DSC02391-200x300Jennifer Sommer is The Dish. Want to know where to eat, take your favorite date, impress your clients from out of town? Just ask Jennifer or check out her directory. She cuts through the clutter and only her favorite eating, drinking and cooking discoveries are featured here.

And, as Food & Wine’s Los Angeles Correspondent and a Tastemade Tastemaker, she has a bit of credibility. So follow along, share with your friends and eat, drink, discover.


Eating, Drinking, Jumping

My inbox has been overflowing with many an opportunity to eat, drink and dream of jumping fences this month. Here’s how you too can get in on it.


This Saturday, one of my favorite LA based chefs, David Feau (who recently took over as Executive Chef of Wally’s Wine and Spirits) is kicking off truffle season with an extravaganza. While the city’s largest selection of truffles and luxury pantry items are reason alone to stop in, the sampling of cheeses and meats from the Cheese Box paired with $1 wine tastings, will make this your perfect excuse to day drink and indulge. Chef Feau’s Foie Gras with Truffle Torchon and Soft Scrambled Truffle Eggs will tempt you to stay a while. http://wallysbeverlyhills.com/

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Just down the hill from me on September 29th, fabulously talented winemaker Steve Clifton of Palmina will join Chef David Lentz of The Hungry Cat for a menu celebrating California’s Central Coast. Highlights include Swordfish Crudo paired with Malvasia, Rigatoni with Rabbit Ragu paired with not one but two Italian style varietals and Cardamom Panna Cotta to send you home on a sweet note. Reservations and more info? Call (310) 459-3337 or email infosantamonica@thehungrycat.com. $150/person for menu and wine pairings.


Some of you may know that my once a week indulgence is an hour on a horse, mainly trying to stay on, but mostly for the life lessons and fresh air horseback riding offers. So when I heard that one of the most prestigious equestrian competitions worldwide, the Longines Masters was coming to Los Angeles for its second year, not only with the finest of riders and equines, but with 2* Michelin Chef Yves Mattagne, I was ecstatic. With a million dollars at stake, this is serious competition and not just for the riders but also for Chef Mattagne who has a custom kitchen built underneath the VIP stands where he prepares multi-course meals twice a day for a bevy of VIP’s. Not one of those or in the hunt yourself? There are plenty of other indulgent distractions to keep you busy over the four-day event at the Los Angeles Convention Center. First rate shopping and art, entertainment for the little ones and more. Full schedule and tickets can be found here.

Chef Perfecto Rocher

Finally, every Sunday and Monday in October will have Chef Perfecto Rocher, formerly of Smoke.Oil.Salt., popping up at Hinoki & the Bird, alongside its Executive Chef Brandon Kita. The series is inspired by world travels and thus Chef Rocher will be bringing his highly sought-after paella on Sunday nights followed by a 5-course Spanish tasting menu on Mondays. Sundays are $55/pp and Mondays will run $85/pp. Cocktails by Jeremy Lake of Lost Property will make kicking off a new work week that much more pleasant. Reservations can be made by calling (424) 284-2155.



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A Weekend of Eating and Drinking…

This weekend there is no shortage of good food around Los Angeles. With Los Angeles Food & Wine kicking off this Thursday to Sunday afternoon’s annual Taste of Venice, here is an overview of where you should spend your time, money and calories. Now just a matter of grabbing your tickets before they’re gone.

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East Coast comes West as Lexus and Spring St. Social Society bring talented chef Carlo Mirarchi of Roberta’s and Blanca to Hollywood. And trust us, it will be a dinner to remember for not only the food, but also the entertainment should Spring St. Social Society have packed its usual lineup of antics and amusement. Click here for tickets.


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Friday night brings the always charming and one of the original Lexus Culinary Masters, Michael Chiarello. A favorite year after year at Los Angeles Food & Wine this is a rare treat to sit down for supper alongside his favorite wines and music to match. Click here for tickets.


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(Photo courtesy of Lexus)

Boozy Brunch? Yes, please. Keeping it going on Saturday morning is DJ Questlove alongside much-loved chef Michelle Bernstein. And when DJ Questlove declares to LA Magazine, “People will dance to Michael Jackson that early. Trust me.”  You trust him. And you dance. Click here for tickets.

And for a Taste of Venice…

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Finish off your weekend supporting P.S. Arts. Your ticket will provide an invaluable art education for someone in need and for you, a number of tastes and sips from handpicked restaurants, chefs and spirits. My personal favorites?  The lovely Chef Debbie Lee of Mind.Body.Fork., Eat Your Drink’s Matthew Biancaniello and Venice icon Joe Miller. Click here for tickets.

The gym will be there on Monday.


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