The Super Bowl was super-celebrated on both sides of the hills — Beverly and Encino, that is.
At Spago the tradition was established originally by Pierre Cossette with showbiz celebs parading through Chasen’s kitchen to serve themselves with Chasen’s chili, hot dogs, etc. Last year it segued to Spago, BevHills when Pierre became a desert dweller.
Michael Viner took over the hostint in Wolfgang Puck’s place. Guests, (350) once again lined up to parade through the kitchen for chili, hot dogs, salads, desserts, etc. Spago’s walls were lined with TV screens — but the entertainment came from within Spago rather than from Miami.
Hosting with Phoenix Books’ Michael Viner was Azteca America’s Chairman Luis J. Echarte who told me the web, which now has 54 stations in the U.S., has plans for big expansion in many areas.
Among guests were authors on the Phoenix Book list including: Ian Gurvitz, “Hello, Lied The Agent”; Frank Swertlow, “We The Jury”; “Kiss And Tell’s” Shannon Tweed; “Sex Money Kiss,” by Gene Simmons; “Karasik Conspiracy’s” Kenin Spivak; “Never,” by Michael Levine. Echarte was also repping his book, “The Power of One.” Guests included: Carl Reiner, Joan Van Ark and John Marshall, Lois and Buzz Aldrin, Jose Canseco, Rosey Grier, the Dick Van Pattens and Ed McMahons.
Dr. Gary Gitnick who heads The Fulfillment Fund, hosted his annual Super Bowl Party with wife Cherna at their Encino home — where leaders of the community starred with guests including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Police Chief William Bratton and wife Rikki Klieman, Fabian Nunez, Speaker, Calif. State Assembly who spoke at half time, Warren Christopher, Louis Ignarro (Nobel Prize Winner in medicine), Gerald Levey (Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA).
And Fulfillment Fund board members Sanford Climan, Maryanne Todd, Alan Kumamoto. This super plus party was catered by Chasen’s alumnus Arli whose elite catering company had recently also catered the Frank Mancuso’s celeb celebration. No one went hungry this Super Bowl Sunday on either side of the Hollywood mountain. And that includes conversation.