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The Greatest (and Worst) Power Lunches in Hollywood History

Meeting the Terminator It seems implausible now, but there was once a time when a studio could force James Cameron to take a lunch. In 1982, Orion and Hemdale, the studios backing The Terminator, set the young director up on a lunch meeting with a rising European actor whom executives thought might boost their $6 […]

The Top 20 Power Lunch Spots in L.A. Now

A.O.C. Brentwood This Mediterranean mecca is from Caroline Styne and Suzanne Goin — key figures behind Hollywood’s favorite philanthropic culinary event, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade. Angelini The original Fairfax location first gained an industry following thanks in large part to late Hollywood publicist David Horowitz, who would hold court there. A Palisades outpost opened this year. […]

The New L.A. Power Lunch: Longer, Boozier and Still Alive!

Hinoki & the Bird, the unofficial midday canteen for CAA and WME execs craving wagyu burgers and barbecue Jidori chicken, reopened for lunch July 15. Its trellised Century City patio is most in-demand — companies from Amazon Studios to UTA have held “welcome back” gatherings there — but covers are still down 50 percent as […]

Hollywood-Loved Angelini Restaurant Opens Second Location in Palisades Village

Angelini Osteria, a longtime Hollywood power lunch favorite on Beverly Boulevard, was born out of love; the chef Gino Angelini and his now-wife and business partner Elizabeth Angelini were newly dating when he decided to stay in America (instead of returning to his native Italy) and open a restaurant, which Elizabeth agreed to help him […]

Star Chef Curtis Stone Hires the Formerly Homeless and Incarcerated at His Hollywood Restaurant

"You have to throw the whole notion of a background check away: I know you've been homeless. You may have gone to prison. That's all right with me," says the 'Top Chef' star of his staffing approach, in partnership with L.A. organization Chrysalis, at his restaurants Maude and Gwen.

From Disney to Warner Bros.: What to Eat and Where to Sit at Studio Executive Commissaries

Who's got time to go off the lot? Staying on campus is more alluring than ever as THR's in-house dining expert offers a guide to the history, the vibes, the power chefs and the hot seats (look for Rupert Murdoch near Budapest) that make each company canteen special.

Hollywood’s Top 25 Power Lunch Spots 2017

How's your table game? From Soho House to Sugarfish and Craft to Culina, THR unveils the annual survey of the town's top midday meal joints for dining and dealmaking. Assistants, please take careful notes.

UTA Signs Mega-Chef Thomas Keller From CAA (Exclusive)

The acclaimed chef owns the Bouchon family of restaurants in Beverly Hills, New York, Las Vegas and Napa Valley.

Polo Lounge Rises Back Into Power Lunch Ranks After Fizzled Boycott

Hollywood shunned the beloved Beverly Hills Hotel spot in 2014 over its owner the Sultan of Brunei's implementation of anti-gay laws, but the industry gradually has crept its way back to the old-school eatery, now at No. 6 on THR's annual list.

Hollywood Power Lunch Spots 2016: 5 That Just Missed the List

From Tom Colicchio's Craft to Robertson Boulevard mainstay (and paparazzi magnet) The Ivy, these restaurants that didn't make the cut still have many industry players making pilgrimages.

Hollywood’s Top 25 Power Lunch Spots 2016

THR's fourth annual restaurant ranking reveals the hotspots where deals (but rarely desserts) go down, as Soho House stays on top ("I get business done just walking up the stairs"), the ?Polo? Lounge regains its luster post-boycott and 200 industry insiders highlight the top tables, best dishes and sharpest service in town.

Hollywood Power Lunch Spots 2016: Thomas Keller and Wolfgang Puck Dish on Dining-Room Drama

Puck — a proprietor of more than 20 fine-dining establishments worldwide — and Keller — owner of French bistro Bouchon — reveal where they'd go for a meal in Los Angeles.