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2nd Annual LA Food & Wine Fest

The second annual Los Angeles Food & Wine festival will be held August 9-12 throughout Southern California and once again, it features a mouthwatering serving of culinary events and delectable presentations by both acclaimed local and celebrity chefs, including Wolfgang PuckGuy Fieri and Giada De Laurentiis.

The festival offers an array of gourmet  lunches and dinners at some of the area’s finest restaurants, including Cut, ink., and Street.  It also offers a variety of presentations with tempting names like Swine & Wine: The Marriage of Pigs & Pinot, Cooking with Cheese, and The Southern Bunch, Perfected. Take a peak at last years amazing event that had any foodie coming back for more.

Proceeds from the event will benefit St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels. Last year, the chefs raised $400,000.  For more information on Los Angeles Food & Wine, click here.

Make it a Weekend

The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is a three day event. Why not stay close to the action and enjoy all three days. Make the most of your weekend and book a Bed & Breakfast package which includes overnight accommodations, and complimentary breakfasts for two – from healthy to decadent – our Bed & Breakfast packages are the perfect way for you to relax, recharge and stay close to all the delicious action. Book your weekend escape today http://bit.ly/HUCBBPkge.

Blog Source: RadarOnline.com

5th Sunday Brunch Club

U.S. ART STUDIO GALLERYDining is a social exercise that we engage in on a regular basis. We meet with old friends, family, and co-workers to catch up on the latest life news. Nothing showcases this ritual better than a gathering of the group known as the 5th Sunday Brunch Club. They meet up every fifth Sunday to enjoy delicious brunch delicacies at different restaurants, and catch up on all the latest happenings.

Our Executive Chef, George Sit, recently received an email from this group praising our Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet.

Dear Chef Sit, 

The brunch on Sunday, March 29, 2015 was FANTASTIC!!!!  Thank you for the Cioppino, it was great. 

The addition of the Fried Seafood Bar was OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!   We were pleasantly surprised to see the fried oysters, shrimp, scallops, FROG LEGS, grilled catfish and all the other fares provided.  Everyone commented, how “fresh” the food was. 

Our group unanimously agreed this was by far one of the better dining experiences we have had since we started our 5th Sunday Brunch Club. 

We are requesting an “Encore Presentation” on Sunday, May 31, 2015. 

Again thank you for being so gracious and accommodating.  

Sincerely,

5th Sunday Brunch Club Fans

 We are so delighted that the 5th Sunday Brunch Club enjoyed our Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet. We accept their challenge of an “Encore Presentation” and hope to soar above and beyond to deliver another exceptional dining experience. Stay tuned to find out the results…

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Tempt Your Taste Buds!

Cafe Sierra BuffetCafé Sierra is known for its Vegas style Seafood & Prime Rib Buffet and is the domain of Executive Chef George Sit. Chef George has taken contemporary cuisine and infused a Pacific Rim influence, enhancing each dish with his own personal international flair.

Chef George has amazed the tasted buds again with a redesigned Seafood & Prime Rib Buffet that is modern and trendy. Though many favorite items are still available, Chef George has added a few new items to make your mouth water. The seafood choices from lobster to crab legs will have any seafood lover coming back for more. With choices like Sushi, Paella, Crepe and Taco stations, Friday night dinner will never be the same. Don’t forget the wine. The extensive wine choices will enhance your dining experience.

Authentic Chinese dishes such as BBQ Duck and Walnut Shrimp are featured on the buffet as well. You won’t want to miss the full roasted pig either. Every bite is magical in flavor from the very freshest of ingredients.

Caesar Salad, Mediterranean Chopped Salad, Fresh Fruits and Vegetarian items (upon request) are also included if you are looking for a lighter alternative.

Cafe Sierra DessertsBe sure to save room for dessert. The heavenly choices of sweet delights will make you want one of everything. Sample the chocolate covered strawberries or dip one yourself in the chocolate fountain. Torta della Nonna, Tartufata, and Delizia will have your plate filled but with many more dessert choices to make you come back for more. Fun selections like cotton candy and cupcakes are available to temp the younger crowd.

Enjoy the culinary delights on the redesigned Café Sierra Seafood & Prime Rib every weekend Friday thru Sunday. Reservations are not mandatory but are recommended. Call to make your reservation today 818-509-2030.

Thanksgiving In LA

Los Angeles has always been known for bucking tradition, so it’s no accident that Southern California gives those who visit during Thanksgiving ample opportunity to do the same. With average temperatures well into the 60s, numerous dining options, and many attractions open for at least part of the day, Thanksgiving in LA is as stuffed with activities as that turkey about to be carved.

Theme Parks

For a fun, family-friendly Thanksgiving, a visit to one of LA’s theme parks may be just the ticket. The newest attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood is Transformers™: The Ride-3D, an immersive, next-generation thrill ride that blurs the line between fiction and reality. Fusing HD 3D media and flight simulation technology, this epic ride creates an experience unlike anything this planet has ever seen. Speaking of thrills, Six Flags Magic Mountain recently reclaimed its crown as the undisputed “Roller Coaster Capital of the World” with its 17th coaster, and an 18th is on the way. The park’s Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom is the current record holder as the tallest drop tower ride in the world. For a classic, oceanfront experience, visit Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier for rides and games the whole family will enjoy.

Griffth Park

At more than 4,000 acres, Griffith Park is a day unto itself, with plenty of hiking trails to work off all the Thanksgiving Day overindulging. The Griffith Observatory offers stunning architecture and a breathtaking view of the LA basin, though its closed for the holiday. Train enthusiasts can check out the Travel Town Museum, open daily except Christmas Day and featuring fully-preserved trains that give visitors a chance to brush up on U.S. rail history. The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is also open every day except Christmas and is home to 1,200 rare and endangered mammals, reptiles and birds, and includes areas such as the Campo Gorilla Reserve and Red Ape Rain Forest. Located near the Western Canyon entrance of Griffith Park, Ferndell is a favorite Park destination, especially on a hot summer afternoon. The winding trail, tropical garden, babbling brook and picnic area offer a quiet retreat from the bustling city.

Special Events

The Laugh Factory
The world-famous Laugh Factory will host its 33rd annual Thanksgiving Feast, welcoming the underprivileged, the homeless and anyone alone for the holiday to a day of free food, fun, and comedy.
Top comedians including Dane Cook, Dave Chappelle, Kevin Nealon, Larry Miller, Maz Jobrani, Paul Mooney, Paul Rodriguez, Tim Allen, Tom Arnold and Tom Dreesen will greet and help serve guests, as well as perform live shows following each of four meals served at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. Since its inception, the Laugh Factory has fed over 150,000 people through its annual Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Past celebrity guests have included Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Jamie Kennedy, Bob Saget, and the late Richard Pryor, among many others.

Thanksgiving Day Run and Food Drive
This 5K Run/Walk and 1 mile Kids Run has been a local tradition and a La Cañada Flintridge community favorite with families, athletes, and community supporters of all types for nearly two decades. All ages and abilities are welcome to participate in this professionally timed race. Pets on leashes and strollers are welcome. Awards, snacks and drinks will be provided to the participants. All participants need to bring a non-perishable food item. In past years, donations have exceeded more than 10,000 cans, and organizers hope to make this year the biggest food drive yet. The Thanksgiving Day Run and Food Drive is taking place from 8:30am to 11:30am at Memorial Park in La Cañada Flintridge.

Thanksgiving Lunch at Aquarium of the Pacific
While most museums are closed on Thanksgiving, the Aquarium of the Pacific is offering a Thanksgiving Lunch that gives visitors a unique opportunity to dine in the midst of over 11,000 animals from the world’s largest ocean. The traditional Thanksgiving buffet will be served in the Aquarium’s Café Scuba from 11am to 5pm. $35 per adult (12+) and $27 per child (member discounts available). RSVP: (562) 590-3100, ext. 0.

Thanksgiving Dining

Champagne Thanksgiving Buffet

Cafe Sierra Restaurant is hosting a Holiday Champagne Brunch Buffet and Seafood & Prime Rib Dinner Buffet in the Sierra Ballroom of Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City hotel… and you are invited! Join us for a feast of Thanksgiving classics and and varied array of chef specialties. Entrees will include:

Roast Turkey and Giblet Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes
Candied Yams

Biscuits and Cornbread
Roasted Ham
Fresh Fruit, Cake, and Tarts
Chocolate Fondue Fountain and much more!Holiday Champagne Brunch
10am-3pm
$42.00 per person for Adults
$22.00 per person for Children (3-10)Seafood & Prime Rib Holiday Dinner Buffet
5pm-10pm
$52.00 per person for Adults
$24.00 per person for Children (3-10)Available Thanksgiving day, November 22th from 10:00am – 3:00pm.
For reservations, please contact Cafe Sierra at 818-509-2030

Blog Source: DiscoverLA

Rocktoberfest

L.A. LIVE has partnered with Master Chef Wolfgang Puck and iconic KISS front man, Gene Simmons, to create the ultimate Oktoberfest event in L.A.! Rocktoberfest will feature several authentic Oktoberfest beers paired with Wolfgang’s California twist on the traditional Oktoberfest menu. Tickets on sale now.

Opening Night Charity Gala

Boasting live entertainment, this weeklong, nightly event runs from October 15th through the 21st. To kickoff the rocktivities, Gene Simmons and Wolfgang Puck will host a Charity Gala brimming with special celebrity guests, a live band and Wolfgang’s globally-inspired dishes to complement the rich variety of beers being poured. A portion of proceeds will proudly benefit Wounded Warrior Project. GA and VIP tickets, as well as VIP tables, are available for purchase for Monday — Saturday’s events and each guest will leave with a commemorative beer stein! A Craft Brew Festival will close out the first annual Rocktoberfest on Sunday the 21st and will feature over 50 different craft beers. A portion of proceeds from the Craft Brew Festival will proudly benefit The GRAMMY® Museum.

Rocktoberfest at L.A. LIVE will revamp the iconic tradition that is Oktoberfest by bringing together the best of Rock & Roll, crisp beer and Five Star food.

For more information, visit rocktoberfest.com.

Stay Minutes Away

No matter if it is the beer, food or rock n roll that brings you to this event, you won’t want to miss a minute of this unique twist on Oktoberfest. Plan ahead and save. Include Hilton in your plans and you can save up to 15% off our Best Available Rate by booking with us in advance. Be just minutes away from the festival when you stay with us. Please make your reservation at least seven days prior to arrival. Make Reservations today  http://bit.ly/HUCAdvPurchase

Come To Carnival

‘Carnival Goes Hollywood’. For the first time ever, this beloved parade of culture is set to grace the streets of the historical Hollywood Blvd.

This celebration of the Caribbean culture will feature splendid colorful costumes, various island culinary dishes, arts & crafts, and pulsating rhythms of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Chutney, Kompas, Zouke, Punta, Meringue, and Steel-band music. There’s an amazing line up of activities to attend.

10th Annual International Soca Awards (iSA) Ceremony

Location: Hilton Universal City – 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA 91608

Time: Red Carpet – 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm; Awards Ceremony – 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

VIP Admission: $80.00 with advance tickets, more at the door Admission: $40.00 for advance tickets, more at the door

To purchase tickets online, CLICK HERE.

iSA Party With the Stars!

Location: Hilton Universal City – 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA 91608

Time: 10:30 pm to 2:00 am

Admission: $20.00 with advance tickets, more at the door

To purchase tickets online, CLICK HERE

Parade of the Bands and Carnival  Village

Location: Parade route – Hollywood Boulevard, between Vermont Avenue and Ivar Avenue – 2.1 miles – Parade starts promptly at 11:00 am

See a list of the Official Bands at the carnival.

Carnival Village

Location: Avalon Lot, 1749 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Time: 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Admission: $10.00 for adults & kids 12+;FREE for kids under 12; and no entry fee for participants with official LACF armbands

Stay Just Minutes Away

With two of these great event near our hotel,  the carnival village and bands just minutes away, booking with us is a great way to stay close to all the festivities. We are offering a social rate to all those attending. Book your stay today http://bit.ly/HUCReservations

Super Bowl Party Time!

Super Bowl is like an unofficial holiday and should be celebrated accordingly! Plan yourself a big Super Bowl party and get excited over which team is going to take home the trophy. Whether you are a die-hard sports fan or just looking to watch fun commercials, planning a Super Bowl party will be a fun party theme is sure to be a fun time.

The Super Bowl is a great time of year to gather around your friends and watch the big game. From appetizers to cocktails the Super Bowl is as much about food as it is about the sport.  Try out some of our ideas for hosting a Super Bowl party this year.

Appetizers

Super Bowl parties wouldn’t be complete without dip to snack on. Scoop, dip, or spoon heaps of this delicious and healthy Onion Dip on your favorite chip or bread.

Chicken wings are one of the most popular Super Bowl menu items. What’s great about these tasty wings is that they are super easy to make and definitely a lot healthier than some fast food alternatives.

Finger Foods

Make your favorite burger recipes, but downsize the serving. It’ll allow guests to sample a variety – plus their totally cute. Don’t forget your favorite fixings.

Enchiladas aren’t the typical football fare, but we’re lovin’ them for our party menu. These are stuffed with shredded turkey, but we’re game for pulled pork or BBQ chicken, too!

Desserts

What goes better with football, halftime shows and big budget commercials? Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes! Chocolate and beer come together in this dessert for an unforgettable Super Bowl treat.

Cocktails

Follow the English/Irish tradition and pour yourself (and your friends) a Shandy. A light beer infused with lemon flavor is a great option to offer guests looking to indulge in a drink, but not kill it with the calories.

Turn the usually sweet sip of your Margarita on it’s head! Add agave nectar and jalapeno to give it a spice. Compliment it all with a bit of cucumber juice for the perfect margarita that’s got it all – sweet, spice and everything nice all in one little sip!

No matter if you are cheering on your favorite team, laughing at the commercials, enjoying the half time show, or just hanging out with your family and friends, this year’s super bowl party will be your best one yet.

Source for our information by Creations.com

Japanese Food & Sake Collection 2012

Experience the wonderful taste of THREE emerging high end Japanese restaurants in Los Angeles at the Japanese Food & Sake Festival 2012 on January 29th. Taste authentic Japanese cuisine and beverages from the following Chefs:

Nobu Matsuhisa (Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills)
Katsuya Uechi from Restaurant Katsuya.
Hitoshi Sugiura from Patina Restaurant Group.

50 Japanese Food and Sake exhibitors serve at their booth. Please come and enjoy the fun and Japanese traditional entertainment, food and sake. Chef Nobu will provide live on-stage cooking demos for all that attend.

General Event Information

This year the Japanese Food Sake Festival will be held on Sunday January 29th at the Hilton Universal City Hotel in Universal City. CA. The event will be held from 11am to 4pm. Purchase your tickets today at http://japanesefoodsakefestival.com/buytickets.html.

Japanese Food & Sake Collection 2012 in cooperation with the Japanese Restaurant Association. Japanese Food Culture Association (JFCA)is an incorporated, nonprofit organization that aims to enhance and promote the superiority of Japanese Food Culture to the general American consumers through events like Sake & Food Festival.

Meet The Staff – Jesus Ceja

Jesus Ceja
Room Serivice Supervisor
17 Years of Service

“The best thing I like about my job is taking care of our guests so they feel this is their home away from home.”

As the room service supervisor, Jesus is able to take part and contribute to some the most memorable moments for guests. Special amenities, gifts or surprises are all arranged through his department for birthdays, anniversaries, and much more. http://bit.ly/HUCDinning