Story Contributions by Anthony C. Stafford
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.
MADE IN + BY + FOR LA
Streetwear as a whole resonates so easily with the city of Los Angeles, so much that it’s a staple part of L.A. culture. Streetwear loves L.A., and L.A. loves streetwear, so it’s no mystery as to why this city is a booming hub of creative brands and designers tapping into the category that has skyrocketed to mainstream fashion. Los Angeles is saturated with streetwear brands, but few create with the position of a reaching out to a greater cause. The young founders of WHERE thought about what it means to be a streetwear brand and really wanted to reflect a celebration of this amazing city through their clothing. They even took it further to expand the brand’s platform in a positive direction by partnering with the Time’s Up Organization and Legal Fund to combat sexual assault and inequality. See what WHERE’s co-founders, Natasha Hung & Tyler Makhani, have to say about their brand and the overall message they want to deliver.
What separates WHERE Clothing from other streetwear brands?
Something that we always notice with other streetwear brands is this nonchalant sense of coolness. You can see it in the model’s expressions and body language. Then, you add the intimidating nature of both influence and luxury and these brands are almost so ‘cool’ that they’re untouchable. We want to redefine that. We want to align “cool” with excitement and warmth and the sincerity that comes with those feelings. When we take photos, we make sure most of them are candid. We want everyone smiling.
The Times Up movement is making some serious waves in today’s social climate. What compelled you to contribute to this initiative via your clothing brand?
This is important to us for so many reasons. The work that the Time’s Up Organization and Legal Fund is doing to end sexual assault, harassment and inequality is imperative. Their platform is massive, and it’s so important to support their ability to fund legal representation for the victims of these crimes.
Natasha: As a woman, specifically in the entertainment business, I am appalled by the way various powerful figures have taken advantage of their position by asserting themselves over so many, a majority being (but not limited to) women. In addition, there is a discrepancy in women’s pay, authority in the work place and our opportunities, benefits and representation. As a woman who has been given the privilege of an education, I think it’s only right to use my own, smaller platform to promote causes like Time’s Up. I am excited by and grateful for their work towards creating a safer and more honorable community.
What message do you want WHERE Clothing to give its fans?
Celebration. We want ours to transfer. We love what these clothes represent, and we want our customers to join us in celebrating when they buy something— whether it be Los Angeles artisanship, a special graphic, or the Time’s Up Legal Fund.
What can we expect from the brand in future collections?
This is just the beginning for us and we can’t wait to keep going. We will continue to perfect our fit and feel while bringing new ideas and inspirations to the table. We have so many designs ready and we’re so excited to share— from more creative capsules like REPOSE, to new city specific collections like our New York Series set to launch next year. Additionally, we are working on some collaborations and partnerships with other brands that uphold similar values and aesthetics. With every collection, we learn so much. It’s so fun for us to take that knowledge and invest it into our future.
Make sure to follow WHERE on Instagram at @whereyouatbaby
Story Contributions by Anthony C. Stafford
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
Story Contributions by Anthony C. Stafford
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.