Exploring West Hollywood's Cocktail Culture with Sarah Mengoni and Katie Brightside

Step into the whimsical world of libations and artistry with mixologist extraordinaire Sarah Mengoni and award-winning artist Katie Brightside as they spill the tea about their masterpiece, "Once Upon a Cocktail."

The Creators Podcast
00:00:00 11/24/2023

Past Episodes

The Creators Podcast
Known for transforming the homes and hospitality properties of A-list celebrities and renowned brands, Martyn Lawrence Bullard's design portfolio is as dazzling as the stars he works with. From the Kardashian homestead to The Sands Hotel in Indian Wells and the chic interiors of Jimmy Choo, Bullard's touch has redefined luxury living. Join us as we delve into his extraordinary career, hear about his personal experiences with high-profile clients, and get inspired by his design philosophy. And yes, we're spilling some celeb tea too! This conversation is packed with stories, insights, and a whole lot of inspiration. Don't miss out on this journey through the luxe life of Martyn Lawrence Bullard.
00:00:00 12/14/2023
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In honor of Eat + Drink Week in West Hollywood, we sat down with two female chefs who are making waves in the culinary scene. Chef Ginger Pierce, the Culinary Director at the 1 West Hollywood, shares how she creates a locally sourced inspired menu that speaks to the sustainably-focused brand. From the hotel's garden to their own private beehives to their lobby farmstand, everything Chef Ginger does is purposeful and delicious. We also chatted with Tara Punzone, Chef and Owner of Pura Vita, the first 100% Plant-Based Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar in the US. We learned a bit about her journey and how she's created more than just a phenomenal plant-based menu, but also a community, from employees to neighbors who make Pura Vita the special spot that it is. Tune in for the highlights of the West Hollywood food scene.
00:00:00 11/1/2023
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The City of West Hollywood's iconic Halloween Carnaval, one of the most unique Halloween gatherings in the world, returns in 2023. In this episode - we catch up with Liam Lynch - the longtime producer of the event - and learn how the event has evolved over the years, and what party-goers can expect from this amazing once-a-year experience. West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval takes place on the roadway that is also known as California State Route 2 and, even more memorably, it is part of the western stretch of historic Route 66 made famous by the song "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" first composed in 1946.
00:00:00 10/25/2023
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In this episode, Rod Gruendyke, General Manager of the legendary Sunset Marquis Hotel, joins the show to share epic tales from his time at this legendary property. Celebrating 60 years of legendary stories and rock 'n' roll history this year, the Sunset Marquis is more than just a hotel; it's a hidden gem in West Hollywood. Nestled in the heart of West Hollywood, the Sunset Marquis has long been a sanctuary for musicians and celebrities. It's the kind of place that everyone's heard of, but only a select few can pinpoint on a map - adding to its allure and mystique. Rock legends like U2, Elton John, and Bob Marley have not just stayed here, but they've also created magic within these walls. Even Hollywood's own Billy Bob Thornton has been a part of this hotel's storied past! The hotel also has a recording studio where dozens of Grammy Award-winning records have been produced. Join us as Rod shares personal anecdotes and unforgettable tales from his time at the property in the heart of West Hollywood.
00:00:00 10/11/2023
The Creators Podcast
In this episode, we sit down with Nic Adler, the dynamic entrepreneur who runs the iconic music venue, The Roxy. Founded by his dad, Lou Adler, in 1973, Nic shares how The Roxy came to be, hearing the fascinating story of Nic's Hollywood upbringing, and how he stepped into his role as a restaurateur and music festival producer. Join us as we delve into the incredible history of The Roxy, its legendary performances by artists like Neil Young, Guns n Roses, and Incubus, and its upcoming 50th anniversary celebration. Get ready for an engaging conversation filled with personal anecdotes, insights on managing a business, and the unique place that West Hollywood holds in Nic's heart. Tune in and rock with us as we explore the magic of The Roxy!
00:00:00 8/30/2023
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This episode is all about bringing a new life to iconic establishments with Bobby Green, one of the owners of the 1933 Group. Known for their unique approach to reviving classic buildings with innovative concepts, the 1933 Group has consistently raised the bar for the cocktail and dining experience in Los Angeles. From Harlowe, Formosa Cafe, and the recently re-opened Tail O the Pup, we delve into the rich history and cultural significance of these iconic venues that form an integral part of West Hollywood's vibrant scene. Bobby Green shares his insights, inspirations, and the creative process behind transforming these vintage spaces into modern hotspots while preserving their historical charm. This episode is a must-listen for those interested in cultural preservation, hospitality innovation, and the fascinating stories behind LA's beloved establishments.
00:00:00 8/2/2023
The Creators Podcast
In this episode, we sit down with Sol Yamini, the visionary CEO behind Pink Dot, the iconic Los Angeles delivery service. Sol shares his inspiring journey from law school dropout to successful entrepreneur and how he not only maintained the beloved pop culture phenomenon, Pink Dot, but made it more successful than ever. We delve into the colorful history of Pink Dot, exploring its influence in music, movies, and, of course, their iconic delivery cars. Loved by celebs like Kobe Bryant, Jimmy Fallon, and Fergie-there are so many stories! We also touch on Sol's partnership with Urbn Leaf, an elevated cannabis dispensary on the Sunset Strip-the first and only on the Strip. Tune in for an entertaining conversation of two groundbreaking businesses.
00:00:00 7/19/2023
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In this episode, we're excited to welcome David Combes, Co-Founder/Principal of The Botanical Group, to share some insight on West Hollywood's thriving restaurant and nightlife scene. We'll dive into David's career journey and learn how he built a company that operates some of the neighborhood's most dynamic eateries and entertainment venues - from the chic yet laid-back EP/LP rooftop bar and restaurant, to the fun (and first of its kind) Melrose Rooftop Theatre, and the Melbourne-inspired Strings of Life Cafe. Tune in for a fascinating and insightful discussion with one of West Hollywood's most innovative entrepreneurs, and get ready to discover the hidden gems of the city's vibrant culinary and entertainment scene!
00:00:00 7/5/2023
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Renowned architect and designer Gulla Jonsdottir, whose impressive portfolio includes iconic projects like the Getty Center in LA and Disney World in Tokyo, joins us to share her journey from Iceland to West Hollywood. We explore how this vibrant and diverse city has influenced Gulla's work over the years and continues to inspire her creativity. We'll delve into her design process, the inspirations behind her breathtaking creations, and her passion for architecture that has driven her to make a significant impact in the design industry.
00:00:00 6/21/2023
The Creators Podcast
Jon D'Amico, the founder of Rock n Walk Tours, joins us to share his insider knowledge on West Hollywood's Sunset Strip and its rich rock 'n roll history. As a musician and former stage manager, Jon's insight comes from personal experience. With fascinating anecdotes, exclusive tips, and little-known stories from the heart of West Hollywood's music scene. Jon's passion for sharing the real stories of The Sunset Strip and the iconic music venues that have shaped the city's musical legacy really bring its history to life.
00:00:00 6/7/2023

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