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Magnum Dinners

Next week (April 17-19) my friends David Haskell and Joseph Mahon are popping up at Royal T Cafe in Culver City. The dynamic “Magnum” duo will offer five, seven and ten course pairings with restaurateur /sommelier Haskell “pimping” each of Mahon’s exquisite dishes personally.

Magnum @ Pal CabronI’ve been to both of the previous Magnum dinners and had so much fun eating some of my best bites ever! Haskell’s wine pairings are exciting and SO unpretentious (he even likes pairing junk food)! And since each pop-up is in a casual space, it makes for a relaxed atmosphere to learn more about wine.

This next Magnum pop-up will include a fundraiser for Japan. David and Joseph will be donating a portion of dinner proceeds to the Japan Sake Brewers Association in hopes of helping the sake industry, which was devastated by the recent quake and tsunami. PLUS they are donating 100% of proceeds from a silent auction that will feature vintage wines, cooking classes and a private dinner by Chef Mahon.

Haskell asked if I would participate in the silent auction by donating a lunch (with me) at Jitlada, my favorite Thai restaurant. In case you missed the L.A. Times piece, I’ve been eating through the entire menu (over 300 items) and will soon be up to dish 200. Whoever bids highest on the auction will join me for a 10-course lunch (200-210) of Southern Thailand delights. I still have distant relatives in Japan, so I’m honored to help in any way I can.

Note: You can bid on the auction by email or phone (info below) and do NOT need to be at the Magnum dinners. Final bids by 4/19 at 11:30 p.m.

Magnum at BiergartenThe Feast LA writes (about the upcoming dinner):

…a multi-course menu that includes dishes like braised baby octopus with leek risotto, pine nuts and pancetta vinaigrette; and miso-cured hangar steak with creamed spinach, shitake mushroom tempura, sesame seeds and ponzu sauce. On April 19 – Haskell’s birthday – Magnum’s offering an eight-course uni menu with separate wine pairings. This menu requires advance notice.

PREVIEW: Sunflower seed crusted crispy tofu is just one dish that will be at Royal/T

Hope you can join us next week at RoyalT!
For reservations call 323-798-4648
or email magnumdh@gmail.com
(they always sell out!)

Photos below from the last Magnum dinner @ Pal Cabron (2/15/11)

Pozole, Magnum @Pal Cabron
Pozole Pork Soup: Romain, Mint, Radish Lime. Paired with 2008 Favati: Fiano di Avellino, Italy: Fiano

Roasted Beet Salad, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Roasted Beet Salad: Crispy Veal Tongue, Wild Arugula, Pumpkin Seeds, Creamy Feta Dressing. Paired with 2009 Luigi Giusti “Le Rose de Settembre: Marche, Italy: Lacrima di Morro d’Alba

Scallop, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Scallop: Crushed Avocado, Chickpeas, Spicy Tomato Mussel Broth, Cilantro. Paired with NV Drusian: Valdobbiadene, Italy: Prosecco.

Poached Shrimp, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Chilled Poached Shrimp: Cabbage, Grated horseradish, Ketchup, Oranges, Peanuts. Paired with 2009 Valle Isarco “Suditrol-Eisacktaler”: Alto Adige, Italy: Pinot Grigio

Foie Gras Cemita, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Foie Gras Ceminta “por My Last Bite: Jo Stougaard” by chef Joseph Mahon (so honored to have this created for me!). Paired with Oaxacan Mezcal.

Poached Egg w Pig Ears, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Poached Egg: Fried Pig Ears, Black Beans, Scallion Creme. Paired with Francesco Rinaldi: Grignolino d’Asti, Italy, Grignolino

Squid w Chorizo, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Squid: Chorizo, Cucumber, Jicama, Sesame Seeds. Paired with 2005 Tenuta Badia di Morrona “Vinsanto”: Terricciola, Italy: Trebbiano, Malvasia Bianca, Columbana

Flank Steak, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Flank Steak: Cactus salad, Chilies, Grilled Corn Sauce. Paired with Valle Dell’Acate “Il Moro”: Sicily, Italy: Nero d’Avola

Pineapple Flan, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Pineapple Flan with Vanilla Caramel Sauce. Paired with Hakutsuru Brewing Company Sayuri”: Nigori Sake

Magnum @ Pal Cabron dinner shared with: Peter, Brent, Camron, Jennee, Cody, Lindsay, Julian 2/15/11

Again, the next Magnum pop-up is April 17-19 2011

Royal-T Cafe
8910 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

For reservations please call 323-798-4648 or email magnumdh@gmail.com

Magnum @ Pal CabronMagnum website

About the Sake Charity

David Haskell, Wine Pimp

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About Chef Joseph Mahon

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The Feast L.A.

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Jitlada Thai Restaurant

Eating the Menu at Jitlada

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Haiti Fundraiser at TiGeorges’ Chicken

I don’t remember who said it first, but I truly believe that charity is a selfish act. At least for me, there’s no better feeling then reaching out and lending a helping hand. It took me a long time to admit, that although giving through donations or volunteering does a lot of good for those in need, I mostly do it because it’s an absolutely fantastic high.

TiGeorges Haiti Quake FundraiserAfter the recent, horrific earthquake in Haiti, I’m guessing many folks around the world are feeling the post donation glow right now. Modern technology made it so easy to donate this time around. Just by texting the word “Haiti” to 90999, we could donate $10 to the Red Cross in just seconds. And the outcome has been amazing! According to CNN: “Donations via text message raised $7 million for the American Red Cross’s Haiti relief efforts as of 11 p.m. Thursday.”

Last night I was in Echo Park attending a fundraiser for Haitian quake victims. I’d never been to (or even heard of) TiGeorges’ Chicken Restaurant before, but when I learned about the event via Twitter, I immediately cancelled dinner reservations elsewhere. After looking over the menu online, I was really looking forward to not just attending the fundraiser, but also eating one of the “Island Combos: The Haitian Experience.”

TiGeorges Haiti Quake FundraiserSince the TiGeorges event was to begin at 5pm, Peter left the office early and we drove together with our friend and neighbor, Nelson. Fellow foodies (and good friends) Charles & Robert planned to meet us at the restaurant. When we arrived onto Glendale Blvd, it was quite the local news event! News vans took up all the parking on the street (which was a good thing!), but it took us another 15 minutes to find a parking spot a few blocks away.

Making our way into the crowded restaurant, the first thing we saw were cameras and microphones everywhere. A few people were passing trays of brownies and other treats, thanking us for coming and supporting their efforts, while owner (and restaurant namesake) TiGeorges LaGuerre was busy juggling interviews.

Straight ahead was a long line to the counter where we could order food, but we soon realized that actually eating at TiGeorges right then wasn’t the best idea. Standing room only with back-to-back news crews was not the Haitian dining experience I was hoping for.

After a quick group chat, we decided to leave cash donations and come back another time for a full meal. But unlike Nelson, Robert and Charles… Peter and I forgot to bring cash (I figured we would add a donation onto our dinner tab). Thankfully, the nice folks behind the counter agreed to charge us for a small coffee, and my sweet husband left the largest tip I’ve ever seen for a cup of joe!

Walking out front, we all felt good, and there was such a moving electricity in the air. So many of the people in the restaurant were Haitians there to support each other, but many were like us… just regular folks stopping by to drop off a few extra bucks. We felt good and had that “do gooder” high I was writing about earlier.

Doing good to FEEL GOOD is nothing to be ashamed of at all. Because in the end, it’s the actual DOING SOMETHING that counts right?

Photos from last night (where over $14,000 was raised!):

TiGeorges Haiti Quake Fundraiser
Amazing to see all our local news crews covering the event!

TiGeorges Haiti Quake Fundraiser
Photos (clockwise from top left): NBC news, sign for Wyclef Jean’s YELE, TiGeorges LaGuerre, More news cameras.

TiGeorges Haiti Quake Fundraiser
Photos: Waiting in line to donate, the money jar on counter, Peter and I taking it all in…

TiGeorges Haiti Quake Fundraiser
The first fundraiser for Haitian quake victims at TiGeorges in Echo Park.

TiGeorges Haiti Quake Fundraiser
Exterior of TiGeorges’ Chicken

Note: A second TiGeorges fundraiser is planned for TOMORROW, January 16th from 2-7pm

TiGeorges’ Chicken Website
309 Glendale Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 944-1515

TiGeorges Haiti Quake FundraiserDonations via Text:

Red Cross: Text HAITI to 90999 ($10 donation)

Yéle Haiti: Text YELE to 501501 ($5 donation)

United Way: Text HAITI to 864833 ($5 donation)

Intl Medical Corps: Text HAITI to 85944 ($10 donation)

The U.S. State Department has set up a hotline for information on family members who may be in Haiti: (888) 407.4747. This number is for information on U.S. citizens in Haiti only.

More details via CNN

CBS Evening News video of TiGeorges’ Event

Red Cross Newsroom

Wyclef Jean’s Yéle

Text donations raise $7M for Red Cross Haiti effort

More about last night’s fundraiser on L.A. Weekly

Echo Park Haitian restaurant raises $14,000 for quake relief

Fox Video of last night’s event

NY Times list of restaurants helping Haiti

“Even before the earthquake hit Haiti on Tuesday, children in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere ate cookies made of dirt.” via Atlantic Food

Our good friends that joined us last night:

Nelson Coates – website

Charles Thompsons – blog


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