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The Jewels of Betsy Bloomingdale

The private collection of a legendary hostess who entertained in couture and Harry Winston jewels, and who embodied the intelligence and verve of a new generation of American women, is to be offered in two parts at Christie’s — starting with Magnificent Jewels on 7 December.

Trump Taps Met Gala Mastermind For Inaugural Events

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, former Vogue special events planner and Met Gala mastermind, has been tapped to plan Trump’s presidential inauguration. 

Wolkoff, who planned the glamorous gala for years and went on to orchestrate New York Fashion Week’s Lincoln Center expansion, is known in fashion circles as “General Winston” — a name bestowed by her mentor, Anna Wintour. Wolkoff, who, according to sources, “has all the designers on speed dial” and is also a longtime friend of Melania, was spotted at Trump Tower this week, along with Tom Barrack, who is chairman of President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural committee. [Page Six]

#SayMeat: the Chef’s Table at chi SPACCA is everything

#saymeat @chispacca @tagorda

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Peppered hanger steak with “Lardo” at chi SPACCA (that’s back fat and what you see on top)

Beef and bone marrow pie at chi SPACCA (comes with the narrow bone marrow spoon to fit in that bone)

Inside that thing

Grilled octopus at chi SPACCA

Chef with moorish lamb shoulder in front (a chefs secret) at chi SPACCA

chi SPACCA on Melose next to Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza, inside Mozza to Go

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Buy Seats to ‘Young Chef Competition Series’ Comes To Bouchon on Oct. 30

Bouchon Beverly Hills (credit: Bouchon Beverly Hills)

Bouchon Beverly Hills (credit: Bouchon Beverly Hills)

The First Annual Mentor Young Chef Competition Series Comes To Los Angeles

On October 30, guests are invited to enjoy Champagne, canapés, caviar, and more from Chef Thomas Keller’s acclaimed Bouchon Beverly Hills and watch competitors cook for a chance to win the stagiaire of a lifetime.

WHAT: On Thursday, October 30, 2014 four young chefs will compete in a rigorous cooking competition to earn stagiaires at some of the nation’s most well-respected restaurants. Designed to recognize outstanding young professionals in America, the ment’or Young Chef Competition series is spearheaded by Board of Directors Jérôme Bocuse, Daniel Boulud, and Thomas Keller.

In addition to tastefully prepared food from Bouchon Beverly Hills and fine wines from Galerie and Mt. Brave in Napa Valley, and WindRacer and Maggy Hawk in Sonoma County and Anderson Valley, guests receive a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the Bouchon kitchen, where competitors are hard at work preparing their dishes for an esteemed panel of judges including Chefs William Bradley (Addison), Josiah Citrin (Melisse), Timothy Hollingsworth (Broad), Roland Passot (La Folie), and Richard Rosendale. Chef Keller hosts the event.

VIP ticket holders begin their evening at 6 p.m. with an exclusive one-hour canapé and Champagne reception at Bar Bouchon. All ticket holders are welcomed into the event at 7 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and wine. Judges will lead groups on kitchen tours throughout the evening giving them an up-close look at the competitors in action. The evening will culminate with a live awards ceremony. 100% of the proceeds from the ticket price will benefit ment’or, and guests may purchase tickets online.

Menu items include:

Snake River Farms’ Steak Tartare with Potato Milles Feuilles

California Sterling White Sturgeon Caviar

Sea Urchin with Cucumber and Lemon Oil

Santa Barbara Spot Prawns

Applewood Smoked Petit Jambons with Maple Glaze

And more

The Los Angeles competition is the second in the series of four Young Chef Competitions taking place across the country. The first competition will be held at Emeril’s in New Orleans on October 19, the third at Johnson & Wales in Miami on November 8, and the fourth at the International Culinary Center in New York City on November 15. The first and second place winners of each city will receive a $15,000 and $10,000 award in the form of three and two month stagiaires.



Michael Dengelegi, Vallejo, CA

Sous Chef, Bouchon Bistro Yountville


Soleil Ho, New Orleans, LA

Line Cook, Bayona


Jason Sipe, Tacoma, WA

Line Cook, Pacific Lutheran University


Lyn Wells, Orem, UT

Line Cook, Canyon Park Café



Bouchon Beverly Hills

235 N. Canon Drive

Beverly Hills, CA 90210



VIP: $100

General Admission: $75



Thursday, October 30, 2014

6 p.m. VIP arrival with canapé reception and Champagne at Bar Bouchon

7 p.m. All guests arrive

9 p.m. Awards


About Bouchon Beverly Hills:

Opened in 2009, Bouchon Beverly Hills is located in the heart of the Beverly Hills Business Triangle, adjacent to the Beverly Canon Gardens & the Montage Hotel. The casual dining bistro sits on the second floor, above Bar Bouchon and Bouchon Bakery. Bouchon Beverly Hills offers a French bistro menu and one of the most extensive raw bars in the city. Classic bistro dishes, such as steak frites and the roast chicken favored by Chef Keller, are fixtures on the menu, while seasonally inspired dishes, including roasted leg of lamb, market seafood selections and salads, change throughout the year. A wine list featuring regional and French selections, including the seasonal Vin de Carafe program highlighting local winemakers, complements the restaurant’s cuisine.


About the ment’or BKB Foundation:

Ment’or is a nonprofit organization that aims to inspire excellence in young culinary professionals and preserve the traditions and quality of cuisine in America. Ment’or is led by a Board of Directors including Chefs Jérôme Bocuse, Thomas Keller, and Daniel Boulud, as well as an esteemed Culinary Council of over forty renowned chefs nationwide who act as mentors for young chefs, serve in an advisory capacity to the organization, and participate in fundraising events. Educational grants and internships are offered to food, beverage, and service professionals through the Program for Continuing Education. A series of Young Chef Competitions offer yet another opportunity for young professionals to further their careers in the culinary world. ment’or is also responsible for recruiting, training, and financially supporting the promising young American chefs who compete on behalf of the United States in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or competition, held in Lyon France, every two years.


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