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Rick Caruso sure knows how to throw a party

May 2, 2008 | 12:50 pm

Grand_opening_for_americana_at_brand Before the hoi polloi crowd into the grand opening of Rick Caruso's grandiose retail project, Americana at Brand, L.A.'s elite had a party of its own, held on the parking lot roof. Our own Cara Mia DiMassa was there.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, former L.A. Mayor Jim Hahn, at least three L.A. City Council members and L.A.'s top cop, Bill Bratton, joined 2,000 other guests and VIPs. Wolfgang Puck fed the crowd filet mignon with wild mushroom-leek tortelloni and grand marnier souffle.

The Four Tops and the Temptations performed together, Natalie Cole sang, and so did Tony Benett. Jay Leno was the emcee. Oh - and did we mention the fireworks?

All about Rick Caruso's lavish shindig in Cara's full story.

-- Veronique de Turenne