For fans of Iron Chef and other live cooking shows, “Chefs of the West Live” Monday, October 11th, at The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey promises to be a real treat.

What started off as a traditional elegant dinner has taken an exciting turn to the contemporary.

This James Beard Centennial Celebration event will feature a “live kitchen” on stage, large display and plasma screens, cameras, 12 prominent Ritz-Carlton chefs, one of the most recognized Los Angeles celebrity chefs, Robert Mondavi wines and the picturesque waterfront setting of The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey at 4375 Admiralty Way.

In addition to a “Meet the Chefs” reception, silent and fine art auctions and live entertainment, special guest celebrity chef Mario Martinoli of “The TV Diner” — which airs on both CBS Channel 2 News and KCAL Channel 9 News, and who is the host of “The Mario Martinoli Restaurant Show” on KFI radio — will do “mini-interviews” with each chef as the chef prepares and displays his course on screen before the assembled guests.

From dishes with sassy French influences to a touch of an Asian flair, chefs of The Ritz Carltons in Half Moon Bay, Laguna Niguel, Las Vegas, Marina del Rey and San Francisco will show off their culinary talents.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a “Meet the Chef” reception, silent auction and fine art auction presented by Masterworks Fine Art Institute, followed at 8 p.m. with a “live kitchen prepared” six-course dinner served with Robert Mondavi wine pairings.

Tickets are $100 per person, plus taxes and gratuities.

Information or to RSVP, Cooper at (310) 823-1700, ext. 5040.

STAFF CHANGES — Following the departure of Lisa Gritzner, who was chief of staff for six years to Los Angeles City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski, who has made two promotions within her staff.

Alex Ponder, who has been Miscikowski deputy chief of staff and who has been with the councilwoman for the past three years, has been promoted to chief of staff.

Sharon Sandow, chief field deputy in the Miscikowski Westchester office, has been promoted to deputy chief of staff, overseeing field operations.

Gritzner has taken a new job with Cerrell and Associates.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Lisa and appreciate all the time, hard-work and dedication that she has put into the 11th Council District,” Miscikowski said. “She will be missed by many, but we wish her well and are grateful for her service.”

SOLID WASTE TRANSFER STATION — The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works is currently looking for a site on the Westside for a solid waste transfer station, which the city says is vital to the future and growing need for managing the city waste.

The department is beginning this site selection process with a clean slate, and looking for community leaders to take an active part in the department planning task force.

One or more potential sites will be selected through this stakeholder-participation planning process. The group will meet on the last Wednesday of each month at the Westchester Municipal Building, 7116 Manchester Ave., Westchester.

The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 27th.

Information, Linda Aparicio at (213) 978-1699 or

YMCA DANCING — If you’ve ever wanted to trip the light fantastic despite having two left feet, now is your chance to learn how to dance for free.

The Westchester Family YMCA will hold a free Ballroom Dance Workshop from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 3rd, at the YMCA, 8015 Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester.

This one-hour class will teach the basic steps, turn and patterns or meringue, samba, cha cha, salsa, tango and East Coast swing.

Information, Laura Munsterteiger, (310) 670-4316.


ARTISTS COMPETITION — Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is seeking local elementary school students who are skilled musicians for the university’s annual Elementary Artists Competition.

Applicants must perform two “classical” pieces — a maximum of eight minutes — Saturday, November 13th, at Murphy Recital Hall on the LMU campus.

Friday, October 15th, is the application deadline for the competition and there is a $10 application fee per student.

Winners will receive trophies and be featured performers at the LMU Children’s Concert Sunday, January 16th.

BUDGET HELP — The City of Los Angeles has begun the process of preparing the city budget for the 2005-2006 fiscal year and the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey has been asked to participate in establishing priorities for the 2005-2006 city budget.

The Neighborhood Council is currently seeking input from stakeholders of the Westchester-Playa del Rey neighborhood regarding what projects or services should be given the highest priorities in our neighborhood.

To participate, visit the council Web site and indicate how you would prioritize the city services: