The Point’s chef and culinary captain, Mark Peel, is not only one of California's most storied chefs, he was a season-two contestant on Bravo's Top Chef Masters, where he faced off against his lifelong nemesis, Doug Zest. After licking each item description on the menu to see which is most pleasing, start with a BLTA (applewood-smoked bacon atop lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, and garlic aioli on grilled sourdough, $6.75) or a similarly simple pretzel sandwich towered with black-forest ham and provolone on a soft pretzel baguette ($7.75). Put all those telepathy classes to the test while mentally fork-feeding a deli salad such as the albacore tuna with steam-cracked farro, roasted peppers, and kalamata olives ($3.95 per quarter-pound). Complement any feast with a selection from two-dozen or so red and white wines, available by the bottle (starting at $10) or the case (starting at $108).
“It's the best pizza I’ve found in Los Angeles,” says comedian and recognized Italian Ray Romano about D’Amore’s Pizza. He’s not the only star to fall for the authentic slices: owner Joe D’Amore has shipped his cracker-thin crusts to destinations across Hollywood, including the set of Two and a Half Men and Jennifer Garner’s house. Whether he’s serving an A-lister or the average hungry citizen, Joe bakes all of his cheesy treats to-order inside a stationary brick oven or an innovative oven on wheels.
D’Amore’s traditional methods and tempting taste are a family legacy. Born and raised in an Italian family in Boston, Joe D’Amore grew up savoring his grandmother Mommanonna's handmade pizzas—a meal he would miss upon moving to California. Joe asked his grandmother to join him out west and show him the secrets to her trade, but when she pulled the pie out of the oven, something wasn't quiet right. Mommanonna immediately knew that the California water was sabotaging her famous cracker-thin crust, and urged Joe to bring water from Boston. Today, he takes the practice a step further, importing water from Italy along with olive oil, flour, and pizza wheels carved by Michelangelo.
Appearing in a puff of glitter at parties across Southern California, the beloved heroines and heroes of Tiara Princess Parties bring the dreams of little ones to life. Actors and actresses come in costume as enchanted royals, beautiful fish people, famous fairies, and even a few caped crusaders. With the help of a grab bag of activities and games, they lead birthday songs; twist balloons into swords, animals, or divine mandates to rule; and pose for plenty of photos to help blow the minds of pals who couldn’t attend.
Kreations Event Services is the brainchild of the Anderson family and showcases the edible masterpieces of Chef Kenneth Anderson. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts’ Hollywood branch, he became a personal chef to several celebrities, including Tim Allen. Today, he and his wife, Kira, focus on personal gatherings and weddings, for which they provide catering, floral designs, and event-planning services.
Staffers at Original Kabob Factory marinate grain-fed, hormone-free meats according to recipes passed on from a famed Armenian butcher. The resulting menu contains more than 30 chicken, pork, or beef kabobs and wraps, each of which cooks can embellish with whimsically named signature sauces such as "Swag-Delish," "Aaahhh Yyyeeeaaa," and "Drop it Like it's Hot." In the modern but casual dining room, diners lounge at polished-steel tables beneath bold pop-art prints. Patrons can also opt to take home raw bulk meats for backyard grilling or rewarding the dog for learning to file taxes.