LA Dinner Parties and Hamptons Hoedowns

Rooftop scene from Alex Hitz's Summer Dinner Party in Hollywood Hills, CA.
Last Wednesday night in Los Angeles, at his house way up at the top of Sunset Plaza Drive, overlooking the city, Alex Hitz gave a buffet dinner for about a hundred guests. Mr. Hitz is putting the finishing touches on his “My Beverly Hills Kitchen: Uptown,  Down Home Comfort Food for a Crowd.” Knopf is the publisher and Shelley Wanger is editor.  Wednesday night’s guests were got a preview of some of the recipes in this former restaurateur’s treasure chest.

The menu: Pimiento Cheese Rounds, Bacon Wrapped Dates; Fried Chicken, Marinated Shrimp with dill, Cold Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Sauce; Squash Casserole, Tomato Pie with Basil, Broccoli Slaw with chives and parsley; Corn Cucumber Salad with Cilantro, with Biscuits. And for dessert: Brownies, Lemon Squares, Pecan Bars, Almond Raspberry White Chocolate Bars, and Sand Tarts.
Among the guests: Bobby Harling, Beatrice Reed, Marin Hopper, Lisa Fine, John Goldwyn, Jeff Klein, John and Laura Dewis, Brooke and Blake Davenport, Steve Tisch, Sharon Sondes and Geoffrey Thomas, Barbara (Mrs. Marvin) Davis, Ben Bourgeois, Nikki Haskell, Diana Nathanson, David Niven Jr., Kay Pick, Frank Bowling,  Carole Mack, Arnold Kopelson, David Jones, Leonard and Wendy Goldberg, Joan and Ron Linclau, Karen Santo Domingo, Tracy and Jay Snyder, Susan Stroman, George Farias, Hutton and Ruth Wilkinson, Wendy Stark, Craig Starr, Carly Steel, Sophie and Freddie Windsor, Bettina Zilkha, Aileen Mehle, Rodolfo Monaco, Mary McDonald, Eugenio Lopes, Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, and dozens more just like ‘em.
Freddie Windsor, Alex Hitz, Sophie Windsor
Freddie Windsor, Alex Hitz, and Sophie Windsor
Josh Miller, Laura Beckner, David Morehouse, Kevin Philip
Josh Miller, Laura Beckner, David Morehouse, and Kevin Philip
Nick Brown, ?, Diane Brown, Bettina Zilkha
Nick Brown, Aileen Mehle, Diane Brown, and Bettina Zilkha
Annie McGinty
Annie McGinty
Eugenio Lopez Alonso
Eugenio Lopez Alonso
Countess Sharon Sondes, Geoffrey Thomas
Sharon Sondes and Geoffrey Thomas
Mark Tydell
Mark Tydell
Lisa Fine, Peter Kopelson, Merle Ginsberg
Lisa Fine, Peter Kopelson, and Merle Ginsberg
Hutton Wilkinson, Merle Ginsberg, Peter Kopelson
Hutton Wilkinson, Merle Ginsberg, and Peter Kopelson
Sophie Windsor, Carly Steel, Laura Lehman
Sophie Windsor, Carly Steel, and Laura Lehman
John Dewis, Laura Beckner
John Dewis and Laura Beckner
Frank Bowling, Kay Pick
Frank Bowling and Kay Pick
Blake Davenport, Brooke Davenport
Blake and Brooke Davenport
Bettina Zilkha, Leo Daly, Grega Daly
Bettina Zilkha, Leo Daly, and Grega Daly
Barbara Davis, Leonard Goldberg, Brenda Goldberg
Barbara Davis, Leonard and Wendy Goldberg
Steve Tisch, Brooke Davenport
Steve Tisch and Brooke Davenport
Frances Schultz, Brad Kelly
Frances Schultz and Brad Kelly
Frances Schultz, Carol Mack, Lisa Fine
Frances Schultz, Carol Mack, and Lisa Fine
Frank Bowling, Joan Linclau, Ron Linclau
Frank Bowling with Joan and Ron Linclau
George Farias, Wendy Stark
George Farias and Wendy Stark
Laura Lehman, Carly Steel
Laura Lehman and Carly Steel
Angela Janklow, Alex Hitz
Angela Janklow and Alex Hitz
Carly Steel, Alex Hitz
Carly Steel and Alex Hitz
Bridget Gless Keller, Chip Conlan
Bridget Gless Keller and Chip Conlan
Ruth Wilkinson, Hutton Wilkinson
Ruth and Hutton Wilkinson
Nikki Haskell
Nikki Haskell
Last Monday night in East Hampton, Caitlin and John Tashjian hosted their 5th annual Hamptons Hoedown to celebrate Mrs. Tashjian's 40th birthday. Guests wore their best Western hoedown duds. There were dueling mechanical bulls for the annual “bull riding championship.” This isn’t as easy as it looks although it was won by a native Texan, Liv Odegard who came to the party already equipped with her Lone Star State riding skills.
Erin Elmore, Monique Crawford, Kirk Tashjian, Heather Heo, Danielle Krupa
Erin Elmore, Monique Crawford, Kirk Tashjian, Heather Heo, and Danielle Krupa
Doug Rohrer, Kirk Tashjian, Danielle Krupa, Monique Crawford, Heather Heo, Erin Elmore
Doug Rohrer, Kirk Tashjian, Danielle Krupa, Monique Crawford, Heather Heo, and Erin Elmore
Adam Simmons, Stacey Tashjian, Caitlin Tashjian, John Tashjian, Gary Tashjian, Kirk Tashjian
Adam Simmons, and Stacey, Caitlin, John, Gary, and Kirk Tashjian
They played beer pong (don’t ask, I haven’t a clue) and dined and danced under a tent decorated with red, white and blue lanterns. Barbecue pit-master Rich Chinitz supplied the pulled pork barbecue, ribs, smoked sausages and fried chicken. After serving the “beach-themed” cake (sandless) for the birthday girl, Mr. Tash moved to the turntables where he spun the tunes for the dancing.
Liv Odegard
Liv Odegard
Caitlin Tashjian
Caitlin Tashjian
Danielle Krupa
Danielle Krupa
Matthew Cortellesi
Matthew Cortellesi
John Tashjian
John Tashjian
Gary Tashjian
Gary Tashjian
Stacey Tashjian
Stacey Tashjian
Adam Simmons
Adam Simmons
Karen Casey, Leyla Serafino, Debbie White, Trish Becker Chinitz, Rich Chinitz
Karen Casey, Leyla Serafino, Debbie White, Trish Becker Chinitz, and Rich Chinitz
Christine deForest Keys, Laura Hammam, BJ Casey
Christine deForest Keys, Laura Hammam, and BJ Casey
Amanda Burskey, Carson Cummings
Amanda Burskey and Carson Cummings
Ashley Holmes, Jason Jeffries
Ashley Holmes and Jason Jeffries
Liz Securo, Mike Securo
Liz Securo and Mike Securo
Anne Callender, Will Callender
Anne and Will Callender
Chris Errico, Michael Dorrian, Anthony Addison, Caitlin Tashjian
Chris Errico, Michael Dorrian, Anthony Addison, and Caitlin Tashjian
Matthew Cortellesi, Pamela Ludwick, Clarita Fodor, Alex Fodor
Matthew Cortellesi, Pamela Ludwick, Clarita Fodor, and Alex Fodor
Eleanor DeJoux, ML Bunn
Eleanor DeJoux and ML Bunn
Domonique Morales, Shannon Lenihan
Domonique Morales and Shannon Lenihan
Catherine Barton, Beth Amorosi, Blair
Catherine Barton, Beth Amorosi, and Blair
Jewel Donohue, Daisy Olivera
Jewel Donohue and Daisy Olivera
Vanessa Low Mendelson, Courtney Robinson, Bailey Robinson
Vanessa Low Mendelson, Courtney Robinson, and Bailey Robinson
Grier Waltz, Tristana Waltz
Grier and Tristana Waltz
Jenny McDonald, Michelle Gaster, Emilio Masci, Whitney Beckett, Rachel Reyes
Jenny McDonald, Michelle Gaster, Emilio Masci, Whitney Beckett, and Rachel Reyes
Marissa Pagnani, Jackie Cierangelo, Emily Leonard, Erica Wang
Marissa Pagnani, Jackie Cierangelo, Emily Leonard, and Erica Wang
Caitlin Tashjian
Caitlin Tashjian
John Tashjian, Chad Penman
John Tashjian and Chad Penman
Danielle Krupa, Stacey Tashjian, Liv Odegard
Danielle Krupa, Stacey Tashjian, and Liv Odegard
Tifany Brody
Tifany Brody
Victoria Kirby
Victoria Kirby
Stephanie Houser, Danielle Jamore, Megan Haberland
Stephanie Houser, Danielle Jamore, and Megan Haberland
Jennifer Loach, Karim Momin
Jennifer Loach and Karim Momin

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