Your CLUB VIP experience includes one-hour early entry to main event at 5 p.m. Enjoy the exclusive CLUB VIP Lounge all evening, with private bartenders from The Chapel at the Abbey, tastings of rare wines, celebrity chef meet and greets, cooking demos, and more! Complimentary valet parking included.
Starting at 5 p.m. in the CLUB VIP Lounge:
5-6:30 p.m.: Tastings of rare high-end wines, hand-selected by David Bailey.
5-6 p.m.: Celebrity chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, Kajsa Alger (Border Grill, Blue Window, Bon Appetit, The Huntington)
5:15-6 p.m.: Magic by Bill Bailey, member of the Magic Castle Society of Magicians
6-6:30 p.m.: Tito’s hands-on handcraft cocktail demo by Martin Cole from British Bartenders
6:30-7 p.m.: Chef Scott Jones, Crossroads: Vegan cooking demo
7-7:30 p.m.: Duff’s Interactive cupcake art
7:30-8 p.m.: Chef Draden: Aphrodisiacs
Enjoy the lounge and these Tito’s specialty cocktails all evening by bartenders from The Chapel at The Abbey:
TITO’S IN THE PARK
Tito’s, muddled blackberries, fresh lemon juice and house-made syrup
Tito’s Vodka, fresh lime wedges, strawberries and house-made syrup
While being raised in the predominantly Latino communities of Huntington Park and South Gate in a Mexican and Salvadorian family, cooking was a form of self-expression and a time to bond with family for Chef Draden Medina. His formal training took place at the prestigious California Culinary Institute in San Francisco and The Arizona Culinary Institute in Scottsdale. Medina returned to Los Angeles to begin his work as a prep cook The Conga Room’s Boca Restaurant at L.A. LIVE. Catering to legendary rockstars and Beverly Hill’s most elite guests, he fortified a growing list of private clients.
Trailblazing chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, radio and TV personality, Susan Feniger has become legendary in Los Angeles for her award-winning restaurants STREET , Mud Hen Tavern, Blue Window, and Border Grill, her most well-known restaurant that she has operated for 35 years with business partner Mary Sue Milliken in four locations: Downtown LA, LAX International Airport, and two in Las Vegas.
After working together in Chicago and Paris, Milliken and her longtime collaborator, Susan Feniger, settled in Los Angeles where they founded the critically acclaimed City Cafe in 1981. They eventually expanded to a larger space on La Brea Avenue, renaming the establishment CITY Restaurant. In 1985, they opened the Mexican restaurant Border Grill in the original City Cafe space, before moving it to Santa Monica in 1990. The restaurant later expanded to Pasadena (closed) and the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. Broadening their culinary horizons, Milliken and her partner opened Ciudad in Los Angeles in 1998.
Chef Scot Jones oversees daily food operations at Crossroads, L.A.'s upscale vegan hotspot. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he has more than 20 years of experience cooking Mediterranean and vegan cuisine. He was the Executive Chef at Vegiterranean in Akron, Ohio, a vegan restaurant concepted by Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders and Chef Tal Ronnen. Prior to Vegiterranean, he was a partner and Executive Chef at Fedeli in Canton, Ohio.
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