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All Star Taste of Fashion Wrap Up

An All-Star Affair:
FOUR and Chef E. Dubble’s fashion/charity event hits all the right notes

Fashion tipped off All-Star Weekend with the “All Star Taste of Fashion” event that delivered style, savory bites, and chilled libations for an eclectic crowd of industry insiders. The soiree was conceived by Chef E. Dubble, and Melrose boutique, FOUR, as a way to combine fashion, food, and altruism. A portion of the proceeds went to benefit Los Angeles Team Mentoring, a mentoring organization that utilizes a team building approach to give tools and support to youths growing up in challenging environments.

As evidenced by the overwhelming response, the idea was the perfect way to kick off NBA All?Star Weekend. Host Brandon T. Jackson, star of Big Momma’s: Like Father, Like Son, kept guests entertained as they perused the racks for chic selections. Models showcased FOUR’s Spring ’11 men’s and women’s collection for the eager shoppers. Celebrities and stylemakers alike were seen dancing to the beat of the DJ’s eclectic playlist, and party?goers toasted with cocktails provided by premium tequila Dama.

All Star Taste of FashionSponsored by Upscale Magazine and Queen of the Wink, the event’s red carpet was filled with a variety of celebrities ready to shop for a cause. Some of the high-profile guests included: Dennis L.A. White (Notorious), Hairspray’s Elijah Kelley, Natalie Nunn of Bad Girl’s Club, and KayCee Stroh (High School Musical 1-3). Alicia Keys newly signed group, Stereo Hogzz five members were seen taking pictures with Genevieve Jackson, recording artist and niece of Michael Jackson.

The mood was heightened by ambrosial bites created by Chef E. Dubble, who has created a following with his catering business, E. Dubble Catering and Private Chef Services, among celebrities such as Halle Berry, Maxwell, and Craig Robinson. The fare included: ahi tuna with wasabi, avocado sauce, and caviar; ceviche with red snapper and tiger shrimp, topped with tequila on a white corn tortilla; steak yakitori, bruschetta with pineapple, ginger and herb cream cheese, and pita topped with a hummus, feta, and tomato mixture. Days of our Lives heartthrob Brody Hutzler took a curious bite into the crispy fried frog legs and declared them delicious, and corn fritters dipped in chocolate sauce put a smile on Genevieve Jackson’s face.

FOUR’s fashion hub was a great location for the event. At first look, the sleek boutique creates a catwalk feel, with a metallic grey palette and sleek track lighting. Featured designers such as Mark & James by Badgley Mischka (sold exclusively on Melrose by FOUR), Kerryn Leigh, Fluxus, Carapace, Hyden Yoo, Sonbol Watches, and MBARQGO, were framed at the edges by python print frames, giving it a modern metropolis feel. Combining top-tier eatables, fashion, and faces, proved to be an All-Star success and provided an enjoyable way to give back to the community in style! The sentiment can be carried through the coming month by shopping at http://shop.fourla.com as a portion of the proceeds of online sales will benefit LATM through March 31, 2011.

For more information on FOUR go to: www.FourLA.com
For more information on Chef E. Dubble go to: www.chefedubble.com

All-Star Taste of Fashion

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Fashionably Slated: “All-Star Taste of Fashion” boasts a unique lineup of top-tier fashion, food, and faces

Chef E. DubbleFashion takes an All-Star turn on February 19th, for the highly anticipated “All-Star Taste of Fashion” event, hosted by Brandon T. Jackson, star of Big Momma’s: Like Father, Like Son, in conjunction with the film’s release. Jackson, known for inhabiting characters in films Tropic Thunder and Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, puts his talent towards a charitable cause as a portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the Los Angeles Team Mentoring (LATM).

For 19 years, LATM has taken a unique, school-based approach to mentoring, helping over 19,000 under-privileged and at-risk youth build self-esteem and self-worth so that they can dream and attain far-reaching goals and lead lives
with positive futures. LATM continues to be one of the largest and most notable after-school mentoring programs in Los Angeles.

The All-Star Taste of Fashion, is a unique collaboration between the Melrose boutique, FOUR, and Chef E. Dubble, a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef, whose culinary delights are a favorite among celebrities such as Halle Berry, Maxwell,
and Craig Robinson. The afternoon is a celebration of FOUR’s eclectic fashion sense and Chef E. Dubble’s version of food as art.The two forces have joined together to create a truly unforgettable experience.

Since opening its’ doors last spring, FOUR has become a mecca for fashion forward Angelenos and international tourists looking for a one-stop fashion shop. The moniker, FOUR, represents the four lifestyles of fashion and guides you through the experience with superior customer service. The chic men’s and women’s contemporary store houses selections that cater to the four avenues of style needs: comfort, spotlight, success, and celebration. FOUR the Comfort, provides a line of soft knits in styles for everyday wear. FOUR the Spotlight, contains eye-catching pieces for the trendsetter. FOUR the Success, is a category that features versatile tailored looks for business types. FOUR the Celebration, brings party looks with stand-out panache.

Chef E. Dubble, the notably trained chef, has created a cult following since opening his catering business, E. Dubble Catering & Private Chef Services. Since its’ inception, the business has catered an array of events for celebrities, corporations, and community organizations. His food is featured in many locations across Los Angeles, including The Comedy Union and The Laugh Factory. For the versatile chef, food is fashion. According to Dubble, “it’s a lifestyle – know thyself and adorn thy foods accordingly.”

Attendees will be able to shop the 2011 Spring men’s and women’s collection guilt free, knowing that a portion of the proceeds will go to LATM’s after-school mentoring program, TeamWorks. The soiree promises to be a visceral engagement, with ambrosial bites, chic fashion selections, and libations from, Dama, a premium tequila with a smooth delivery for the female palette.
All-Stars from the league to the big screen will meet to celebrate and shop for a cause at this exclusive red carpet charity event. The guest list spans the gamut from athletes such as Wes Johnson, Nick Young, and Jonny Flynn, to actors/entertainers such as Elijah Kelly, KayCee Stroh, Brody Hutzler, Craig Robinson, and Rodney Perry.

Guests can mingle with the roster, while giving back to the community through LATM. The non-profit organization has made an enormous impact on the community by fostering significant relationships between youth and caring adults through an innovative program that brings together teams of students and mentors. Growth is fostered through an activity-based curriculum that emphasizes team building, leadership development, and community service.
Come and join a star-studded cast as they celebrate the community, life, art, and fashion during All-Star weekend.

The “All-Star Taste of Fashion”, brought to you by FOUR and Chef E. Dubble, promises All-Star entertainment, fashion, and fun that will leave guests wanting more than just a taste.

For more information on FOUR go to: www.fourla.com
For more information on Chef E. Dubble go to: www.chefedubble.com
For more information on LATM go to: www.latm.org

All Star Taste of Fashion:
Saturday, February 19th, 2011
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
FOUR
8016 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Diary of a Wannabe TV Chef – PT 3

This is the latest installment in a continuing series that documents my personal quest to become the host of my own cooking show. Since this is a relatively new “career” there are no vocational programs or community college courses to prepare me for it. From what I have seen, the two most import elements in securing such a position are passion for food and plain old dumb luck. Born with a passion for food, I set out to make my own luck.

Building Credibilty

So, here I was the proud author of a cookbook that could only be found in one place, the web site of a T-shirt company. But that was better than most people can say. 4 Star put the cookbook in with their regular advertising, but if I wanted to get the word out about the cuisine I had created, I had to learn the publishing game with a quickness.

Armed with a sack full of For Dummies books and an inbox crammed with self-publishing newsletters, I began to sell myself, figuratively speaking. A new bi-weekly newspaper had gone into print around Mobile and they had a guy (their food editor) who did restaurant reviews, but no one who wrote cooking articles. I sent an e-mail to their senior editor inquiring about the possibility of my filling that role for them.

AmigeauxsWhy shouldn’t I? After all, I was author of Amigeauxs – Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine and a veteran of the restaurant industry. The editor asked me for an article to show my stuff. I had noticed that the style of writing preferred by this paper employed sarcasm, so that was how I wrote my article which explained how béchamel was not some fancy French food, but a part of our everyday lives. That article earned me the fat sum of $20 (US) as it was quite humorous. Upon publication it was well received. Enough so that the food editor decided that a cooking article should be part of the regular food section. Unfortunately, he assigned himself to write it. After all, twenty bucks is twenty bucks.

Regardless, I now had my first professional writing credit. I was now a freelance writer. Go figure. I soon got the attention of the web site, Global Chefs, who commissioned me to write an article about self-publishing. Just that quickly I had gone from aspiring food author to self-publishing expert. Once again, go figure. That is how this journey to become a TV chef has progressed. Lots of hard work with little to show for it, then bam! (no pun intended) a whole gaggle of good fortune.

Soon interest in my cookbook and food writing cooled off. It was becoming apparent to me that I needed to get back into a commercial kitchen to really start building credibility. Mobile’s economy was rebounding and new restaurants were starting to pop up. I soon found myself the pantry chef (this position handles salads, desserts, and appetizers) at a swanky new steak restaurant in a fast-growing, affluent suburb of Mobile. It was time to work on my chops.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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Stuart’s Honors & Awards

2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up

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