EVENT RECAP: Gain Foundation’s “Brighter Futures” Red Carpet Charity Soiree


The Gain Foundation’s “Brighter Futures” Red Carpet Charity Soiree was held at a Beverly Hills estate on June 7th, 2018. Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) presented awards to Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe recognizing their efforts to end hunger and malnourishment. GAIN is co-founded by Bill and Melinda Gates, has been a leader in global salt iodization programs since 2008.

Iodine deficiency is the leading preventable cause of intellectual and development disabilities in the planet. Iodine is a crucial micronutrient for mental and physical health, yet in many parts of the world, people do not have enough iodine in their normal diet. There is a simple, cost-effective solution: fortifying household salt with iodine. GAIN works with governments and producers to make this happen, helping millions of people lead healthier, smarter, and more productive lives.

GAIN and UNICEF have supported national programs reaching an additional 466 million people against iodine deficiency. This includes an estimated 18.2 million pregnant and lactating women and 113 million children aged 6 months to 15 years who are no longer at risk of its debilitating effects. There are now just 19 iodine deficient countries, down from 55 in 2003. GAIN emphasizes programming and outreach that prioritize underserved groups such as women, girls, and children.


Charlotte Cho Of Soko Glam Launches Koream Skincare Book


Charlotte Cho is no stranger to press and media. Her Korean skincare website has garnered attention from Marie Claire, Popsugar, The New York Times, Vogue, Allure and Into The Gloss to name a few. The former editor founded Soko Glam in 2012 with her husband to curate the best K-Beauty products and advice to make it accessible to anyone online. Charlotte launched her new book, The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin. Discover the best of Korean beauty at http://www.sokoglam.com.

Show Mom You Love Her A Brunch At Studio City’s Firefly On Mother’s Day


Celebrate Mother’s day with a momosa (last pun, promise) and brunch at Firefly in Studio City. Executive Chef Chad Mandel is offering a very special Mother’s Day brunch and dinner menu to celebrate the occasion. The brunch buffet showcases a raw bar, charcuterie meats, house made pastries, a craft Bloody Mary bar, Rosé Mimosas, made to order omelets, and other classic brunch options. The special $38 for adults and $28 for children under ten on Sunday, May 13th from 9:00AM-3:00PM.

Firefly is also presenting a three course prix-fixe dinner menu, which is accompanied by Sparkling Rosé. The evening will commence with a decadent Amuse Bouche of minted peas and vadouvan carrots and 2 first course choices – the Tuna Tartar or the Perfect Poached Egg. The main course offers 4 selections: Farmers Market Fresh Fish, Mushroom Pappardelle, a succulent Filet, or Mary’s Chicken. The dinner will conclude with dessert, Berries and Cream or Chocolate and Hazlenuts. The elegant Mother’s Day pre-fixe experience is $75 per person on Sunday, May 13th 5:00PM-10:00PM.

Reservations can be made by calling (818) 762-1833. More information on both options is here: https://bit.ly/2I6kJ3k.

11720 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

The 5th Annual Single Moms Planet Awards Luncheon and Festival


The 5th Single Moms Awards Luncheon and Festival which took at The Peninsula in Beverly Hills on May 4, 2018 hosted by Mayte Garcia. The awards honored ten hard working individuals that have made a strong impact in the world. The Single Moms Planet is a nonprofit organization and is a resource “to help empower women who are single mothers by also allowing them to have a global peer to peer support network that they feel helps them face challenges together.” Neferteri Plessy, founder of Single Mom’s Planet, explains. She adds, “under-resourced mothers who are trying to enrich the lives of their children by creating a strong family culture through comprehensive programs of mentorship, financial aid, family counseling and entrepreneurial training that Single Moms’ Planet offers them.”

Honorees include Anastasia Soare, CEO of Anastasia Beverly Hills who won The Top Visionary Honoree. Ms. Soare expressed, “When I think about what it means to be a visionary, I think about those who manage to hold their dreams closely with their eyes focused on the future. As single mothers, not only do we nurture the dreams of our children, we often push through to realize the dreams we hold for ourselves. I accept this award on behalf of every single mom out there who strives to be the best and do the best for their children. We may have different journeys, but the truth is, we are all the same. We make the necessary sacrifices, we work incredibly hard, and we juggle many responsibilities for the love and joy we possess in our hearts for our children.”

Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa’s Photography Exhibition At Union Station Is A Visual Feast


Yoshihiro Narisawa’s Satoyama Photography Exhibition is pays tribute to all things natural. The title “Satoyama”, is inspired by Japan’s environment and it’s impact on food culture. The famed chef expresses art through dishes created in the kitchen of his Michelin star restaurant while supporting local farmers and suppliers. When asked if he ever imagined he would be the owner a two-Michelin star restaurant, he replied, “I never worked towards that particular goal. I was constantly focused on perfecting my craft, creating dishes and developing my staff. Those are my priorities.”

The exhibit is held in association with Japan House Los Angeles, Union Station and LA Times Food Bowl. The exhibit is open during Union Station’s public hours, 4 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily from May 1-31, 2018. The event is free and open to the public. Visit the Satoyama Photography Exhibit at:

Union Station’s Historic Waiting Room 800 N Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012