Small Bites: Petrossian has officially reopened; Silverlake Wine at Barnsdall Art Park; Melisse hosts Krug dinner
Caviar is back: The newly renovated and expanded Petrossian in West Hollywood has been quietly open since last month, but this week was its official grand re-opening, with founding family members Armen Petrossian (always dapper with bowtie and waxed moustache) and his son Alexandre stopping by to personally anoint the Robertson Boulevard location. Chef Benjamin Bailly, most recently of L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Las Vegas, has just finalized the menu, strewn with caviar (borscht, risotto with "Kamchaticus" crab royal, steak tartare with a layer of caviar...). 321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 271-6300.
SLW + FLW = Barnsdall Friday wine tastings: Silverlake Wine is launching a new tasting series at Barnsdall Art Park at Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House. The premiere Barnsdall Friday Wine Tasting from the Silver Lake wine shop that loves to party is tonight, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., West Lawn. Silverlake Wine will present four selections of small-production wines from around the globe. Tickets are $15 up to six hours before the event, and $25 at the door (or less than six hours prior), available online at www.barnsdall.org. Fittingly, Coolhaus, the ice cream truck with an architectural bent, will be there, serving ice cream sandwiches with a special flavor, Honeyhock ice cream. Hollyhock House, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles.
Krug dinner: On June 8, Melisse offers a four-course dinner featuring Krug Champagne: Krug Grand Cuvee as well as vintages 1982, 1985 and 1998, with owner Oliver Krug in attendance to talk about each wine. Hors d'oeuvres such as duck confit croquette and smoked salmon blini with creme fraiche and caviar to be followed by Santa Barbara prawn ravioli, John Dory braised in Champagne and spring veal loin. $150 per person. 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 395-0881.
MTV after party: John DeLucie, of New York's Waverly Inn, alights on L.A. to cook for the post-MTV Movie Awards crowd on Sunday, and surely to promote his new book, "The Hunger."
-- Betty Hallock
Photo courtesy of Petrossian