent food and drink. Let us
know if we’re welcome to share the fabulous wine you were talking about
with you and your friends Gene. Paul, Eric etc….
…Gene, Paul, Eric being the band members of Kiss. “Absolutely, come over”. The wine in question was that from my friends vineyard Ravine Vineyard, which is a fabulous place to go chill eat and drink wine in the Niagara-on-the-Lake region. This was Tiff, it was Canada, and I was keeping it Canadian (represent!).
I did not see the girls arrive, but as I floated through the Ritz Bar I saw the ladies sitting at my favorite table, in the corner, I made certain they got wine, and introduced them to Doc McGhee best known for working with KISS, Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe. The latter two groups experienced their rise to stardom under his management. He has also worked with Hootie & the Blowfish. Things were set, the ladies back at the Ritz Bar, in good hands and who wouldn’t be entertained by the stories of Doc McGhee.
Now that is what I call a birthday night out.
Eric Singer, Paul Stanley, with their manager Doc McGhee came out of two black trucks, jumped out and walked directly over to a few fans standing behind the Ritz barricades. They posed for photo’s, signed autographs. That’s what real stars do.
Jane who had been sitting with me asked me if I needed food. I told her right now my body was like the McLaren sitting in the driveway, running on all cylinders, as if it was at LeMans.
Kiss the band and I have so many friends in common it’s boggles even my mind. The band was going to go have a quick shut-eye before they went off to dinner to Scaramouche Restaurant, an old standard in Toronto, but not one I would go to having grown up in Toronto, been there done it too many times. This did not prevent me from suggesting some new spots, “I think we are back in spring, we’ll try it”, said one of their security people who was friends with my mutual friend Jamie Wood, who’s father Ronnie Wood plays in the band The Rolling Stones.
As the dudes from Kiss took off for dinner, colorful saris now adorned the entrance of the Ritz Carlton. It was showtime, and the red carpet premier of the film ‘English Vinglish’.
French actor Mehdi Nebbou came over to say hello. He was wearing a tux with no shirt. “I think it looks good without a shirt”, he said after I told him that I liked his style. Yes, he’s french and he has style. Soon it was time for them to take off in Audi VIP shuttles, while other walked across the street to Roy Thompson Hall for the gala. This was my cue to dash to the red carpet with my BlackBerry Playbook and get some candid shots for this particular story.
Upon my return back to the the Ritz Bar my wine and friends, I ran into a great guy with whom I have had the pleasure of working this year a board member of Tiff Warren Spitz. Warren was off running off to see English Vinglish. “Warren”, I said, “Kiss guys went off to dinner”, “There here, are they coming back, I know Gene Simmons and his wife Shannon!” he told me. “I know you do Warren that is why I am tell you, they will come back after dinner I want to show them the Jarrell guitar which Madonna’s guitarist Monte Pittman had rocked on the deck of the Ritz Bar.
Sridevi after a 14 year sabbatical posed for some pictures in the lobby of the Ritz, with debutant director Gauri Shinde, after returning from English Vinglish premier at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Eric Singer,Tommy Thayer, and Doc McGhee sat in the Ritz Bar, talking to some people I had introduced to them.
Gauri Shinde, who had also written English Vinglish was free, so I began asking her a few questions, “you’re sounding like a journalist,” was her remark to me, she was still over the moon over the red carpet, it was her first feature film, Mehdi Nebbou was nearby, “come let me introduce you to the band Kiss”, their eyes lit up, “you now Gauri one day someone should do a film with Kiss in Bollywood”.
The Ritz Bar reminded me of the day’s at Le Dome, or the Ivy, in Los Angeles, it was doing the rounds connecting people and then letting the universe take it’s course. After all this is why we have film festivals so artist’s can be discovered and introduced.
At the end of the night, Eric Singer was saying to me “English Vinglish”, I told him Eric, man you got to say it with a twist of the wrist, and nod of the head, he mimicked my gestures and said “English Vinglish”, it was a moment. A Bollywood moment. A Night that could have never ended.