The Nosh of Beverly Hills resolves East Coast–West Coast rivalry with a unique formula: it’s a blend of New York–style deli and health-conscious California diner. The result, as the restaurant’s website puts it, is “a place for people to meet and talk and nosh.” Groups gather over three meals a day, with special dietary menus and plenty of health-centric options to make everyone feel welcome. The chefs take pride in their baked goods made without the use of preservatives, their from-scratch salad dressings, and, especially, their sourcing: all meats, including free-range chicken and turkey, grass-fed burgers, and Niman Ranch roast beef, are completely free of hormones and antibiotics.
Breakfast specials kick off the morning with some lox and cream cheese on a signature bagel or a south-of-the-border treat, such as the breakfast enchiladas. At lunch, the deli serves a repast of triple-decker cold-cut sandwiches alongside a selection of melts. Those who spelunk deeper into the extensive menu will find such dinner eats as grilled salmon served on a bed of Israeli couscous, New York steak with sweet potato, and a brisket plate. This comes alongside a full slate of classic deli staples, including matzo ball soup, pastrami and corned beef, and organic house-made hummus and falafel—all washed down with organic coffee and tea. Parking at the restaurant is free after 6 p.m.
Strings of lights twinkle like fireflies over the patio at Il Cielo, webbing out from extravagant chandeliers. Below, flickering candelabras barely illuminate faces already aglow with the radioactivity that comes with being in love. Inside, it’s more of the same—soft yellow lighting, billowy white linens, large windows, and painted cherubim on the ceilings. From one event to the next, a room transforms from cozy fireplace surrounded by scenes of tranquil hillsides, to hearth trimmed with twinkling vines and floors carpeted with rose petals. The fairytale ambiance inspired About.com readers to crown Il Cielo their favorite romantic L.A. restaurant. But before it was a haven for lovebirds, Il Cielo was a home. Celebrity hairstylist Marcel Machu and his family made memories in the space until renovations in the 1940s. Where the dining room now sits, the Machus once posed for Christmas photos. The eatery’s garden was the setting for dinner parties with family and friends. Marcel's children grew up padding along its sidewalk to the waiting car. So when Il Cielo owner Pasquale Vericella went searching for a location for his eatery, the site of the former home cried out to him. He wanted a restaurant that felt homey and welcoming—like the Italian and Pennsylvanian countryside of his childhood—but still inspired magic. With its ample candlelight and delicious Italian cuisine, Il Cielo does just that.
A good mixologist can create a drink for any occasion, whether it’s a special cocktail for a wedding, a classic sidecar for poker night, or an alcohol-free invention for a kids’ party. The crew of drinkmakers at Royal Blue Bartending goes one step further, mixing and pouring the drinks themselves behind their mobile bar. They craft a custom menu for every client, consulting over the phone before the event to put together the drink list and determine if they need to wear any special outfits. On the big day, they arrive one hour before the party to set up their bar and touch base with the host. Then, they begin up to five hours of drink duty, inundating the get-together with beverages and providing friendly conversation and tiny straws to anyone with a mouth. Afterward, they break down their temporary bar as efficiently as they constructed it, leaving behind only the heady memory of the drinks they served.
In 1981, college roommates Cheryl Krueger and Caryl Walker opened a bakery called Cheryl?s Cookies. Over time they began to use their ovens for more than just those eponymous cookies, and seven years later they opted to simplify the name to Cheryl's. These days the versatile bakery draws on 30 years of experience to craft treats and gift baskets that help mark special occasions, churning out an assortment of cakes and brownies alongside their signature happy-face cookies. Most of the treats are certified kosher and come in a variety of flavors, from snickerdoodle to buttercream. Sugar-free options sate sensitive teeth, and treats can be combined to create gift baskets, tins, and boxes for any informal or formal occasion.
DJ Derek keeps LA entertained, whether it’s through his full-service DJ and MC services, or by renting out his deluxe photo booth. DJ Derek’s professional photo booth is a throwback novelty equipped with modern technology, offering partygoers high-quality prints full of fun memories and undisputable proof that you look awesome in an oversize hat.
When Stephanie Elhayani answered a help-wanted sign at her neighborhood flower shop as a high-school sophomore, she hardly imagined that floral arrangements would become her life's work. Several years and scores of bouquets later, Stephanie’s Seed Floral Couture artfully nestles local and organic blossoms into unique vessels-—such as teacups, wooden boxes, and overturned tricorn hats—to celebrate weddings, parties, and other special events. Custom centerpieces and tablescapes situate objects such as coral and fruit amid lush bouquets of orchids, hydrangeas, dahlias, and chrysanthemums. The boutique also hosts a series of classes designed to equip novice florists with a wealth of firsthand botanical knowledge. Lessons cover the vast spectrum of seasonal blooms, review complimentary colors and species, and demonstrate how to fend off jealous honeybees in a relaxed classroom setting.