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Tickets on Sale Now for the Seventh-Annual “An Evening on the Beach”

On Thursday, September 14, the ultimate summer evening returns with the seventh annual An Evening on the Beach, presented by Audi, at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. Held each year to benefit St. Vincent Meals on Wheels of Los Angeles, this year the charity is proudly celebrating the 40th Anniversary. The oceanside celebration is a truly unique food and wine experience, allowing guests to enjoy an evening of delicious dishes, glass in hand and toes in the sand.

LA’s best chefs present decadent bites, served alongside vintner tastings, specialty cocktails, and great live music for guests to enjoy while the summer sun sets over the ocean. Dress is casual, shoes are optional, and proceeds will help to provide nearly 4,000 meals needed to feed homebound seniors and other vulnerable residents across the Los Angeles area every day.

This year’s chef line-up includes Gino Angelini of Angelini Osteria, Genevieve Gergis of Bestia, Jonathan Grahm of Compartes Chocolates, Denis Crutchfield of Craft Los Angeles, Hilary Henderson of CUT Beverly Hills, Mimmo Bruno of Di Stefano Cheese, Matt Molina of Everson Royce Bar, Evan Funke of Felix Trattoria, Jose Fernandez of Four Seasons Westlake, Frank Ostini of Hitching Post, Jason McClain and Adina Rivera-Schaefer of The Jonathan Club, Miles Thompson of Michael’s Restaurant, Enrique Cuevas of Mikkeller DTLA, Dahlia Narvaez of Pizzeria Mozza, Osteria Mozza and Chi Spacca, Alex Ageneau of Petrossian, Mark Peel of Prawn, Charles Olalia of Rice Bar, Chris Phelps of Salt’s Cure, Craig Towe of Sotto, Bruce Kalman of Union Knead Co., and Micah Wexler of Wexler’s Deli.

Specialty cocktails will be served by Ryan Wainwright of Bombet Hospitality Group and Shawn Lickliter of Republique, in addition to a martini bar. A group of guest vintners will showcase a number of their wines, including Ascension Cellars, BeeKeeper Cellars, Bonaccorsi Wine Company, DemiJohn Imports, Dr. Loosen Wines, Hartley Ostini Hitching Post Winery, Kalin Cellars, Malibu Vineyards, Melville Vineyards Winery, Navarro Vineyards, Nellcote, Palmina Winery, Revenant Winery, Workman Ayer, and with many more to come.

Tickets are $185, including parking, and are on sale now through the event website

In addition to Audi, sponsors include Accenture, FreshPoint of Southern California, Santa Monica Seafood, Tequila Clase Azul, Chopin Vodka, Adirondack Distilling Company, Portobello Road London Dry Gin, Petrossian, Cafe Luxxe, Badiot and Evian waters, The Jonathan Club, Angeleno Magazine, Clear Channel Media, 100.3 The Sound, Wine Spectator, Verterra Dinnerware, and Di Stefano Cheese.

For more information on An Evening on the Beach, to request interviews or publish photos, or to request media credentials, please contact Katie Brucker Roy, KBPR Group, Inc. [email protected]. For sponsorship opportunities, or to purchase one of the limited VIP tables of ten, please contact Joan Wrede of JWEvents [email protected].

Evening on the Beach

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Rustic and fresh: Farmhouse style

Farmhouse style is a fairly new term used in the design world today. But it’s seen everywhere — on television, in stores, in catalogues and on home décor websites. You almost can’t escape it.

We think of farmhouses in rural areas where farmers and their families had to fend for themselves. Functionality and necessity were the key factors in furnishing and living in their homes. Whatever was available to them where they lived, they utilized.

As we all can attest to, most fashion and home décor styles bask in the sun for a period of time, then they fall by the wayside. A case in point was the style coined “Shabby Chic” back in the 1990s. It was all the rage. Its style elements were a precursor to farmhouse style today. Lots of chipped frames, columns, corbels and furniture were in the mix with white paint as its foundation. The color pink and green were at the forefront, along with ruffles, china and chintz.

Today’s farmhouse style has some of these characteristics, but with much more sophistication. It is straightforward and exudes rusticity. This motif, as did shabby chic, mixes well with traditional pieces in your home. It can be paired with many styles including contemporary, mid-century modern, French Country as well as good old elements of Americana.

The elements of farmhouse design include mixing metals, such as brass, copper, iron and nickel. Galvanized containers, such as laundry baskets, are a big part of this look. All shapes of wire baskets can be used as stylish storage for just about anything. From decorative objects to books and magazines, even the mail. These baskets can house necessary supplies, such as in your laundry room (soap powders and the like), on a desk (office supplies, in–out baskets), or in the kitchen (filling them with canisters to place on counters or in pantries). This is where function and style come together.

There are other ways to use metal accents as well. In the kitchen, hanging copper pots from a beam, on a wall or stacked on the bottom shelf of an island add to the ambience of this sometimes urban, yet country look.

And this country style feels fresh and bright. Classic white cabinets or free-standing cabinetry are another feature. White is the dominant color used throughout a farmhouse chic home. Open shelving displaying white ironstone dinnerware adorn the shelves while white ironstone pitchers contain beautiful flowers from the gardens on a farm or in your yard. And don’t forget the homegrown herbs that season your food and play an important part in the garden.

White subway tile is used in bathrooms as well as in the kitchen for backsplashes. These mix well with hardwood floors, ceiling beams and sliding barn doors. In addition, another feature synonymous with farmhouse kitchen style is a farmhouse sink — a large, square sink with a front apron. Farmers and their families used this sink to wash their bounty and to bathe their babies!

Large distressed dining tables are often paired with iron chairs. Crystal chandeliers can be added for a touch of luxe. And you can go beyond sheetrock for the walls. They may be made of horizontal, wooden boards, sometimes tongue and groove. Today we know them as “Shiplap.” Actually this style has been used in farmhouses for centuries, especially in the south. Along with shiplap, bead board has made its presence well known in this style.

Farmhouse decor today reflects a lifestyle that is functional, stylish and shows a love of the land. It is a simple style and can be accomplished by those who enjoy DIY projects. Recycling and renovating are key as well as mixing the old with the new, rustic with elegant and casual with formal. It is an unpretentious style, very matter of fact, but very welcoming and stylish.

Janice Serendi, a member of the Interior Design Society, is a professional design consultant in Old Saybrook and has joined Design House Interiors, LLC of Wallingford. DHI offers full service design services including kitchen design and premium home staging. She can be reached at 860-388-1770 or at the Wallingford Studio at 203-836-4909. Visit her at or email her at

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Amazon begins direct sale of online goods through UAE portal as it looks to shake up retail

Amazon has begun selling products to UAE consumers through the recently-acquired, as the world’s largest retailer takes its first steps toward creating an online shopping culture in a country still dominated by bricks and mortar retail.

It began with a handful of Amazon-branded products this week but marked a significant step for shoppers that have long complained of hiked prices in the country’s upmarket malls.

Experts said the move, which followed the purchase of for $580 million in March, would begin give shoppers access to a service that has transformed global retail.

“While currently the range is very limited – basically featuring mobile and other consumer electronics accessories – we strongly expect that the range would be increased within the consumer electronics and travel accessories segments,” said Rabia Yasmeen, an analyst at Euromonitor in Dubai.

At present, shoppers can order directly from Amazon but pay steep costs to ‘shop and ship’ goods or deliver through courier companies.


“The launch of AmazonBasics will give consumers access to a global private label at prices lower than,” she said.


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AmazonBasics is the company’s own brand of affordable products of everything from USB leads to kitchen utensils and Amazon-brand Apple Mac covers from just Dh29.

There are currently several dozen items from the range available on, compared with about a thousand on AmazonBasics US website, with prices ranging from Dh20 to Dh60.

For example, an Apple certified lightning to USB cable costs Dh25; a laptop sleeve Dh29; and a gadget bag Dh65. Travel accessories such as a four-piece packing cube set are Dh55. Free shipping is available and there is also an extra 25 per cent discount on offer.

The move is the first clear link-up between Amazon and Souq since the US company completed its acquisition of the Middle East’s largest online retailer. Users could already use Amazon accounts to login to Souq’s website.

Announcing the move, Souq founder and chief executive Ronaldo Mouchawar said the arrival of AmazonBasics meant UAE customers now could access a “great selection of best in class products at very affordable prices”.

But while the development is welcome for hard-pressed consumers, it raises the question of when local buyers will have direct access to services seen in other markets, such as overnight delivery from Amazon, plus Amazon Prime and Echo.

Amazon showed its economy of scale on Monday week when it dramatically slashed prices of products at the recently-acquired Whole Foods, the upmarket organic food chain, by as much as 43 per cent.

“The conventional supermarket has not evolved much in decades,” Karen Short, an analyst at Barclays Capital, told Bloomberg.

“But Amazon will likely drive drastically different shopping behaviour in grocery. The survival of the fittest has begun.”

E-commerce in the UAE has been relatively small-scale in recent years, and shoppers still flock to malls boasting lavish food courts and other attractions. But, the expected arrival of new online marketplaces such as the $1 billion investment business will likely change that.

Consultants AT Kearney expect e-commerce in the UAE to grow at a compound annual growth rate for 25 per cent per year up to 2020, with Frost and Sullivan estimating the market could be worth up to $10bn by next year. 

“Anyone who executes the correct way in the next couple of years can get into the big league,” said Pratik Gupta, co-founder of, an online market platform that launched with great fanfare in Saudi Arabia and the UAE in 2015, earlier this month.



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Presales of nöni the World’s First One-Piece Seamless Stainless …

With Sydney, Australia’s SOLIDteknics introduction of indestructible nöni cookware, made to last from generation to generation, it has now completed 10 successful crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter


Led by crowdfunding backers in Australia and the United States, more than $265,000 was invested in SOLIDteknics nöni cookware during its highly successful campaign on Kickstarter.

“We want to thank all those crowdfunders who supported this revolutionary cookware, that is truly made to last the test of time and designed to be the only stainless steel cookware you’ll ever need, for generations,” said SOLIDteknics Founder and Development Engineer Mark James Henry. “In the meantime, our early nöni cookware adopters should be on the look-out for the introduction of our next larger four-liter model nöni limited-edition pan, along with matching 11-inch skillet-lid, on Kickstarter in the coming months.”

The introduction of nöni stainless steel represents SOLIDteknics tenth successful crowdfunding campaign, after nine featuring innovative iron cookware.

Henry said cooks at home and professional chefs alike can continue purchasing the company’s iron cookware through the SOLIDteknics website, which also lists several retailers that carry their other products, but he explains that nöni cookware line is only be available on Kickstarter for now.

“With the lead time required using ferritic stainless material, the earliest noni cookware will be delivered to our select retail outlets will be April 2018,” Henry said. “However, this unique cookware will be sold at much higher prices then, since our high finishing costs in Australia don’t allow us to cut the price enough for retailers to make their margins unless they increase the price. That means the best, most economical way to purchase our nöni products will be when they are introduced on Kickstarter. We will also re-offer our most popular pans from previous campaigns as sets at great value.”

nöni are high performance chef pans wrought in one piece in Sydney from exotic German ferritic stainless – noted for its highly conductive, induction-compatible, non-nickel stainless (not the more common non-magnetic austenitic). nöni features handles that are integral with the pan body, with no rivets, welds, screws, or fragile clad layers – and each lid doubles as a high-performance flat skillet for grilling.

Their patent-pending, world-first seamless one-piece construction makes SOLIDteknics nöni pans so tough that they come with a multi-century warranty – another first in the world for cookware.

nöni Features:

  •     World-first Seamless One Piece wrought Stainless Steel construction
  •     Rivet, Weld and Screw Free
  •     Versatile Lid/Skillet Feature
  •     Soakable and Dishwasher Safe
  •     Conductive ferritic (non-nickel) German stainless
  •     Works on Induction
  •     Durable and Hygienic
  •     Vented Heat-dissipating Handles

“With the nöni pan, you’re not just buying cookware but a treasured family heirloom that will be enjoyed for years to come,” Henry said.

For more information on SOLIDteknics cookware, and to keep appraised of the next nöni cookware campaign on Kickstarter, visit their website and sign up for their newsletter at

About SOLIDteknics

Mark James Henry has a background in the metal trades, mechanical engineering and business degrees, and a string of patents, long history of innovation and brand development, including Innovivant, Füritechnics, Füri knives and Diamond Fingers sharpeners. SOLIDteknics nöni pans are patent pending with tooling complete, pre-production samples exciting the experts, and production ready to go. For more information, visit

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Made In Cookware To Debut In September

Made In, a new direct-to-consumer cookware brand, is entering the market. The company will offer a line of fry pans in both stainless steel and non-stick, sauce pans, sauté pans and stock pots.

Founded by Boston-based entrepreneurs and childhood friends Bradford Malt and Jake Kalick, Made In’s mission is to provide home cooks with high-quality tools, with the flexibility to purchase only the items they need, all at an approachable pricepoint, the company said.

All Made In products feature 5-ply construction that combines durability and even-cooking properties, ergonomic and heat-resistant handles, chemical-free coating, and are stackable and dishwasher safe, according to the company. Each product also features informative engravings, such as internal temperatures and knife skill guides on the bottom, as well as integration with Amazon’s Alexa system.

The company said it will begin taking pre-orders on September 7 and will begin shipping products later in the month.

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First Look at Claro, a Oaxacan-Inspired Restaurant in Gowanus

Oaxacan-inspired food and drink at Claro.

Photo: Melissa Hom

T.J. Steele first dreamed of opening a “farm-to-table” Mexican restaurant over a decade ago, when he was executive sous-chef at Union Square Cafe, and you could probably count all the ensuing years spent traveling, eating, and cooking around Mexico as research. (Along the way, he co-founded a mezcal brand, El Buho.) This Friday, dream becomes reality in the form of Claro, Steele’s paean to the foods and people of Oaxaca, where he still lives part-time. His partners include co-chef (and fellow Union Square alum) Chad Shaner and designer J.T. Stewart, who also co-own Freek’s Mill nearby. But the collaborative spirit extends to Steele’s network of friends in Mexico, including the craftsmen who equipped the former Pines space with bar tiles and ceramic dinnerware, and the neighboring mothers and grandmothers who taught Steele their techniques. He developed Claro’s recipes by asking himself, “If she came to the market here, what would she cook?”

At the heart of the menu is barbacoa, which is made by rubbing goat with spices, chile, and salt, then steaming it with avocado leaves over a grill in Claro’s backyard. The steaming liquid becomes a consommé to eat with the meat, which gets crisped for service in hot duck fat. And the tortillas that accompany it are just as labor-intensive: Steele imports heirloom corn from Mexico and nixtamalizes it in-house, then cooks the tortillas on a wood-fired clay comal.

As a professional chef who grew up in an Italian-American family in New Jersey, he found the process of making various masa-based antojitos — memelas, tetelas, tlayudas, garnachas, and quesadillas — reassuringly familiar. “It’s like different shapes of pasta,” he says, describing how form relates to function. “How do you want to get this sauce in your mouth?” And it was hard not to notice other parallels: how making fresh queso Oaxaca resembled pulling mozzarella, and the overlaps between ricotta and queso fresco, especially when paired with ingredients like squash blossoms and a tomato-based salsa. As you might have suspected, the bar will focus on mezcal — Steele’s own and others, in cocktails and straight. Here’s a look at the space and some of the food.

Shrimp aguachile.

Photo: Melissa Hom

Lobster tostada with corn and husk cherries.

Photo: Melissa Hom

Tlayuda with rabbit salpicon.

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The barbacoa service: goat and all the fixings.

Photo: Melissa Hom

Elsa’s mole with turkey.

Photo: Melissa Hom

The wood-fired comal.

Photo: Melissa Hom

The back patio.

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Outdoor-kitchen counter.

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Mezcal central.

Photo: Melissa Hom

Chica Mi Tipo with tequila, Aperol, and grapefruit.

Photo: Melissa Hom

Casa Famosa, a mezcal cocktail with chamomile syrup and pimento dram.

Photo: Melissa Hom

284 Third Ave., nr. Carroll St., Gowanus; 347-721-3126

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The Upstate steps up to help hurricane victims –

There’s a growing local effort to help out the more than two million people suffering in Houston right now. From individuals who hit the road, to churches on standby, ready to feed the hungry, people in the Upstate feel compelled to do something.

Houston is so bad off right now, it’s not even at the stage where the federal government is letting in a lot of outside volunteers. So the need right now for help looks different than how it will look weeks from now. But one thing is for sure, it will be there for quite some time.

The 4 convection ovens and tilt skillets in this First Baptist Church of Spartanburg mobile kitchen cooked 6000 meals a day after 9/11, Katrina, and the Columbia SC Flooding.

Minister of Mission Steve Wise says Texas is the next stop.

‘We are on alert which means that right now the state of Texas and FEMA are not approving volunteer agencies to come in just yet, but the minute they do they want us ready to leave.”

The church is grateful for donations to its Disaster Relief Hurricane Harvey drive. “All the money” goes to relief efforts in Texas.

Meanwhile one Upstate man already out there is Robert Vaughn from Anderson.

On Facebook the Texas native has been documenting how he drove 12 hours with a truck full of pallets of water, and toiletries.

“I can tell you, I can’t leave today if I wanted to leave today. I’m about to wade up to see if my truck can get out of this area.”The hardest hit areas are hit in a way that I don’t think anybody ever thought would happen, there are so many people that were caught off guard, and they’re every walk of life,” he told 7News.

Back at home, bottled water donations are pouring into all 10 schools of Spartanburg District One, as the community answers the call ahead of Thursday’s major water drive.

“We are going to have or football players and cheerleaders helping out to unload the packs from the cars during that time, and then on friday we are going to get the water packs to the Greenville Emergency Response Team, and then they will transport that water to Texas,” said Sandra Williams the district’s Chief Communications Officer.

Even school bus riders are encouraged to participate by bringing something that fits a little more easily between the seats like a gallon jug or six pack of water.

“If we were in the same situation and we had the floods here, we would want them to help us,” said Jake Ballew, an 8th grader at Gramling School in Campobello.

Wise says the need now is nothing compared to what it will be in the weeks to come, as FEMA lets volunteers in to help rebuild. And he encourages people to get the training needed to be approved for entry, when the time comes.

“Be ready when there is a general call, we need lots of help. Because it will get to the point where houses need to be rebuilt, cleaning needs to be done, it will be a lot more volunteers that will be needed, and there will be on site training that will be available, so be ready for that opportunity. taking care of your business here so you can go when that time comes, those are the way you can help right now,” said Wise.

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