Sunday, June 04, 2006

La Toya Jackson Cut Wolfgang's biggest fan

Not everyone went to the opening of Cut at the Regent Beverly Wilshire on Wednesday night just to sample the sophisticated fare served at Wolfgang Puck's first steakhouse.

Some guests were Puck groupies, known as the Wolf gang. Others wanted to check out the sleek design by architect Richard Meier, who was involved in everything from the spoons to the skylights.

"I don't eat meat, and it's definitely not the steak that brought me here," admitted La Toya Jackson, as she wandered around the spacious dining room without touching the Kobe steak sashimi or prime sirloin steak tartare. "But I'm Wolfgang's biggest fan, and I had to be among the first to see Cut."

Jackson not only scoped out Cut but also took a stroll across the lobby to visit Sidebar, a lounge also created by the Puck/Meier team that serves cocktails and a late-night menu called Rough Cuts.

Virginia Madsen wandered into Cut's kitchen with her son, Jack, to watch Puck prepare delicacies — including Tunisian spiced foie gras sandwiches and

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maple glazed pork brochettes — for Sidney Poitier, Jackie Collins, Barbara Davis and Boris Kodjoe, who sat at a corner VIP table.

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons left early because he had a cold, while other guests, including Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest, Sasha Cohen, Cindy Margolis and Tara Lipinski, worked the crowd while munching on Indonesian steak and a "not-so-classic shrimp cocktail."

"We've got an innovative concept of preparing and serving steak that will create a new dining style," predicted Puck, whose company also owns nearby Spago and a dozen other restaurants in L.A. "People want variety, and I want my restaurants to give them an exciting choice."

Bet La Toya, after tasting the warm organic asparagus and Yukon Gold potato puree at Cut, can't wait for a Wolfgang Puck all-vegetarian bistro.

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