LABOR DAY WEEKEND | AUG. 30 - SEPT. 1
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Cadillac
Come see the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS and electrically powered 2014 Cadillac ELR at the Los Angeles Times Taste event. Be sure to stop by and enjoy some delicious food prepared at the Cadillac Culinary Stage and get your photo taken in the Cadillac Photo Lounge.
Don Julio
The process of creating Tequila Don Julio is as unique as the tequila itself. From the cultivation of the agave plant to the American white-oak barrels it is aged in, making Tequila Don Julio is a process that requires the skilled and practiced hands of people trained in the art and craft of tequila. Each bottle of Tequila Don Julio is made from the same handpicked, 100% pure, blue Weber agave plants from the highlands of Jalisco—one of the country’s most fertile agave-growing regions. It is here where each agave plant is allowed to grow seven to ten years before it is harvested, resulting in the mellow, fully developed agave flavor Tequila Don Julio is known for. It is this attention to quality, craftsmanship and tradition that sets Tequila Don Julio apart from other tequilas and makes it the world’s finest luxury tequila.
SYSCO
Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the food service and hospitality industries. Operating from more than 180 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland and the Bahamas’, Sysco’s product lines are as diverse as the 40,000 associates who support its daily operations. At Sysco, we strive to be our customers most valued and trusted business partner by marketing and delivering great products with exceptional service. We also invest in our customer’s success by offering “business planning and consulting” services to help enhance menu offerings, stay on top of emerging trends, increase efficiencies and grow business.
GOLD

Icelandic
The source of Icelandic Glacial is Iceland’s legendary ölfus Spring. Formed over 4,500 years ago, the ölfusSpring is continuously replenished by a gradual filtration of rainfall and snowmelt over uninhabited and untouched lava fields. One of the world’s largest natural springs, over 900,000 cubic meters of water overflows from the ölfus Spring into the ocean every day. This is more than twice the amount of all bottled water consumed worldwide.

Stella Artois
The crisp, dry flavor of Stella Artois makes it an ideal accompaniment for a variety of cuisines from around the world. The mild malt and light hops of Stella Artois accentuate the richness of dishes such as lamb, lobster and shellfish without overwhelming the balance of flavors.


Svedka
Established in 1998, SVEDKA Vodka is one of the largest and fastest-growing Spirits brands in the U.S. Made from Swedish winter wheat and distilled five times, SVEDKA is also available in Orange Cream Pop, Colada, Strawberry Colada, Citron, Clementine, Raspberry, Cherry and Vanilla. This stylish and fun Swedish import is the ultimate party starter across the United States.
SILVER

Acacia
ACACIA VINEYARD® has always taken an idealistic view. It comes from our unshakable faith in the tremendous potential of the windy hillsides of Carneros, overlooking San Pablo Bay. Long before the climate of this American Viticultural Area (AVA) was recognized as ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Acacia’s pioneering founders were convinced of it.

Their goal when they launched Acacia was to achieve a certain balance in Pinot Noir that, at the time, existed only in French wines. They wanted to make a single-vineyard California Pinot Noir that was both complex and delicate—a wine that heightened the enjoyment of food, making everything a little more delicious.

Today, that quality is what draws aficionados and novices alike to Acacia wines. It’s what has helped put Carneros on the map. And it’s what continues to inspire winemaking at Acacia after more than 30 years, from the ferocious belief in the possibility of this place to the artistry of capturing its essence in a glass.
Baileys
The new BAILEY’S® Vanilla Cinnamon is a luxurious new flavor experience. Using the world’s finest Madagascar Vanilla, BAILEY’S® Vanilla Cinnamon is a decadent blend of natural vanilla and cinnamon with real Irish Cream.
Blackberry
BlackBerry, a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected. Check out the re-designed, re-engineered BlackBerry Q10 & Z10 today.
Blackstone Winery
Since 1990, Blackstone Winery has provided wine lovers with deliciously smooth wines for everyday drinking. We’ve built a loyal following who trust Blackstone to deliver sumptuous, varietally expressive bottlings of uncompromising quality and value.
Bulleit Bourbon
BULLEIT BOURBON® is made by following the small-batch technique inspired by Augustus Bulleit over 150 years ago. Only the highest quality ingredients are used. Bulleit Bourbon’s subtlety and complexity stem from its unique blend of rye, corn and barley malt, along with special strains of yeast. Because Bulleit Bourbon is especially high in rye content, it has a bold and spicy character with a distinctively smooth, clean finish.

BULLEIT BOURBON® is still distilled and aged in small batches. Kentucky limestone-filtered water provides the foundation for the bourbon’s character, while charred American oak barrels lend a smoky backbone. Bulleit’s distillers age the bourbon simply until it is ready. The result is placed into a bottle whose design has won awards of its own.

As anyone who knows Bulleit is aware, Rye has always been a cornerstone to the family. It is in that tradition that we’re proud to present BULLEIT® Rye – a small batch, straight rye whiskey made from 95% rye and 5% malted barley. A whiskey with an unparalleled character of spice and complexity.
Caorunn Gin
Caorunn is a handcrafted Scottish Gin. Artisanal from start to finish, Caorunn is an adventure in itself. Five handpicked Celtic and six traditional gin botanicals are infused to perfection in the world’s only working Copper Berry Chamber on Speyside, resulting in a modern London Dry style gin with a crisp aromatic taste. With its fruity, floral notes evoking the Scottish Highlands, Caorunn Gin invites discerning drinkers to celebrate individuality and creativity. Enjoy Caorunn Gin- an aromatic adventure.
Chipotle
At Chipotle, we aim to do a few things but do them exceptionally well. When Chipotle first opened its doors in 1993, the goal was simple: to serve high quality, delicious food quickly with an experience that not only exceeded, but redefined the fast food experience. To that end, we focus on sourcing the best possible ingredients, serving the tastiest food, and growing the most capable team we can. Good food IS good business.
Cupcake Vineyards
Cupcake Vineyards wines were introduced nationally in 2008 from California’s Central Coast and represented a finely crafted, fruit-forward, indulgent and eminently approachable style of wine. The inaugural release included Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Adam Richardson has since used his global wine making experience and relationships around the world to add seven international wines to the Cupcake lineup, including such renowned regions as Marlborough New Zealand; Mendoza Argentina; Italy’s Prosecco, Trentino and Asti regions; Barossa Valley, Australia; and Germany’s Mosel. Live Deliciously.
Coffee Bean Tea Leaf
Born and brewed in Southern California since 1963, The Coffee Bean Tea Leaf® is the oldest and largest privately held specialty coffee and tea retailer in the United States.

Since opening our first cafe in Brentwood, California, we have always been passionate about connecting loyal customers with carefully handcrafted products.

Though we travel far and wide to discover the flavors you love, we always bring it home. Delivering the look, taste and aroma of the world’s best coffees and teas is what we do best, and every sip should take you to the corners of the earth where each flavor was cultivated. Let us pour you something delicious.

Good food IS good business.
Hornitos Tequila
Hortense Laborie (Catherine Frot), a renowned chef from Perigord, is astonished when the President of the Republic (Jean d’Ormesson) appoints her his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Elysée Palace. Despite jealous resentment from the other kitchen staff, Hortense quickly establishes herself, thanks to her indomitable spirit. The authenticity of her cooking soon seduces the President, but the corridors of power are littered with traps. Based on the extraordinary true story of President Francois Mitterand’s private cook.
Hornitos Tequila
There’s no better tequila for grabbing life than Hornitos®. Whether it’s our crystal-clear Plata, our robust Reposado, our aromatic Añejo, or our brand new Lime Shot, Hornitos® has the authentic taste to get your night started. So go ahead. Give it a shot.
Johnnie Walker
From the earliest days of their business, the Walker family and subsequent generations of Master Blenders have crafted exclusive Scotch Whiskies for the directors of their company for private gatherings – treasured whiskies that have only ever been shared with a select few, at special occasions. Inspired by this tradition, JOHNNIE WALKER® PLATINUM LABEL is a supremely rich and full-flavoured 18 year old Scotch
Ketel One
KETEL ONE® vodka is a vodka rooted in authenticity, crafted honoring tradition and sophisticated in taste. Ketel One vodka is produced by the Nolet family in Schiedam, Holland, who has been distilling fine spirits for 10 generations. Ketel One is produced from the finest quality wheat. The super premium vodka is crafted from small batches using traditional copper pot stills including the original copper pot still “Distilleerketel #1″ after which Ketel One is named.
Logix
Logix is banking with a twist: you become a member and part-owner when you open an account, and 100% of profits are returned to you in the form of better rates, lower fees and improved services. Maybe that’s why over 96% of our members say they would recommend Logix to their friends and family.
Mionetto USA
Mionetto USA is recognized as one of the fastest growing wine importing companies in the United States. Our story begins in 1997, when we set out to champion a new wine category with American consumers through the introduction of Mionetto’s family of fine sparkling wines. Less than two decades later, our wines rank among the most popular and successful in the U.S., with Mionetto Prosecco leading the way. Mionetto USA’s portfolio of offerings is rounded out with a selection of some of Europe’s most prestigious wine estates, showcased by our MW Imports division.

At Mionetto USA we work smart and strategically. A thoughtful, gradual expansion of our portfolio, together with the committed support of our trusted winery, distributor, retail and restaurant partners, has been integral to our success, with discerning, creative brand-building and development part of our company DNA. But above all, our commitment is to present the American wine lover with new and innovative styles of wine, in addition to a range of carefully selected classics.
Robert Mondavi Winery
Robert Mondavi believed great wines begin in the vineyard. And he had the vision to realize the true potential of the rather unconventional Central Coast wine country. The wines of Robert Mondavi Private Selection embrace the best characteristics of California’s Central Coast – the unique geography and climate – that reveal themselves in the distinctive character of our wines. Our Central Coast vineyards give grapes what they need to develop intense fruit flavor, elegant textures, and bright acid that complement food beautifully, and sip delightfully on their own.
Simply Naked Wines
Simply Naked wines are crafted without the influence of oak barrels. This allows the inherent flavor of the grape itself to come through in the wine. The result? Bright, crisp, fruit-forward wines that effortlessly pair with a wide array of foods.
Sterling Vineyards
STERLING VINEYARDS® is one of the most visited and visible wineries in Napa Valley. As one of the landmark wineries of Napa Valley, STERLING VINEYARDS® enjoys a rich heritage including groundbreaking wines, diverse vineyards, and a historic winery with stunning architecture. Harry Hansen, winemaker, has transformed the wine making process through controlled oxygen management during fermentation and rerouting grape intake to reduce skin maceration and bitterness. The STERLING VINEYARDS® winemaking team believes that our wines should express true varietal character. We craft each wine with this in mind, choosing gentle techniques tailored to bring out the aromas and flavors that each grape variety develops in the terroir it likes best. The resulting wines have exceptional quality that shines anywhere, with intriguing complexity that brings out the best in a wide variety of cuisines. At the 2012 Sunset International Wine Competition, STERLING VINEYARDS® 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon won gold and 2010 Chardonnay won silver.
TheONEGroup
TheONEGroup, headquartered in New York City , is an upscale hospitality company that develops, manages and operates a portfolio of luxury restaurants, lounges and bars. In addition, the company offers a turn-key food and beverage program for hotels and resorts globally. Since introducing its first restaurant concept in January 2004, TheONEGroup has opened, partnered in or has under construction over 25 venues, including multiple hotel and casino food and beverage operations. The company launched its first international operation in Europe in 2012, with continued international expansion planned.

Located in the heart of West Hollywood’s Restaurant Row, STK-LA offers guests a fresh, modern alternative to the conventional Los Angeles dining experience. The seasonal, innovative menu, along with the sophisticated, stylish décor and decidedly lively and sultry atmosphere, lets guests know that this is definitely “not your daddy’s steakhouse.” It’s little sister-restaurant, Bagatelle Los Angeles redefines the French Mediterranean dining experience through the exquisite seasonal menu and a beautifully designed space with outdoor seating. Bagatelle brings a new ‘joie de vivre’ to LA, mirroring that which can only be found, until now, in the South of France.
Toasted Head
Toasted Head wines are named for the age-old practice of toasting the inside of the barrel heads with fire, which helps create the rich toasted flavor found in all of our wines. The Toasted Head winemaking team works tirelessly to produce handcrafted, high-quality wines at an affordable price.
ARTS & CULTURE

Center Theatre Group
Center Theatre Group is Los Angeles’ preeminent non-profit theatre company. On our three stages – the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum and the Kirk Douglas Theatre – we present the highest quality and broadest range of theatre: groundbreaking new works, explosive productions of the classics and hit Broadway plays and musicals.
Elephant Parade
Elephant Parade’s concept is a unique combination of Art, Business and Charity. Art drives the value of the Elephant Parade: the life size elephant statues are exhibited in well-known cities and auctioned off at prestigious gala events. Smaller size hand painted limited edition replicas are sold in ‘Elephant Parade Gallery Stores’ and the Webshop. The more superior the quality of the Art, the more successful the Business, the higher the amounts raised for Charity.

Elephant Parade is not a charity but a social enterprise. Part of all proceeds from Elephant Parade auctions and retail benefits various projects and organizations, dedicated to the conservation of the Asian elephant. To date, this unique concept made it possible to contribute over 4 million Euros to this goal, and is put to good use in projects varying from elephant hospitals and corridors to lobbying governments and research.

Many Asian elephants have been saved and cured, but there are still thousands more that need our support.
LA Opera
LA Opera has become, under the leadership of General Director Plácido Domingo, America’s 4th largest opera company. Presenting benchmark productions of standard repertoire as well as new and rarely-staged operas at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Downtown LA, the Company brings together world-renowned singers, designers, directors and conductors to create opera that attracts the attention of international audiences and critics.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
In October 2003, Walt Disney Concert Hall opened its doors, forever changing the musical landscape of Los Angeles. Recognized around the world as an acoustic marvel and architectural masterpiece, we will celebrate our iconic Hall with a range of special events and performances. The 13/14 Season begins September 29th!
EXCLUSIVE WINE & SPIRITS PROVIDER

Southern Wine & spirits provider
Since its founding in 1968, Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc., is a nationally recognized wine and spirits distributor known for its historic commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service and creative marketing programs and partnerships. The Company is also known for its best-in-industry professional and well-trained sales, operational and support staff, its ongoing investments in and contributions to hospitality and beverage education for its staff, its customers and to many national educational institutions. In addition, Southern is justly respected for its deeply held belief in the importance of giving back, for being a socially responsible corporate citizen and for making generous contributions to national, state and local charitable organizations.
MEDIA

KCET
KCETLink is a viewer-supported independent transmedia organization. Programs are distributed nationally via satellite on DirecTV and DISH on Link TV, in Southern and Central California via broadcast on KCET, as well as through various digital delivery systems, offering a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television and international programs from around the world. For additional information about KCETLink productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.
KCRW
KCRW, a community service of Santa Monica College, is Southern California’s leading National Public Radio affiliate, featuring an eclectic mix of music, news, information and cultural programming. The station boasts one of the nation’s largest arrays of locally produced, nationally distributed talk program content. KCRW.com extends the station’s profile globally, with three streams featuring web-exclusive content: all music, all news and the live station simulcast, as well as an extensive list of podcasts. The non-commercial broadcast signal reaches 550,000 listeners weekly and is supported by 55,000 member/subscribers.
KTLA
KTLA 5 has brought award-winning television news and entertainment to Los Angeles for over 60 years and was the first TV station to produce its own completely local morning news program. The KTLA Morning News has been on the air since 1991 and is the most-watched morning show in Los Angeles. Another KTLA distinction is its live coverage of the annual Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena on New Year’s Day. KTLA has televised the parade continuously since 1948. KTLA 5 is a Tribune Broadcasting station. For additional information visit www.ktla.com.
PBS SoCal
PBS SoCaL is Southern California’s premiere PBS station dedicated to interactively educating, entertaining, and enlightening the greater Los Angeles area. To learn more about PBS SoCaL, your favorite PBS programming, and our Education & Community Engagement initiatives including: Ready to Learn, visit us at www.pbssocal.org and explore the future of PBS in Southern California.
PROMOTIONAL

Craft Beer Crawl
The 4th annual LA Craft Beer Crawl will take place on Saturday August 10th AND Sunday August 11th. The attendees will have over 100 craft beers to sample across 7 different unique bars and restaurants all within walking distance in Downtown Los Angeles. As always the beers will be curated by Hallie Beaune and Christina Perozzi also known as “The Beer Chicks“, beer authors and personalities.
EVENT PRODUCTION

Best
Best Events is a full-service event production company created by Jeffrey Best to design, produce and create unique event environments that are at the intersection of commerce and art. For over 20 years, Best Events has been known to produce some of the most high-profile events in the entertainment, corporate and fashion arenas.
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