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Last year when I saw the clip on CNN of chef Bruno Serato for his CNN Heroes nomination, I rushed to the restaurant, the Anaheim White House in Orange County, CA, to interview the philanthropic chef and see how I could help with his foundation Caterina’s Club.
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I don’t know where Oscar winner Jean Dujardin had dinner last night, but if he tried to dine at at Jordan Kahn’s restaurant Red Medicine in Beverly Hills, even he would have been turned away. Gail Simmons had the entire place to herself to launch her new book. Since it’s titled “Talking With My Mouth Full”, the silent movie star may not have been interested.
The restaurant was packed to see the “Top Chef” judge in the flesh. As Red Boat Fish Sauce helped making the evening possible, Kahn, one of GAYOT.com’s 2011 Top 5 Rising Chefs in the US, used the sauce in preparing the appetizers, including pork chaud froid and 36 hour braised beef brisket wrapped in charred lettuce topped with lettuce stems. Mixologist Adrian Biggs created two drinks for the occasion; my favorite was the “Red Sapphire” made of Bombay Sapphire, raspberry syrup, Earl Grey syrup and maraschino liqueur topped with a mint leaf.
Yesterday was Oscar day. Even though, the biggest night in Hollywood had not yet started, I decided to celebrate the winners while cruising on the Pacific Ocean.
There was only one way to do it for me: sabraging a bottle of Champagne with a backdrop that was worthy of the stars walking the red carpet. Yury Scheffler, the Russian vodka tycoon (Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya, among others), made it easy for me: his 134-meters (440-foot) yacht, Serene, was anchored in Santa Monica Bay.
Here is how I ALWAYS open a bottle of Champagne. BUT please, do not try to sabrage a bottle of Champagne if you don’t know and have not been shown how to do it.
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