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.
NOBODY ENTERTAINS WITH MORE FLAIR—OR FREQUENCY—THAN ALEX HITZ
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.
“The sun beats down on the living room, rotting the velvet on the...