Thursday, August 21, 2014

Linda Ramone Presents Johnny Ramone's Tribute - 10th Anniversary at Hollywood Forever

By Karen Ostlund
Linda Ramone will present

Johnny Ramone's Tribute - 10th Anniversary

with Fred Armisen, Rob Zombie, Steve Jones, Duff McKagan

Sunday August 24, 2014

at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Last year, Linda Ramone w/Johnnie Depp (Getty Images)

 This Sunday August 24th Ramones fans will gather to celebrate Johnny’s life at the 10th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute. The annual Johnny Ramone Tribute will take place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where the eight-foot-tall bronze statue of the punk rock icon was constructed shortly following the guitarist's death.
The tribute is also seen as a memorial  hosted by Rob Zombie, along with Johnny’s friends Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses). Fred Armisen (Portlandia, SNL) will also be there & may bring his punk rock alter ego, Ian Rubbish.
On September 15, 2004, Johnny Ramone died in his Los Angeles home at the age of 55 after a five-year battle with prostate cancer, less than a month before his 56th birthday.

Last year, meet-up, cast of Cry-Baby, Johnnie Depp and Director John Walters   
Many of his friends and musical contemporaries came to pay their respects. After his death, his remains were cremated with his wife Linda retaining his ashes.
Johnny Ramone,1978 in Toronto, El Mocambo
                                      Johnny Ramone, was best known for being the guitarist for the punk rock band The Ramones.          
 As the founding member of the band, he remained a member throughout the band's entire career, 1974-1996.
                                              In 2003, Johnnie appeared on Time's "10 Greatest Electric-Guitar Players".That same year, he was number 16 on the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list in Rolling Stone, but in the new version published in 2011, he was ranked number 28.
Johnny Ramone's grave at Hollywood Forever


Baby Jane, part of Kirk Hammet's Crypt Collection

 Kirk Hammett’s Crypt Collection of horror memorabilia will be on display in the Cathedral Mausoleum.
Proceeds will benefit the Johnny Ramone Foundation & Dr. David Agus at the Center for Applied Medicine, USC.
Schedule: Gates 5:30pm   Q&;A 6:30pm
LIVE Concert video simulcast 7:30pm
“The Devil’s Rejects movie & panel” 8:30pm
Ticket info:
Photos taken the day of the event: "Linda Ramone Presents Johnnie Ramone's 10th Anniversary Tribute"
by Karen Ostlund 
Rob Zombie, Linda Ramon & Sheri Moon Zombie
Johnnie Ramon's 10th Tribute Statue

left, Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats) and Rob Zombie

left, Linda Ramon w actress presenter Tracy Lords

left, Duff McKagan , Steve Jones from Six Pistol & comedian/musician Fred Armisen

Cast of The Devil's Reject, Leslie Easterbrook,Danny Trejo, Rob Zombie, Bill Moseley,Sheri Moon, Brian Posehn and Sid Haig

The Devil's Rejects was a 2005 American horror film written and directed by Rob Zombie, and the sequel to his 2003 film House of 1000 Corpses. The film is centered on the run of three members of the psychopathic  antagonist family from the previous film, and now seen as antiheroic protagonists, with Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, and Zombie's wife Sheri Moon Zombie reprising their roles. At the time of its release and in the years ever since, the film has now a cult following.

Monday, August 18, 2014

LA Times' Food Festival "The Taste 2014" announced its line-up for Labor Day Weekend

The Taste will transform Paramount Pictures Studios’ back-lot into the ultimate epicurean pop-up and block party, Labor day weekend,  Friday, August 29th through Sunday, August 31st

Photography by Karen Ostlund
The Los Angeles Times  announced the distinctive restaurants, dynamic demonstrations and topical discussions that will season The Taste, its annual Labor Day weekend celebration of the Southern California culinary scene. A who’s-who of Times critics’ best-reviewed restaurants – Girasol, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, Fishing with Dynamite, Border Grill, Chichén Itzá, Acabar – is set to serve signature dishes during the three-day festival with more to come. Inspired conversations led by The Times Food staff will include chef and bartender insights on shopping the farmers market, a look at the history and influence of The French Laundry, and an exploration of foraged and found foods. Engaging cooking demos with James Beard Outstanding Chef Nancy Silverton (Pizzeria and Osteria Mozza), esteemed pastry chef Karen Hatfield (The Sycamore Kitchen, Hatfield’s), rising star Bruce Kalman (Union) and others will give attendees a glimpse into the city’s most revered kitchens. 
Russ Parsons & Sherry Yard eating fried jam-filled donuts

Opening Night; Fri., Aug. 29th,7:30 to 11:00 p.m.
  • The Times’ renowned Food staff, the festival’s co-hosts, and participating chefs and bartenders gather for a soiree with a focused collection of tastings, premium cocktail and wine offerings, and live entertainment. Restaurants include CAFÉ del REY, DeSano Pizza Bakery, Girasol, Guelaguetza, Hamasaku, Mexicali Taco & Co., Pedalers Fork, Phorage, Plan Check, Sotto, Sushi Roku, THE Blvd Restaurant, Waterloo & City.

Host Nancy Silverton c-owner Osteria Mozza & Pizzeria Mozza
 Field to Fork – Hosted by Russ Parsons, Times Food Editor, and Nancy Silverton, Chef/Co-Owner of Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza; Sat., Aug. 30th,11 a.m to 3 p.m.
Local flavors shine at this day defined by fresh, seasonal ingredients with demos from Silverton, Tal Ronnen (Crossroads), C.J. Jacobson (Girasol) and Bruce Kalman (Union). In addition to wine seminars that inspire the palate, the event will feature a roundtable about cooking with famers market finds moderated by Parsons with Roxana Jullapat (Cooks County), Josiah Citrin (Mélisse), Jessica Koslow (Sqirl) and Vincenzo Marianella (Copa d’Oro). Restaurants include BOA Steakhouse, Chichén Itzá, Eveleigh, Girasol, Lemonade, Lotería Grill, Lum-Ka-Naad Thai, Michaels on Naples, Napa Valley Grille, Palihouse Brasserie, Pono Burger, Tender Greens.
Buick Regal GS 2014 on display
 Dinner with a Twist – Hosted by Betty Hallock, Times Deputy Food Editor, Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, John Sedlar, Chef/Owner of Rivera, and Master Bartender Julian Cox; Sat., Aug. 30th, 7:30 to 11:00 p.m.
Garcia Chef FIG Santa Monica
  • LA’s formidable cocktail and culinary cultures collide with demos from chef & bartender duos including Sedlar & Cox, Ricardo Zarate & Deysi Alvarez (Mo-Chica, Picca, Paiché) and Michael Hung & Michael Lay (Faith & Flower). The collaborative spirit continues with a group demo featuring Alex Day & David Kaplan (Proprietors LLC), Max Deaman & Mikki Kristola (The Varnish) and Naomi Schimek (The Spare Room). Restaurants include BierBeisl, Carnitas El Momo, Craig’s Restaurant, Grub, Public School on Tap, RivaBella, Sotto, The Churchill, The Misfit Restaurant + Bar, The Raymond. 

Daytime scenery of The Taste at Paramount Studios
Star Chefs from Flavor of LA

The Blvd restaurant

Venice Whaler burger
  • Sunday Brunch – Hosted by Noelle Carter, Times Test Kitchen Director, and Thomas Keller, Chef/Proprietor of The French Laundry and Bouchon; Sun., Aug. 31st, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Brunch gets its due at a family-friendly affair with demos from Carter, Karen Hatfield (The Sycamore Kitchen, Hatfield’s) and Casey Lane (The Tasting Kitchen). Russ Parsons will be on hand to discuss 20 years of The French Laundry with Chef Keller and Laundry alums Jeff Cerciello (Farmshop), David Hands (Bouchon Bistro) and Timothy Hollingsworth (Broad Museum Restaurant). Melissa Nicola (Nic’s Beverly Hills) will join Times columnist Steve Lopez to share edible creations from the students at CAKE (Culinary Arts Kids Eat). Restaurants include Del Rey Deli Co., Guelaguetza, Lotería Grill, Muddy Leek, my two cents, THE Blvd Restaurant, Wilshire Restaurant .

  Flavors of LA – Hosted by Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, and Michael Cimarusti, Chef/Owner of Providence, Chef/Partner of Connie and Ted’s; Sun., Aug. 31st, 7:30 to 11:00 p.m
  • The closing night spotlights the city’s rich and varied tastes with demos from Cimarusti, Evan Kleiman (KCRW’s “Good Food”), Jimmy Shaw (Lotería Grill) and Amelia Posada (Lindy & Grundy). Exploring the art and science of foraging, Gold will talk found fare with chefs Ari Taymor (Alma) and Wes Avila (Guerrilla Tacos) and wild food expert Pascal Baudar. Culinary mixologist Tricia Carr will cap off the evening with a crushed cocktails how-to. Restaurants include Acabar, Ayara Thai Cuisine, Border Grill, Fishing with Dynamite, Horse Thief BBQ, Manhattan Beach Post, Meals by Genet, Mr. Chow, Osteria and Pizzeria Mozza, Phorage, Pine & Crane, Urban Garden.
Los Angeles Times “The Taste” presented by Citi is produced in association with Best Events.           Sponsors include AT&T, Buick, Hornitos Tequila and Stella Artois.
More info and tickets:  

4th Annual LA Food & Wine Festival kicks off August 21st - Downtown LA, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills & Hollywood

Photography and story by Karen Ostlund
 4th Annual LA Food & Wine Festival kicks off August 21st, and is divided in-between Santa Monica, Downtown LA, Beverly Hills and Hollywood.

Its now the fourth year, the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, presented with support from founding partners FOOD &WINE, Lexus, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, JENN-AIR, and Delta Airlines.           It is a four-day epicurean event showcasing the finest in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles, and culinary personalities from throughout the country.
The event spans the city and offers guests the chance to sample the cuisines and products from some of the most prominent epicurean influencers, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the entertainment industry’s brightest talents.
The lineup of Chefs at LA's Food & Wine Festival, August 21st-24th 2014
 The star-studded lineup include celebrated chefs such as Curtis Stone, Michael Chiarello, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Thomas Keller, Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine, and local favorites such as Rory Herrmann, Michael Voltaggio, Matsuhisa Nobu, and Sang Yoon.
Grammy Award winning artist COMMON
Saturday August 23rd Lexus will present a private cooking demonstration and reception with Chef Michael Chiarello, followed by a musical performance by multi Grammy Award winning artist COMMON. 25 chefs and 200 wineries will team up and serve up delicious tastings while attendees enjoy the cityscape of downtown Los Angeles.
For the complete schedule, August 21st-24th:
Jenn-Air will return as exclusive appliance sponsor of the annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. The four-day event, held throughout the city, features a dazzling lineup of chefs, extraordinary tasting opportunities and cooking demonstrations on Jenn-Air Master Class Culinary Stages.

The festival's Grand Tasting, both day and night sessions, is located at  Grand Avenue and first street downtown LA.It offers walk-around tastings featuring the area's top wineries, spirit distillers and restaurants.
Appliances from the Jenn-Air collection – including a new Built-In Refrigerator with Obsidian interior, Built-In Espresso Maker and cook-top collection – will be featured in the brand's Grand Tasting Tent display and on demonstration stages.
LEXUS RCF 2015 model on display at LA FOOD & WINE Festival 2014