Show 303, December 22, 2018: 63rd Lawry’s Beef Bowl

Road to the Rose Bowl 50 Years of Lawry's Beef BowlIt’s the 63rd edition of the proud Rose Bowl Game (“The Granddaddy of All Bowl Games”) tradition that is the Lawry’s Beef Bowl staged over two nights (December 27th and 28th) at the original Lawry’s The Prime Rib on Restaurant Row in Beverly Hills. It’s fanfare and grand pageantry at its best.

For the 63rd festivities it’s the traditional matchup of PAC 12 Champ Washington Huskies battling (with knives & forks) the Big 10’s Ohio State Buckeyes. Curiously enough this is the first bowl game matchup between these two teams.

Ohio State has quite a tradition in the long history of The Beef Bowl. The only time legendary Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes allowed his Buckeyes to participate in Lawry’s Beef Bowl was in 1957, a few days prior to the co-national champion Buckeyes’ 10-7 victory over the Oregon Ducks in the 1958 Rose Bowl Game. (Coach Hayes insisted the team be fed on the practice field instead of coming to Lawry’s in Beverly Hills for the full experience.) Woody’s Rose Bowl Game record for the other six Lawry’s Beef Bowls that his teams missed was 2 wins and 4 losses.

Lawry’s Beef Bowl is one of only two pre-Rose Bowl Game team events endorsed by the Tournament of Roses. (The other team event is a visit to Disneyland).

Beef Bowl historian Todd Erickson plates the spectacle up for us with a side of creamed spinach.


Show 301, December 8, 2018: Ryan Wilson, Lawry’s Restaurants, Inc. Part One

Ryan Wilson

Ryan Wilson, an accomplished chef, is part of the fourth generation of proud Frank / Van de Kamp family ownership of Lawry’s Restaurants, Inc. Most recently he served a s Vice President and Corporate Executive Chef but recently transitioned to an expanded position with Lawry’s Restaurants.

Ten years ago when he started with Lawry’s his first project was developing (with his colleagues) the uber successful SideDoor in Corona del Mar adjacent to Five Crowns.

We’ll talk to Ryan about the 80th Anniversary of Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills this year as well as his new, expanded responsibilities.


Show 279, June 30, 2018: Chef Curtis Stone, Maude, Gwen and SHARE by Curtis Stone

Curtis StoneRealizing a lifelong dream, Chef Curtis Stone opened his first solo restaurant, Maude (Beverly Hills, CA), in February 2014. Affectionately named after his late paternal grandmother, the restaurant pays homage to Curtis’ first culinary mentor whose sensibilities are resonant throughout the restaurant experience.

The menu at Maude is a set multi-course chef’s tasting menu that is created around one of the world’s great wine regions. Maude’s “menu-less” format and intimate 24-seat dining room and open kitchen chef’s counter, invites guests to put their trust into the hands of the chef.

Chef Curtis is our guest to discuss the next wine region, The Central Coast, on Maude’s menu.


Show 279, June 30, 2018: Chef Curtis Stone, Maude, Gwen and SHARE by Curtis Stone Continues…

Curtis Stone“Get out your sunscreen and put on your Ray-Bans because summer at Maude is a road trip up the Central Coast of California. After our European journeys through the old world vines of Rioja and Burgundy, Curtis and the Maude Squad have decided to embrace the beauty of their own backyard in a bit of a staycation, visiting local farmers, purveyors, and winemakers.”

“Expect Executive Chef Justin Hilbert to unearth a treasure trove of shellfish for this new menu from simple bites that taste of the ocean to conceptual uses of seafood that will surprise and delight. As always, the wine team has uncovered gems from small producers and will also pair seasonal courses with the big guns – the California icons who put this region on the wine map.”

“The Central Coast is a right of passage for wine lovers. The ingredients inspire endless possibilities.”

Chef Curtis also updates us on Gwen, his butcher shop and restaurant in Hollywood. “The opening of Gwen is a decade-long dream realized for Curtis and his brother, Luke, who were first inspired by Gwen’s namesake: their maternal grandmother who lived on a farm outside of Melbourne. It was on Gwen’s farm where they were first exposed to livestock farming, which instilled in them great respect for the process of raising animals for food.”

“Both started their careers in a butcher shop, before Curtis went on to cook in Michelin-starred restaurants while Luke honed his business acumen as the owner and manager of a corporate floristy business in Australia. Working together, they have brought a world-class butcher shop and dining experience to Los Angeles.”

Chef Curtis also has a fine dining association with Princess Cruises. It’s Chef Curtis at sea with SHARE by Curtis Stone on The Ruby Princess, The Emerald Princess and Sun Princess. It’s a six-course fine-dining experience.


Show 272, May 5, 2018: Elizabeth An, House of An, Crustacean Beverly Hills

Elizabeth AnCrustacean Beverly Hills, the 20-year old, award-winning restaurant from House of AN hospitality group, reopened in March following an eight-month-long, $10 million dollar ambitious redesign and reconcepting. It now houses two high-end restaurants. House of An’s Elizabeth An joins us with the stylish details.

Crustacean launched its new lunch service this last week. Lunch service is available Tuesday – Friday from 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Some of the new and notable lunch menu items are the BAHN MI (all served with house made potato crisps and Yuzu crème fraîche) and NOODLES & RICE (three varieties of pho, including a Vegan option, and those XO cognac noodles) sections.

Crustacean will be open exclusively for Mother’s Day brunch service on Sunday, May 13 from 11:30 AM – 3 PM.  The restaurant is not usually open for brunch on weekends but the “mother of fusion” cuisine, Chef Helene An wants to treat fellow mothers with her acclaimed fare on this extra special day.  The menu will be the full dinner menu, which includes the An family iconic Secret Kitchen dishes garlic noodles and garlic roasted crab.



Show 253, December 23, 2017: Sports Historian Todd Erickson, Lawry’s 62nd Beef Bowl Continues…

Road to the Rose Bowl 50 Years of Lawry's Beef BowlTradition. College football is steeped in it, and there isn’t any tradition more enduring than “The Granddaddy of All Bowl Games,” the Rose Bowl. For 62 years, Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills has been a vital marketing partner in this tradition with its annual Beef Bowl (staged over 2 nights) serving as the proverbial rite of passage for champion gridiron gladiators in quest of Big Game glory.

This legendary private event (where only Tournament of Roses officials and sports media are granted access) has largely remained a mystery to the public while quietly generating a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes photo ops, stories, anecdotes, and quotes from college football’s most well-known players, coaches and sports commentators.

This year’s unusual Rose Bowl pitting the Oklahoma Sooners against the Georgia Bulldogs is the College Football Playoff Semifinal.

Lawry’s Beef Bowl historian Todd Erickson continues… He actually authored the coffee table book on the official history of Lawry’s Beef Bowl, Road to the Rose Bowl: 50 Years of Lawry’s Beef Bowl.


Show 223, May 13, 2017: Remembering Harry & Marilyn Lewis’ The Hamburger Hamlet

Vintagfe Sunset Strip Hamburger Hamlet“The Better Burger” is all the buzz right now on restaurant menus but it’s not actually a new innovation. It started in Los Angeles in 1950 on The Sunset Strip with the founding of Harry & Marilyn Lewis’s Hamburger Hamlet.

By the time the Lewis’ sold the prominent enterprise in 1987 they were some 30 very busy company-owned units in California, Arizona, Chicago and the Washington, D.C. area.

The Hamlets were so popular at their height that in Beverly Hills (where the Lewis’ lived) there was a flagship Hamburger Hamlet on N. Bedford Dr. and another on S. Beverly Drive just below Wilshire within a short walk of each other. The popular Sunset Strip location (near the original Hamlet) was less than a mile away!

Marilyn passed away on May 3rd and we reminisce about the pioneering legacy of Hamburger Hamlet – “Known for Simply Marvelous Food & Drink.”



Show 209, February 4, 2017: John Kunkel, 50 Eggs, Inc & Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, The Venetian, Las Vegas

John KunkelJohn Kunkel’s (50 Eggs, Inc.) lauded Yardbird Southern Table & Bar initially roosted at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas in January of 2015. The original is in Miami. The motto is “Southern from Scratch,” a modern take on Southern fare.

John revealed to us exclusively that Yardbird Southern Table & Bar will launch a new location in Beverly Hills before year’s end.

Founded by John Kunkel, 50 Eggs, Inc. is a multi-faceted, full-service culinary and hospitality firm focused on developing cutting-edge brands with unparalleled dining experiences. Named Restaurant Hospitality Magazine’s “Coolest Multi-Concept Companies in the Land”, 50 Eggs, Inc. owns and operates the James Beard-nominated and award winning Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in Miami and Las Vegas, Swine Southern Table & Bar in Miami, and Spring Chicken in South Beach, Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, and the Miami International Airport.

50 Eggs, Inc. will open its first international location in 2017, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands. The brand’s first Latin concept, CHICA, will debut at the Venetian Las Vegas in 2017 (in the former db Brasserie space). The menu is from acclaimed chef, Lorena Garcia.

John is here with all the details.


Show 203, December 24, 2016: Lawry’s Beef Bowl with College Football Historian Todd Erickson & Tim Tessalone, Sports Information Director, USC

Road to the Rose Bowl 50 Years of Lawry's Beef BowlThere is a great tradition associated with the annual Rose Bowl Game and it’s not held in Pasadena. It’s the iconic Lawry’s Beef Bowl, now in its 61st year, hosted at Lawry’s the Prime Rib in Beverly Hills. The gridiron guests this year (on separate nights) are the USC Trojans and the Penn State Nittany Lions.

USC will be celebrating their 22nd appearance in Lawry’s Beef Bowl on December 29th, a Beef Bowl record for number of appearances!

The Tournament of Roses – Lawry’s partnership was the first of its kind in college football. It claims the distinction of being the longest running sponsor partnership in bowl game history.

Football Historian Todd Erickson wrote the book on Lawry’s Beef Bowl (Road To The Rose Bowl: 50 Years of Lawry’s Beef Bowl) and is our guest along with long-time USC Sports Information Director Tim Tessalone.


Show 189, September 17, 2016: Kyle Meyer, Proprietor, Wine Exchange, Great Wines of The Andes

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeWine Exchange in Santa Ana has partnered with wine connoisseur James Suckling to bring the guest Great Wines of the Andes. This wine tasting extravaganza on September 30 showcases 50 of the top wineries from Argentina and Chile at the esteemed Mr. C Restaurant in Beverly Hills.

Producers will show their top two wines, all selected and rated by internationally acclaimed wine critic James Suckling with 90 points or more.

Join James Suckling for this walk-around tasting featuring a delicious selection of cheese, charcutiere and empanadas, as well as a cool ambience with music from award-winning recording artist Surhan Sidhu, formerly of Empire of the Sun and an impressive DJ in his own right. He is flying-in from Australia for the event and will deliver “fun Cuban funk and regional rarities,” as he puts it.

Tickets include a free Lalique events glass – a $75 value – plus a complete guidebook to the event and to this year’s top wines from the Andes. James tasted close to 2,000 wines from Chile and Argentina to curate the event and the guide.

Wine Exchange’s Kyle Meyer (Great Wines of the Andes Co-Host) proudly pulls the cork for us on this one.