The Weekend Cocktail: Summer Sangria

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Make this sangria with red or white wine.

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 … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: The Artillery Cantaloupe Green Tea Cocktail

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Memorial Day (Decoration Day) is to honor the solders that have sacrificed their lives in service to this country. On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan declared in General Order No. 11 that the 30th of May 1868 is designated … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktails: Lighten Up with The POMania and The Spajito

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Taking the 2013 New Year’s mindful approach to eating it only seems fair that we bring it to our weekend cocktail. These spa cocktails inspired by the mixologists at Square One Organic Vodka are refreshing and delicious and … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Hurricane Relief Flame

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY In honor of all of my East Coast friends who are weathering the storm I found an old cocktail recipe that is fun and festive because you flame it upon serving it. Now that we have had a couple of days of sprinkles in Los Angeles, … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Passion Fruit Martini

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Passion Fruit Martini

BY GWEN KENNEALLY It seems like after the 4th of July we are sneaking into a lovely party weekend. This awesome martini packs a punch but is so yummy delicious! Have a great weekend. Cheers! PASSION FRUIT MARTINI 8 Parts ABSOLUT VODKA 2 … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: In Memoriam—A Toast And Tribute To Jim Sahin, Cafe Aldente Chef/Owner

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY This week, the heart of Studio City became heavy with the passing of Jim Sahin,  who owned and operated Café Aldente since 1988. I got the privilege of meeting Jim over 10 years ago when he started dating one of my … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Pride Party Punch

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY This weekend marks some special events celebrating gay pride! West Hollywood has a festival all weekend and one of the largest and most inclusive parades in Los Angeles, the LA PRIDE Parade which steps off at 11:00 a.m. on … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Celebrate Oscar With Light Vodka Fusion Cocktails

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY This Sunday all eyes will be on Hollywood as we honor the motion picture industry at the 84th Annual Academy Awards.  It's great fun to invite friends over to dress up , take a lovely walk down the red carpet and enjoy some … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Blue Hibiscus Infusion

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY The holidays came and went quickly and the first month of the year is half way over.  What better time to honor our bodies and be mindful of our resolutions to be healthier. I love the taste of this hibiscus elixir added to … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Holiday Martinis for Christmas and Hanukkah

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Cheers to the holidays!

BY GWEN KENNEALLY I just got word that the Holiday Peppermint Martini is Santa’s most favorite cocktail and that the Menorah Martini is a hit with Hanukkah Harry. If you leave these cocktails out with some homemade cookies,  you are sure to get … [Read more...]