Monday, March 26, 2012

Janet and Steve's Big Week!

Dear Friends!

Today marks the 35th wedding anniversary for Janet and Steve Elkins!
To celebrate the momentous occasion we asked about their Special Song.
It turns out to be ACE with "How Long Has This Been Going On". Befitting, don't you think, for two introspective and intellectual types who probably did not take it for granted way back when that they would celebrate this many years as husband and wife today!
We will play their tune! But wait, there is more reason to celebrate! Tomorrow is Steve's birthday and on the 28th is Janet's turn to blow out the candles on her cake! It's a three day party but do not worry, we are at work!




"A couple things about this song. 1: this is definitely in my top 5 all time favorite one hit wonders from the 70's! Its  gorgeous wistful hook /chorus  is still as captivating today as it was when it came out 38 years ago {and still rocks with its heavy lead guitar part breakdown in the middle of the song! } ...
and 2: much to the chagrin of many, including me, who thought the song was about a boyfriend /girlfriend breakup lament, turns out lead singer Paul Carrack composed the song upon discovering that bassist Terry Comer had been secretly working with other bands. Comer returned to Ace (the name of the band who did the song : )  in time to play on the song! ...
ok, and 3 : It's Janet and Steve's anniversary song, so happy anniversary and major kudos from yours truly picking such a cool song for it!!! xoxoxo : ) ~ dj matt cornwall "

Janet and Steve, Congratulations and Nothing but the Very Best Wishes from all of us at EventWorks!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Putting Some "Spring" In Our Dancing Steps! See and Hear Giraffage "Visible"

Dear Friends,

While we froze our derrières off in Los Angeles this past weekend we cannot deny the fact that the first Day of Spring is tomorrow. We hope that temperatures will climb back up into the 60ties to get closer to the tropical weather Chicagoans are experiencing right now.
We asked Matt to select a video that gets us over our cold weather blues and into the mood for sunny, warm days to come. Our Spring soundtrack so to speak. Hear the birds chirping!


"Spring is here, and what better way to celebrate then with some fresh new original music! Although seemingly quite young, the artist known as "giraffage " feels like an old soul when it comes to making music. His unique approach to what can definitely be described as the New School of electronic music, combines deep sultry low end bass sounds, interesting atmospheric  natural outdoorsy sounds, with a healthy dose of vintage "Earth Wind & Fire" like funk/soul/R&B for super sweet good measure! Check it out and if you like, please visit his facebook page and say hi! 
: ) ~ dj matt cornwall

Wishing you sunny days!
Janet

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Quintessential Los Angeles St. Patrick's Dinner Recipe


Dear Friends!

We are feeling quite Irish this week! We checked in with our friend Richard Mooney from Kensington Caterers to find out what delicacies they are preparing for St. Paddy's. You see, Richard is Irish living in Los Angeles and our friends at Kensington are known for their amazing innovative dishes and high quality.
Sure enough, Richard's chefs Michael O'Sullivan and Marvin O'Herrera came up with the quintessential L.A. St. Patrick Day Dinner: the Nuevo Irish Lamb Stew!
Richard: "The recipe is a twist on a very classic Irish recipe with a little Latin twist, inspired by our neighbors to the South and it is really delicious - we served it just recently at an US Ireland Alliance pre- Academy Awards event and it was a big hit." We will try it!


Chefs Michael and Marvin
SAINT PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION


"NUEVO IRISH LAMB STEW WITH PARSLEY GREMOLATA
AND CRACKED BLACK PEPPER CREMA"




INGREDIENTS :


1 CUP OLIVE OIL
6 LBS WELL-MARBLED LAMB STEW MEAT, CUT INTO 1" CUBES
4 TABLESPOONS CHOPPED GARLIC
4 LARGE ONIONS DICED
1 HEAD CELERY DICED
6 QUARTS OF BEEF STOCK
1 QUART OF DARK MEXICAN BEER (LIKE DOS EQUIS)
1 BOTTLE OF A GOOD, DRINKABLE RED WINE
1/2 CUP TOMATO PASTE
1/4 CUP SUGAR
1 LARGE BUNCH OF FRESH THYME
1/4 CUP WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE
8 EACH BAY LEAVES
VEGETABLES:
     6 LBS BABY RED CREAMER POTATOES, PEELED AND DICED
     3 LBS BABY TURNIPS, PEELED AND DICED
     3 LBS CARROTS, PEELED AND DICED


METHOD:
HEAT THE OIL OVER MEDIUM HIGH HEAT IN A LARGE HEAVY-BOTTOMED CASSEROLE. ADD MEAT AND TURN AS IT BROWNS, REMOVING EACH PIECE TO A PLATE AS EACH IT BECOMES A NICE MAHOGANY COLOR.
SAUTE THE GARLIC, ONIONS AND CELERY IN THE SAME OIL UNTIL THEY ARE TENDER AND JUST STARTING TO COLOR (ABOUT 10 MINUTES).
TIE THE THYME AND BAY LEAVES IN SOME CHEESECLOTH (SO IT WILL BE EASY TO FISH OUT AT THE END) AND ADD TO THE PAN.
RETURN THE BROWNED LAMB AND ANY ACCUMULATED JUICES TO THE CASSEROLE, SCRAPING CAREFULLY TO DISLODGE AND DISSOLVE ALL THE BROWNED BITS FROM THE BOTTOM. ADD ALL THE OTHER INGREDIENTS, EXCEPT THE VEGETABLES ,STIRRING TO COMBINE. 
BRING TO A SIMMER, COVER THE POT AND COOK FOR APPROXIMATELY ONE HOUR.
ADD THE VEGETABLES . RETURN TO A SIMMER AND COOK TILL THE LAMB AND VEGETABLES ARE TENDER. 
REMOVE FROM THE HEAT AND DE-GREASE THE STEW. IF THE LIQUID SEEMS EXCESSIVE, CAREFULLY STRAIN THE STEW THROUGH A COLANDER AND REDUCE TO THE DESIRED AMOUNT. (THIS ALSO CONCENTRATES THE
FLAVOR) SEASON CAREFULLY WITH SALT AND PEPPER AND TURN INTO A SERVING DISH.
SERVED WITH A BOWL OF PARSLEY GREMOLATA (COMBINE 1 BUNCH OF VERY FINELY CHOPPED PARSLEY AND 3 CLOVES OF GARLIC WITH THE ZEST OF 2 LEMONS 1 CUP OF GOOD QUALITY OLIVE OIL) AND A BOWL OF CRÈME FRAICHE TO WHICH YOU HAVE ADDED A TEASPOON EACH OF CRACKED BLACK PEPPER AND TOASTED CUMIN SEED


Thank you, Richard and Hallee and Michael and Marvin!
Bon Appetit and Happy St. Patrick's Day! 
Janet

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sending You All Some Green Love And Irish Music

Dear Friends,

By the end of this week, everyone will feel a little Irish - or at least wear green and down a pint of ale.
We are getting a head start on the party and we asked Matt to pick something Irish. It turns out that our DJ is part Irish himself. Feel free to send him some love! You can find Matt on Facebook.



"Happy St. Patty's Day from DJ Matt Cornwall! Being that I am a quarter Irish, I'm not only entitled to celebrate twice as much as non Irish people , but I get to be picky about what music should be played ! : ) Two Door Cinema Club are some nice young men from Ireland (somewhat following a tad in the footsteps of another band of nice young men from Ireland with the letter U and the numeral 2 ) making charged passionate original rock dance music while managing to invoke and incorporate seamlessly, what can only be described as a pastiche or blend of various brands of something distinctly Irish in sound ...see if you can hear hints of various legendary Irish bands before them? Have fun, remember to hydrate the day after!!" - DJ Matt Cornwall
We hope you enjoy the discovery. Let us know what you think!
Wishing you all a great week!
Janet

Monday, March 5, 2012

Happy Birthday to Chris Gerstenblatt!

Dear Friends,
A few days late, we are officially saying "Happy Birthday!" to our producer Chris Gerstenblatt who just celebrated his BIG THREE-O. The actual birthday was on February 23rd.  The festivities started at work in San Francisco with Janet Elkins and DJ Matt and a few others in town. So how did Chris celebrate after work? "I went on a wine-tasting weekend near Santa Barbara with longtime friends."  We have visions of "Sideways" and we would not dare drink merlot!
Chris' gift to himself makes us all here in the office very happy: please meet Abby! Chris rescued the beautiful, sweet, almost 3-year-old Golden Retriever/Lab mix from a local shelter.
We all love dogs and we are thrilled for Chris and Abby! She is joining Chewy and Beatrice as an official office dog.
As his birthday song, Chris requested any song from Florence and the Machine. Here is "Cosmic Love" for you!



Florence and the Machine are an English indie pop band, consisting of lead singer Florence Welch  and a collaboration of other artists who provide backing music. Florence and the Machine's sound has been described as a combination of various genres, including rock and soul and electronica .The band's music received praise across the music media, especially from the BBC, before they gained mainstream success. Specifically, the BBC played a large part in their rise to prominence by promoting Florence and the Machine as part of "BBC Introducing." Chock full of whipping drum rolls and raw, uncontrollable bursts of emotion-laden lyricism, “Cosmic Love” is a chilling invocation of the classic quirk of Kate Bush, and otherworldly wisps of Bat For Lashes and Bjork.
Chilling. Powerful. A big music must in my book.  Happy Birthday Christopher! : ) 

~ DJ Matt Cornwall