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Farm to Glass

11/20/14

Farm to Glass

Cocktailing, it seems, has never been more popular. The mixology culture is booming, craft distilleries are popping up and tasting rooms are opening. Now you can add spirits, in the form of aperitifs and liqueurs, to that growing list. Here are a few of the more interesting production houses focusing on fresh and sometimes organic ingredients that now mark the map. Ventura Limoncello In 2007 James and Manuela Carling discovered that the verdant crop of lemons in Ventura County were perfect for Manuela’s Italian nonna’s limoncello recipe. The couple started sourcing, hand-peeling and crushing local crops for their liqueur, and based on positive reception they began producing farm-fresh versions. Ventura Limoncello (venturalimoncello.com) now also sells Orangecello...

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Host With the Most

11/20/14

Host With the Most

Build something worth going to. Don’t be boring. Take some serious time to think about how you can WOW your guests. You want people to walk into your home impressed that you created something fantastic. From the entrance into a main entertaining space, have a consistent feel. Design is KEY.   Make your guests want to stay. You want people to commit to the night—to be there and be present. Guests want to have a beverage, mingle with fun people, be warm, find a cozy spot to sit and be entertained. Help them get there quick by designing communal gathering spaces with furniture.   Show genuine hospitality.  Create an appealing atmosphere from top to bottom. This holiday party is going to be in your home, so why not make your guests...

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Doing the Right Thing Dish by Dish

11/20/14

Doing the Right Thing Dish by Dish

As a chef and businessman, Erik Oberholtzer has kept a keen eye on giving back. Five years ago he was working with a homeless youth program in Venice Beach, donating food from Tender Greens—the fast-casual, sustainable restaurant chain he cofounded in 2006, where he serves as CEO. “We were feeding hungry kids, but it wasn’t enough,” stresses Erik. “We were feeding symptoms. What I wanted to do was break the cycle of poverty and dysfunction.” The first thought that came to his mind was creating a job-training program at Tender Greens for homeless kids. “It worked for a while and we’d have a kid for six months, but then one by one they dropped out … life would interfere,“ he explains. “When you are homeless,...

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The State of Sherman Oaks

11/20/14

The State of Sherman Oaks

Around the Table Jonathan M. Brand    Chief of Land Use Planning Fourth District, city of LA Bert Bogash    Treasurer, Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce Leslie Danelian    Owner, Sweet Butter Kitchen Matt Epstein    VP, Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association Elke Heitmeyer    Board Member, Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association Jeffrey Kalban    Founder and Vision Committee Chair, Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council   (*Jeffrey’s comments don’t necessarily represent the council’s views) Moderator: Linda Grasso    Editor-in-Chief, Ventura Blvd magazine...

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Lessons from  a Legend

11/20/14

Lessons from a Legend

Louis Zamperini had many lives. He was a track star; an Olympian; a man who survived 47 days adrift at sea by drinking rain and eating raw albatross and shark liver; a prisoner of war; a man who learned to forgive those who wronged him; someone who inspired millions.  Former Tarzana resident David Rensin (who recently moved to Ventura County) is something of an expert on the now legendary figure, who passed away this past summer at the age of 97. Before the 2010 release of Unbroken, the best-selling book which focuses on Zamperini’s time as a POW, he and David had been working on his autobiography. Devil at My Heels, co-authored by David, came out in 2003.  In his words:  People tell me, “You’re such an optimist.” Am I an optimist? An...

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Be There At Eight

11/20/14

Be There At Eight

1  Cap, $250, and scarf, $285, by Gucci, at Nordstrom Topanga in Canoga Park 2  Socks, from $16.50, at J Crew, Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks 3  Corduroy pants by Joe’s, $186, at M. Fredric in Studio City and Calabasas 4  Onyx and mother-of-pearl cufflinks by David Donahue, $185, at Nordstrom Topanga 5  Aventus fragrance by Creed, $290, at Neiman Marcus Topanga 6  Geometric print bow tie, $75, at Neiman Marcus Topanga 7  Red alligator wallet, $595, at Neiman Marcus Topanga 8  Scarf by Alexander McQueen, $295, at Neiman Marcus Topanga 9  Navy velvet blazer by Hugo Boss, $645; black...

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4013 Cody Road, Sherman Oaks

11/19/14

4013 Cody Road, Sherman Oaks

Private gated estate located in the hills of Sherman Oaks with incredible panoramic valley & canyon views.

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3660 Alomar Drive, Sherman Oaks

11/19/14

3660 Alomar Drive, Sherman Oaks

Incredible south of the boulevard Mediterranean view home located in Longridge Estates at the end of the street right next to the Santa Monica Conservancy land.

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17310 Rancho Street, Encino

11/19/14

17310 Rancho Street, Encino

Fabulous opportunity to reinvent this lovingly maintained Rancho Encino home.

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4631 Petite Avenue, Encino

11/19/14

4631 Petite Avenue, Encino

Nestled up a long private drive South of Ventura Boulevard, this lovingly maintained single story mid-century offers timeless styling with a traditional flair.

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