The Weekend Cocktail: Summer Sangria

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY This weekend I will be catering a 'friendraiser/thank you event’ for supporters of  El Nido Family Centers. Founded in Los Angeles in 1925,  it was created as a counseling service for girls. Believing that “a child cannot … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: A Toast to Bastille Day

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Here is a cocktail just perfect for summer and to help us celebrate Bastille Day, the French national holiday that commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on 14 July 1789 and marked the beginning of the French … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Stella’s Campari Orange Spritzer

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Earlier this week I was getting a mani/pedi and I got to talking to another client, Stella Angelova, the multi-talented  gymnast and choreographer who is owns her own couture design company. As we were being pampered we started … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Bring Forth the Summer Solstice

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY This is the time of the rose, blossom and thorn, fragrance and blood. Now on this longest day, light triumphs, and yet begins the decline into the dark. The Sun King embraces the Queen of Summer in the love that is death … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Chocolate Ice Cream Martini

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY June is a fun month of fabulous foodie celebration days. Today just happens to be National Chocolate Ice Cream Day! What a great excuse to create a fun grown up version of a classic chocolate shake! You can add a little whipped … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Celebrating in Margaritaville

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY For those with Mexican heritage, Cinco de Mayo is a holiday celebrating their country's victory over France during the Battle of Puebla in 1862, but for the rest of us in Southern California it's just a great excuse to throw … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: The Mid-Summer Nights Dream

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 BY GWEN KENNEALLY "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind". William Shakespeare  If music be the food of love —play on—and make sure you have a cocktail in hand to celebrate William … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Very Black Licorice Martini

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I am always looking for interesting ways to learn create new, fun and exciting cocktails. This week I am inspired by National Licorice Day. A yummy confectionery taken from extract of the licorice plant, licorice contains a … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: The Chocolate Mousse Cocktail

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY It is National Chocolate Mousse Week and I personally can’t think of a better reason to celebrate. I love a great sweet, creamy delicious chocolate mousse! The most elegant one that I have ever had was sprinkled with the French … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Spring Fling Strawberry Basil Margarita

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY This week spring has sprung and as we start preparing for seasonal celebrations the flavors of March are fresh, fragrant and alive.  Enjoy this cocktail with your friends as you bask in the beauty of the garden. … [Read more...]