They came, they danced they conquered! There is no better place to dance like a star than in Beverly Hills, home to many stars. The LA West Elite squad dressed in their finest and came out to the brand new Tra di Noi Focacceria, home to Chef Francesco Valesco.
It was a feast for the eyes and the stomach! Filet mignon was served with gorgonzola crumbles and purple potatoes. Prosciutto pizza was a crowd pleaser as was the homemade onion focaccia. A delicate beet salad and thinly sliced tuna carpaccio spoiled us all while tender short ribs had us getting our hands dirty! Chef Francesco was more than enthusiastic about serving and cooking just a foot a away in the open kitchen. Shannan M says it all: "Tra di Noi Focacceria was a fantastic place to hold our first gathering of the year. The food was amazing – and there was SO much of it!! So many delicious offerings – from ribs to octopus, fancy grilled cheese, pizza…the list goes on and on. Thank you Chef Franceso Velasco – you did a wonderful job!"
Meanwhile ginger mules from tequila raised the spirits and helped everyone move more easily on the dance floor.
Arthur Murray's dancers showed us all some new techniques that will have us killing on the dance floor for years to come. They got more than a few "ooo's and ahh's" as they skillfully paraded around the floor and offered a deal to good to be true at the end of the night just for yelpers: $39 for two private lessons, 1 group and 1 dance class.
The highlight of the night was the dance competition. After teaching a lesson, the Arthur Murray instructors judged the yelpers – the winning pairs received a $1,000 truffle dinner for Valentines Day at Tra Di Noi prepared by Chef Francesco!
What is a dance with out desserts? Pastries by Edie made sure not a sweet tooth left unattended! The selection of pastries was vast including white chocolate mousse, cheesecake, millefuille, and many, many more! As Sarah W shares: "Please bring back the desserts by Edie's Pastries! They were extremely generous with their dozen+ offerings that made me feel like I was in a top chef desserts tasting competition..hehe."
Until next time,
LA West Community Manager