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Aaron Grissom Bow and Truss Top Chef Boston

So you know how the NoHo Arts District dot Com team loves to brag about our fabulous North Hollywood folks, right? We also like to give shout outs to our yummy restaurants that have made their home in NoHo. Well, combine both and we have the great news that Chef Aaron Grissom from Bow & Truss joins the cast of Bravo TV’s Top Chef Boston. Mark your calendars and tune in to he 12th season of “Top Chef” on Wednesday, October 15th at 10PM ET/PT.

NoHo's Aaron Grissom will be one of the chef'testants battling it out against the backdrop of Bean Town’s flourishing culinary scene. The chefs will go knife-to-knife at iconic Boston locales including Fenway Park, Plimoth Plantation and The Bull and Finch Pub, which served as the inspiration for “Cheers” and where exterior shots for the show were filmed. Mirroring Boston’s own rich history, Season 12 is full of firsts, including the first meal ever served on the field underneath the Green Monster, a challenge using only ingredients that would have been on hand at the first Thanksgiving meal, the first “Top Chef” food festival and the first fan appreciation challenge where fans of the show were invited to dine inside the “Top Chef” kitchen. The show will also feature a challenge highlighting Boston’s finest from the police and fire departments.

The stakes are higher than ever as “Top Chef” introduces sudden death Quickfire challenges that occur without warning throughout the season and a fiery judges table that puts every chef on the spot. The chefs will be tasked with serving up food for top entertainers, culinary stars and celebrity guest judges including: actress Emmy Rossum, Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, MLB Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley, actor George Wendt (Norm from “Cheers”), “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen, Todd English, Barbara Lynch, Jasper White, Ming Tsai, Jacques Pépin, Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette.

The chef’testants will bring out their knives as they battle it out for $125,000 furnished by Healthy Choice, a feature in FOOD & WINE magazine, a showcase at the annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen and the title of “Top Chef.”

So who is Chef Aaron Grissom from North Hollywood's Bow and Truss?

Chef Aaron Grissom Bow and Truss on BRAVO TV's TOP CHEF

"I began cooking very young, around the age of 13. I was constantly in the kitchen with my grandmother and mother watching them prepare meals for the family. However these lessons were short lived. My mother stopped cooking when she got sick and we didn’t have much in the way of a “home cooked meal.” I took it upon myself to keep the family traditions alive and turned to some of my grandmother’s hand written recipe cards. I remember flipping through them for things I thought would be good for dinner and then discovered a hollandaise sauce recipe. Previous to my discovery I was, and still am, an Eggs Benedict connoisseur. The hollandaise sauce sparked my curiosity so I began testing, and failing. It was years later I learned how to do it properly in a professional kitchen.

I began cooking professionally at the age of 19 in a restaurant called the Pomodoro in Tacoma. I didn’t enjoy the work environment much so I left the Pomodoro to cook in a fine dining restaurant called Il Fiasco. I fell in love with food. I was responsible for making desserts and tossing salads. One day the chef gave me the opportunity to write the dessert menu and have a couple salad specials on the fresh sheet. I ran with it. I began modernizing classic American desserts like S’mores, Snickers bars, Reese’s pieces cups, baked Alaska so on and so forth. It wasn’t until I began making marshmallows for the handmade s’mores that I truly found myself loving cooking. I’m not sure what it was exactly, but being able to produce something from scratch that have only been previously purchased in a bag must have done it. I was ahead of myself at this point, trying to reinvent classics and deconstruct certain menu items. I would go home and write ideas for hours. Compiling many notebooks of crazy ideas, I presented my ideas to the chef and I just remember him laughing: “Son, this is all very interesting, and quite impressive, but you need to learn the basics before anything." Many years passed before I found he was right in that statement. I trained under Kyle Wnuk and Daniel Hutchenson. These two really sparked my passion. We learned stocks, curing meats, classic Italian, modern American. I treated this job like it was culinary school and to this day credit this restaurant experience to the foundation of my skills.

After Il Fiasco I left to gain some country club experience at a golf course called Chambers Bay. Chambers Bay was involved in many catering events, including the PGA golf tournament, countless weddings, buy outs, event dinners and wine pairings. I trained under Dustin Joseph, who attended Johnson Wells Culinary Academy. I learned the basics from Dustin, what I had been needing. What was gained most was the catering experience on a very large after wedding, tournament after tournament.

I left Chambers Bay and I landed a job at a gastro pub called Dirty Oscars Annex, (DOA). The bar was a dive. Barely any business. We took it from nothing to the front row, premier gastro pub of Tacoma. After building the business for a couple years we received calls from the Food Network asking if we were interested in shooting with Diners Drive In’s and Dives. We became so popular in Tacoma that guests were actually calling into the Food Network explaining that they must come check it out. We shot in October 2012 and shortly after the shoot I was invited down by Guy Fieri to help cater his birthday party in Santa Rosa. I took the opportunity and pursued a job from Guy’s friend who was opening a gastro pub in Venice the following year. I came down and opened Louie’s of Mar Vista as the consulting chef. Eight months in the place was running like clockwork and my job had concluded. Previous to my departure at Louie’s I heard that Bow & Truss was looking for a chef.

I took the interview with Shad Davis and liked everything about the job offer. I enjoyed the idea and challenge of stepping into the Spanish side of cuisine, previously foreign to me and my style. I moved to North Hollywood in February and haven’t looked back."

Meet all of the the Chef’testants on

Here's a sneak peek at Top Chef Season 12.

Returning to the judges table for the new season in New England are head judge Tom Colicchio, judges Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and host Padma Lakshmi. For the first time ever, a “Top Chef” winner is joining the judging panel. Richard Blais will make his debut as a recurring judge offering the chef’testants guidance from a chef and a former competitor’s point of view.

Additionally, “Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen,” the Emmy Award-winning, groundbreaking digital video series, sponsored by Hidden Valley® Food and The Glad® Products Company, and hosted by Tom Colicchio, returns for its fourth season. The companion series kicks off with a two-part redemption midseason and continues until part one of the finale. Each week, eliminated chef’testants face-off in a pressure-filled, battle royale to compete for the ultimate prize – redemption and a spot in the “Top Chef” finale. Fans can follow the “Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen” challenges on, as well as join in the social conversation and see what the chef’testants have to say during the competition by following @bravotopchef on Twitter or liking the Top Chef Facebook fan page. The series can be seen on desktop, mobile and tablet at,, on BravoNow iPhone and iPad apps, as well as iTunes, Amazon, VOD and Hulu.

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Millennium Dance Complex Announces Launch of Global Expansion

Get ready for NoHo Worldwide! The world famous Millennium Dance Complex in the NoHo Arts District announced today that it has launched a worldwide expansion effort with three new franchised studios opening in Pittsburgh, PA, Salt Lake City, UT and in Tokyo, Japan with additional franchises opening soon in the U.S. and Japan. So a studio that opened its doors in North Hollywood is now expanding all over the world. Let's give a big round of North Hollywood applause to the team at Millennium NoHo!

Known for its “best of breed” dance instruction, “A-List” celebrity clientele and famous choreographers, Millennium is franchising its winning formula and brand worldwide to provide the best dance instruction the industry has to offer to all levels of dancers anywhere in the world.

Millennium Dance Complex North Hollywood

The flagship Millennium in North Hollywood, CA has been the official dance home to some of the biggest names in music today, including Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, and Pink as well as to some of the highest profile choreographers in the industry such Marty Kudelka (Justin Timberlake’s personal choreographer). Millennium is the place where L.A.’s headliners, backup dancers and their choreographers go to showcase, hone or check out new moves, or simply to get in a vigorous workout among top instructors and fellow professionals.

The Millennium name is being approved for use at qualified dance studios worldwide that wish to recreate Millennium’s concept, atmosphere, dance syllabus, and prestige to anyone who loves to dance. Ann Marie Hudson, Millennium’s Founder said, “Dance is a hot business and it is getting hotter. Everyone from young adults to parents to younger children to fitness enthusiasts sees dance as an exciting way to shape up, socialize, learn some new moves and simply have fun. But there are not any national chains that truly capture the energy and essence of today’s most popular choreography. That is a big gap that we are filling.”

The opening of the Millennium in Tokyo kicks off Millennium’s international expansion and is the first of seven franchises scheduled to open throughout Japan under the terms of Master Franchise Agreement with Millennium Japan, Inc. In addition to opening the Millennium Dance Complex in Tokyo, Millennium Japan will be responsible for developing the Millennium brand in Japan and oversee day-to-day management of franchise operations. Millennium Dance Complex USA will provide the systems necessary for Millennium Japan to sell and oversee operations of Millennium franchises in Japan, Including on-going training and support to Millennium Japan’s staff.

Millennium Dance Complex North Hollywood Tokyo

“There is no more recognizable or respected brand in instructional dance than Millennium,” said Shuichi Iwata, President of Millennium Japan.” After thoroughly researching the instructional dance industry, we are confident the Millennium brand will become a great success in Japan.” The company also announced the formation of an Advisory Board composed of professionals with deep expertise in varied industries including media, marketing, dance and entertainment. Advisory Board members include Anita Elberse, Harvard Business School Lincoln Filene Professor of Business Administration, Michael Nyman, Chairman and CEO of PMK-BNC, Robin Antin, Pussycat Dolls Founder and Entrepreneur, and Jin Lee, Vice President of Millennium Dance Complex. The Company will be announcing additional members in the near future.

The original Millennium Dance Complex was created in 1992 by Ann Marie Hudson, who was later joined in the management of the studio by her partner Robert Baker. The two initially met beneath the lights of Broadway in New York and then danced their way to fame as operators of one of the world’s premier hip-hop/modern dance studios. In addition to today’s top music headliners that have trained at the legendary studio, its legacy also includes Michael Jackson, who used Millennium Dance Complex to hold auditions for his tours and videos, and “Pussycat Dolls” creator Robin Antin who formed the group at the studio. A variety of television shows and segments have been filmed on-site including the MTV hit “Dancelife” with Jennifer Lopez.

While demand is growing for high-quality contemporary dance instruction, the few long-established chains currently offer more traditional types of dance and do not focus on the latest techniques of contemporary dance. Many mom-and-pop independents, on the other hand, are struggling to handle the challenges of owning and operating a successful studio. The Millennium franchise program will offer those looking for a change from either of these situations, a fresh new opportunity.

Non-Dancers Franchisees Need Not Shy Away
“We have a great opportunity for any dancer or choreographer who has ever wanted to own their own studio, but we’re not only looking for those who have personally come up through a career in dance,” said Hudson. “We’re more interested in franchisees with good management and general business skills. If you have two left feet but a sharp mind for business, we’d definitely love to hear from you.”

Single, multi-unit and master franchise opportunities are available in markets throughout the US and abroad. Those interested should visit or contact Robert Baker at or 818 645-5321.

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Early Morning Rebel

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Recently called "Darlings of the Fashion World” So Cal based band Early Morning Rebel is proud of its LA roots but their soulful sound has universal appeal and has been winning hearts in Europe as well as the U.S.    We caught up with EMR lead guitar player Dustin Bath fresh off the fashion show runway world of London and Paris Fashion week.

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mylittlebrother have released their emotion filled EP ‘Nosedive’. It is a is very Beatle-esque bunch of songs, letting the listener become immediately familiar with its tone and sound. The band have taken their influences, added their own style and have created something not to be taken lightly. What makes it even better is that it isn't only one style, at times it can come across slightly folksy adding a more poetic side to the songs.

Published in CultureShock

lindsey william-ross nohoartsdistrict.comAs a teen in the early 90’s, with a flair for the English language, Lindsay William-Ross never imagined her future would end up like this: no, she’s not addicted and destitute, not broken or battered, she’s a writer. More specifically, she’s the Editor-in-Chief of, one of Los Angeles’ most fashionable news and events websites, profiling everything Angeleno.

dog poop in nohoCan you imagine wearing your new tennis shoes and you step into a pile of poop? You would be pretty angry. What if you where the manager or owner of an apartment building and the lawn was being ruined by local dog defecation? Mom, what if your toddler decided to rub the hot steaming poop on her face?

The World Premiere of FIREHOUSE at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks is an OUTSTANDING new play based on a true story about the moral choices we make, and the honor and loyalty within Firehouse 61 in South Bronx, New York.  The honorable FDNY!
 Bryan Rasmussen, Kamar de los Reyes, Jon Southwell, Ed Morrone

Beautifully written by Pedro Antonio Garcia and superbly directed by Brian Rasmussen (Blood Brothers) with Robert ‘Bobby’ Moresco (co-writer CRASH) as consulting producer, FIREHOUSE makes us think about the choices we would make when faced with a catastrophe, UNTIL we learn all the facts surrounding the situation.  The play makes us question the moral choice of one new rookie firefighter, Gerald Downey as Boyle, who saves a fellow fireman rather than a 12 year-old girl in a burning building.  We realize how important it is to get all the facts before we make a judgment.
Paul Storiale is a young, talented playwright and director who has created several new works that have premiered in NOHO.  There is one play that needs special acknowledgement.  Interview by Nancy Bianconi, Editor

Tell us about "The Columbine Project"?
Paul:  Well, when we opened in North Hollywood, I wasn't sure how people would react. Given its subject matter, reviewers weren't showing up opening weekend.  I got nervous until StagesceneLA's Steven Stanley shouted from the rooftops that it must be seen. The calls came in. The audience members spoke volumes and my original cast dedicated themselves not as actors, but as human beings, in order to tell this story. My producer and close friend, Bree Pavey worked diligently to make sure the entire cast of twenty two actors could take on New York together. Without any one of our leads there with us, the idea would have failed. Despite knowing it would be a financial disaster for them, each actor left jobs, agents, apartments and relationships behind and paid their own way to New York with only housing provided to them. It was a remarkable adventure. A true fairy tale of thespians making their way to share a story that not only touches the audience but that is gut wrenching for the actors each performance.
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