As a studio singer, Angela Michael has worked with artists such as Rod Stewart and recorded for movies such as Get Him to the Greek. At Angela Michael Music, she lends her professional experience to aspirant vocalists through lessons that help clients train their ears, increase their range, and improve their pitch. Other staff members lead lessons that cover choreography, pop songwriting, and home-studio setup.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
cityHunt’s urban adventures thrust participants into unfamiliar territory, daring them to explore parts of their cities previously untraversed. Held in various neighborhoods within the nation’s largest cities, each scavenger hunt challenges teams to answer trivia questions and seek out items of interest in a bid to complete the hunt as the fastest squad with the most points. Some tasks might require a keen memory or knowledge of the city's history, while others might ask camera-wielding participants to snap a photo of certain object or landmark without pausing to day dream about all the civil and municipal engineering that must have gone into creating such an awe-inspiring place. At the end of each adventure, cityHunt staff members meet with squads to discuss their strong points and areas that could use improvement, making it an off-the-beaten-path team-building exercise for corporate clients and groups of friends alike.
Whether competing, hosting, or judging meals on Food Network, chef Aar?n S?nchez is a much loved culinary personality for in part for his enthusiasm, his love of guitars and motorcycles, and of course, his unmatched Latin fusion cuisine. At Crossroads Restaurant at House of Blues, he's designed his signature menu from the ground up, filling it with, in his words, "American classics through my eyes. Reimagined. Reinvented."
Here, the parade of unique eats starts right at the top of the menu with a cornbread appetizer studded with jalapenos and blanketed in maple butter. His citrus-marinated pork chop is rubbed with adobo seasoning and served atop a black-eyed pea and butternut squash picadillo, and shrimp po-boys evoke the Big Easy. Since the dining room is right next to the House of Blues main stage, even concertgoers have enough time to finish up with a bourbon bread pudding or a slice of key lime pie.
The Stand’s menu of chili dogs, burgers, and tuna melts evokes classic Americana images of diners and ball games. The eats may be casual, but the staff strives to give them modern style, earning a spot on Gayot's 2012 list of Top 10 LA Hot Dog Restaurants. Upon request, the staff will wrap burgers in whole-wheat buns or lettuce wraps instead of classic buns, and diners also have their choice of beef, turkey, or housemade veggie patties. Gourmet hot-dog and sausage toppings such as garlic mushrooms and corn salsa join traditional fixings such as mustard, sweet pickle relish, and tears from a recently defeated baseball team. To wash it all down, servers blend up 20-ounce chocolate and vanilla milkshakes and tap a rotating menu of draft beers, as well as root beer.