We recently ventured past the 405 to hit Melisse in Santa Monica with our friends from Table 8, the new restaurant reservation app that’s changing everything (and of which Melisse is one of a collection of carefully selected restaurants where you can buy last minutes reservations). Melisse’ two-star Michelin chef Josiah Citrine, who is born to French parents although he is from Santa Monica (went to SaMo) and is an avid surfer, came out to join us. The food at Melisse is offered as a fixed menu and you can decide between the amount of courses you want – you can also add truffles, more caviar or sub in vegetarian. If given enough time, Chef Josiah also told us he will do all sorts of options, substitutions, dietary restrictions, preferences, etc. While we were at Melisse, there was a pre-party going on in the private dinning room for Thomas Keller’s “Ment’or Young Chef” challenge to be held the next night at his restaurant Bouchon in Beverly Hills.
According to a new report from Wealth-X, the world’s leading ultra high net worth intelligence firm, there are 5,135 individuals living in LA with assets in the $30 million plus range. SF beats us out with 5,460 — but this together makes California the state with the highest number of ultra wealthy individuals in the US — before New York which has 9,530 and the entire UK which has 11,510.
Here are some fun facts from the report:
Um … major / genius collaboration announcement! Warner Bros. and the Ace Hotel are teaming up to bring you early screenings of Paul Thomas Anderson new film “Inherent Vice” in LA, NY and London! Small catch: you have to actually be staying at the hotels in order to get tickets but what’s a hotel room or two between friends? Here’s where you can book a room. One can also win tickets through give-aways on the “Inherent Vice” official site (we’re getting more information on exactly how). The Ace Hotel DTLA is having their screening on Monday, December 1st with director Paul Thomas Anderson in attendance along with actor Jena Malone and musician Joanna Newsom who are in the film. “Inherent Vice” also stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston (“Boardwalk Empire”), Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone (“The Hunger Games” series) and musician Joanna Newsom. “Inherent Vice” will be in theaters nationwide December 12th. Gallery exhibitions of the film will be in each hotel in LA, NY and London starting in January. For hotel guests, there will also be custom vinyls of the film score by Jonny Greenwood. Two screening tickets per room.
“Inherent Vice,” is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.
Plot: When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble. With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists… Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp—all Thomas Pynchon.
Oscar nominee Paul Thomas Anderson (“There Will Be Blood,” “The Master”) directed “Inherent Vice” from a screenplay he wrote based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. Anderson also produced the film, together with Oscar-nominated producers JoAnne Sellar and Daniel Lupi (“There Will Be Blood”). Scott Rudin and Adam Somner served as executive producers.
Welcome to the block a+o! Last night alice + olivia opened their new store in the old Madison with an elite dinner for friends and teamed up with Art of Elysium to have some of Los Angeles’ most inspiring artists to create one-of-a-kind designs on custom alice + olivia dresses and skirts that were displayed above the dinner tables and will be auctioned off on GavelandGrand.com through December 11th. Throughout the evening, guests were encouraged to create their own art on the canvas tablecloths at their tables. Spotted: alice + olivia’s Stacey Bendet Eisner, Eric Eisner, Jenna Dewan, Michelle Trachtenberg, Cara Santana, Kelly Osbourne and Eva Amurri.
Come on Barbie let’s go party!
Confession: I love Barbie, and have I have since I was 2.
I remember meeting Ruth Handler, the creator of Barbie/Mattel, as a child. She was a member of my parents country club, Hillcrest, and somehow they became friends. Ruth made what we now know as Barbie for her daughter Barbara to play with. Being an 8 year old girl, meeting the creator of Barbie, and the actual Barbara “Barbie”, was a life changing moment.
Don’t call it a bottle service app — it’s so much more. You can open the InList app in over 20 cities, and find 3-5 top events in any city for that night. Whereas other party apps have loaded their interface with endless lists of clubs and parties, the InList specializes in directing users to just the best as advised with by the well-honed network of contacts built by founders Michael Capponi, who started out in South Beach nightlife in 1989 and was involved in opening of best clubs in there for last 25 years including Mansion, Warsaw, Cameo, Les Bains, Amnesia, BED, Prive and LIV, and serial entrepreneur Gideon Kimbrell who was originally a software engineer for Forturne 500 companies like Johnson and Johnson and Children’s Hospital and has had business advice articles published in Forbes and WSJ.
The app is sleek and simple, designed by Fueled who designed award-winning apps for Urban Daddy, Gilt, Ducati and Porsche, but the app is more of an interface and the magic is worked by hand. They have weekly calls with ambassadors of each city (they know a Capponi-counterpart in London, Asia, NYC, etc. who tells them to what’s going on that week. In London, for instance, it’s Roger Michael and in Paris it’s Philippe Fatien. A lot of it is based on last-minute decisions since we all know night-life can change on a dime. They sometimes use the app to show a club owner or promoter profiles from their network so they can hand select certain ones for higher-level parties.
While all the membership levels are the same (and free), there are internal options that allow to you select music and venue size preferences and show you more specific events. Your profile is also ranked based on you — the higher up InList considers you as a user, the better events appear on your screen. Not a super user? Not to worry. Many people are using InList as general reference and it works for that too. Anyone can log in to see whats going on anywhere in the world, all the top DJs, top nightclubs, and so forth. At the end of the day, InList also houses all the top VIP people around the world so they can send personalized invitations to any slice of their user base. Pretty powerful, no?
When asked if you have to buy tables and bottles or if the app can be used for general entrance, InList told us they are focusing on table and bottle service for now but will maybe expand. Eventually they will attack the festivals circuit — Electric Daisy Carnival, Coahcella, YFY, Burning Man, and more. Each of these will be approached differently to offer VIP levels of the experience.
Other key players at the InList are owner/adviser Rameet Chawla (who the New York Post calls ‘the most stylish man in high tech’), and backer Oleg Firer, the CEO of public trader company, and Kleiner Perkins’ Matt Murphy from Silicon Valley who’s been involved in many startups. With substantial backing – $1 million in seed funding plus a they recently raised $3 million more from Moneta Group, a group of international investors, and Star Capital, a U.S.-based investment group).
InList initially launched in Miami and expanded (in order) to Las Vegas, New York, London, Paris and Ibizia where they shut down after the summer months. Then they tackled Los Angeles, Aspen, Milan, St. Tropez, Stockholm, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bali, São Paulo, Monte Carlo, Sydney, Hong Kong, Punta del Este, and St. Barths.
In Los Angeles, InList works with all different promoters and club owners such as h.wood, 1 Oak, and SBE, as well as managers and hosts, depending on the venue and night. InList is planning a major mansion party with all Hollywood elite in the next couple months to celebrate their LA presence.