Maria Sharapova & Friends Celebrate SBE x Sugarpova at CLEO Third Street

Maria Sharapova & Friends Celebrate SBE x Sugarpova at CLEO Third Street

Tennis icon Maria Sharapova and sbe CEO and Founder Sam Nazarian celebrated the global partnership with Maria Sharapova’s Sugarpova confectionery line and sbe, at Cleo Mediterráneo, one of sbe’s international award winning restaurant brands. Brandi Cyrus arrived with gal pals to support Maria and was seen enjoying her sweet treats. Sam and Maria chatted over her confections sharing stories while James Kennedy had a laugh with friends. Over 200 guests were in attendance including Marta Pozzan, Bridget Marquardt and many other notable influencers. Maria enjoyed sharing her treats and truffles with guests stating she was “thrilled to announce Sugarpova’s new partnership with sbe – a collaboration of two brands that share a common ground in creating and providing a premium product and luxury experience.” Maria, Sam and the guests enjoyed delicious light bites with Cleo’s renowned Chef Danny Elmaleh, and Sebastien Silvestri, COO of Disruptive Group. Sam Nazarian stated, “Maria is not only a tennis icon, but an incredible businesswoman who has created unique products. Myself and the sbe team are very proud to bring her distinctive brand to our properties and excited to welcome her global fan base to our locations.” Maria was the spotlight of the night greeting guests and mingling.

Sugarpova treats were passed along with Cleo’s favorites including Moroccan Fried Chicken with Apricot Mustard and Mini Falafel with Pickled Fennel and Tahini, Wagyu Sliders and more. Guests at the party sipped on a bevy of signature cocktails courtesy of Cleo as well as Giuliana Prosecco, Hiro Sake and Peroni while enjoying tunes from DJ Bobby French. The tennis star’s premium Sugarpova chocolate Bars and Truffles are now available for guests staying at hotels across sbe’s worldwide portfolio, including locations in the USA, Middle East, and Europe.

Chef Danny Elmahel, Maria Sharapova, Chief Operating Officer of Disruptive Group at sbe, Sebastien Silvestri and Founder and CEO of sbe Entertainment Group, Sam Nazarian


NFL’s Rodney McLeod & Malcom Jenkins Present Bespoke Men’s Club for ESPYs Week

NFL’s Rodney McLeod & Malcom Jenkins Present Bespoke Men’s Club for ESPYs Week


With every award show in L.A., there’s bound to be a plethora of events celebrating the socialites and celebs in town for the festivities. ESPY Week is no exception as the elite stars of sports are honored in their own way through an exciting ceremony that highlights these star athletes’ achievements.

Kicking off ESPY week, The Bespoke Men’s Club was hosted by current Super Bowl Champions of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod. Both Jenkins and McLeod brought their off the field passions into full effect as owners of their own individual fashion boutiques Damari Saville (Jenkins) and Back of House (McLeod) with their ESPY week pop-up event. After winning a Super Bowl together, the duo thought it would be great to partner for a successful collaboration, just off the field this time with The Bespoke Men’s Club!

The Bespoke experience consisted of a gifting suite in Downtown LA’s Fashion District on Monday, July 16th & Tuesday, July 17th. Bespoke was curated to provide the best in clothing, electronics, and grooming in one Men’s Club experience and the event was just that! Each guest received a Talley & Twine luxury watch as they entered the lounge to commence the experience. Just past the shopping experience, guests were offered complimentary haircuts and grooming services on behalf of Luster’s S-Curl and The Mane Choice. While receiving grooming services, guests were able to get a sneak preview of The Equalizer 2 from Sony Pictures which is set to release on July 20th, 2018.

Vibes were set by a live DJ, artwork by Erik the Artist, passed bites and delicious cocktails crafted by Teeling Whiskey and ROAR Organic. The two-day event was all possible because of the support of brands ProJewelerClean ShowroomTodd PatrickGordon CrushPacks SupplyAinsley & TroupeGifted ApparelEsquire Men’s Grooming,FairplayJabra HeadphonesHard SodaMr13195 and Taylordblu.

Jenkins + McLeod had some of the sports world’s most prestigious athletes in attendance including Jalen MillsJohn RossTrumaine JohnsonJay Ajayi, and Dontrelle Inman just to name a few. Check out the rest of the images from this event below:




City of Santa Monica Presents Annual Open Streets Event COAST

City of Santa Monica Presents Annual Open Streets Event COAST

Photo credits – William Short and Kristina Sado

WHAT: The City of Santa Monica presents COAST, its annual open streets event celebrating community, art, and sustainability. More than two miles of city streets will be closed to cars and open for people to stroll, bike, and roll. Attendees will indulge in delicious food, listen to live music, enjoy world-class art, and experience the community’s public spaces in a new, reimagined way.

WHEN: Sunday, October 7, 2018

WHERE: The event will be held on approximately two miles of car-free streets in Downtown Santa Monica, including Ocean Avenue from Wilshire Boulevard south past City Hall and Tongva Park, as well as all of Main Street to Marine Street.

ADMISSION: The general public is invited to attend the free, open streets event.

CONTACT: For more information about COAST, visit

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Reflections on the Los Angeles Food Bowl with Lady Boss, Jenn Harris

Reflections on the Los Angeles Food Bowl with Lady Boss, Jenn Harris

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!

Reserve a Seat for Cleo Third Street Winemaker Dinner with Darioush

Reserve a Seat for Cleo Third Street Winemaker Dinner with Darioush

Summer is here, and as Mother Nature turns up the heat, some of LA’s finest chefs will be doing the same! LA’s tastemakers are joining forces for a night of wining and dining at Cleo’s Third Street. Sam Nazarian, Founder & CEO of sbe, Daniel De Polo, President of Darioush Winery, and Chef Danny Elmaleh, Cleo Executive Chef will host an evening of Cleo favorites crafted by Chef Danny Elmaleh and a pairing of the finest wines from Darioush Winery. This one-night-only unique dining experience has limited seating and a reservation is required.

What can you expect from this special occasion? Cleo, known for their delicious shareable plates, mezzes, and flatbreads and cocktails, is leaving no holds barred. The ambiance at Cleo provides a warm, intimate restaurant setting that playfully marries old Hollywood glamour with relaxed Mediterranean charm.

Learn more information, and purchase tickets to this exquisite event to kick off your summer on the right foot! Details below:

Cleo Third Street
8384 W 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Tuesday, June 14, 2018 @ 7:30pm



Jill Stoll’s Canyon Valley

bG Gallery and Gestalt Projects present “Circular” – a group show curated by Airom. When one thinks of art, the shape of a circle does now usually come to mind. Curator and artist Airom encourages artists to develop in original ways and create outside the box. He has organized the group show as part of Gestalt Project exhibits. He said he had always been drawn to the shape and felt it would make an interesting show. “Many of the artists had already worked in a circular format but most created a special circular piece for the show.”

Ray Ford said he was excited to participate in the exhibition. When asked about the show’s theme, Ford replied, “It suits me since a lot of my pieces are circular.” Ford has been creating art for over eighty-five years. He started carving wood when he was young and made it a big part of his life. Later he supported his family with his art. A true passion, which has kept him a very active ninety-year-old, he continues to find inspiration all around him. Each day he heads to his studio…which bears a sign above the doorway…Ray’s Playhouse. One never knows what will come out of that studio, but it will for sure be a one-of-a-kind work of art.

Ford added he does have his favorites. “If I have to choose one, I’ll choose an egg I carved, but I keep that in my private collection. If we have a house fire that’s the one I’m going to grab,” said Ford.

One of artist Jill Stoll’s installations will be included in “Circular.” “After living in New York City for 10 years, I moved to Lubbock, Texas,” said Stoll. “It was the catalyst for a lot of art as I toiled to reconcile these two disparate experiences.” She went on to say that she noticed a certain poetry in the names of the small towns that dot this part of Texas, such as Tarzan, Polar, Tokio, Turkey, Tulia, Sunnyside, Muleshoe, Grow, Progress, and Loop, etc. “All of them under one singular, constant, natural phenomena: that of the west Texas sky. I drew a 30-mile radius around Lubbock. I made 30 commemorative laser-etched collages for each town within the radius. These individual pieces comprise ‘An Unhealthy Obsession with Geography,’” said Stoll.

“After I did that, I drew a 60-mile radius and then a 90-mile radius. Each oval is a meditation on place. I digitally extracted a line drawing from my photographs of the west Texas sky, which is etched into one side of the collage. The images etched on the other side are lines from a large body of photographic work I made in New York City from 2001 – 2007.” For additional info, visit

Maria Bouquet’s work

Artist Maria Bouquet said, “It is important for curators and gallery directors to develop a signature style, something that sets them apart, and Airom has done this beautifully with a show around the theme of round art work.” Bouquet has participated in about four group shows at bG Gallery. “The new space looks awesome and it is very well located,” said Bouquet.

Ray Ford

When asked what she thinks of the Circular theme, she replied “I think it is an interesting chance to see shapes aren’t usually exhibit in shows. And it makes it actually more interesting because all pieces are round.” For additional info about Maria Bouquet, visit

The opening reception for “Circular” will be held on Saturday, May 26th 2018 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. The exhibition will remain on view through June 10th, 2018.

The Santa Monica gallery recently relocated from Bergamot Station to Ocean Park.

Visit the new location at 3009 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica CA.