Fine Dining Category

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Tuesday 30 December, 2014

The 10 best restaurants I ate at in L.A. in 2014

Tis the season for listing (oh who am I kidding, these days it’s always the season), and I am not immune. Before the door shut on 2014, I wanted to give some quick shout outs to some of the places where I ate in L.A. this year that for one lame reason or another I [...]


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Thursday 06 November, 2014

Dine at Patina on your way to Japan on ANA Airways

Chef Joachim Splichal and All Nippon Airways Senior Vice President Yuji Hirako hosted a luncheon this week to announce and preview an impressive new service for ANA Business Class customers heading to Japan from Los Angeles. Starting this December 1, ANA will be serving a seasonal menu for all meals designed by Splichal and his [...]


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Tuesday 21 October, 2014

Thinking Back On Esquire’s Best New Restaurants… Waaay Back!

Culture has such an interesting influence on perception. In France, the Michelin Guide, which uses a team of anonymous reviewers (even the number is confidential, but it is believed to be at least a dozen), is criticized for giving too much power in the hands of too few. In the US, however, our cult of [...]


Chefs Bobby Flay, right, and Giada De Laurentis, center, and Bob App´tit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport, left, speak to the crowd at Caesars Palace during Vegas Uncork'd in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 8, 2014.(Photo by Isaac Brekken for Vegas Uncork'd by bon app´tit)
Wednesday 01 October, 2014

E.C. Gladstone: The Bon Appetit archives

I’ve had the pleasure of contributing on a lot of topics for BonAppetit.com. To make it easier to find my past work, I’ve compiled many of the links here. Interview: Gordon Ramsay 24 Hours In The Food Life of A Top Las Vegas Casino Interview: Nobu Matsuhisa The Best Supermarkets In America How Dario Cecchini [...]


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Tuesday 20 May, 2014

VIDEO: Fresh Hawaiian Fish Menu at Wynn Las Vegas’ Lakeside Grill

I’ve always loved the freshness and variety of Hawaiian fish–but it’s hard to find either on the mainland. So my ears were definitely pricked by the announcement that Wynn Las Vegas’ Lakeside Grill would be offering a rotating selection of fresh Hawaiian fish flown in daily. This month, Chef David Walzog and Chef Rene Lenger [...]


Chefs Bobby Flay, right, and Giada De Laurentis, center, and Bob App´tit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport, left, speak to the crowd at Caesars Palace during Vegas Uncork'd in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 8, 2014.(Photo by Isaac Brekken for Vegas Uncork'd by bon app´tit)
Wednesday 14 May, 2014

What Happens When Giada DeLaurentiis and Bobby Flay Cook Together?

If you’ve ever wondered whether Celebrity Chefs hang out together off-screen and outside their restaurants, the answer, surprisingly enough, is Yes, they do. At least if they are Giada DeLaurentiis and Bobby Flay, as Giada told me the morning after I attended this dinner she and Flay collaborated on as part of Bon Appetit’s Vegas [...]


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Saturday 12 April, 2014

Simon Says Fight MSA Benefit With Bill Murray PHOTOS

I was happy to be able to write about the Kerry Simon MSA benefit a few weeks back for Inside F&B.com, not only as a fundraiser for a chef in distress, but also as an impressive food event. Wish that I had even more food photos… but here are all my shots from the evening [...]


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Friday 31 January, 2014

Chefs To The Max: PHOTOS and DETAILS of a historic Vegas Chef Collaboration

On January 19th, an historic dinner was held in Las Vegas at Rx Boiler Room, raising approximately $275,000 for hospitalized food critic Max Jacobson. The$1000/plate  event was historic not only for the gesture but for the impressive array of talent gathered to prepare the meal for 100 guests. While others reported on the night as [...]


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Saturday 11 January, 2014

What to Order: Wing Lei at Wynn Las Vegas

Refined Chinese dining has for a long time been something of an open secret in Las Vegas: nearly every major resort has an elegant, somewhat secluded Chinese restaurant, catering to the Asian gambling clientele, some more attuned to Western tastes than others. Wing Lei at the Wynn Resort has been one of the more noticed [...]


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Friday 06 December, 2013

Made to Order: Factory Kitchen

I haven’t had as pleasurable a meal in recent memory as I’ve had at Factory Kitchen, a new unassuming Italian ristorante on a very nondescript side street off Alameda Ave., more or less in the Arts district. It wasn’t just the quality of the food that made it so (though it was almost uniformly excellent) [...]