Remember when people use to say “let’s do lunch” … ? Well, I think tonight I heard the replacement phrase for that while at an after party for the Foundation Polo Challenge played today in Santa Barbara. The after party was held in Room 64 at the Chateau, more commonly known as the penthouse even though it’s not the top floor. ON his way out, a friend I’d not seen in ages came flying by at the elevators, without stopping, grabbed me, kissed me, pointed his finger and said “I am SO calling you tomorrow” …
The party was hosted by the Duke of Argyll - the social ambassador for Royal Salute Whiskey who throws international glitzy after parties for the brand’s polo team – aptly called Team Royal Salut. Team Royal Salut won 5 to 3 on Saturday afternoon with the players comprised of Prince William who has been in town on a royal visit, Glen Holden Jr, Andy Busch of the Anheuser Busch family, and Santi Trotz. Prince William scored 4 out of the 5 goals that brought the team to victory which led to an on-going topic of conversation at the after party: “I wonder which teammate tossed the Gentleman’s Agreement to let Will get ALL the goals …”
Spotted at the party … Brent Bolthouse who DJed, Grace Fernandez, Tamsin Lonsdale, Brett Gursky, Matt Donnelly, Rachel Krupa, Angie Banicki, Lauren Conrad, Tracy Bjelland, Dylan Otto, Dylan McDermott, Anya Varda of the Chateau Marmont, Lane Garrison, Beau Swayze, Julia Verdin, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Rosario Dawson, Jayson Blair, Joe Jonas & Kevin Jonas, Sam Waterston, Lawrence Bender, and Billy Zane.
I saw mini hamburgers, mini cupcakes, bite-size beef wellingtons, mini grilled cheese and 2 bars with Royal Salut and Pierre Jouet champagne. Brent Bolthouse had a very interesting playlist going full of 50s songs including tracks from Dirty Dancing (“Stay”) and Grease (“Summer lovin”). He then moved on to the time wrap song from Rocky Horror picture show and threw in a little Neil Diamond (“Sweet Caroline”) and The Stokes (“Last Night”). Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd (and I believe Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann) came to the Chateau after party dressed in tuxedos from the BAFTA Brits to Watch event which was held earlier this eve downtown.
The BAFTA Brits to Watch event held downtown was sponsored by our friends over at Grey Goose and Audi … Chef Joachim Splichal of Patina Restaurant Group catered with party with a 3-course menu and 280 other guests including Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez, Barbra Streisand, Jack Black, Zooey Deschanel, James Gandolfini, Quentin Tarantino, Jennifer Garner, Juno Temple, Paul Rudd, Mary Louise-Parker, Blake Lively, Jason Bateman, Leslie Mann, Elizabeth Moss, Gordon Ramsay, Ed Westwick, Chris Evans, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Nigel Lythgoe, Piers Morgan,Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and tennis star Anna Kournikova who were all in attendance at the BAFTA event to meet and talk to Prince William & Kate and the following industry royalty:
- Producer Judd Apatow
- Producer Harvey Weinstein
- Producer Brian Grazer
- Director Brett Ratner
- Director Bill Condon (“Twilight”, “Dreamgirls”)
- Director Quentin Tarantino
- Sony Corporation Chairman, CEO and President Sir Howard Stringer
- Co-chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment Tom Rothman
- Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht
- Co-chairman-CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment Jim Gianopulos & Ann Gianopulos
- Fox Networks Group Entertainment Chairman Peter Rice & Megan Rice
- President of HBO programming Michael Lombardo
- Co-president of HBO Richard Pepler
- Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios Rich Ross, CBS President and CEO Les Moonves
- CEO of Showtime Matthew Blank
- Co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group Anne Sweeney
BAFTA aka the British Academy of Film and Television Arts planned this event to promote up-and-coming British talent in the industry. Prince William is president of BAFTA and Nigel Lythgoe is the BAFTA Los Angeles Chairman. A couple of the BAFTA Brits to Watch showed up at the Chateau after party including Gugu Mbatha-Raw(“Larry Crowne”).
Seated at the royal table were Nicole Kidman, Barbra Streisand, James Brolin and Donna Langley co-chairman of Universal Pictures, Duncan Kenworthy as well as the prince’s private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, diplomat Sir David Manning and British consul-general Dame Barbara Hay, who hosted a private party for the royals at her Hancock Park home on Friday evening.
Our friends at the Patina Group sent over the menu for the BAFTA event (below) and told us Patina Catering plans to repurpose the ‘BAFTA Brits to Watch’ menu as a “Royal Menu” for special events and weddings throughout the country in the coming weeks. For additional information, please contact Nichole Van Allen at Patina Catering at 213.814.3051 or visit www.patinacatering.com.
~ First Course ~
Courgette and mint tian with a lemon and pine nut gremolata
and shaved manchego, garnished with a courgette blossom flower
~ Entrée ~
Filet of beef with creamed leeks, pickled spring garlic, asparagus, turnip,
baby onions, potato fondant, and a red wine sauce
~ Dessert ~
English rose meringue served with fresh picked strawberries and cream
Opera chocolate cake with a touch of gold leaf
~ Wines ~
Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc
Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
The next morning – Sunday, July 10, 2011 – Prince William and Kate were over at producer Steve Tisch‘ house for a reception to mark the launch of the US Patrons Circle of Tusk, an African wildlife conservation charity which strives to preserve Africa’s natural heritage and culture, of which Prince William has been Royal Patron since 2005. Tusk’s US donors, Reese Witherspoon, Catherine Keener, Disney CEO Bob Iger and his wife, LA Huff Post editor Willow Bay, Kristin Gore (daughter of Al Gore), Peter Morton & Linda Evangelista, asset manager Willy & Eileen Ma, Tusk CEO Charlie Mayhew MBE, TUSK USA Director Meredith Ogilvie-Thompson and President of Jaguar Land Rover Andy Goss. Jaguar Land Rover sponsored the event and donated a new Land Rover Defender to the charity to help with its work in Africa.