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Oregon, Chicago, North Carolina and much more! Traveling? Discover Greatest Hotels Ever from Fifty Grande

Oregon, Chicago, North Carolina and much more! Traveling? Discover Greatest Hotels Ever from Fifty Grande

Travel magazine Fifty Grande recognized 50 hotels for its first ‘Greatest Hotels Ever’ awards, nominated by readers.

Hotels had to meet two criteria to secure a nomination; they had to be located in the United States and needed to average a rate of under $350 per night.

“This collection of hotels reflects the adventurous spirit and eclectic interests of our Fifty Grande community,”

Chris Walsh


The chosen hotels offer an array of interesting amenities and thoughtful guest experiences. This carefully curated selection celebrates the best in­­ affordable tourism, highlighting exceptional accommodations that redefine the travel experience without breaking the bank.

Crazy Water Hotel, Mineral Wells, Texas

Crazy Water Hotel, Mineral Wells, Texas

The Greatest Hotels Ever are:

Northeast & Mid-Atlantic

The AsburyAsbury Park, N.J.
The Dean Hotel, Providence
Hotel Zena, Washington, D.C.
The Lincoln Hotel, Biddeford, Maine
Oak Bluffs Inn, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
The Schoolhouse Hotel, White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.
TWA Hotel, New York
The Verb, Boston
Woodstock Inn and Resort, Woodstock, Vt.


Crazy Water Hotel, Mineral Wells, Texas
Emeline, Charleston
Flophouze, Round Top, Texas
Grand Bohemian Lodge, Greenville, S.C.
Graduate NashvilleNashville
Hotel San JoseAustin
Hotel TupeloTupelo, Miss.
Kimpton Overland Hotel Atlanta Airport, Atlanta
The Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans
The Reserve at Hot SpringsHot Springs, Ark.
The Vendue, Charleston

Ace Hotel Palm Springs, Palm Springs

Ace Hotel Palm Springs, Palm Springs


Ace Hotel Palm Springs, Palm Springs
‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, Honolulu
Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile, Kanab, Utah
The Eddy Taproom & Hotel, Golden, Colo.
The Edgewater Hotel, Seattle
Grouse Mountain Lodge, Whitefish
Hotel Chaco, Albuquerque
Hotel Figeroa, Los Angeles
Hotel Max, Seattle
Hotel McCoyTucson
Hotel Zetta, San Francisco
McMenamins Kennedy School, Portland, Ore.
The Pearl Hotel, San Diego
Shore Lodge, McCall, Idaho
Urban CowboyDenver
The Venetian, Las Vegas
Wyoming Inn, Jackson Hole

21c Museum Hotel, St. Louis

21c Museum Hotel, St. Louis


21c Museum Hotel, St. Louis
Bottleworks Hotel, Indianapolis
The Brown Hotel, Louisville
Hotel DonaldsonFargo
Hotel Millwright, Amana, Iowa
Hotel on PhillipsSioux Falls
The Junto, Columbus
Kinn Guesthouse, Milwaukee
Magnolia OmahaOmaha
Palmer HouseChicago
The Siren Hotel, Detroit
Union Station Hotel, St. Louis
Viceroy Hotel, Chicago

The survey was conducted September 4 – 25, 2023 and the results were based on 1825 respondents.

For the full story, visit www.fiftygrande.com.

Fifty Grande

Fifty Grande is a digital and print travel publication that explores the U.S.

Yum! Celebrate Pasadena Flavors on Friday Oct 6 – Pasadena Magazine Presents the Inaugural Taste of Pasadena 2023: A Culinary Extravaganza!

Pasadena Magazine Presents the Inaugural Taste of Pasadena 2023: A Culinary Extravaganza!

Pasadena magazine is thrilled to announce the debut of its highly anticipated culinary event, the Taste of Pasadena 2023!

Taste of Pasadena 2023

Taste of Pasadena 2023

This spectacular inaugural celebration will take place on Friday, October 6th, 2023, at the Pasadena Convention Center Historic Exhibit Hall C, running from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

“The Taste of Pasadena is…

an immersive celebration of culinary excellence, culture, and community”

“The Taste of Pasadena is not merely another event; it is an immersive celebration of culinary excellence, culture, and community,” says Malina Saval, Editor-In-Chief for Pasadena magazine.

“This event promises an unforgettable evening of delectable experiences,

featuring unlimited tastings

from top chefs and

renowned restaurants spanning the San Gabriel Valley and beyond.”

Guests can look forward to a wide array of culinary offerings, handcrafted cocktails, live music, and captivating experiences that will engage and delight every guest.

Taste of Pasadena 2023

Taste of Pasadena 2023

Participating Restaurants

Some of this year’s Taste of Pasadena 2023 participating Restaurants include Arth Bar + Kitchen, Cabrera’s Mexican Cuisine, Celestino Ristorante, Champion’s Curry, Engine Co. No. 28, Farina Pizza, Granville, Great Maple, Lunasia Modern Dim Sum & Cuisine, KAVIAR, Pez Cantina, The Luggage Room Pizzeria & La Grande Orange, The Raymond 1886, Santa Anita Park, Twohey’s, and more to be announced.


2023 Desserts include Beard Papa’s Pasadena, Bertha Mae’s Brownie Co., Esther & Olivia BouqCakes, I Like Pike Bakeshop, Marsatta Chocolate, Ms. Rhonda’s Crack-N-Pop, and Nothing Bundt Cakes just to name a few.

Wines being Poured

Wines will be poured by Adobe Road Winery (Sonoma County), Bernardus Winery (Carmel Valley), Bouchaine Vineyards (Carneros Napa Valley), Defiance Vineyard (Paso Robles), The Mill Keeper by Gamble Family Vineyards (Napa Valley), Tercero Wines (Santa Barbara), Vino Los Angeles (Mexico), Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards (Temecula Valley), and more.

Spirits, Cocktails, Beer, Music, and Special Experiences


Spirits, Cocktails, Beer, Music, and Special Experiences courtesy of Acqua Panna, Cerveceria Del Pueblo,Balcones, Corbin Cash Distillery, Casa Azul Tequila, Dough Ball Whiskey, Frey Ranch Farmers + Distillers, Knox & Dobson, Mezcal 33, Old Hillside Bourbon, Rancho La Gloria Tequila, Shelter Distilling, and many more.

Special Partners and Sponsors: AbilityFirst, Pasadena Convention Center, Visit Pasadena, Sodexo Live!,Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Yelp, and Viva LA.

Pasadena Magazine Presents the Inaugural Taste of Pasadena 2023

Ticket Information:

The inaugural Taste of Pasadena will take place on Friday, October 6th, 2023, at the Pasadena Convention Center Historic Exhibit Hall C from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm and this is a 21+ event.

General ticket prices are $85 ($100 at the door the day of the event). Early Bird Pricing is available for $60 until Friday, September 22nd, 2023.

For more information and to get your tickets today, please visit Pasadenamag.com/taste.

Willamette Valley’s Eila Wines Reveals Intense, Complex Taste – Wine Review

Eila Wines Shows off the best of Oregon’s Vintage with Intense, Complex Taste

Oregon’s Willamette Valley continues to impress with their small allotment, high quality wines.  Is Eila Wines a daily drink?  Having tasted through their current portfolio, they’re more for a special night.

These wines are for memories and savoring.  You don’t want to rush the experience.

Eila Wines Process

According to their website, their winemaking uses varying amounts of whole cluster during fermentation with ambient yeast, minimizing extraction. 

Harvesting dates are chosen to retain acidity/freshness balanced with phenolic ripeness and maintaining moderate alcohol levels. 

Then the wine is fermented in small batches and aged in a low impact mixture of new and neutral French oak barrels.

2021 Chardonnay Eila Wines

2021 Chardonnay Eila Wines

2021 Chardonnay Eila Wines

An excellent example of why Willamette Chardonnay’s are gaining national popularity.  

Grapes are sourced from Von Oehsen Vineyard in the Eola-Amity AVA at an elevation of 400-500’. Harvested in early September 2021. Crushed then pressed, fermented in barrels. Stored on lees with minimal battonage. 42% new oak from a Damy puncheon.

Medium gold in the glass.  Light and delicate on the nose.  Lemon, peach, orange blossoms. Crisp citrus, orange blossom, dried fruit flavors.

With only 109 cases produced, this is a special bottle.  If it’s still available, buy it immediately and hold onto it for a special night.

2021 Indigo Pinot Noir Eila Wines

2021 Indigo Pinot Noir Eila Wines

2021 Indigo Pinot Noir Eila Wines

Complex is too simple of a word for this bottle. It delights in throwing you twists and turns; and taking your mouth for a ride.

Grapes sourced from Witness Tree Vineyard in the Eola-Amity AVA at 500’ elevation. Harvested early September 2021. Fermented using 38% whole cluster. Aged in 40% new oak oak.

Deep ruby in the glass. Medium body with blackberry, black currant on the nose. White pepper, licorice, dried herbs,  A multi-dimensional flavors,  while still being light on the tannins.

121 cases produced. Buy it here.


2021 Scarlett Pinot Noir Eila Wines

2021 Scarlett Pinot Noir Eila Wines

2021 Scarlet Pinot Noir Eila Wines


This bottle deserves to breathe. Seriously.  Open it, decant it, savor it.  But whatever you do, don’t rush it.  Let it be a marathon and your mouth will thank you.

The winery itself describes it as “a richer, darker wine” and they’re not wrong.

Sourced from Prophet Vineyard in Eola-Amity AVA at a 440-600’ elevation. Harvested mid- September 2021. Fermented using 25% whole cluster. Aged with 20% new oak.

It transformed from a kitten to a tiger after giving it substantial breathing time.  Deep ruby in the glass.  Medium body.  Blackberry, blueberry, raspberry on the nose.  Velvety pleasures in the mouth.  Bell pepper, dried spice.  A sultry finish.  Highly enjoyable. 

With only 120 cases produced, I would stand in a long line just to taste this wine again.  


2021 Violet Pinot Noir Eila Wines

2021 Violet Pinot Noir Eila Wines

2021 Violet Pinot Noir Eila Wines


A unique wine, unique flavor, for a unique palette.

Grapes sourced from Le Cadeau vineyard at 600-700’ elevation in the Chehalem Mountains AVA.  Harvested mid-September 2021. Fermented using 27% whole cluster. Aged with 25% new oak.

Medium ruby in the glass.  Red currant and cranberry on the nose.  Heavy cranberry on the palette.  An elegant wine with tart acidity.  The tart acidity wasn’t my favorite choice.  I admire how it kept opening.  I struggled to find a food pairing and found it bold on its own.  I always enjoy tasting unique wines.  Perhaps I’d like it more next time.  

189 cases produced.  If you’re looking for bold flavor, this is an adventure to try.


Oregon Wine’s Le Cadeau Vineyard Offers Complex Pinot Noir and Dazzling Sparkles – Wine Review 

For nearly 30 years Oregon’s Le Cadeau Vineyard has been producing amazing wines, cultivating a loyal audience and earning worldwide attention for their grapes and wine rosters.

Founders Deb and Tom Mortimer

Founders Deb and Tom Mortimer

The founders, Deb and Tom Mortimer, will tell you the secret to great wine isn’t a secret at all.  It’s actually quite obvious and staring everyone in the face.  It’s the grapes.  Respecting the grapes and carefully protecting and supporting their process; it’s the difference between mediocre wine and the excellent wine that they strive to produce year after year.

They grew from six acres to sixteen, and planted Pommard, Dijon clones 667, 777, 113, and 115, Mariafeld (a Swiss Pinot Noir clone) starting on the south slope of Parrett Mountain, in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. 

From the beginning, Le Cadeau’s location produced noticeable magic. Vibrant aromatics. Intense fruit forward flavors with glimmers of spice and earthiness usually not often found in young Pinot Noir wines.

Le Cadeau Vineyard

Find Le Cadeau Vineyard on the southern tip of Parrett Mountain near Newberg, Oregon, in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. 

The 16-acre vineyard benefits from high-elevation (610’ – 725’) developed and planted with one focus – growing distinct and complex Pinot Noir.

The vineyard delivers based on a combination of soils: Jory, Nekia,  and Witzel soil (a very shallow, broken basalt). On the East side, a cross between Jory and Willakenzie.

One of the wines tasted today, Merci Pinot Noir – comes from an assortment of new plantings of heirloom clones, including Mt. Eden, Calera, Swan and Jackson.

Le Cadeau Wines

2018 Merci Reserve Pinot Noir

2018 Merci Reserve Pinot Noir

From Winemaker Jim Sanders, it’s a blessing in the bottle, or as they’ve said a ‘Merci’ thank you.  After a taste, with a grin on your face you might say the same as you pour your second sip.

Ruby in the glass.  Red currant, red plum, blue berry, peach, orange peel on the nose.  White pepper, vanilla, boysenberry.  Nice, velvety medium body with medium tannin and a very pleasant finish.  Perfectly paired with lamb, turkey, roasted chicken.

Blanc de Noir 2017

Winemaker Steve Ryan and his team produced a classic representation of Blanc de Noir, minimizing skin contact, fermenting in both Stainless steel and French oak. 

The result is a very drinkable potion. Subtle apricot with pronounced pear on the nose.  Green apple, lemon zest, pasty and flirty touch of cherry on the finish.  Pair it with garden salad, light appetizers, even a light chicken dish.

Le Cadeau Wine Club

Wine club membership has three level: Platinum, Gold, Silver with tiers that include discounts per shipment, access to limited releases, invites to events and parties, and complimentary tastings at the Dundee location. 

Learn more about the Le Cadeau Wine club membership here

Visit Le Cadeau

Located on Highway 99W in Dundee, just 45 minutes from Portland and 30 minutes away from their vineyard, off-site tasting room is inside The Dundee hotel. 

1326 N Hwy 99W, Suite 101

Dundee, OR 97115


Oregon Wine: Newberg Oregon’s Vino Vasai Pours World-Class Pinot Noir, Super Tuscan with Unique Tasting Experience – Wine Review

Newberg Oregon’s Vino Vasai Pours World-Class Pinot Noir, Super Tuscan with Unique Tasting Experience – Wine Review

Potter’s Vineyard and Vino Vasai Wines offers a small lot collection of high quality wines and a memorable visit.

When you go wine tasting, what kind of experience do you want?  Rushed?  Crowded?  In, out and onto the next place?

In some of the most popular wine regions in California and in Oregon, a visit can feel more like you’re walking through a theme park than being invited to enjoy a living, breathing winery.

Vino Vasai is a little (or a lot) different in many ways.  For one, they really want you to have a calm, romantic, delicious experience.

They go out of their way to make it happen.  How?  They stagger their appointments, deliberately plan out the timing, they want conversations.  They foster an environment that encourages visitors to ask questions, lots of questions.  Really sharing about their world, their team and their wine.

As a result, you end up with a memorable,  world-class wine experience.  And we haven’t even gotten to talking about the actual wine yet. 

The winery intentionally limits production, producing less than 1,000 cases annually. Varietals include estate Pinot Noir, and sourced Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, Sangiovese, and Syrah from single vineyard estates in Washington. 

The winery goal is “to offer the very best tasting experience in Oregon”. 

We’ll Always Remember Italy


Bill and Sandy Sanchez are the winemakers and owners.   Bill is an example of the mix of art and science –  leveraging 30 years as a PhD Nutritionist and 15 years as a professional Potter. – a common combination seen behind successful wineries.

Owners and winemakers Bill and Sandy Sanchez

Owners and winemakers Bill and Sandy Sanchez

Sandy brings her Italian heritage and a lifetime of passion for Italian cuisine.

Back in 2011, they were on a visit to Italy, falling deep in love with art, Michelangelo’s work and Italian cuisine. 

With Italy on their mind, just a year later they met Vineyard Proprietor Laura Volkman and struck up a dynamic partnership.  Bill wanted to learn everything there was to know about Pinot Noir – from farm to bottle.   Laura was happy to mentor him and ended up selling her estate to him a year later.

The rest is bottled history.

Vino Vasai Family


Potters Vineyard, translated in Italian to Vinao Vasai, is a family (some biological, some not) passionate for good food, good wine, good art and who want to make an intimate product that actually makes a personal impact.    


Assistant Winemaker Consultant Art Roberts joined the team exactly for that reason, to be part of a family-run winery that makes incredible, affordable small-lot wines.

Keeping with the family vibe, Sandy (tasting room and wine club manager), and Gretchen (customer service specialist). Daughter Melinda and son Eric help with harvest, tasting room, and digital support. 


The family does tractor work, vineyard management, and grape sampling along with help from several friends. The family and wine club pick fruit for their Rose’ each year. Potter’s Vineyard is truly a “Grower-Producer”. 


The Vino Vasai Region


The Sanchez’s purchased their 3.5-acre estate vineyard in 2012 from Laura Volkman. Laura planted the vineyard in 2001. She sold and partnered with Bill and Sandy on the 1,000 steps of growing and making premium Oregon Pinot Noir

They were attracted to the artisan feel of the tasting room Laura created and have since transformed it into a Clay Art Gallery. Customers visit and taste wine in a fine art gallery and vineyard setting. 

The wine is made in a cooperative studio of several winemakers. Bill & Sandy make all the wine themselves, sort fruit by hand, do all the punch downs and make all decisions from primary fermentation through barrel aging in French Oak. Wines are kept separated to create Reserve, Barrel Select and House labels and are bottled one to two years after harvest.

The vineyard is certified LIVE, Salmon Safe, and Bee Safe Farming with a focus on immune health. 


Vino Vasai 2019 Estate Reserve Oregon Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains

Vino Vasai 2019 Estate Reserve Oregon Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains

Vino Vasai 2019 Estate Reserve Oregon Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains

Curious to taste a well-loved Pinot Noir?  

This is a special bottle.  Let’s start with the grapes. Pommard and Dijon 777 planted at 700 feet elevation in the newly established Laurelwood District, a sub-AVA of the Chehalem Mountains and Willamette Valley AVA’s.  What does this tell us?  Lots of cool, wet weather creating that well-known Willamette Valley elegance.

The grapes were picked at peak ripeness during a small window of perfect timing in an otherwise very fickle harvest season. As a result: lower alcohol, great acidity, complex flavors.

They chose lees aging in new French Oak to create a very classic Oregon Pinot Noir.

Deep ruby in the glass.  Pronounced black cherry on the nose.  Black plum, white pepper. Medium body, medium tannin, with a long finish.

With only 98 cases produced, good luck getting your hands on this bottle.  But if you can, do it. 


Vino Vasai Super Tuscan 2020 Columbia

Vino Vasai Super Tuscan 2020 Columbia

Vino Vasai Super Tuscan 2020 Columbia

When a trip to Italy inspires a bottle, everyone wants to have a taste.  Their goal was to share “a taste of Italy.” 

The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Sangiovese and 12% Merlot 

This Super Tuscan is grown in high elevation vineyard sites in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA of Washington State.

Warm days, cool nights help the grapes ripen with complex flavors and great acidity. Aged in neutral barrels for 18 months. 

Deep ruby in the glass.  Fresh red cherry and red currant on the nose.  Medium body, velvety tannins, black cherry and blueberry notes.  Silky mouthfeel and a medium finish that holds on just long enough, playfully inviting you for the next sip.

Pairs well with any traditional Italian dishes – think lasagna, sausage, spicy meats, meat pizza.  Very Tuscan, indeed

Vino Vasai Wine Club


The Wine Club has 2 tiers:  B Club and M Club

Both offer discounts, specials, members only access,  invitations and more.

Find the Vino Vasai wine club details here. 


Visit the Vino Vasai Tasting Room


Visitors are encouraged to stroll through the vines and enjoy the hilltop view of Parrett Mountain to the East, The Oregon Coast Range to the West, and Dundee Hills to the South. 

The wines are available direct from the tasting room, online at www.pottersvineyard.com or in a few local wine shops near the vineyard. 

Tastings are By Appointment Only at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3:30pm.

Broadway and Vine’s 2023 Concert Series: Brooke Shields, Sutton Foster, Darren Criss, Tituss Burgess and More Will Headline Broadway and Vine’s 2023 Concert Series

Brooke Shields, Sutton Foster, Darren Criss, Tituss Burgess and More Will Headline Broadway and Vine’s 2023 Concert Series In Napa Valley

Broadway and Vine, a nonprofit organization bringing the best of Broadway to the best of Wine Country, kicks off its summer season on Tuesday, June 27

with Emmy Award and SAG Award nominee Tituss Burgess (TV: “Schmigadoon,” “Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt,” Broadway: Jersey Boys, Disney’s The Little Mermaid) at Tre Posti Vineyards in Napa Valley.

The vineyard concert series will continue throughout the summer with Golden Globe, SAG, and Emmy Award Winner Darren Criss (TV: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” Broadway: American Buffalo, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, How to Succeed in Business…) at Carneros Resort’s Hilltop Vineyard on July 28.

Tony Award-winning actress, singer, and dancer, Sutton Foster (“Younger,” The Music Man, Anything GoesThoroughly Modern MillieThe Drowsy Chaperone) will appear on August 2 at a Napa Valley vineyard estate.

Actress, model, author, entrepreneur, and Broadway star, Brooke Shields (Wonderful Town, Chicago, Cabaret, Grease, The Addams Family) will appear on August 29 in an intimate concert at an exclusive vineyard estate.

On August 16, Erika Henningsen (TV: “Girls 5 Eva,” Broadway: Mean Girls, Les Misérables) will headline with special guest Kyle Selig (Broadway: Mean Girls, The Book of Mormon); and on September 26, Julian Ovenden (TV: “Downton Abbey,” Broadway/West End: South Pacific, Butley) will perform with Scott Frankel, both at Tre Posti.

World renowned Pianist and composer, Natalie Tenenbaum (Lang Lang’s Disney Songbook, David Byrne’s American Utopia, MJ: The Musical, Mean Girls) will be featured throughout the summer as this year’s emerging artist.

Broadway and Vine was founded and is produced by Tony Award nominee Jacob Langfelder (Sea Wall/A Life) with a mission to provide mentorship, masterclass and performance opportunities for students and pre-professional performing artists.

The concert series is paired with world class wineries and wines including Chateau Montelena, Gargiulo Family Vineyards, Frog’s Leap, PEJU, Lloyd Cellars, Arietta, Cervantes Family Vineyards, Titus, Prescription Vineyards and more. Chefs Peter Halikas, Nash Cognetti, and Jeffrey Jake will showcase their cuisine in the picturesque vineyard and resort settings.   Tickets begin at $95 and are on sale now at www.broadwayandvine.org

● JUNE 27, 2023 7:00pm Tituss Burgess at Tre Posti
● JUNE 28, 2023 7:00pm Natalie Tenenbaum at Meadowood Resort
● JULY 28, 2023 7:30pm: Darren Criss at Carneros Resort
● AUGUST 2, 2023 7:30pm: Tony Award Winner Sutton Foster at a Napa Valley Vineyard Estate
● AUGUST 16, 2023 7:30pm: Erika Henningsen at Tre Posti
● AUGUST 17, 2023 5:00pm: A Taste of Broadway with Natalie Tenenbaum at Estate Yountville
● AUGUST 29, 2023 7:00pm: Brooke Shields at Napa Valley Vineyard Estate
● SEPTEMBER 26, 2023 6:30pm: Julian Ovenden with Scott Frankel at Tre Posti



Broadway and Vine was founded by Tony Award nominee Jacob Langfelder


Broadway and Vine was founded by Tony Award nominee Jacob Langfelder (Sea Wall/A Life), with a mission to provide mentorship, masterclass and performance opportunities for students and pre-professional performing artists.  It launched in 2021 and has featured appearance by Golden Globe nominee Lea Michele, Tony Award winners Beth Leavel and Matt Doyle, Tony Award nominees Christopher Sieber, Tony Yazbeck, and Shoshana Bean, as well as Abby Mueller, Jelani Remy, Natalie Tenenbaum, and Taylor Iman Jones.  Its Founder, Jacob Langfelder, is a former performer and Tony Award nominated producer who has also worked with acclaimed chefs including Tom Colicchio, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulud.  In Napa, he executive produced Festival Napa Valley, Taste of Napa, and has worked with dozens of wineries and resorts presenting luxury concert events.


Brooke Shields began her accomplished professional career…


Actress, Model, Author and Entrepreneur, Brooke Shields began her accomplished professional career at only eleven months of age when she was selected as the Ivory Snow Baby, and by age 3 was a runway model. At age 9, Shields began her extensive film career when she won her first acting role in Alice Sweet Alice and rapidly gained fame after starring in Louis Malle’s Pretty Baby, the Palme D’or Award winner at the Cannes Film Festival, and the coming-of-age tales Blue Lagoon and Endless Love. As a model, Brooke has graced the covers of hundreds of magazines, most notably Time Magazine as the “Face of the Eighties.” Today, Shields continues her prolific appearances in a broad range of worldwide publications, decades after it all began.

The two-part documentary Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields (which screened to critical acclaim at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival) premiered on Hulu in April. This galvanizing look at Brooke as an actor, model, and icon, as she transforms from sexualized young girl to a woman discovering her power, is directed by Lana Wilson (Miss Americana).  Holding a mirror up to a society that objectifies women and girls, Brooke’s story shows the perils and triumphs of gaining agency in a hostile world. The documentary is now ABC News’ most-watched Hulu debut program ever.


Sutton Foster was most recently seen on the Broadway revival of The Music Man, opposite Hugh Jackman.


Tony Award-winning actress, singer, and dancer, Sutton Foster was most recently seen on the Broadway stage starring in an acclaimed turn as “Marian Paroo” in the Broadway revival of The Music Man, opposite Hugh Jackman at The Winter Garden Theatre. Her performance earned her seventh Tony award nomination as well as the coveted 2022 Drama League Distinguished Performance Award.  In the summer of 2021, Sutton reprised one of her most notable roles as “Reno Sweeney” in Anything Goes at the Barbican Theatre in London in which she earned an Oliver Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Her original performance in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre earned her a 2011 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

The two-time Tony winning actress starred as “The Baker’s Wife” in the Hollywood Bowl’s sold-out summer 2019 production of Into the Woods. Previously, she appeared in the title role of The New Group’s 50th anniversary revival of Sweet Charity and in Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’s Tony-nominated Broadway revival, Violet. Sutton also appeared on stage as “Queenie” in New York City Center Encores! Off-Center’s production of The Wild Party in July 2015. Sutton’s performance as “Janet Van De Graaff” in Casey Nicholaw’s The Drowsy Chaperone at the Marquis Theatre in 2006 earned her Tony Award, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Ovation Award nominations.

On television, Sutton led the critically acclaimed TV Land series, “Younger” for seven seasons. Created by “Sex in the City’s” Darren Star and styled by the iconic Pat Field, the seventh and final season of series premiered in April 2021, making it the longest running original series in TV Land history. As a solo artist, Sutton has toured the country with her hit solo concert which featured songs from her debut solo CD Wish as well as her follow up CD, An Evening with Sutton Foster: Live at the Cafe Carlyle. She has also graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Feinstein’s, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series and many others. Sutton released her third solo album, Take Me to the World, through Ghostlight Deluxe, June 1, 2018.


Darren Criss exploded into the internet’s subculture


Darren Criss exploded into the internet’s subculture as both an actor and songwriter for the YouTube viral hit A Very Potter Musical in 2009. From there was cast on FOX’s massively successful musical series “Glee,” from which many of his performances of popular songs would lead to several Billboard-topping records.  In 2015 his songwriting also landed an Emmy nomination for Best Original Music and Lyrics, from penning the song “This Time” for the show’s series finale.

Criss has continued to write and produce music extensively through the years, whether for his own releases as an artist or as a songwriter for theater, film & television.  In 2019 Criss created, executive produced, starred in, and provided all the original songs for his short-form musical comedy series “Royalties,” and earlier this year provided the music & lyrics for the opening number of the 2022 Tony Awards: Act One.  As an artist, he most recently delivered a genre-diverse collection of “character-driven” singles as part of his 2021 solo EP titled Masquerade(BMG), and in the same year, released a full-length Christmas album titled- aptly- A Very Darren Crissmas (Decca).

As an actor, Criss is a veteran of the stage whose Broadway credits include the titular role of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2015), How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (2012), and the most recent 2022 revival of David Mamet’s seminal play American Buffalo alongside Laurence Fishburne and Sam Rockwell.  In 2018 his work in Ryan Murphy’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” received wide critical acclaim, earning him a Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Critics’ Choice Award.  He was most recently seen starring in Netflix’s hit series “Hollywood,” for which he also served as executive producer.”


Tituss Burgess has quickly emerged as one of the entertainment industry’s most versatile and dynamic performers


Tituss Burgess has quickly emerged as one of the entertainment industry’s most versatile and dynamic performers, with his work in television, film, and theater generating both critical and commercial acclaim. Tituss starred as ’Titus Andromedon’ in the hit Netflix comedy series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (nominations for four consecutive Emmy Awards, a SAG Award, and two Critics’ Choice TV Awards). He reprised his role in the Netflix interactive special “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend” and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting actor. Tituss can be seen in the second season of the Apple TV+ musical comedy “Schmigadoon!,” and recently starred in the MGM Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect. Previously, he starred in the Netflix films Set It Up and Dolemite Is My Name. An accomplished voice actor, Tituss currently stars in the animated musical comedy series “Central Park” for Apple TV+, for which he was nominated for his sixth Emmy Award. A veteran of the stage, Burgess made his Broadway debut as “Eddie” in Good Vibrations and has played “Hal Miller” in Jersey Boys, “Nicely-Nicely Johnson” in the 2009 revival of Guys and Dolls, and “Sebastian” inThe Little Mermaid.


Julian Ovenden has starred in many TV shows


Julian Ovenden has starred in many TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, including “Downton Abbey,” “Foyle’s War,” “Person of Interest,” “Any Human Heart,” “Knightfall,” “Smash,” “The Crown,” The Sound of Music Live” and “Adult Material.” Recent screen work includes the second season of Armando Ianucci’s Avenue 5 for HBO, the global hit “Bridgerton” for Netflix and Shonda Rimes, and The People You Hate At The Wedding for Amazon. Julian has just begun to film the second season of “Trigger Point” for ITV and Jed Mercurio.

As a singer, Julian has headlined at some of the world’s great venues, including Lincoln Center; Carnegie Hall; Sydney Opera House; the Royal Opera House; the Concertgebouw; the Palladium; the Royal Albert Hall; the Royal Festival Hall. He has been a recording artist for both Warner Music and Universal; his latest recording work includes a Broadway Duets album with the American soprano Sierra Boggess and Carousel for John Wilson and the London Sinfonia.


Erika Henningsen is most known for originating the starring role of in the hit, Tony-nominated musical, Mean Girls.


Erika Henningsen is a Bay Area native and is most known for originating the starring role of Cady Heron in the hit, Tony-nominated musical, Mean Girls. She was reunited with Tina Fey when she went on to recur as “Young Gloria” on Peacock’s acclaimed series, “Girls5Eva.” Other theater credits include Fantine opposite Ramin Karimloo in the recent revival of Les Miserables. She originated the title role of Joy in the Broadway-bound musical adaptation, based on the life of Joy Managano, which premiered at the George Street Playhouse. Other roles: Nellie Forbush in South Pacific & Sophie in Mamma Mia! (PCLO), Nina in the Dear World opposite Tyne Daly.  Her solo show, Raise Your Standards has played to sold out venues in New York City & San Francisco. Additional TV credits include CBS All Access’ “Blue Bloods,” HBO’s “That Damn Michael Che and Tracy Oliver’s original comedy, “Harlem,” for Amazon. She can be heard as the leading voice actor in A24’s upcoming musical animation series, “Hazbin Hotel.”

The Iconic Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort Hosts Angel Oak Wine Pairing Dinner April 19

The Iconic Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort Hosts Angel Oak Wine Pairing Dinner April 19.

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara–the premier oceanfront resort along the Gaviota Coast–welcomes Babcock Winery & Vineyards to its intimate Angel Oak Wine Cellar for a four-course pairing menu in collaboration with Angel Oak chef Josh Kellim.

The special night is the second of a new monthly wine pairing dinner series to take place at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara. 

The evening’s savory menu begins with a caviar course featuring an onion creme-fraiche-topped duck fat tater tot, followed by a second course of black truffle quail eggs, then a grilled guinea hen with white asparagus and morel mushrooms.

The evening concludes with a slow cooked lamb loin and rack, paired with a smoked date puree, lemon yogurt, fresh hummus and spiced lamb jus. Each flavor presented is carefully chosen to bring forth the tasting notes of each Babcock wine poured. Babcock Winery & Vineyards is best-known for its Estate Grown versions of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Chenin Blanc.. The pairing menu is matched with the moody environment of the private wine cellar room below Angel Oak–The Ritz-Carlton Bacara’s fine dining restaurant. 

The Angel Oak x Babcock Winery & Vineyards Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19th. Seats are $225 per person excluding tax and gratuity charge.

Reservations can be made online here



The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara 


Set against a backdrop of golden beaches and lush mountains, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara embodies the charm, beauty, and energy of the Mediterranean in the heart of Santa Barbara. The iconic Central California resort spans 78 acres and features 358 guest rooms and suites, two natural beaches, lush gardens, and a collection of amenities including: a 42,000 square-foot spa and wellness center; three salt-water infinity pools; six culinary venues including the signature Angel Oak, housing the resort’s 12,000-bottle wine collection; robust activities program for guests of all ages; and 70,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. The property is distinctly nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, offering easy access to the region’s best vineyards, and is just minutes from the center of charming and historic Santa Barbara. 


The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC 


The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Bethesda, MD, part of Marriott International, Inc., currently operates more than 100 hotels in 32 countries and territories. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, for the latest company updates, visit news.marriott.com and to join the live conversation, use #RCMemories and follow along on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR). The Ritz-Carlton is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

McMinnville Wine Competition Celebrates 30 Years, Awards Coppola‘s Domain de Broglie takes Top Honors

McMinnville Wine Competition Celebrates 30 Years, Awards Coppola‘s Domain de Broglie takes Top Honors

The McMinnville Wine Classic Competition completed its 30th annual professional judging on Saturday January 7, 2023.

All eight out-of-state judges arrived unfettered and ready to help elevate the competition.

The wine competition has not missed an event including through the peak Covid years, and is a dedicated fundraiser for McMinnville’s St. James School.

Oregon Wine Country: Coppola‘s Domain de Broglie takes Top Honors at 30th annual McMinnville Wine Competition

Oregon Wine Country: Coppola‘s Domain de Broglie takes Top Honors at 30th annual McMinnville Wine Competition

It raises thousands of dollars for programs benefiting the school’s children. Organized by Rolland Toevs, Carl Giavanti and Jon Johnson and staffed by volunteers, the Mac Classic competition is one of the largest Oregon Only wine competitions in the state.

The competition draws professional judges from across the U.S.

This year’s panel represents the full spectrum of the wine industry, including future MW Samantha Cole Johnson of Janice Robinson.com, Sommeliers like Fred Swan and Ellen Landis, Buyer Jusden Aumand from Tri-Vin Imports, and Wine Writers such as Clive Pursehouse the U.S. Editor for Decanter Magazine, Eric Degerman of Great Northwest Wine, Deborah Parker-Wong the U.S. Editor Slow Wine Guide, James Melendez aka James the Wine Guy, and Michael Apstein of Wine Review Online and Terroir Sense

Coppola‘s Domain de Broglie takes Top Honors at 30th annual McMinnville Wine Competition

Wines were showing well, with distribution of Double Gold and Gold awards was across the state.

Taking home top honors in 2023 was Domaine de Broglie, whose 2019 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir claimed Best of Show, Best Pinot Noir and Best Red Varietal, a first time ever for any winery in the state.

Cardwell Hill Cellars won Best Chardonnay again this year, a record fourth time, for their 2021 The Bard Chard, as well as Best White Varietal. Pike Road Winery won Best Dessert Wine for their Yamhill-Carlton AVA Route 47 Late Harvest white.

Rounding out the awards was Durant Vineyards who gained the top spot in the Best Sparkling Wine category for their 2019 Brut sparkling wine. All Double Gold and Gold Medals are listed at the bottom of this page:

For more details, visit https://www.mcminnvillewinecompetition.com/

SANTA Monica Pub Crawl Returns Sat Dec 17

SANTA Monica Pub Crawl, West Coast’s largest charity crawl, returns on Saturday, December 17 to raise money for the Westside Food Bank. 

The SANTA Monica Pub Crawl

is one of the city’s most beloved holiday events when thousands of crawlers fill the streets of Santa Monica with merry and good cheer to raise money for those in need for the holidays. 

Over the years, the crawl has raised over a half of a million meals for the Westside Food Bank and we couldn’t have done it without you!

SANTA Monica Pub Crawl Returns Sat Dec 17

SANTA Monica Pub Crawl Returns Sat Dec 17

For tix and more info: SANTA Monica Pub Crawl

This year’s participating locations include:


Circle Bar, Tavern on Main, The Victorian, Jameson’s Irish Pub, Ashland Hill, Barney’s Beanery, Big Dean’s Oceanfront Cafe, Britannia, Cabo Cantina, Cult, Harvelle’s, Lanea, Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Ye Olde King’s Head, Santa Monica Whaler, Casa Martin & more local favorites!




🎟️ Free entry to dozens of Santa Monica’s best bars & restaurants with all cover charges included

🍽️ Exclusive $6-$9 food & drink deals throughout the night

🍸 1 FREE drink (with purchase at starting locations)

🎉 Priority entry into Santa’s Official After Party

🏃 3 fun routes to choose from

🏆 Costume prizes for the best holiday spirit

🍺 Beer Gardens, Photo Booths, Scavenger Hunt, and more Holiday Fun 


Saturday, December 17, 2022

5 p.m. – 2 a.m. 


Choose from 3 different routes (Promenade, Main Street, Pier / Ocean), or go big and be a VIP Route Hopper!

Early Bird Tickets start at $20 or $30 for VIP Route Hopper.

For tix and more info: SANTA Monica Pub Crawl

Santa Barbara’s Tyger Tyger – The Funk Zone’s favorite Asian-inspired Cafe Re-Opens

Santa Barbara’s Tyger Tyger – the Funk Zone’s favorite Asian-inspired cafe Re-Open Thursday, November 17

The Lively Neighborhood Cafe Returns with a Bold New Menu

by Chef Trevor Laymance and Consulting Chef Jasmine Shimoda

Acme Hospitality announces the relaunch of Tyger Tyger, the Funk Zone’s favorite Asian-inspired cafe. Opening on Thursday, November 17, 2022, Tyger Tyger is located at 121 E. Yanonali Street, on the major east-west thoroughfare in the heart of the arts and entertainment district affectionately known as The Funk Zone.

Passersby can easily spot the restaurant by its iconic black and white tiger mural by local artist Tom Stanley, spanning two sides of the building.

The original Tyger Tyger opened in 2018 and quickly became the hot spot in the Funk Zone. The bright colors, energetic vibe, and focused Southeast Asian casual menu resonated with the community near and wide and the Instagrammable food and ambiance were instantly embraced. Unfortunately, the pandemic forced the restaurant to close, and the concept was placed on hold.

The strategic location became ideal as a test kitchen to give Acme Hospitality chefs a place to experiment with new menus, concepts and pop-ups. But the question eventually arose: What if we take the very best flavors of the original Tyger Tyger and lean in on “clean and green?”

Consulting chef Jasmine Shimoda (formerly of Los Angeles vegan restaurant Jewel and Santa Barbara’s Loquita) and Chef Trevor Laymance (farm-to-table fine dining chef hailing from Ojai) put their heads together to develop a new plant-forward menu offering vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and omnivore options; sure to please anyone seeking a healthy alternative in the Funk Zone with all the bold flavors they have come to love. Tyger Tyger 2.0 is the same beast, with a different diet – roaring back this fall just in time for the holidays. This iteration offers breakfast and lunch daily and dinner service Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

The building on Yanonali was built in 1945 by the Castagnola family as the original “net barn” where fishing nets were stored and repaired and has served the community as an auto repair shop, bakery and catering kitchen/café.

Large windows peek into the building and bring all-day sunshine into the airy room. Window frames and counters are crafted from natural teak wood and are accented by textures of stained concrete floors, terrazzo tabletops and whimsical wallpapers, including the canary-themed ceiling and wildly floral kitchen and restroom.

The bright pink, green, orange and turquoise floral palette warm the interiors and are juxtaposed with the natural wood and grays of the building, evoking the colorful designs of Southeast Asia.

“Ever since Tyger Tyger was forced to close its doors two years ago,

we have had consistent requests from our loyal guests to reopen with our innovative Asian fare.

…Those voices have been loud and clear, demanding a healthier and more sustainable menu brimming with flavor but good for the body and the planet. We are listening, and this new iteration of Tyger Tyger is our effort to deliver on that promise,” states Sherry Villanueva, Founder of Acme Hospitality.

menu is inspired by the bold flavors discovered in street food carts from Southeast Asia

The Tyger Tyger menu is inspired by the bold flavors discovered in street food carts from Southeast Asia, showcasing the Central Coast’s year-round bounty with its plant-forward selections.

Breakfast dishes include…

Breakfast dishes include Banana Loaf with miso butter; Coconut Berry Parfait with coconut yogurt, 7-spice granola, blueberry chia jam & local berries; Overnight Oats with chia seeds, coconut, kinako, tahini, Santa Barbara pistachios & house jam; Spicy Avocado Toast with chili-garlic crisp, scallion, house pickles & green goddess; Roasted Mushroom Toast with miso cream, tarragon & scallion; Breakfast Sando of herby egg omelet, fermented hot sauce, spicy cilantro aioli & pickled Fresno (sub tofu scramble); Breakfast Tacos with eggs, black beans, pickled red onion and jalapeno & house-fermented hot sauce, tingly chili oil & corn tortilla (sub tofu scramble). Eggs can be added to Avocado and Mushroom Toasts on request.

lunch and dinner

In addition to Spicy Avocado and Mushroom Toast¸ lunch and dinner offer a Crispy Rice Salad with Her Produce spicy greens, puffed quinoa, cucumber, mint, Thai basil, pickled shallot, roasted mushrooms, & lime leaf vinaigrette; Tea Leaf Noodle Salad with kelp noodles, cabbage, romaine, tomatoes, peanut crunch & fermented green tea condiment; the Tyger Bowl with coconut rice, black pepper tofu, fried shallots, pickled chili & golden curry sauce. Guests can add a Tamari Egg, Coconut Chicken or Grilled Fish to all Salads and bowls at an additional charge. Tyger Tyger’s signature Chicken Khao Soi is back with an aromatic coconut broth, scratch curry paste, egg noodles, braised chicken, lime leaf, fresh coriander, pickled mustard greens & noodle nest.

Other lunch and dinner dishes include Fried Yuba Sandwich with “Chicken Fried’ tofu skin, spicy maple, shaved cabbage & vegan yuzu ranch dressing;  Lechón of crispy pork belly, black sticky rice, pickles, herbs,  chili citrus glaze & black vinegar; Cha Ca La Vong – a turmeric and dill-marinated local catch with vermicelli noodles, nuoc cham & local veggies; and Mushroom Carbonara with khao soi noodles, wild mushroom medley, miso cream, preserved lemon, thyme, tarragon, green peppercorn & bonito.

Don’t forget to add a tamari egg as an option.

Enjoy a vegan soft serve or Ube Cream Pie for dessert and non-alcoholic drinks of house-made sodas and iced tea.

Acme Director of Restaurants Danny Bendett has carefully selected wine selections from around the world to complement the flavorful cuisine perfectly. Unique Sake and beer selections reflect the popular and the uncommon, all remarkable and expertly matched with Chef Laymance’s cuisine.

The fast-fine concept delivers elevated menus utilizing counter service with an inventive design. The tightly curated food and beverage programs promise to provide the extraordinary guest experience that Acme has been recognized for since making its mark in the Funk Zone in 2013. Tyger Tyger serves breakfast daily from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and lunch daily from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Dinner is served Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Tyger Tyger

121 E. Yanonali Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101


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