It all started with a wedding cake. When Duff Goldman — the now-famous star of the former Food Network reality series “Ace of Cakes” — was working as a hotel pastry chef in Vail, Colo., a friend asked him to make a cake for his nuptials on the side. It was the amazed reaction of the venue owner more than anything that led him to change career paths.
The cast on Sarah Byrnes’ foot didn’t slow her down. On Sunday, May 15, she hobbled around the parking lot at Temple Israel of Hollywood, overseeing clothing and book drives, shooting photos of kids dancing and families volunteering, and responding to calls on her walkie-talkie. “I love doing this,” said Byrnes, who has volunteered to run projects during Big Sunday Weekend for the past five years. “It’s like giving birth. It’s a lot of work when you’re in it. But what you feel afterward is joy.”
The street was made famous by the TV show "Melrose Place," and for years, scores of tourists have trawled Melrose Avenue every day, hoping that some Los Angeles stardust will rub off on them.
It's a formula that Marmet is trying to emulate in his Melrose Avenue restaurant. Named for his wife of four months, Greta Pinto, who also helps out with the cooking, Greta's pays homage to the Parisian bistros that Marmet loved so much. The resturant offers a Tunisian menu of extremely fresh, tasty and hearty food served in a setting made intimate by its rustic earth-toned colors and through the soft glowing light from candles on the table and wall votives. Greta's has a dining room of only 34 seats, and its produce is bought from local vendors and then prepared a-la-minute, to order.