The secret is out that Rami Rassas is no slouch in the kitchen. The homegrown MasterChef hopeful celebrated his culinary success at Avenu Lounge last night with family and friends – Darren Woodson and Shawn Marion, to name a few.
Rassas has always had a creative streak . He grew up in the kitchen cooking Mediterranean food with his mother, former owner of Leonardo’s Italian Restaurant and the driving force behind his culinary perspective. As he watched people enjoy his food, he discovered he had a passion for creating things that brought people pleasure. When the Mavericks were in the NBA Finals last summer, he took a leap of faith and designed a championship belt celebrating their impending victory. Once the title was officially won, Mark Cuban loved the idea, so Rassas began designing belts for the individual players.4 Comments »
Four couples in their 40s are looking for a nice restaurant to celebrate a birthday. Here’s the problem: They want a quiet place!
I am looking for a fun place that’s not too loud to have a birthday dinner with 4 couples who haven’t seen each other in awhile. You know what we’re looking for: great food and drinks, an atmosphere and noise level a few notches above typical small white tablecloth venues, but not where you have to shout at each other. Any thoughts jump to mind? Oh, we’re like 40ish. Yeah, we’ll probably be in bed by midnight.
Thoughts do not jump to my mind. Ever. Yours?20 Comments »
Nancy Nichols already announced that, after 28 years, Nana will close on Saturday. The space will reopen in September as a steakhouse. She is inconsolable. Partly because of the closing and partly because the new name, Sēr, uses a symbol that isn’t on her Remington typewriter.
Tonight is ‘The Last Supper.’ But last night was the last standup. Members of the restaurant’s extensive customer list enjoyed a Champagne and hors d’oeuvre reception to the sounds of a live band with food prepared by several of Nana’s past executive chefs: Ron Rosenbaum, David McMillan, and Doug Brown. Current executive chef, Anthony Bombaci, and future execuchef, Anthony van Camp, were also in the kitchen.
Jump for the feast. And fabulous photos. Continue reading "Nana’s Last Supper: Return of Former Chefs’ Dinner"4 Comments »
I admit I was skeptical when Lars Leicht, director of communications at Banfi Wine, contacted to say he was bringing a winemaker Mauro Merz of Fontana Candida into town. He said he had “some very exciting newly released Frascatis to show” at a tasting he had planned at Steel. I’ve always considered wines from Frascati, a white wine region on the outskirts of Rome, as bland (when I was not drinking Pinot Grigio that is).
I visited the source over a decade ago to see if they tasted better before they were shipped. My companion and I wandered down an alleyway off one of the streets in the quaint town of Frascati and into an Osteria with a wooden door so heavy you could give yourself a hernia trying to open it. Inside, we settled for a plate of antipasti and Frascati. We knew the wine was local because it was poured from a huge barrel that was one of many set along one wall. It was served in a simple jug, from which we poured it into tumblers. This vineous enigma was dispensed without such fluffery as a name or a vintage. It was just made locally, probably by a co-op, and was what the clientele expected. I had many glorious Italian wines on that trip, but Frascati was not one of them. I didn’t dislike it, it was just totally bland.
Jump for my conversion to a believer.
Guests walked the orange carpet to enter Cointreau’s Summer Bar Cart Series poolside soiree last night at Ku De Ta, the member-only swimming pool and bar behind Three Sheets. Dita Von Teese, Queen of Burlesque and global brand ambassador for Cointreau, brought her ‘40s and ‘50s glam to everything from the retro-style swimsuits worn by the synchronized swimming entertainment, the Aqualillies, to the bar cart design.
Jump for beautiful photography by Desiree Espada.
Dishers, where did you dine and what did you eat this week? Here is what you reported last week.16 Comments »