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UPSCALE DINING AT BARRIQUE VENICE

Enjoying fine wine and a romantic atmosphere at Barrique Venice
Enjoying fine wine and a romantic atmosphere at Barrique Venice

Venice, California is known for its eclectic culture and artistic vibe. Among the many shops and stands are hidden some of the best dining destinations in Los Angeles. Barrique easily scores at the top of the list for fine Italian faire.

Barrique is located on Main Street in a lovely, yellow, bungalow-style home with indoor and outdoor seating. It is clean, modern and very romantic. Soft lighting intentionally keeps the room dark and reliant upon the ambient candle light from each individual table. The atmosphere is very intimate and perfect for a memorable dining experience.

The idyllic and picturesque dinning room at Barrique Venice
The idyllic and picturesque dinning room at Barrique Venice

The Hollywood Press Corps Magazine was greeted by Tony Black, owner of Barrique Venice. He seated us upstairs at a cozy table for two by a window. The tables are made from wine barrels giving the modern theme a rustic twist. Tony presented us with a wonderful, light, crisp white wine Molise from Italy to be paired with our first course, a delicious Branzino and Sea Urchin Carpaccio with Sea Weed and Orange Wedges. This was an amazing choice to begin our meal. Light and full of flavors, perfectly balanced and just enough to entice us before our next antipasto treat.

The delightful foie gras as prepared perfectly
The delightful foie gras was prepared masterfully

Chef Antonio Mure joined us at our table to inquire about our experience so far and to present our next tasting, Grilled Foie-Grass served with Pan Brioche and poached  pears. The understated elegance of this dish was a pleasant surprise. Not too rich or heavy, this also paired beautifully with the wine. The portions at Barrique are exactly right. Just enough to enjoy the flavors and move on to the next delicacy.

Chef Mure shaving mouth watering truffles on to a plate of handcrafted mushroom ravioli
Chef Mure shaving mouth watering truffles on to a plate of handcrafted mushroom ravioli

Chef Mure and Tony Black were both very attentive and a real delight to spend the evening with. Chef Mure would arrive with each of his courses to give us a little history of the dish and a back story on his process and presentation. The next course was home-made Red Beet Tagliolini Pasta, Marsala Quail Ragù on a Bed of Taleggio Cheese Fondue. Tony paired a fruit forward Sicilian Red wine with this dish and the two flavors played in perfect harmony. Chef Mura was so proud of his dish and referred to his pasta as “orgasmic” and “better than sex”. And with that statement came the next pasta dish, a traditionally hand-pinched, home made ravioli filled with fontina cheese from the Piedmont region of italy. The ravioli were delicately dressed in a white truffle butter sauce and Chef Mure personally shaved truffles over the top of the dish for an extra bump of exquisite flavor.

The Mediterranean Sea Bass was prepared with braised Maui Onions and fresh Zucchini
The Mediterranean Sea Bass was prepared with braised Maui Onions and fresh Zucchini

For our main course, we were presented with a Grilled Mediterranean Sea Bass with Braised Maui Onions and Zucchini in a Blood Orange Sauce. We also reverted back to a white wine, a lovely citrus toned chardonnay that enhanced the slightly tart fruit flavors of the seafood dish. Once again, it was the perfect pairing. The sea bass was tender and flaky with a delicate hint of Italian seasoning and earthy flare.

To finish our evening we enjoyed a traditional Italian Easter cake from the Naples region. It was a light version of a cheesecake, sprinkled with powered sugar and lined with a creme fraise sauce and berries. Buttery, flakey and simply delicious.

The entire meal was satisfying yet light and healthy, allowing us to have enjoyed many wonderful flavors without feeling over stuffed at the end of the evening. Great food, incredible ambiance, and delightful character from both restauranteur Tony Black, and Michelin Star rated chef Antonio Mure left us feeling happy and satisfied and ready to make reservations to come back very soon! HollywoodPressCorp definitely recommends Barrique for an incredible dining experience and an intimate retreat for close family and friends.

http://www.barriquevenice.com/#tonyblack78gmailcom

 

The dessert at Barrique is the perfect ending to the meal. All photos courtesy Judy Hansen Pullos
The Italian Easter Cake dessert at Barrique is the perfect ending to the meal. All photos courtesy Judy Hansen Pullos

 

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation First Annual Blue Diamond Gala

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Former Dodger pitcher Darren Powell with his wife at the Blue Diamond gala

April 16, 2015 Over $2,000,000.00 was raised for charity at The Inagural Dodgers Blue Diamond Gala. The Jackie Robinson foundation raised money along with the Los Angeles Dodger foundation. Their goal is to support education, literacy, and sports for families that are in need in the Los Angeles area.

The Blue Diamond gala is the foundations first event for 2015. Many great things have been happening since new ownership took over. Magic Johnson is on the board of directors at the foundation and an owner. Last year the foundation raised $1,000,000.00 for charity.

The Celebrities in attendance included Rachel Robinson, widow of baseball great Jackie Robinson. Many Dodger players from today and the past were in attendance.
Manny Motta and his wife Margarita spoke about the importance of education for children. “Education is number one!” Manny said. Manny also spoke about Yasiel Puig. “Its exciting to see what Puig has accomplished. He just keeps getting better and better.”
Another celebrity that walked the blue carpet was Alex Anfanger. He is one of the creators of Big Time in Hollywood on Comedy Central. The show is creating a lot of buzz. The Comedy Central channel brings such a high level of comedy to television. Alex said he was at the event as a huge Dodgers fan. When asked about his thoughts on education he said, “Education is important!”k

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Former Los Angeles Dodger Tommy Davis on the blue carpet

Tommy Davis of the Los Angeles Dodgers stopped by and had so many positive things to say about the Dodgers. He spoke of the foundation supporting literacy programs in the city and told some great stories about signing up with the Dodgers many years ago.

Dennis Powell, a former Dodger pitcher stopped by with his wife to take some photos. These older baseball celebrities have such a positive outlook on life. It was a lot of fun to be around them and hear what they have to say.

Darryl Thomas was an opening day pitcher in 1980. He went on to play every position on the field except pitching. He played for the Dodgers for 15 years and had many great things to say about them. Darryl went on to reflect on Jackie Robinson. How Jackie had opened doors for many black ball players. Darryl said that Jackie was well structured for the job. His experience in the military helped him deal with racism in baseball. Darryl said that baseball takes a lot of dedication.

Finally, Justin Hartley walked the blue carpet with his wife. Justin said the silent auction is great way to raise money for kids. Originally from Chicago, Justin is a long time Dodger fan and supporter. He said the new ownership of the stadium is amazing.

Some of the silent auction items at the Blur Diamond Gala
Some of the silent auction items at the Blur Diamond Gala

It was such an honor to meet these legends of Dodger baseball. It was a lot of fun to be down on the baseball field. It was also great that so much money was raised for inner city youth who will benefit from the programs that this night has funded.

Dodgers website

http://m.dodgers.mlb.com

Dodgers Foundation

http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/community/dream_foundation.jsp

Jackie Robinson Foundation

http://www.jackierobinson.org

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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