Wednesday, May 29, 2013

LA Wine Festival returns to Raleigh Studios June 8-9th

Hollywood CA (West Hollywood Today) 5/29/2013

The Southland’s signature celebration of wine, beer, spirits and food  returns  to Hollywood June 8-9th, and will be benefitting homegrown charity Food Forward .

By Karen Ostlund

8th Annual LAWineFest is back to Hollywood’s Historic Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave. for two days; Saturday, June 8th, 2-6 p.m. and Sunday, June 9th, 12-5 p.m.

In 1915, the studio operated as “Famous Players Fiction Studio”s, with a Mary Pickford production as one of the first features to be filmed on the lot. This was during the silent era, and the owner had already vision to build one of the world's first soundstage, complete with a glass top, so light could enter without disrupting sound recording.
Among the 500 wines and 37 wineries, breweries, distilleries featured are Allied Importers, Rosenthal Estate Winery, Jada Vineyard, Ventura Country Winery, Wilson Creek, Vibrant Rioja, Cielo Malibu Estate, ZAP – Zinfandel, Karl Strauss, K & L Wines and Phantom Rivers Winery.

 LAWineFest was founded in 2005 by renowned wine personality Dr. Joel M. Fisher, and is L.A.’s largest and longest-running wine-tasting event, with the goal of making wine and also to support the homegrown charity Food Forward.
Dr. Fisher is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, The Circle of Wine Writers (UK), and the International Federation of Wine and Spirits Writers. Awarded a Wine Enthusiast Media Scholarship for 2005 at the Culinary Institute of America, he is the author of the Wine Work Book, now in its 6th edition.
Celebrity Chefs Eric Greenspan of The Foundry on Melrose and Chang Sivilay of the Mandarin Hotel West Hollywood and Asia de Cuba will be presenting interactive cooking demos on the Wolf Range, one of the event’s premiere sponsors.

This year’s event will also showcase award-winning wines from 13 countries, pouring craft brews and mixing up artisan cocktails, interactive cooking demos, wine tasting seminars, food trucks and early-entrance VIP tickets. All tickets include all wine you can drink, but excludes the food and seminars.
LA Wine Fest 2013 Seminars are:
Saturday, June 8  at 2:45pm: Discovering Spain’s Rioja; $15  |  3:45pm: Artisinal Cheese & Wine Pairing Adventures with Barrie Lynn, The Cheese Impresario; $35   4:45pm: Walking in Their Shoes: a panel discussion with California winemakers and winery owners, $15.
Sunday, June 9 - 1pm: Wine & Cheese - A Good Combo? Hosted by Terry & Wally August of Fancifull Fine Food & Baskets, $35  |  2pm: Discovering Spain’s Rioja, $15  |  3pm: Artisanal Cheese & Wine Pairing Adventures, $35 

Stella Artois Beer Garden will offer several brew varieties on tap for all guests to enjoy.
Food Trucks & Restaurants include Lobsta Truck, Heirloom, Tainamite, Green Truck, Slammin’ Sliders, Hot’s Kitchen, The Surfer Taco, Sweet Arleen’s Cupcake & Bread Puddings. Plates start at $2.
Street parking (metered on Saturday) and paid parking is available at Paramount Studios lots on Bronson and Van Ness.
VIP Tickets are available on Saturday, June 8 only; $30,  upgrade includes early admission at 1pm, access to the VIP Garden featuring exclusive tastings and VIP gift bag. For more info visit:
ticket info


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Pink's Hot Dogs Launched Charles "Roger Rabbit" Fleischer Hot Dog

Hollywood CA (West Hollywood Today) 05/25/2013
By Karen Ostlund
 “This is not a Roger Rabbit hot dog for one day – it will stay on the Pink's fixed menu” said Pink’s owners Gloria & Beverly Pink last Tuesday,  during the noon launch at 709 North La Brea.

Filmstar Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer with comedian Stephen Kramer infront of Pinks Hot dogs
Left, filmstar Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer and comedian Stephen Kramer

California comedian, film star and the voice of Roger Rabbit Charles Fleischer, was honored in Hollywood as WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. Fleischer was  honored by the legendary PINK'S HOT DOGS  and its owners Gloria and Beverly Pink.

Fleischer is  best known as the voices of Roger Rabbit, Benny The Cab, Greasy
and Psycho in Disney and Amblin Entertainment's 1988 live action/animated hybrid murder
mystery noir film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

The Charles "ROGER RABBIT" Fleischer hot dog is Pink’s all beef 9 inches stretch dog with cheese, onions, tomatoes,relish, and lettuce – and it is considered healthy.
Pink's is the ultimate family hot dog stand and known for its variety of hot dogs and hamburger.  It is actually a Hollywood love story, starting with Paul & Betty Pink selling hot dogs from a cart on a neighborhood street corner at La Brea & Melrose in 1939. Angelenos fell in love with the tasty chili dogs and friendly service, and 74 years later, Pink's has become a Hollywood landmark and internationally famous, now operated by Paul & Betty’s family , Richard, Gloria, and Beverly. There is always a line outside to buy a special made hot dog. The Pink family has now expanded to ten locations including Southern California, Las Vegas, and Ohio.

Gloria and Beverly Pink with Charles Fleischer
Pink's owners Gloria and Beverly Pink with Charles Fleischer
Charles Fleischer kicked off his World Comedy Tour in celebration of Roger Rabbit 25th anniversary at flapper comedy club in Burbank on May 23rd the same day Roger Rabbit came  out on Bluray for the first time.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Britweek Celebrated British TV Series "Downton Abbey" for a Cause

Santa Monica CA (West Hollywood Today) 04/08/2013 Photos & story by Karen Ostlund
Britweek celebrated British Drama TV Series “Downton Abbey” with a 1920’s vintage party, to honor executive producer and Gareth Neame and actress Laura Carmichael.
Executive producer Gareth Neame and actress Laura Carmichael


Last Friday May 3rd an exclusive Downton Abbey Vintage Party was dedicated to executive producer, Gareth Neame and cast members. It was held at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.
Downton Abbey is a British period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece.
Food-tasting by FIG Restaurant

The series first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2010 and on PBS in the United States on 9 January 2011 as part of the Masterpiece Classic anthology.

The series, set in the Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, tells the story of the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era — with great events in the history having an effect on their lives, and on the British social hierarchy.

Such events include news of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the first series; the outbreak of World War I, the Spanish influenza pandemic, and the Marconi scandal in the second series; and the Interwar period and the formation of the Irish Free State in the third series.

Richard Halpern & his band

Vivien Sheriff gowns - pieces of old fashion elegance

Guests were encouraged to dress in their best vintage attire to celebrate Downton Abbey and Britweek 2013, while listening to 1920s music from Richard Halpern & his band and live tap dance performances.
Richard Halpern & his band and live tap dance performances.

Pre-prohibition cocktails were served using No.3 London Dry Gin, The Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch, The King's Ginger Liqueur and Fever Tree.
Wine was provided by Fotinos Brothers Winery and food by FIG Restaurant from Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows.

Two special vintage photo booths were on display to capture the evening, one from Boots, and one with the vintage car, Jaguar 1936 and next year’s Jaguar F-Type 2014. (photo above)

Three vignettes installations with models from Artist International welcomed guests freeze posing to create effect as they showcased the Vivien Sheriff pieces and beautifully capture the essence and elegance of the Downton Abbey era and set an Art Deco mood to the festivities.
Vivien Sheriff, milliner to Royalty & the stars, is also representing the best of British vintage-inspired headwear of timeless glamour of the days of the Silver Screen.

The Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch

Proceeds from the event were benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters.
They are the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network.
Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country.

Center, designer Sue Wong dressed in long black dress and right, actor John Savage with friends.

Downton Abbey has won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries,  Television Film and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries.

Highclere Castle in Hampshire was used for exterior shots of Downton Abbey and most of the interior filming. The kitchen and servants' quarters and working areas and several "upstairs" bedrooms were constructed and filmed at Ealing Studios.