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 … Continue reading
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LA Locals: Tamsin Lonsdale’s Supper Club to Appear on the Food Channel’s “Private Chefs of Beverly Hills”
Last night we spied Tamsin Lonsdale, Reeve Collins, Carly Steel, Tracy Bjelland, Alex Hitz, Adolfo Suaya and Walter Canas on the Food Network’s Private Chefs of Beverly Hills special Supper Club event! The show featured two chefs who cooked a roaring … Continue reading
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Bar 210 opens in the Beverly Hilton hotel with DJ Caroline d’Amore (l.a. native) which follows the opening of adjacent club Plush (name change please) inside the hotel. bar 210 9876 wilshire blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 887-6060 Elan … Continue reading
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I have a rare education in exotic animal training management from Moorpark in Thousand Oaks, the Harvard of animal behavior training. I have traveled the world working with animals and have worked here in L.A. at the Eco Star Station, a program which takes animals to elementary schools to teach students about animals and the conservation of them with a hands on experience. I am currently developing a wildlife travel TV/web show called Morgan the Mermaid (you can see a promo vid at the bottom).
Last night, I went with Tamsin Lonsdale’s Supper Club to the Wildlife Waystation in Tujunga located north of Pasedena off the 210 freeway. Tucked away in the mountains, surrounded by horse ranches and rolling hills …. this 160 acre facility acts as an animal sanctuary and rehabilitation center for wild and exotic wildlife such as Tigers, Ligers, Zebra, Hyena, Binturong (never heard of those , have you), Coyotes, Jaguars, Canines, Grizzly Bears, Mountain Lions, American Black Bear, Llama, Deer, Parrots and Raccoons.
The best part about the night were all the noises! The chimpanzee were doing raspberries at us, causing a ruckus, shaking their bars, making their monkey talk and screaming really loud. The lions would chuff at us when we would walk up to the cages, which is like a warm greeting. The tour guide encouraged us to chuff back. Supper Club guests desperately tried to impersonate a chuff (think of a chuff like huffing air out your mouth). It was beautiful the way one lion would start a roar, or call, and the rest would chime in. The sounds reverberated through the mountains around the reserve. Guest were unhappily sprayed at one point when the lions, in their natural way to display dominance, raised their tales and sprayed the group.
We hear from other Safari attendees …
Occupation: Development Assistant at ITV Studios and an animal handler/trainer at the Wildlife Waystation.
Q: Favorite food, drink, Hors d’œuvre at dinner, ?
A: Loved the halibut and cheesy potatoes; The Bombay Sapphire Apple Martini was amazing.
Q: Favorite part of the tour/favorite animal/favorite story about an animal at the facilty?
A: I enjoyed seeing everyone on the tour having a great time. You have the opportunity to see the animals up close and to hear their life stories at the Waystation. It’s a much more personal experience than a zoo. The animals that have an extra special place in my heart are Drifter & Mungar.
Drifter is a 12 year old Siberian tiger that was owned by drug dealers in Chicago as a pet. When the police raided them they found a baby tiger. He was the first tiger I worked with and raised.
Mungar, the Bengal tiger we brought out Saturday night is 5 years old and came to us from Virginia. A small zoo had purchased him as a baby for the public to take pictures with; once he started to get too big to hold for pictures they decided they no longer wanted him.
Q: How did u hear about The Supper Club?
A: I met Tamsin through Carly Steel at Carly’s Black Dahliance Birthday party hosted by The Supper Club.
Next attendee … Kitson
Occupation: Event manager at The Supper Club
Q: How would you describe the day?
A: Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my! The Supper Club Members enjoyed a private tour and feast at The Wildlife Waystation in Angeles National Forest above the city Sylmar outside L.A. this past Saturday. Members got up close and personal with the likes of Leopards, Bears, Tigers, Lions and an array of other exotic game making the night truly special.
After members toured The Wildlife Waystation, they found themselves surrounded by waterfalls, alligators, Bombay Sapphire specialty cocktails, fine wines and canapés. Dinner was served under a star clad sky against the sounds of the animals roaring and cooing in the distance. The feast included beef tenderloin, halibut, garlic shrimp, and fired choked vegetables… all fit for a king, of the jungle.
The Food Matters catered a wonderfully decadent feast, of Halloween inspired foods. At 10pm as dessert was served. Karis, the hula hoop dancing sensation kicked the nights partying off with a bang, followed by Karina, the stunning snake lady, who did a dance routine with a giant yellow python wrapped around her body. Last, Molly D’Amour did a wonderful burlesque act, with live music and a fully masked band.
Notables include: Lynn Collins (Wolverine) and husband Steven Strait (actor, came in a full gorilla outfit), Will Kopelman, looking dashing in a tux and also sporting a gorilla mask, Dany Levy (founder of Daily Candy), Carly Steel (TV host), Sean Stone(director, son of Oliver Stone), Nathalie Walker (actress), Gary Baseman (artist), Madison Mary Walls (actress), Roberto de Villacis (designer), Adam DiVello (creator, The Hills). Guest Chivas, Cabana Cachaca and Charles Smith wines.Stay tuned for more on Tam’s next event, “Guy Fawkes Celebration Party” this Thursday at the Avalon.
Tamsin Lonsdale / Will Kopelman
Alexandra Lynn Gaudiani, Tracy Alexandra Bjelland and Caroline Roman
Carly Steel / Guests
Will Kopelman / Guest
Lynn Collins and Steven Strait
Tava Smiley and Lauder Robinson / Guests
Carly Steel/Tamsin Lonsdale
Artist Gary Baseman and guest
It’s not often I get to meet a real life celebrity in L.A. but last week I had the good fortune to be seated next to Joan McNamara (of Joan’s on Third) when I sat down to dinner at Tamsin Lonsdale’s “Food Fight” party, in honor of the award winning documentary on world hunger, also called “Food Fight.”
Pepperlicious and Celery Spice (ri)1 whisky cocktails certainly helped to get conversation flowing – along with the punchy Charles Smith wines: “Eve” and the “Velvet Devil.” The dinner table overflowed with seasonal organic foods, and meats like charcuterie and shortribs.
Joan sat to my right, and Tyson Park sat to my left. Beside him was Tracy Bjelland, my friend and newly appointed Supper Club membership director (best be nice to her!). Tamsin’s friend, Darius Danesh (a Scottish musician and runner up in Pop Idol a couple of years back in the UK), made the traditional toast, thanking Tami for her on-going hostess jobs over the years and then she rose to thank new and old faces for joining. Next to her, Eddi Gathegi (who plays “Laurence” in Twilight) began to eat, breaking his IZO Cleanse three week detox.
Then I turned to get the scoop on my absolute favorite restaurant in all of L.A. So! Joan! Tell me everything! I exclaimed. She laughed modestly but I know she is use to this. She had brought her daughter with her to dinner, who runs their catering division – Carol. Her second daughter runs the marketplace.
Once we got to talking, Joan finally remembered me from my weekly trips to her 3rd street restaurant that opened in 1994, and recently expanded. The gorgeous marketplace is a toss-back to her native New York and is often described as “Balducci’s in L.A.” Joan gives out cupcakes when the lines grow too long.
I reminded her I am the one who always orders her Rex sole and the baratta prosciutto and I told her about the day my mother and I were recipients of two yellow cupcakes during a Christmas rush. Joan told me how she hates to see her customer wait and feels awful if they come and it’s not easy. She also said they have hung Halloween decorations and are gearing up for Halloween. How does she get those all her cute & charming ideas anyway? “I knew from the time I was 15 … I just knew!” she explained …
Once dinner was over, Tamsin rose again to announce hot chocolate and desserts served in the kitchen!
The Kitchen? Hmmm … what’s that mean? Well, I soon found out. Tamsin had choosen Eve on Nemo for this party – an event-only space behind Dan Tana’s on a tiny one block street called Nemo. “Eve on Nemo” will cater for you, or you can provide your own chefs to use their gourmet kitchen. “Eve on Nemo” also offers cooking classes during the week!
We wandered into the kitchen where hot chocolate and marshmellows were indeed being served. We stood around the stoves like we were snowed in for the winter and ate all the yummy desserts made by Tamsin’s chef duo Jerry and Chris Baker of The Food Matters.
In these photos: Joan McNamara, Carol McNamara, me, Daniel Siedner, Ophir Stern, Tyson Park, Tracy Bjelland, Matt Wise, Jerry Baker, JB Moresco, Katja Decker, Chris Baker.
Hometown: Beverly Hills
Living in: London, Los Angeles
Occupation: filmmaker, artist, vintage collector
Recent Notes: Liz was recently the toast of Paris with billboards all over announcing her collaborative “L.A. themed” installation with Le Bon Marche, and was just named L.A.’s Prom Queen by the Los Angeles Times
Photo: Liz in cream with black Moschino dress (from Trompe l’Oiel Printing)
I go to parties with mermaids – that basically makes me better than you. But don’t get too riled up – as of last week – I had never been to a mermaid party either!! Last Thursday, Scarlett Taylor and I rolled up to Tamsin Lonsdale’s “Secret Garden” party held at the home of Young, Fabulous & Broke creator, Heidi Cornell. The Tarot readers, Meg’s BBQ, Jack Wines and (ri)1 whiskey, guitar players and pretty people could not distract me from the pool. “Scarlett,” I said, “there is a mermaid in the pool.” Scarlett looks at the girl swimming around half naked and said “I want to go in. How cool. Wait, what is she wearing? What’s that in the water with her?!” And with that, we had our first mermaid sighting. She jumped up and dove backwards into the water, showing off her seashell brasserie. In dove the arms and head, followed by her bare midriff and sexy butt, and then we saw it – the long, muscular, golden tail of mermaid flipped up splashing water on the guests like a fish and then sank back down under the surface! Scarlett and I starred in shock and both agreed that mermaids are WAY cooler than vampires. Like a scene out of Peter Pan, the crowd watched mesmerized as the pretty mermaid tossed smiles at the guests, splashed around and let all the boys touch her tail!
Mermaid Mesha Kussman, creator of the Aqualillies
We were finally ushered away to have our Tarot Cards read and met the rest of the party guests which included friend, LA Native, and creator of YoungHollywood.com, RJ Williams, my good friend Carly Steel (pictured right) who you may have seen this weekend hosting the Emmys for CW and making cameos at the ET, People and HBO parties, Alexandra Lynn Gaudiani, the former power publicist from 42 West, PMK and Paramount Pictures, Nzinga Blake, a Current TV host and Sierra Leonean native, and Alexander Purcell (pictured left) owner of design firm APRRO, in Los Angeles.
Other interesting Supper Club members include Sebastian Mathews, Cori Diamond, Monika Jakisic (pictured left), a Croatian model who use to date George Clooney, and my latest favorite transplant you will be hearing a lot about from now on – Tracy Bjelland (pictured right). Tracy refers to herself as an “Ice-Cube” – half Norwegian, half Cuban, she hails from Olso, via London and Harvard University in Boston where she was a member of “The Hasty Pudding Club.” The newly launch Supper Club website allows members to view photos from the events and reconnect with guests they met at the parties. http://www.thesupperclubinc.com/
About The Aqualillies:
The synchronized swim troop books private parties all over LA. They told me over the holidays they we will be creating a cute new red and white themed costume for their shows. They train at various Olympic pools in Orange County and starting in November – they are going to be holding workshops! Information about the workshops will be on their website soon! www.Aqualillies.com.
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