In Food, Media, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on January 20, 2010 at 9:35 am
Last Friday night, my husband, our friend Amy and I went behind the scenes at Jimmy Kimmel LIVE to cheer on our friend, Chef Paul Bartolotta, who did this awesome cooking demo w/ Jimmy and actor Dax Shepard. Not only is Paul a friend, but one of the most talented cooks in the US (he has a couple James Beards Awards to prove it), and Mr Foodinista and I make at least one pilgrimage a year to Sin City specifically to eat at Ristorante Bartolotta at the Wynn Las Vegas!! On the heels of the Jimmy Kimmel/Jay Leno tango last Thursday, we were super excited to go to the show on Friday. We hung out in the Green Room for most of the taping, but were ushered backstage to watch Paul’s segment! So much fun and seriously funny stuff. Dax Shepard was hilarious as sous-chef, and helped prep one of my favorite recipes of Paul’s that we make a lot here at home, Gamberi e Fagioli Cannellini (warm shrimp with cannellini beans). I’m making it tonight for my book club. It’s really easy and is a great way to feed a crowd!
And here are a couple nerdy backstage shots with my second-generation iPhone:
In Food, Out of Town on February 18, 2009 at 5:29 pm
At first glance, it might seem ironic that one of the best seafood restaurants in the country is in the middle of the desert. But if one stops to think about it, it makes sense. That is, Chef Paul Bartolotta has first dibs on some of the most incredible seafood on the planet because he has Steve Wynn’s bank account behind him. Bartolotta is without question one of my top-five favorite restaurants, and no trip to Las Vegas is complete without a visit (in fact, several trips have been planned solely around dinner at Bartolotta). Fish is flown in daily from the Mediterranean and beyond, the pastas are all housemade, and the service is warm and attentive.
So, saving the best for last from our Las Vegas visit last weekend, here are a few shots from our dinner on Saturday night:
Frittura di paranza del Mediterraneo
gamberoni rossi imperiale
Ligurian octopus salad
spaghetti allo scoglio
Salt-roasted whole fish
roasted sea bream on a bed of zucchini
sinfonia di dolci