Vinoteca – Espresso Café By Day, Wine Bar By Dusk – Debuts At Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles At Beverly Hills

Hotel Guests And Locals Alike Say Saluti To The Italian-Inspired Concept Featuring Small Plates From Chef Denis Dello Stritto And Regional Varietals From Wine Director Luca Bruno

This fall, the executive and culinary team at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills introduces Vinoteca (located at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills at 300 South Doheny Drive in Los Angeles, California), a new Italian wine bar and espresso café adjacent to Culina restaurant. As the new go-to destination in Beverly Hills for stylish locals and visitors alike, Vinoteca will be an extension of creative pulse of Los Angeles as the city’s newest wine bar – the place to be and be seen at.

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Vinoteca (located at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills at 300 South Doheny Drive in Los Angeles, California), a new Italian wine bar and espresso café adjacent to Culina restaurant.

We have a very clear vision for Vinoteca,” says General Manager Michael Newcombe. “We see our guests and neighbors utilizing Vinoteca as an extension of their home or office. With a newly built-out space, powerful Wi-Fi and top-notch culinary offerings to match, creatives and industry executives are welcome to visit Vinoteca any time of day to sip on a cappuccino in the morning while catching up on the daily news, or drop by after work to enjoy a glass of Vermentino and montanara pizza from Naples.”

The Espresso Bar is open Monday-Saturday from 6:30 am to 11:00 am; and Sunday from 6:30 am to 4:00 pm. Vinoteca Wine Bar opens Monday-Wednesday from 11:00 am to 10:30pm; Thursday-Saturday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm; and Sunday from 4:00 pm to 10:30 pm.

Chef Denis Dello Stritto and the Menu

Twenty-nine year old Chef Denis Dello Stritto draws inspiration from his upbringing near Naples to curate a menu of hyper-seasonal sharable plates with a focus on traditional Italian “street food.” Utilizing the best produce available in California, Dello Stritto showcases the bounty of local farmers, combined with authentic ingredients shipped daily from Italy, such as burrata and olive oil. Vinoteca offers three distinct menus for breakfast, lunch, and apéritivo. Signature dishes (USD 5-15) include:

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Vinoteca (located at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills at 300 South Doheny Drive in Los Angeles, California), a new Italian wine bar and espresso café adjacent to Culina restaurant.

  • Neapolitan Montanara (Fried) Pizzas – classica, burrata, lobster, eggplant, sweet ricotta
  • L’Arancino – Sicilian salmon, arancino, squid ink bread crumb, meyer lemon aioli; the pear-shaped dish is a Western Sicilian specialty
  • Crudo – Yellowtail, swordfish carpaccio, tuna tartare, branzino carpaccio
  • Frutti di Mare

The roots of Dello Stritto’s culinary ardour were planted during his childhood in a small farming village north of Naples, Italy. The village, Caiazzo, is historically known for the quality of its olives and more, and nearly everyone is engaged in food production. “The smell, the taste, and the honest culture were part of my upbringing,” he says.

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The Espresso Bar is open Monday-Saturday from 6:30 am to 11:00 am; and Sunday from 6:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Dello Stritto combs farmers markets and fish markets each week throughout Los Angeles to inform the menus at Vinoteca. “As for the rest,” he says, reeling off Italian olive oil, cheeses, cured meats and more, “I work my connections. For the best, you need the right connections. Sixty percent of what makes a professional Italian chef is the chef, and forty percent is the quality of the product.”

Wine Program

To complement Dello Stritto’s modern Italian menus at Vinoteca, Wine Director and Assistant General Manager Luca Bruno (formerly of Providence, The French Laundry, Bistro don Giovanni, and The Fat Duck) has conceptualized a unique wine experience that honors the classic, imported masterpieces of Italy, alongside their artisanal Californian descendants. Through detailed research into the vineyards of Napa, Carneros, Paso Robles, Mendocino and the Santa Clara Valley, Bruno has discovered a variety of indigenous Italian grapes cultivated in California. His wines have been carefully chosen to showcase the finest examples of the classic terroir of Italy, as well as the artistry of locally –sourced talent honoring the Italian varietals and style.

With a large selection spanning various elevations, a multitude of soil types and native Italian varietals, guests are invited to customize their selection,” says Bruno. “We want the Vinoteca experience to be educational, immersive and authentic. Our guests will encounter a diverse array of creative wines, which will instil memories that pull them back again and again. We are also happy to curate a tasting flight or have guests design their own to taste and compare the wonders of Italy both at home and abroad.

In addition to approachable wines by the glass and bottle, Vinoteca offers 3 ounce flights as well as “Icon Wines” from the Coravin. Aperitivo cocktails (USD 14-18) include:

  • Il Carosello – gin, Aperol, lemon, absinthe and prosecco
  • Strawberry Basil Limonada – vodka, lemon, simple syrup strawberry, basil leaf and egg white
  • Summer in Amalfi – bourbon, Campari, pineapple, lime, ginger syrup, egg white and soda
  • Aperol Spritz – prosecco, Aperol, soda with orange wedge
  • Negroni Sbagliato – Campari, sweet vermouth, and prosecco
  • Vinoteca Espresso

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Step Onto The Wild Side And Spend Christmas At Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Private Wildlife Photography Sessions, A Local Artist In Residence And A New Year’s Eve Celebration For 2017 Await At The Luxury Safari Lodgesbt_087_aspect16x9

For a Christmas vacation like no other, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti has a calendar of festivities lined up for this Christmas and New Year, all serving as the perfect complement to days out on safari in the Serengeti National Park.sbt_071_aspect16x9

With both half day and full day game drives available, expert Four Seasons driver guides are on hand to spot as many of the “big five” as possible, with guests also able to now enjoy a safari in the Lodge’s new open vehicle. Upon return to Four Seasons, a Christmas culinary showcase awaits, with celebrations culminating in a New Year’s Eve party at Maji Bar and Terrace, where a local band and DJ will play under the African sky, just meters from the Lodge’s animal watering hole.sbt_107_aspect16x9

Artist Riziki S. J. Kateya and photographer Rick Collins will also be joining in the holiday spirit, with both being at the Lodge over the festive period to showcase their creative skills. Riziki, who is of Maasai origin and who is famous for her botanical illustrations, will be at Maji Terrace daily between December 22, 2016 and January 2, 2017, where the paintings she creates will be available for sale. Professional wildlife photographer Rick Collins will be offering private photography safaris to help guests perfect their composition when capturing shots of the surrounding wildlife and landscape.sbt_229_aspect16x9

For children, movie nights, kids’ cooking classes, animal face painting and a string of activities at the Kijana Klub will provide no end to the entertainment, while adults can rejuvenate at the six suite spa or take a closer look at the nature of the savannah in a guided walking safari.

Rates during the festive season start from USD 1,540 per night for a Savannah room, inclusive of full board. To make a reservation contact: res.serengeti@fourseasons.com.

With Renovation of Iconic Montreal Hudson’s Bay Store, Hudson’s Bay Company Announces First Saks Fifth Avenue Store in Quebec

Flagship Montreal Saks Fifth Avenue will be largest to open in Canada, Hudson’s Bay will introduce modernized shopping experience

Hudson’s Bay Company today announced plans to open its first Quebec Saks Fifth Avenue location in Montreal, within the historic Hudson’s Bay on Boulevard de Maisonneuve. The approximately 200,000 square-foot, multi-level store will be the largest Saks Fifth Avenue store in Canada and, similar to the award-winning approach taken at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, will be co-located with Hudson’s Bay in the same building. The opening is planned for Fall 2018. Hudson’s Bay will remain open throughout the renovation process.saks_fifth_avenue_logo

The new Saks flagship store will offer customers designer product including: women’s designer ready-to-wear, handbags, accessories, beauty and men’s. The store will feature some of Saks’ exclusive offerings, including: 10022-SHOE, Saks Fifth Avenue’s signature women’s designer shoe salon, and a full service Fifth Avenue Club, complete with private suites and personal shopping consultants. Unique to the Montreal store will be a Quebec-themed Saks Fifth Avenue food hall.

We are excited to bring the distinctive Saks Fifth Avenue experience to Montreal, which has long been a destination for fashion in Canada,” commented Marc Metrick, President, Saks Fifth Avenue. “Shoppers here are known for their impeccable style and we’re confident that Saks’ superior designer merchandise and exemplary customer service will be as well-received here as it has been across Canada.”

Hudson’s Bay will undergo an extensive renovation that will reconfigure the store layout, redefine departments and enhance the overall shopping environment. The multi-million dollar investment in Canada’s iconic store will touch all levels of the building, and further positions Hudson’s Bay as the most exciting department store in Canada. The new concept for Hudson’s Bay will introduce the most modern department store shopping experience while maintaining the company’s heritage. The plans build on the success of the company’s Queen Street flagship, where Hudson’s Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue are co-located and offer an unparalleled shopping experience. Continue reading

Plum Debuts First Super-Automatic Wine Appliance

New In-Home Wine Appliance Puts Any Two Standard Wine Bottles On Tap, Serving Each Glass, Preserved and Chilled, at the Touch of a Button

Plum, a new company transforming how wine is enjoyed with the first ever super-automatic wine appliance, today debuts its flagship product that enables a premium wine-by-the-glass experience. A sophisticated marriage of haute technology and elegant design, Plum automatically identifies the wine, individually chills each bottle, and preserves the wine so it can be enjoyed one glass at a time over a longer period of time. (Plum video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQAS3czcrnw )

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Wine has not kept up with our [ever evolving] lifestyles. Most of us want to enjoy a glass of wine after work, pair a glass of wine with food, or be a great host and offer guests an option of red or white,” said David Koretz, Founder & CEO, Plum. “Too often I found myself not finishing a bottle and pouring oxidized wine down the drain, or not opening the bottle at all because I didn’t want to waste it. So I created Plum to enable wine lovers to enjoy the perfect glass of wine. Their wine collection, on their terms.

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Conceived to match any high-end kitchen, living room or wet bar, Plum has a molded, brushed stainless steel shell in #4 finish. The front panel is finished in a high-gloss black front with a UV coating and 7″ glass-paneled touchscreen. (PRNewsFoto/Plum)

Plum’s molded, brushed stainless steel shell curves around the device, providing a sophisticated aesthetic that is at home in kitchens, living rooms and wet bars. Inside, Plum holds two standard 750ml bottles with any closure – natural cork, artificial cork, engineered cork, and even metal screw caps. Plum preserves each wine for up to 90 days without removing the cork, and serves each wine at the perfect temperature for that varietal, transforming wine lovers’ enjoyment from by-the-bottle to by-the-glass.

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A sophisticated marriage of haute technology and elegant design, Plum automatically identifies the wine, individually chills each bottle, and preserves the wine so it can be enjoyed one glass at a time over a longer period of time. (PRNewsFoto/Plum)

Plum is, perhaps, the most technically, sophisticated household wine appliance ever made. Each wine bottle is automatically identified by an integrated computer and cameras, and the labels appear on a full-color, seven-inch touchscreen that allows users see what they are drinking and to enjoy a taste or a glass of either wine at a touch. Continue reading

Fashion: Tall Women Retailer Debuts Fashion-Forward Capsule Collection, CURATD. x Long Tall Sally, to Launch for Winter ’16

Long Tall Sally, the global leader in fashion for tall women, announces the launch of its new trend-inspired capsule collection coined CURATD. by Long Tall Sally. With 26 stores in UK, USA, Canada and Germany as well as an online site at www.longtallsally.com, the brand is the global destination where style starts at 5’8″ with shoes in UK sizes 7-13/US sizes 9-15 and the first choice for tall women worldwide, designing each piece in-house for the perfect tall fit.

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Expertly designed in-house with stunning silhouettes and textural fabrics, the collection offers stylish, high-end pieces specifically cut and perfectly proportioned for women who are 5’8”and taller. This limited edition collection curates the season’s inspirational catwalk trends into one exquisite edit.

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Anchored around a dusky color palette, the collection features soft tulip prints, feminine cuts and subtle detailing. Stand-out pieces include the oversized black suede aviator jacket with gunmetal trim and soft shearling lining (£275/ $495), the whimsical maxi playsuit dress (£85/$149) and the super sharp tuxedo suit jacket and trousers in navy trimmed with black (jacket £100/$175, trousers £70/$125).

CURATD. offers another dimension to Long Tall Sally,” says Andrew Shapin, CEO of the brand. “It’s the ultimate tall style statement: a collection that celebrates strong, contemporary women and further reinforces Long Tall Sally as the destination for fashion for tall women.

CURATD. x Long Tall Sally launches on October 17, 2016 at select Long Tall Sally stores around the world and online at www.longtallsally.com. The collection will be available in sizes 8-20 (UK) and 4-16 (US), and prices range from £25- £275/$45 – $495 (US)

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Lookbook Video: https://vimeo.com/186959157

Website: http://www.longtallsally.com
Instagram: @longtallsallyclothing
Twitter: @Long_Tall_Sally

Now Open: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto Unlocks The Hidden Secrets Of Japan’s Ancient Imperial Capital

Dedicated Four Seasons Experience Creator Devises Unique Itineraries That Give Travelers Exclusive Access To Authentic Cultural Encounters

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In the shadow of Higashiyama Mountain in the temple district of Japan’s ancient capital, a modern oasis of serenity and style opens the doors to a city that is both beautiful and mysterious, breathtaking and inspiring. This is Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, secluded amid a five acre (two hectare) 12th century pond garden, yet just moments from key centers of business, culture, history and natural wonders.kyo_027_aspect16x9

Kyoto is one of the world’s most alluring cities, but she can be shy in revealing her secrets – our mission at Four Seasons is to help our guests discover her wonders and experience all the city has to offer,” says General Manager Alex Porteous, who leads the 270-person team at the intimate Hotel with 123 rooms and 57 Hotel Residences in the historic Higashiyama District, close to downtown.

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The new Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is the sister property of Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, suggesting an opportunity for travelers to experience the ancient and modern capitals of Japan in Four Seasons style. The company recently announced plans for a third hotel in Japan, in Tokyo’s Otemachi business district.kyo_058_aspect16x9

Welcome to Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

A Good Night’s Rest: Guest rooms including 13 suites – are designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates to showcase views of the pond garden, Myoho-in Temple and surrounding neighborhood. Traditional elements such as shoji panels, polished woods, locally crafted Kyoto-style fusuma screens and urushi lacquerware are paired with modern at-one’s-fingertips technologies. Selected accommodations, including the lavishly appointed Presidential Suite, also have balconies. At 245 square meters (2,637 square feet indoors plus additional furnished outdoors space, the Presidential Suite is one of Kyoto’s largest.  All guest rooms and suites feature the signature Four Seasons Bed.kyo_035_aspect16x9

Dining at Four Seasons: In a city renowned for its continuing history of innovative cuisine, Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is a destination unto itself. The Brasserie brings the spirit of modern bistro fare to the city with a distinctive local twist. Dishes include Chef Tsuyoshi Iryo’s miso-marinated foie gras terrine and ox tongue bourguignon with local daikon and sprout salad. The pinnacle of Edo-Mae style sushi is showcased at the exclusive Sushi Wakon, produced by Michelin-starred Chef Red Masuda, with Chef Masashi Yamaguchi serving just 10 guests per seating at the eight meter long (26 foot) hinoki (cypress) counter. Two private dining spaces for 4 or 8 guests are also available.kyo_054_aspect16x9

In the inviting Lounge, guests are treated to gourmet bites to accompany selections of fine domestic and imported whiskies and other spirits, creative coffee drinks, “gastro” teas, and other beverages. Across the historic pond, a tea house awaits at Shakusui-tei, with a menu of local sakes and premium champagnes to sparkle alongside the water’s reflections in the evening.

Health and Well-Being: The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is grounded in the Japanese aesthetic of enso, connecting mind and body. A menu of ceremonious rituals, results-oriented therapies and indulgent journeys are performed by skilled therapists in one of seven treatment rooms, including a couple’s suite. Of special note are skin care treatments using Tatcha, a luxury brand inspired by the 200 year old style guide called Miyakofuzoku Kewaiden. French high-performance line Biologique Recherche and all-natural Sodashi from Australia are also featured alongside Kotoshina products formulated with organic green tea from Uji, Kyoto and French spa water for beautiful skin.kyo_062_aspect16x9

The Spa complex includes a sauna, steam and whirlpool; a full-service beauty salon; state-of-the-art fitness centre, and 20 meter (66 foot) indoor pool. Continue reading

1 Hotels Announces February 2017 Opening For Flagship Brooklyn Bridge Property

The Riverfront Property Offers Stunning Views of the Statue of Liberty, NYC Bridges, and Manhattan Skyline, as well as Rooftop Pool and Bar, Expansive Meeting Spaces, Full-Service Spa and Gym, and Four Dining Venues

Following Opening Date Announcement of Portfolio’s Third Property, 1 Hotels will Soon Unveil Three New Developments, Including First International Location, Continuing Rapid Growth

1 Hotels, the mission-driven luxury lifestyle hotel brand announced that the newest addition to its portfolio, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge (60 Furman Street), is set to make its highly anticipated debut in February 2017.

As a luxury lifestyle hotel brand inspired by nature, 1 Hotels cultivates the best of eco-conscious design and sustainable architecture, together with extraordinary comfort and an unrivaled level of service. 1 Hotels, which launched in 2015 with the opening of exclusive properties in Miami’s South Beach and Manhattan’s Central Park and is followed by the upcoming Brooklyn launch in early 2017, is inspired by a simple idea: those that travel the world also care about it. 1 Hotels upholds this vision by channeling nature through design and culinary partnerships, while connecting with the local community and taking sustainable steps to make a big difference. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge will bring to life the brand’s philosophy of honoring and protecting nature in an unmatched Brooklyn setting. According Kemper Hyers, SVP of Design at Starwood Capital Group,

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the signature 1 Hotels design will be given an “industrial edge” in Brooklyn.

Located at Pier 1 on Brooklyn Bridge Park, just south of the iconic bridge in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood and minutes from downtown Manhattan, the 10-story sustainable ground-up development is designed by New York-based architecture studio Incorporated and will feature 194 guest rooms with sliding floor-to-ceiling windows –most offering stunning views of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge and New York City skyline–including 29 two- to six-bedroom suites and The Riverhouse, its Presidential Suite. Guests of the hotel will enjoy a full service Bamford Spa, a legendary UK-based import focused on organic treatments, a state of the art Field House fitness center, a yoga and barre studio operated by POE Yoga, and more than 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a 50-seat screening room. All aspects of the hotel’s design and construction will be carefully chosen to reflect 1 Hotel’s commitment to environmentally responsible hospitality, built in a joint venture between Starwood Capital Group and Toll Brothers City Living.

The 1 Hotels brand aims to show sophisticated travelers they can live well, do good, and respect the community around them while helping each other create a greener world,” said 1 Hotels founder and SH Group CEO Barry Sternlicht. “As our first brand new development, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is the true realization of our vision for 1 Hotels and quite possibly the best hotel I have ever done. The Brooklyn community is known for their vitality and innovation in health, wellness and eco-friendly practices. We are incredibly excited to be a part of this thriving community.

As with every 1 Hotel, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is committed to sustainability and protecting the environment. The property is being built under LEED® guidelines, and will boast a LEED Dynamic Plaque(TM). 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge will operate its own rain-water reclamation system and feature low-energy lightbulbs, a triple-filtered water purification system, in-room recycling bins and fresh dining offerings.

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Signature Restaurant by Seamus Mullen: The hotel has enlisted Seamus Mullen, award-winning chef, restaurateur and author to conceptualize the signature restaurant, which will have an open kitchen design and wood-burning grill as part of its concept. Mullen, known for creating food that is honest, healthy and natural, will introduce a clean culinary experience, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. He will also oversee menus for the hotel’s healthy 24-hour in-room dining.

Rooftop Pool & Bar and 10th floor Lounge: The rooftop of the property will welcome hotel guests and locals to its 4,000 square-foot lush retreat of native plants. With unobstructed views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Skyline, the rooftop will be designed both for daytime and nighttime programming, featuring:

  • An invisible edge plunge pool with day beds
  • A bar and lounge with rocking chairs
  • Fire pits to watch the night go by while looking at the Statue of Liberty
  • Open event space for private events and weddings

One floor below the rooftop, connected by a glass enclosed staircase, the hotel will unveil an indoor 10th floor cocktail lounge that will feature local craft cocktails and small bites, upon opening.

Meeting Spaces: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge will include more than 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space with high-tech audio/visual equipment, featuring sliding floor to ceiling windows and tree-line views of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Meadow Rue Ballroom, located on the ground floor, features a full façade of collapsible doors and windows that open onto the park, creating a space to accommodate up to 1,000 guests.

Neighbors Cafe: Also located on the ground level, the hotel will offer a grab-and-go café offering of seasonal, fresh items from neighborhood Brooklyn purveyors, among other signature curated items. Continue reading