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Irvine chef, 13, to cook at Autism Speaks gala

It was an honor to cook along side aspiring chef Chase Bailey at this year’s Autism Speaks! This article originally appeared in The Orange County Register Click Here to View the full article.  IRVINE – Chase Bailey, a 13-year-old aspiring chef, is set to cook Thursday alongside some of the country’s gastronomic greats at the Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Chase, who was diagnosed with autism as a toddler, will be working as sous-chef alongside Nick Shipp, executive chef of the Upper West restaurant in Los Angeles. The Irvine teen will be introduced by late-night TV host Conan O’Brien and share how his relationship with food changed his life. When he was younger, Chase had strong food aversions, a symptom often associated with autism, but watching cooking shows on TV inspired him to try new foods. Since then, Chase has created a YouTube cooking show and launched a food-focused website. Cookies made by Chase will go home with attendees in their goody bags, organizers said. Check out Chase’s work at chasenyurface.com. – Sarah de...

Artist Bobbie Rich Exhibits at Upper West, Sunday, February 8th!

Thank you for the nice write up examiner.com Upper West Restaurant is known for its cuisine. It offers an incredible happy hour, as well as special events benefitting many local charities. The restaurant has attracted a loyal following who consistently attend the liquor/food pairing events. It also celebrates local artists with art receptions taking place about four times a year. Artist Bobbie Rich will show her art at Upper West in a solo exhibit entitled “A Parade of Ladies.” Rich said she was looking forward to showing her work at the restaurant. “I’m thrilled to be showing at Upper West. The high ceilings and big walls are perfection. Also, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying everyone’s reactions when I mention my show. Evidently Upper West is a favorite of many for wining and dining!” Rich is fully committed to her art, creating everyday and also teaching in Palos Verdes Estates. Rich was recently named Artist-in-Residence for Resonate Church LA. She runs all their arts programming and arts outreach. Rich finds inspiration all around her, often attending local exhibitions. “I really enjoy the color, concept, scale and brushwork of Justin Bower’s paintings. Andrea Raft inspires me with her skilled use of mixed media. I am most prolific painting with Andrea in her Indio studio.” One of her favorite artists is Gustav Klimt. “I enjoy his figures, patterns and use of space.” Duality is just one of over fifteen works that will be featured at the show. The artist explains the piece….”The women featured in Duality were inspired by modern, fashion advertisements. The original, overly sterile models have been replaced with unique characters. Both...