It is, according to Susan Gutfreund, the society hostess, the epitome of civilized living. It is, said Karen Mordechai, an entrepreneur behind the successful dining series Sunday Suppers, in Brooklyn, a far less geeky way of networking than a Meetup. It is, said Alex Hitz, the author of a new cookbook, “My Beverly Hills Kitchen: Classic Southern Cooking With a French Twist,” the great social equalizer.




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Relaxed elegance defines the dinning room of chef and cookbook author Alex Hitz’s Los Angeles house. The contemporary architecture, curtainless windows, and rugless floor ease the formality of the furnishings: an English mahogany table and Italian pier mirror, both 18th-century, and 1950s Louis XVI-style chairs from Maison Jansen. Altar candles soar from the Fabergé candelabra, a prized heirloom.

OPPOSITE: The grand double front doors are an homage to Hollywood Regency architect John Woolf.


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