There aren’t many events where you can brush shoulders with both Mickey Mouse and Angelina Jolie. The third D23 Expo, which took place over the weekend of August 9th, might be the only one. Disney’s bi-annual fan convention was launched in 2009. The "D" stands for Disney, of course, and "23" refers to 1923, the year Walt founded his company. Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, the Expo is like Comic-Con for Disney fans. There’s lots to buy, lots of people dressed up as their favorite characters, and lots of celebrities.
From reggae night to world music, Sondheim to Tchaikovsky, I’ve seen some great shows at The Hollywood Bowl. I’ve sat everywhere from the nosebleed bleachers to box seats, and the view was great from every seat. But I can now say from firsthand experience that the most spectacular vantage point of all is the one from the stage.
Last week, along with other members of the press, I took part in a cooking and wine-pairing class at Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom in west L.A. Eric Jacques Crowley is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, who apprenticed at some of the most acclaimed restaurants in Europe before going on to supervising event catering for the Patina Restaurant Group. He’s been teaching both professional and recreational cooking since 1999 and he’s a gifted and very patient teacher.
You know what’s fun? Attending a party thrown by people whose entire job is throwing good parties.
Wednesday night was the second annual Event Professional Industry Class Awards, the joint effort of the Greater Detroit Chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events, the International Special Events Society Metro Detroit Chapter and the Association of Bridal Consultants.
I can do a pretty good job of telling a cabernet from a merlot. But I’ll admit I’m useless but when it comes to distinguishing an anejo from a reposado. Still, I know a little more about the different types of tequila this morning, thanks to last night’s tasting of Tres Sietes Tequila at Tortilla Republic in West Hollywood.