A work of foodie art by Mister O’s; photo by Richard Bilow; courtesy of ETG;

Each year The TASTE, presented by the LA Times, takes place over Labor Day weekend. Los Angeles residents, tourists and foodies alike look forward to this annual event. It’s a wonderful way to try the cuisine of multiple restaurants while enjoying an inside peek of the New York back lot at Paramount Pictures.


The Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival is one of the premiere foodie events in Los Angeles, and it happens to be one of my favorites. This year, all of the larger events were held at the Santa Monica Barker Hangar, while the dinner series continued at different locations across LA.

A bustling crowd at LAFW; photo by Richard Bilow; courtesy of ETG;

I was excited to attend “Meat me at LAFW’s Great Steak-out & BBQ with Curtis Stone” on Saturday evening, and Sunday’s “Brunch so Hard with Jeremiah Tower.” Saturday evening’s event was bustling…there was a wonderful party atmosphere. I decided to start the night off with a beautiful cabernet by…


After postponing their No Filter U.S. stadium tour, due to Mick Jagger’s heart surgery, the Rolling Stones were about to hit the stage at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. It was finally time to see their re-scheduled performance, and I couldn’t have been more excited. Driving to Pasadena from the Westside during rush hour however was not something I was looking forward to.

Mi Piace; all photos by Richard Bilow; courtesy of ETG;

My husband wanted to leave super early and have a nice dinner in Pasadena before the show. I had heard about a wonderful Italian restaurant in Old Town Pasadena called Mi Piace, so it seemed like the…


Life can be busy. Unexpected things come up, and we tend to forget about taking time for ourselves. So, when family or business commitments take me to an area out of Los Angeles, I often tack on an extra day or two to unwind and experience of the local sites. When my commitments are up the coast from LA…that’s even better. The entire California coast is peppered with amazing destinations.

Shell Beach; photo by Richard Bilow; courtesy of ETG

My husband (photographer Richard Bilow), and I have been gathering info for upcoming articles as part of an ongoing series about the California coast. See my article — “Unplug with…


All photos provided by Craig T. Mathew and Greg Gudt/Mathew Imaging; courtsey of the Hollywood Bowl

On June 8 & 9, 2019, the 41st annual Playboy Jazz Festival was held at the Hollywood Bowl. Hosted by comedian George Lopez, the two-day extravaganza featured a wide variety of cross-over jazz…there was literally something for everyone.

The genre of jazz has led a varied and diverse life. Many believe the original roots of jazz began with the classical icon Claude Debussy (born in 1862), whose symphonic masterpieces traveled across key signatures. While some insist it started with Charles “Buddy” Bolden (born in 1877 in New Orleans), one cannot deny the contribution that Louie Armstrong (born in 1901) made…


On May 15, 2019, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill by Lanie Robertson opened at the Garry Marshall Theatre in Burbank. The stage was set to recreate the final gig of Billie Holiday at the Emerson Bar and Grill in Philadelphia.

Photo by Kathy Leonardo; courtesy of LAArtParty.com

We were led through the backstage area, passing by posters of jazz greats from that era, and then arrived onstage. A piano and a 50s style microphone was the focal point, with tables and chairs on the sides of the stage. The red wine that we requested while checking in at the box office was waiting for us…


Chef de Cuisine Luca Moriconi; Photo by Richard Bilow; courtesy of EatTravelGo.com

Culina has been a respected restaurant located at the legendary Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for nearly a decade (replacing its previous restaurant — Gardens). Two years ago it was redesigned to include new bar/lounge area name Vinoteca.


Castelli Arts Space features a solo show titled “Alive in the Superunknown” featuring large scale paintings by Bruce Rubenstein opening on May 11, 2019.

Bruce Rubenstein with his work; photo courtesy of artist

The New York native is a jack of all trades, and has seen a lot of life, love and tragedy. He has survived with the help of his art, family and friends. Growing up he always loved art. He cited Mark Bradford, Cecily Brown, Joe Bradley, George Condo, Julie Mehretu…as an inspiration to his art. Other favorites include: Picasso, Pollock, Jasper Johns, Franz Kline, Arshile Gorky, Pousette-Dart, Mark Tobey, Miro, Kandinsky, etc. “I was blown away…


The Wild Flowers of Carrizo; photo by Richard Bilow © 2019; courtesy of ETG

They say a weekend away can do wonders for your relationship…but who says you have to spend the entire weekend together? I can understand the reasoning behind the new trend called solomoon or unimoon. A March 2019 NY Times article tells the story of recently married couples who choose to take separate trips over a honeymoon. However, this goes a bit too far for me.

My husband and I recently took a weekend jaunt up the coast to San Luis Obispo County. He is a professional photographer and was excited to chase the super blooms in Carrizo Plain National Monument


One of the things I love about living in LA, is that on any given day, you can decide to enjoy a night out on the town. STK Los Angeles is the perfect place to let go of the day’s worries and reconnect with a loved one, or a group of friends. Located in the W Hotel in Westwood, the restaurant offers an elegant yet trendy ambiance, with a night club vibe — perfect for a romantic dinner. The voluminous booths are also conducive to accommodating large groups. …

Kathy Leonardo

A freelance journalist for fifteen years, Kathy founded www.LAArtParty.com which spotlights all types of events, art, music, theatre, dining, travel, etc.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store