What could be one of the most coveted events in the culinary world is headed to Los Angeles for the first time! Widely known for their elevated restaurants with stunning atmospheres and cuisine, the food group known as sbe will launch their spectacular Taste of sbe 2018 event in L.A. on October 20th and 21st. sbe’s award winning celebrity chefs from across the globe will join forces in Los Angeles, Miami, and The Bahamas for three epic weekends of culinary celebrations in partnership with Rolling Stone Magazine. Buckle up for all the details on how you can join in on the fun, and what you can look forward to when you attend!
Jam-Packed Weekends Featuring Food, Shopping, And More
sbe will kick off their exclusive event by bringing a star-studded chef line-up to Los Angeles, Miami, and The Bahamas for three weekends of world-class collaborations from numerous chefs. Who exactly can attendees expect to be present? Chefs Danny Elmaleh, Martin Heierling, James Beard Award Winner, Michael Schwartz; Katsuya Uechi, Jose Icardi, Makoto Okuwa, and Dario Cecchini will join forces to present unique and custom tastings, extravagant cuisine, interactive demonstrations and the finest spirit and cuisine pairings.
As can be expected, sbe is going all out this year, and the exceptional culinary experience will be elevated further with extravagant parties, celebrity DJs, and late-night celebrations with music tailored by Allison Hegendorf. Guests have numerous options of accommodations to book with in each destination city, under the “Taste of sbe” room package at: Mondrian, in Los Angeles; SLS South Beach, Mondrian South Beach, Delano South Beach, Shore Club, SLS Brickell, Hyde Midtown or SLS LUX Brickell, in Miami; or SLS Baha Mar, in the Bahamas. Each of these accommodations include complimentary bites and sips at all participating sbe restaurant and lounges in their respective regions.
Sam Nazarian, Founder and CEO of sbe says, “sbe is a global lifestyle hospitality company with a 360-degree lifestyle experience. Taste of sbe is born out of our desire to bring unique experiences to our guests and offer an exclusive opportunity in three of our hottest locales: Miami, LA and The Bahamas.” He continues, “We pride ourselves on being able to curate a lineup of all-star chefs to collaborate across our brands, all united under the sbe umbrella.”
“I’m so excited to be part of this incredible line up of sbe celebrity chefs and be part of this revolutionaryprogram,” said Chef Makoto Okuwa. “The collective talent within sbe is second to none, and the diversity of experience and expertise that they bring to the table as a whole is unparalleled. I’m looking forward to adding my style and experience to the mix and working alongside these celebrated chefs.”
Wishes Get Granted Too
In addition to all of the exciting activity throughout the three-weekend event, a percentage of proceeds from all ticket sales will benefit the local Make-A-Wish Chapters. Not only to attendees get to feel like they’re on a mini-vacation, but sbe will also grant the wish of a vacation to a child and his or her family to The Bahamas for a two-night experience at SLS Baha Mar.
Wake Up On The West Coast
The first Grand Weekend takes place in Los Angeles, October 20-21, and will kick off with (drumroll…) a Veuve Clicquot Rose and Whispering Angel Brunch at Cleo Third Street! The party is just getting started as a weekend of activities and events await. Those events include private shopping experiences on Rodeo Drive, cooking classes, a Grand Dinner at Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles, a Farewell Brunch at Doheny Room, and more!
Party On The East Coast
Heading across the country to Miami, the second Grand Weekend runs October 25-28, starting with Celebrity Taste at SLS South Beach on Thursday evening. Guests can expect participation from The Bazaar by José Andrés, Leynia, Katsuya, Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz, Makoto, and K Ramen.Burger.Beer. Saturday’s temptations include an interactive Sushi Making Class and lunch at Katsuya South Beach followed by a Grand Dinner inDelano’s iconic lobby complete with special live performances. The weekend concludes in style with a Farewell Brunch at Diez y Seis.
Sunset in The Caribbean
The final Grand Weekend takes place on the private beaches of SLS Baha Mar resort in The Bahamas, from November 15-18, where the coveted ticket on Friday night provides access to a one-of-a-kind tasting event at Bungalow Pool. Chefs in attendance will include Dario Cecchini, Michael Schwartz and Danny Elmaleh — topping off
with an after-party at Bond Nightclub and a special guest performance. On Saturday, guests will experience a Grand Dinner White Party, held on the private Baha Mar Pier. A Farewell Brunch at Cleo Mediterráneo on Sunday brings the memorable weekend, and three-weekend event to a close.
Join The Festivities
Individual tickets are available for each event throughout all three weekends, ranging from $55 to $500, as well as all-access packages. The weekends are presented by Rolling Stone, Heineken, Lincoln, Fever Tree, Diageo, Moet Hennessy, The Patron Company (Bahamas only), Pepsi and Red Bull.
For further information visit www.sbe.com/tasteofsbe and follow #tasteofsbe, #worldofsbe and #thisisbeyond to unlock your passport for the finest experiences that sbe has to offer.
Established in 2002 by Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian, sbe is a privately-held, leading lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning hotels, residences, restaurants and nightclubs. Through exclusive partnerships with cultural visionaries, sbe is devoted to creating extraordinary experiences throughout its proprietary brands with a commitment to authenticity, sophistication, mastery and innovation.
Following the acquisition of Morgans Hotel Group, the pioneer of boutique lifestyle hotels, in partnership with The Yucaipa Companies and Cain International (formerly Cain Hoy),sbe has an unparalleled global portfolio which will see 25 hotels and over 170 global world-renowned culinary, nightlife and entertainment venues by the end of 2018. The company is uniquely positioned to offer a complete lifestyle experience – from nightlife, food & beverage and entertainment to hotels and residences, and through its innovative customer loyalty and rewards program, The Code, as well as its award-winning international real estate development subsidiary, Dakota Development – all of which solidify sbe as the preeminent leader across hospitality.
The company’s established and upcoming hotel brands include SLSHotel & Residences, Delano, Mondrian, The Redbury, Hyde Hotel & Residences, and The Originals. In addition, sbe has the following internationally acclaimed restaurants and lounges under subsidiary DisruptiveRestaurant Group: Katsuya by Chef Katsuya Uechi, Umami Burger, Cleo by Chef Danny Elmaleh, Fi’lia byMichael Schwartz, Leynia and Diez & Seis by Chef José Icardi, Hyde Lounge, S Bar, Doheny Room Skybar, Bond, and Privilege. To learn more, watch sbe’s #thisisbeyond video and visit sbe.com.
New Season, New Flavors, and a Good Cause
Four Winters (@fourwinters), an iconic U.K. based ice cream brand that recently opened their U.S. flagship store in Los Angeles, is launching their exciting new fall menu on September 28th, and guess what? If you love (free) ice cream, you’re in luck! Four Winters is inviting LA locals to celebrate with them!
Four Winters, defined by hyper-freshness and market-driven seasonality, is adding new flavors to capture the essence of fall — including Vegan Chai, Lemon Berry Cloud (feat. Sqirl’s Blackberry + Meyer Lemon Jam), and Pink Velvet. Yum!
Here’s a rundown of the deliciousness that goes into each of these flavorful scoops:
- Vegan Chai: Sugar, spice and everything nice! A blend of ice cream, chai spiced caramel and spiced crumble create a combo so good, you’ll hardly believe its vegan.
- Lemon Berry Cloud (feat. Sqirl’s Blackberry + Meyer Lemon Jam): Just the right amount of sweet & sour, this flavor combines a sweet cream base, lemon curd, almond meringue and Sqirl’s amazing blackberry + meyer lemon jam to create a perfectly tart combo!
- Pink Velvet: A delicious mix of a cheesecake base and pink velvet cake, topped with pink strawberry crunchies.
In addition to these amazing flavors, Four Winters is also proud to donate the proceeds raised from purchases of Pink Velvet to the American Cancer Society in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October 1 – October 31).
One Night Only: Free Ice Cream For All
On September 28th, from 7pm to 11pm, Four Winters will be offering their Vegan Chai and Lemon Berry Cloud flavors of ice cream for free to all visitors, as an invitation to experience the new menu. The classic year-round flavors, such as Fudge Brownie, Cereal Crunch, Cookie Dough and Knafeh, will also be available for purchase.
Ice Cream Like No Other
At Four Winters, each scoop of ice cream is made to order (frozen at -321º Fahrenheit!), and the brand’s new approach to old fashioned, hand-churned craftsmanship produces remarkably smooth ice cream. Four Winters’ ‘magic’ blends fresh ingredients and home-baked toppings with locally sourced and flavor-infused dairy, transforming it into delicious ice cream in front of their customers’ eyes.
Founders Zeid Zabian and Omar Alkhawaja opened the U.S. flagship earlier this summer to introduce local Los Angeles foodies to their unique taste on ice cream. “We wanted to throw this event to continue to invite the neighborhood to experience and enjoy Four Winters’ amazing, distinct flavors,” states Omar. “We love taking our customers on a journey through the season with our evolving seasonal ingredients, and wanted to offer our fall menu to the public so they can taste our new combinations!”
About Four Winters
U.K.-based ice cream brand Four Winters offers a fresh spin on dessert — making every scoop of ice cream to order! Four Winters’ dedication to freshness, and new approach to old fashioned, hand-churned craftsmanship produces remarkably smooth ice cream. Each made-to-order scoop is blended with evolving seasonal ingredients and home-baked toppings. Behind the ‘magic,’ authentic hospitality, conscientious product sourcing, and elegant aesthetics blend to produce a distinctive experience.
FOUR WINTERS STORE INFORMATION:
Address: 8065 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Sunday – Thursday: 12pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 11pm
On Tuesday, September 18, Umami Burger kicked off a one-day campaign with St. Vincent Meals on Wheels for National Cheeseburger Day. The “No Senior Goes Hungry Campaign” helped to bring awareness to the 250,000 seniors in Los Angeles that are at risk of hunger, food insecurity, malnutrition, and even homelessness.
Providing Senior Citizens With Respect And Compassion
For National Cheeseburger Day, Umami Burger participated in raising funds for St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. Known for their generosity and good deeds, it’s no surprise that Umami Burger held yet another amazing selfless campaign to care for others. When guests placed their orders and indicated their support for the organization, Umami Burger donated $2 from that meal to St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. St. Vincent Meals on Wheels provides every senior citizen with respect and compassion, along with nutritious meals every day — and the scope of this operation expands to nearly 2,000 hungry and homebound senior citizens in LA.
It is an indisputable belief that every senior citizen deserves respect and compassion, and Umami Burger created another easy way for everyone to take part in changing the lives of senior citizens in Los Angeles. Though this weeks efforts have already passed, maybe sometime soon Umami Burger will team up with Wheels on Meals again. Whatever the case, you can always look forward to Umami Burger launching a worthwhile campaign for you to participate in, that can help make a positive impact on the community.
ABOUT UMAMI BURGER: Founded in Los Angeles in 2009, Umami Burger has been named GQ’s “Burger of the Year,” Men’s Journal’s “Best Burger in America” and one of the “25 Most Innovative Consumer Brands of 2016” by Forbes’ CircleUp25. Currently, Umami Burger has 22 restaurants in California, New York, Illinois, Nevada, and Japan with additional locations planned around the
world. SBE, the leading lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning hospitality venues, is Umami Burger’s majority shareholder. For more information on Umami Burger, please visit umamiburger.com or follow @umamiburger or #umamiburger on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
SoCal Mag loves seeing female entrepreneurs in action, especially when they’re creating experiences for Angelenos that wouldn’t compare to other cities. Jenn Harris gave us a quick reflective interview about this year’s past Food Bowl, and why it had such a significant importance on giving back. Consider this an LA event you no longer want to miss!
Q. Why is Food Bowl such an important culinary event for SoCal residents? Tell us about the mission and charity component.
A. This year we partnered with three really important charities: Midnight Mission, Food Forward, and LA Food Kitchen – all of them are doing really fantastic work in LA. LA Kitchen puts food that would go to waste to people that need it and help create job training programs. Midnight Mission is doing their best to feed the homeless here in LA. So Food Bowl is important because as much as we want to celebrate the great chefs and restaurants we have here in this city, we also want to shed some light on some of the serious issues that people face everyday.
Q. What can fans of this year’s Food Bowl expect next year? Any returning chefs or new highlights not to miss?
A. We had the best chefs in LA this year – and we have even more next year. Josef Centeno was back doing events. Michael Samurusi from Providence headlined a sustainable seafood dinner in Manhattan Beach, which was phenomenal. We also had the brothers from Lasa which is a great Filipino restaurant in Chinatown. They did a huge outstanding in the field long table dinner at Night Market, which is also returning next year. It was our five-night food festival in Grand Park, where we just take over the entire park with food and restaurants. There are food trucks, entertainment, and that’s going to be even bigger and better next year too.
Q. What is your day to day like at LA Times? What do you love the most about this position?
A. I think what I love the most is that I get to eat everyday. I basically get paid to eat, run around, and try new food. I meet new people and hang out with chefs and share that experience with everyone. I pinch myself everyday that I have my job. It’s really fun.
Q. What are your favorite hotspots for dining that you’d recommend to anyone visiting SoCal?
A. For out-of-towners, I always say you’ve got to go to Cassia in Santa Monica, because Chef Bryant Ng is doing amazing things with fresh produce and his flavors are just always on point. Any of Josef Centeno’s restaurants in Downtown LA… I’d recommend going to the Far East Plaza in Chinatown and basically doing a little eating tour; hit up Howlin’ Rays, hit up Chego, and hit up Lasa. There’s a lot of great food choices here. Also, Langers in DTLA has the best pastrami ever, so I would definitely go there too.
Q. Anything else you want to add about Food Bowl?
A. Just that if you’re someone who likes food and you’re here in LA, then I think it is the perfect time to eat around LA. It really does give people a taste of the great chefs and the restaurants around here. It’s a fun month to eat.
For everything about the LA Food Bowl coming in May of 2019, be sure to bookmark the official website and stay tuned!