LA LUZ de JESUS GALLERY
Discovering America's Finest Mid-Century Restaurants
Book Signing and Slideshow
Saturday, November 10, 2012 7-9 PM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2012
LA LUZ DE JESUS
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
La Luz de Jesus Gallery presents "Classic Dining" a visual slideshow presentation / book signing with author Peter Moruzzi.
Over time, the softly lit wood-paneled interiors, starched tablecloths, curved booths, tuxedoed captains, and tableside service that once defined classic continental style fine dining have gradually disappeared. Equally, the number of historic restaurants filled with character and old-school ambiance dwindle with each passing year. However, vestiges cling to life in cities large and small.
Through vintage images and vivid new photography by Sven A. Kirsten, Classic Dining celebrates the great Mid-Century restaurants that continue to thrive in New York, Miami, New Orleans, Las Vegas, the Chicago area, Los Angeles, and other cities across America. Classic Dining also includes a current directory of over 200 classic restaurants in all 50 states.
Historian Peter Moruzzi is passionate about Mid-Century modern nightlife, classic dining, and architecture. Born in Concord, Massachusetts and raised in Hawaii, Moruzzi graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and later attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. In 1999, he founded the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) an architectural preservation group. In 2006, Moruzzi produced Desert Holiday, a jaunty documentary chronicling the history of the Coachella Valley as seen through vintage postcards. He is also the author of Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground and Palm Springs Holiday: A Vintage Tour From Palm Springs to the Salton Sea. Moruzzi's latest book will be published in November, 2012. Moruzzi resides with his partner in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles and in Palm Springs.
8" x 10" x 0.8"
THE SLIDE SHOW
Continental Style from Caesar to Thermidor: Classic Dining in America
Nightlife historian Peter Moruzzi takes you to America's finest mid-century restaurants – continental style fine dining establishments, historic steakhouses, lounge restaurants and Polynesian palaces – that persevere in U.S. cities large and small. Through exclusive new and vintage photography, Moruzzi celebrates culinary pioneers and multi-generation restaurateurs, uncovers authentic gems, and debunks the predicted demise of the white tablecloth restaurant.
A rollicking journey from past to present.