TASTEABLE CALIFORNIA Season 2 Episode 26

TASTEABLE: California takes viewers on a weekly tour of California food and wine creators and destinations.

This episode takes a visit to the Barrel Room wine bar and boutique in Oakland’s Rockridge district, a trip to the Sunset Celebration food and lifestyle festival at Cornerstone Sonoma, and a chocolate recipe from Saratoga Chocolates.


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Top Mexican Chefs gather for Culinary Festival at Mexico’s Foodie Resort

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Five of the best Mexican chefs known internationally for their trend setting culinary art will highlight the best of the new tendencies in high Mexican cuisine with the Best of Mexico Riviera Maya. The event will be held from October 5 to 9 at the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya.

The exclusive resort invited the prestigious chefs including Zahie Téllez, Carlos Gaytan, Francisco Ruano, and Mikel Alonso to share their creativity, talent and passion for Mexican cuisine through this gastronomic event. The event is a 10-course tasting menu, original dishes featuring ingredients and seasonings from all of Mexico. The special tasting menu will be offered over the four nights, and is included in the daily rate for all guests of this top all-inclusive resort.

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“We want our guests to take with them an unforgettable memory of Mexico through the best of its gastronomy,” said Rodolfo González Munguía, Managing Director of Grand Velas Riviera Maya. “The gastronomic event is yet another part of our resort’s commitment to maintaining the highest quality standards, creating unique experiences and adding value for guests. It complements what we call our international culinary tour as we feature cuisines of the world in our Grand Velas gourmet restaurants where guests can dine at no additional charge,” he added.

 

The hosts of the event, Chef Ricardo de la Vega of Frida, awarded Four Diamonds by AAA, and Executive Chef of the resort, Michel Mustière, Maître Cuisinier de France, added that the Best of Mexico Riviera Maya was designed to promote the richness of Mexican cuisine through its leading exponents and the use of ingredients, colors and seasonings typical of the different regions of Mexico.

 

Top Mexican Chefsjpeg-2Holding a total of 18 Diamonds by AAA, Grand Velas Riviera Maya has set new standards in the All Inclusive World with food, creativity and presentation comparable to top restaurants in world capitals. In addition to Frida’s Four and the resort’s Five, its Cocina de Autor restaurant is the only restaurant in the world that’s part of an All-Inclusive to hold the AAA Five Diamond Award. The resort’s French restaurant Piaf also holds Four Diamonds.

 

Frida, named in honor of the famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, offers high Mexican cuisine in an atmosphere at once contemporary and relaxing. It has been honored as one of the 50 Best Restaurants in Mexico, featured on the Gourmand of BBVA Bancomer list.

 

Top Mexican Chefsjpeg-3Chef Alejandro Heredia recognized as the best Mexican chef of the 20th century, will be named ambassador of Frida restaurant during this gastronomic event.

 

 

 


About the Chefs

 

Top Mexican Chefsjpeg-4With an insatiable curiosity and a passion to create new dishes, Zahie Téllez transmits her energy and joy of cooking at every step. She produces culinary experiences inspired by her background with Mexican and Italian cuisine and enriched by her Lebanese and Mazatec roots and practical studies in many cuisines of the world. She has participated in six seasons of the leading TV show El Gourmet. Besides giving classes, she has participated in gastronomic festivals in India and Italy and is a Brewery Master Sommelier. Zahie is also the owner of the successful restaurant Jose Guadalupe Platos de Cuchara that promotes Mexican cuisine with a modern touch and great quality.

 

Top Mexican Chefsjpeg-5The culinary voyage of Chef Carlos Gaytan, originally from Guerrero, has been marked by hard work, persistence and dedication. His talent and passion for cuisine has taken him to leading hotels and restaurants and to work together with renowned chefs like Michael Garbin and Dominique Tougne. A former contestant on BRAVO’s Top Chef, in 2011, he was named the chef of the year by the American Culinary Federation. His restaurant Mexique is known as one of the best in Chicago, with a Michelin star and awards from Michelin Bib Gourmand among others. With great creativity, love and dedication he has succeeded in creating a revolution in Mexican gastronomy, applying his knowledge of French cuisine yet rooted in traditional Mexican cuisine.

 

Top Mexican Chefsjpeg-6Francisco ‘Paco’ Ruano became interested in gastronomy thanks to his mother’s and grandmother’s teachings. Encouraged by Mikel Alonso and Pablo San Roman, he studied in the Spanish Basque Country at the Escuela de Cocina Luis Irizar. Upon completion, in Europe, he worked in some of the best restaurants in the world, including Mugaritz and El Celler de Can Roca in Spain and Noma in Denmark where he met Jorge Vallejo with whom he worked upon returning to Mexico, in Quintonil. In 2013, he opened Alcalde restaurant, considered the best in Guadalajara for its unpretentious updated Mexican cuisine.

 

Top Mexican Chefsjpeg-7Originally from Biarritz, France, Mikel Alonso studied in the Escuela de Cocina Luis Irizar and began his career in restaurants in Spain under the likes of the famed Chef Arzak of Northern Spain. In Mexico, he has been executive chef of numerous prestigious restaurants, docent of the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, advisor at special events, and speaker and lecturer at leading gastronomic events. Ten years ago he opened Biko restaurant which has consistently been named among The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Mikel alongside Bruno Oteiza create the singular menu at Grand Velas’ Cocina de Autor, the first all-inclusive restaurant to earn Five Diamonds from AAA. Upon opening the restaurant was also named one of the “100 Best New Food & Drink Experiences” in the entire world by Food & Wine.

 

Top Mexican Chefsjpeg-8Born in Mexico City, Chef Ricardo de la Vega began his gastronomic adventure in the city of his birth. His passion for the culinary arts has taken him to leading hotels and restaurants in Puebla, Oaxaca, Yucatan and Quintana Roo. As executive chef of Frida in Grand Velas Riviera Maya, he has focused on exploring in depth the culinary riches of Mexico. The diversity of its ingredients and different preparations to give diners an unforgettable culinary experience with a modern touch without losing the traditional essence.

 


About Grand Velas Riviera Maya:

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Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Set on 206 acres of pristine jungle and mangroves and with the finest white sand beach in the Riviera Maya, the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya is an ultra-luxury all-inclusive resort. Guests can choose among three separate ambiances in this Leading Hotel of the World, including adults only oceanfront, family friendly ocean view and a Zen-like tropical setting, embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle. All 539 designer-like suites are exceptionally spacious, more than 1,100 square feet each, all with balconies, and some with private plunge pools. All feature fully stocked mini bars, plasma TVs, Wi-Fi, L’Occitane amenities, artisanal tequila, and Nespresso coffee machines. Bathrooms deserve special mention with walk in glass shower, deep soaking Jacuzzi tubs and marble interior. Eight restaurants, including five gourmet offerings, present a tour through Mexico, Europe and Asia. Cocina de Autor, at the hands of world celebrity chefs Bruno Oteiza, Mikel Alonso and Xavier Pérez Stone, holds the AAA Five Diamond Award, the first all-inclusive restaurant in the world to win this prestigious distinction. Grand Velas Spa, a Leading Spa of the World, is the region’s largest spa sanctuary at more than 90,000 square feet, known for its authentic Mexican treatments, offerings from around world and signature seven-step water journey. Other features include 24-hour Personal Concierge; 24/7 in-suite service; three swimming pools; two fitness centers; water sports; innovative Kids Clubs and Teen’s Club; Karaoke Bar; Koi Bar; Piano Bar, and business center. The resort offers more than 91,000 square feet of meeting space and outdoor areas for events inclusive of a 31,000-square-foot Convention Center, able to accommodate up to 2,700 guests. The resort has won numerous awards from Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today and several other magazines and major companies worldwide. This year, the resort entered TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame for obtaining the Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years in addition to the Signature Spa being awarded “Best Luxury Resort Spa-The Americas” at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2014. Grand Velas Riviera Maya was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, majority owner, founder and President of Velas Resorts, with his brother Juan Vela, Vice President of Velas Resorts.

http://rivieramaya.grandvelas.com/

 

Luxury Artisan Chocolate Art Gallery

The cool and tasty Chocolate Art Gallery at the annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon event (www.SFChocolateSalon.com) features chocolate skulls, diamonds, dresses, statues, zen gardens, cakes, and even Legos in Scharffen Berger Chocolate.

The Chocolate diamonds come from Chocolatines outside of Chicago, and the zen garden and legos were created by the International Chocolate Salon.

 

TASTEABLE CALIFORNIA Season 2 Episode 17

TASTEABLE: California takes viewers on a weekly tour of California food and wine creators and destinations. This episode takes a Wine Trek to the Uncorked Wine Festival, TMC Wine Club, Cornerstone Sonoma tasting rooms, and Claiborne & Churchill, plus a visit to the rooftop beehives for honey at the Clift Hotel in San Francisco.

 

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Fragrance Company launches new film, Meet the Harmony

It’s not often you get a new brand, with new stores in places around the world like Los Angeles on Melrose (per Essential Home Magazine ), plus a new movie to support it. But with the Harmonist that’s exactly what you get.

Says FilmFest.com, “Bruno Aveillan shot ‘Meet the Harmony’ for the new perfume Brand The Harmonist… at Festival de Cannes 2016 which the company is attending for the first time. ‘Meet the Harmony’, tells the love encounter between a man and a woman who will be guided and inspired by an alchemist of senses, a creator of harmony: The Harmonist. It is set in sober and eternal City of Paris, magnified by an elegant black and white treatment, Bruno Aveillan offers us a contemporary fable, modern yet poetic, with subtle emotions which resonate to surrealism, through the magics of special effects.

The sound track was composed by french icon Bruno Coulais.

According to Yahoo Movies, at Cannes:

Kate Hudson, Heidi Klum, Common, Orlando Bloom and Karolina Kurkova started their night at the launch party for The Harmonist, a Paris-based fragrance line based on feng shui and inspired by the elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal. The maison de parfum spared no expense for the bash, taking over the beach venue in front of the Hotel Martinez, which was transformed into a Harmonist-themed nightclub with music by Martin Solveig and an exclusive performance by Jason Derulo.

The Harmonist – theharmonist.com
Creation : Bruno Aveillan and Story Studio – storystudio.fr
Directed by Bruno Aveillan
Produced by Quad – quad.fr

Pam Anderson and La La Anthony heat up Fashion on the Red Carpet at Cannes

Everyone knows that Cannes is only about the great films, right? Wrong.

It’s all about film, networking, glamour, fashion, food, and celebrities (with a little scandal on the side).

This year’s Cannes does not disappoint.


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Actress and resident blonde bombshell Pamela Anderson arrived at VIP Room JW Marriot during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France wearing INGIE Paris. The model turned animal rights activist opted for an archive piece from the Parisian designer.

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Pamela Anderson arrives at VIP Room JW Marriot during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 15: Pamela Anderson arrives at VIP Room JW Marriot during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

 


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TV and radio personality La La Anthony attended the ‘Loving’ premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France wearing Gauri & Nainika. The New York Times best selling author wore a form fitting black, ruched gown with tiered ruffles by the India- based design duo.

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MORE ABOUT THE DESIGNERS

About INGIE Paris:

Long established as one of the Middle East’s foremost fashion icons, due to both her innate sense of personal style and her acumen when it comes to the business of fashion, Ingie Chalhoub has been pushing the boundaries of high luxury in the Region since the foundation of her Etoile Group through the opening the first ever Chanel boutique in the Middle East in 1983. The success of the group, and its quick expansion from just one to more than 70 boutiques and 500-plus employees across the Middle East, is evidence of her drive and focus.

Ingie Chalhoub was one of the first in the business community to note the regional potential of high-end fashion and worked to ensure her brands were well represented throughout the Gulf. The fact that she has been entrusted with the licensing and launching of numerous covetable houses, including Chanel, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, TOD’s, Hogan and most recently ISSA London (to name just a few), illustrates how highly the international style cognoscenti regard her and her expertise about the Region.

With a wealth of experience in the industry, as the last but not the least challenge she has been embracing in her career path, Ingie Chalhoub has recently established herself as designer with the luxury ready-to-wear line INGIE Paris. Since its launch in 2009, Ingie Chalhoub has been studying the market and adjusting the offer evolving from few, exquisite evening gowns to a complete proposal of cocktail dresses, daywear ensembles, knitwear pieces and accessories. Also the distribution of the line has been expanding with an actual presence not only throughout the GCC, but also in Turkey, Western and Eastern Europe. A recognizable milestone for the line has been the opening of the first flagship store in Kuwait in the luxury Prestige area of The Avenues mall, in 2013.

Stylista’s favourite Harper’s Bazaar chose her as one of the region’s best dressed in 2010 and she is a regular in Ahlan! Magazine’s Hot 100 list, which picks out the most influential people in the UAE.

Her mantelpiece includes also the prestigious L’Officiel Woman of the Year award and Emirates Woman’s Business Woman of the Year (for both 2008 and 2009), the Gulf Connoisseur Awards in 2011 and 2013 and the title of ‘ELLE Business Woman of the Year” in late 2013. CEO Middle East have also included her in their list of the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, and she was listed by Arabian Business magazine in 2012, 2013 and 2014 as one of the World’s 500 Most Influential Arabs.

During 2014 the Middle East’s leading online fashion website Style.com/Arabia launched a new initiative “Voices”, with a mission to represent the voice of a region pushing the boundaries of culture at home and abroad. Ingie Chalhoub was selected to be one of the contributors, alongside a handful of fascinating, well-traveled and influential fashion and cultural personalities and is to be a regular editor, expressing her views on fashion and culture.

www.ingieparis.com

 

About Gauri & Nainika:

Gauri & Nainika Karan launched their label Gauri & Nainika in January 2002 in New Delhi. An evening wear brand with styles ranging from cocktail dresses to elaborate bespoke gowns, the label offers glamorous, elegant and chic clothing for women. With a design philosophy that is distinctly feminine and European, their collections are being retailed at exclusive boutiques in India and the Middle East.

Inspired by European fashion history, art, music, books, personalities, theatre, old Hollywood, red carpet glamour and pictures of their mother from the 70s, the brand has always had an extremely feminine and romantic design philosophy with styles that are luxurious yet understated. With a strong emphasis on fabric, cut & color, the designs focus on shape and flattering silhouettes. By combining tailoring with drapery, the garments are meticulously crafted and have a timeless appeal where old world charm, fantasy and elegance are brought bang up to date. Femininity forms the essence of the label where the paradoxical combination of drama and subtlety can be seen in even its simplest styles.

The label caters to those who like to dress with a sense of occasion. The styles are for a self-determining woman who is sophisticated, elegant and embraces femininity in fashion. Gauri & Nainika Karan grew up in New Delhi. Though originally students of economics, they were always inclined towards fashion and the creative arts. After studying at The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT, New Delhi), they launched their ready-to-wear label Gauri & Nainika. They grew up inspired by the classics and the romantic look of old Hollywood heroines such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly whose timeless elegance has been incorporated in their designs. www.gauriandnainika.com.