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Augustine Wine Bar Welcomes New Chef Simon Tan

Third chef’s the charm? Hopefully that’s the case for Augustine Wine Bar owners Matthew Kaner, Dustin Lancaster and David Gibbs, who recently hired chef Simon Tan to run the kitchen at their welcoming Sherman Oaks wine bar. Simon previously worked at Gramercy Tavern and Bar Boulud in New York, State Bird Provisions in San Francisco […]

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Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

When life gave him lemons, chef/founder Alan Jackson made Lemonade—the cafe and marketplace that quickly swept Los Angeles and forever changed the fast-casual dining scene.  With twelve California locations, Lemonade will finally hit the Valley with a Studio City branch opening in December.  Chef Jackson, after all, is a Valley resident himself.     As […]

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Bottle Shock

There’s much to be said for a wine bar that’s stumbling, er, walking distance from home.  As of last week, Toluca Lake is now home to Spin The Bottle Wine Studio—the wine shop and tasting counter boasting imported and domestic, small production wines.   The concept is simple.  Six wines on tap, plus additional bottles […]

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