Volume XXI, Issue 3 October 2016
October 2016 • Peninsula 3
Volume XXI, Issue 3
P A L O S V E R D E S P E N I N S U L A M O N T H L Y
ON THE COVER
John Z. Blazevich and Alex McLeod in the hamam at
Hacienda de La Paz.
An Indian wedding
by Mark McDermott
Sanam Madhav and Neil Chhabria wed in
a three day ceremony informed by four
centuries of Indian tradition.
Gould would wood
by Bondo Wyszpolski
Woodturner Richard Gould makes art of
felled and abandoned trees.
Hacienda de la Paz
by Kevin Cody
John Z. Blazevich wanted to build an
iconic home embracing art, architecture
and engineering spanning a millennium.
Rolling Hills planners had their doubts
about the project, but not any more.
by Kevin Cody
Chef Robert Bell recalls a lifetime of
cooking, dating back to Grandma
Terano’s Brooklyn kitchen, after whom
he named his Peninsula restaurant.
6 Vista for Children golf
18 Gary Johnson at Drew Cary’s
24 Jester & Pharley tennis
28 H.E.L.P celebrates 50th anniversary
29 Peninsula calendar
62 Peninsula Home & Garden Guide
69 Home services
Photo by David Fairchild
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October 2016 • Peninsula 9
by Mark McDermott
Sanam amd Neil’s parents praying for the couple’s matrimony. From left to right, Sanam, Malvika, Atul, Philomina, Raju, and Neil. Photo by Lin & Jirsa
Neil and Sanam Chhabria begin a new life toget her by following four centuries of
tradition wit h a t hree day celebration
Sanam and Neil Chhabria were married August
20 in a traditional Hindu wedding, or
Vivaha, that was the culmination of three
days of elaborate rituals. Festivities began Thursday
with an eight-hour ceremony in which the
bride was painted with intricate henna designs at
the groom’s family home in Palos Verdes Estates
and ended Saturday with an exuberantly colorful
wedding at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Huntington
But the newlywed’s love story began, with considerably
less grandeur, on December 18, 2010,
at Big Mike’s Philly Steaks & Subs sandwich shop
in Hermosa Beach.
Neil, the son of local real estate icon Raju
Chhabria and his wife Philomina, had invited his
UC San Diego college friend, Diva, to a hip hop
show he was promoting at a nearby Hermosa
nightclub. His brother, Anand, was performing.
His friend brought a few cousins, including
Sanam, the daughter of Atul and Malvika Madhav
of El Segundo. Diva called to meet before the
show, and Neil asked the girls to join him at Big
Mike’s, famed for its massive Philly cheesesteak
Neil was in mid-cheesesteak when they arrived.
He was immediately struck by Sanam.
“I wasn’t expecting to really meet anyone, but
Diva was bringing these two cousins and she
called me. ‘Okay, cool, whatever — meet me at
Big Mike’s so I can walk you into the show and
you don’t have to pay cover,’” he recalled. “They
show up at Big Mike’s and I’m chowing down on
a sandwich. Then I saw Sanam, and got a chance
to take in her beauty….It’s really corny and I feel
weird saying it...They say the eyes are the windows
to the soul, and I looked at her eyes and I
could tell she’s a really good person. I don’t know
how else to explain it other than I liked what I
saw, and not just physically.”
Sanam, a lifelong vegetarian, was less impressed.
“I’m like, ‘Ew, what are you eating?’” Sanam remembered.
“I remember him just going at it, and
the sandwich was just so much meat. I was thinking,
‘Oh god, this guy is like a serious carnivore.’”
“She was repulsed,” Neil remembered.
At the show, Neil kept his distance. “I think he
wanted to see what kind of girl I was, what I was
about,” Sanam said.
But he couldn’t help but watch Sanam, who
was 20 at the time, a student in radiologic science
at Cal State Northridge. He liked everything
about the way she carried herself.
“I pretty much fell in love that night,” he said.
The next morning, Sanam checked her Facebook
to find a friend request from Neil. She accepted,
and they chatted online; he asked for her
phone number and she gave it to him. She realized
from the outset his interest was romantic.
“When someone sends you a smiley face, you
know what it’s about,” she said.
She thought Neil was a nice guy, but Sanam
was so focused on school that she wasn’t even
considering dating. In fact, she’d never dated; her
priority was education and she didn’t want distractions.
But Neil sweetly persisted, gently asking
her out again and again over the next few
The couple’s mutual love for the Los Angeles
Lakers helped pave the way. He’d asked her out
for Valentine’s Day, but she told him she thought
it was a silly holiday. Instead, a few days later that
February, Sanam agreed to go with Neil and a
group of mutual friends to festivities surrounding
the NBA All Star Game, which was at the Staples
Center that year. Over the course of the evening,
she realized how much she really liked Neil.
Vivaha cont. on page 56
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meets with area supporters
Kerry Welsh knew he’d found a presidential
candidate he could support
when Libertarian Party presidential candidate
Gary Johnson stayed at the Rancho
Palos Verdes home of Welsh and his
Despite RPV’s steep hills, the candidate
wanted to go on a bike ride. Johnson
has climbed each of the highest mountains
on the seven continents. “Unfortunately,
I told Gary, my bike has a flat.
‘Not a problem. I’ll fix it,’ he said. I
thought, wow, a presidential candidate
who’s not afraid to get his hands dirty,”
Welsh recalled at the candidate’s visit to
a fundraiser he co-hosted in July at the
home of comedian Drew Carey.
Nirvana bass player Krist Noselic reminded
Johnson supporters of how the
Seattle grundge band’s 1991 hit “Smells
like teen spirit” went “viral” after receiving
play on MTV. He said today’s more
powerful social media gives small party
candidates like Johnson an opportunity
to challenge the major party candidates.
R.J. Lyman, a law partner of Johnson’s
vice presidential running mate, former
Massachusetts governor William Weld,
told supporters, “Theodore Roosevelt
promised the Square Deal, Franklin Delano
Roosevelt promised the New Deal.
Truman promised the Fair Deal. Trump
is promising the Art of the Deal, and
Clinton is serving up the Same Old
Johnson, he said is the Real Deal.
Johnson told of building his handyman
business from one employee (himself) to
1,000 employees before becoming governor
of Texas, where, he said, he vetoed a
record 700 bills.
Johnson described himself as the fiscally
conservative candidate who favors
less government, and more individual
liberties. He proposed replacing military
intervention with free trade diplomacy.
Johnson is hoping to reach the 15 percent
poll threshold that would qualify him for
participation in the presidential debates.
1. Presidential candidate Gary Johnson with Kerry
Welsh, Drew Carey and VEEP co-star Diedrich Bader.
2. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson with former
Walt Disney COO Gary Wilson.
3. Bob and Buckita Leff of Hermosa Beach.
4. Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic.
5. R.J. Lyman, a partner of Johnson’s vice
presidential running mate William Weld.
6. Co-host Kerry Welsh of Rancho Palos Verdes
introduces Libertarian party presidential nominee
7. Nominee Johnson with Matt Kibbe, a political
organizer with the Concerned American Voters, a Rand
8. Gary Johnson with Hermosa Beach supporters
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PHOTOS BY KEVIN CODY
16 Peninsula • October 2016
October 2016 • Peninsula 17
S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
4th Annual Jester & Pharley
Tennis tournament benefits
Children with cancer
The rousing round-robin at Alta Vista Park
in Redondo Beach raised funds to provide
copies of David Saltzman’s awardwinning
children’s book The Jester Has Lost His
Jingle and Jester & Pharley dolls to young cancer
patients at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in
Janice Bittker and Hans Lavik, both of Redondo
Beach, slammed their way to first place
in Division A in the recent annual Jester &
Pharley Phund Benefit Doubles Tennis Tournament.
Lisa Greiner of Rolling Hills and Wayne
Turner of Hawthorne took first-place honors in
“It’s always so much fun to play at this event
and raise money to help children with cancer,”
said John Mandich, who, at 91, was the oldest
player. His excitement was seconded by pals
Don Short, 85, and Maurice Kogon, 79.
Players enjoyed lunch and refreshments donated
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Village and from Subway and Peet’s Coffee &
Tea of Redondo Beach.
The South Bay-based Jester & Pharley Phund
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1. Division A winners Janice
Bittaker and Hans Lavik receive
trophies from Chair
2. Chair Heidi Grimm
presents Division A runnersup
Tammi Giardino and Hugo
Silva with their trophies.
3. Division B Winners
Wayne Turner and Lisa
Greiner receive trophies from
4. Division B runners-up
Vince Comon and Karin
Proell beam over their
5. John Mandich won 2 out
of 3 matches.
6. Don Short, left, and
7. Amy Hastings.
8. Judith Karon.
9. Chuck Atwood, Carmen
Ferradas and Betsy Dobson.
10. Gabe Papp.
11. Tammi Giardino.
12. Duke Hendrickson.
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Richard Gould in his workshop. Photo by Bondo Wyszpolski
Former home builder
turns wood into art
by Bondo Wyszpolski
Richard Gould holds up a chunk of wood, which
gives rise to the inevitable first question, Okay, so
“It’s mystery wood,” he replies. “And it’s also free.”
Explain why it’s free, and why it’s also a mystery.
“It’s free because a friend was cutting down a tree, and
it’s a mystery because I don’t know what it is.”
Would someone else be able to identify it?
“I’ve tried that with this wood. It looks like ficus, but
some people say it’s not ficus. A lot of times you’ll get a
wood and you won’t be able to figure out what it is. I
know a lot of my woods, but this one is a mystery to me.
It’s not ash, it’s not maple…”
Richard Gould is a woodturner, or maybe woodcrafter,
but not a woodcarver, which is often imagined as an old
guy sitting on a stump with a piece of wood in one hand
and a penknife in the other. Gould is also more than a
woodturner who specializes in bowls.
Chips falling where they may
How do you get free wood?
“A lot of people all over the South Bay know that
I’m a woodturner,” Gould replies. “A lot of tree cutters
know me, too. So people call me and say, We’re
cutting down a tree, can you come get it?” He does,
and sometimes there are surprises, like finding a rare
coin in your pocket change.
“A friend’s next door neighbor was taking down
this macadamia tree, and she called me on a Saturday
and said, Richard, they’re taking it down right
now, can you get over here? I said, oh my god,
macadamia, that’s a little exotic, isn’t it?”
He’ll also find free wood on Craig’s List, and
sometimes will drive a great distance to pick it up.
At this point we’re in Gould’s garage, a former
three-car garage but now with hardly enough room
to park a bicycle. “I have a whole woodworking shop
here,” he says, stating the obvious, and with enough
tools (and of course the knowhow) to make all kinds
of furniture. As if that isn’t impressive enough, “I
also have a small metalshop over there,” he adds, indicating
another area of the garage. With his metal
lathe and other equipment he can make his own
tools. Meanwhile, the rest of us are keeping Lowe’s
and Home Depot in business.
“My dad did woodworking when I was a kid,”
Gould says, “and he allowed me to use his workshop.
That’s what kind of got me into this, through
“I’ve been doing this a long, long
time. Woodworking is my hobby; I
don’t make money off of it, really.”
After another quick look around the
workshop: It looks like a long-term
“This is collected over many, many
years,” Gould replies. “I’ve just recently
started turning wood, and I just
recently started doing art shows. But
I’ve always had a workshop, so my
workshop’s been here for a long time.
My lathe-turning is something that’s
a little bit newer, like in the last sixseven
But what’s the sense of interviewing
a woodturner who doesn’t switch
on his wood-lathe and show you how
Gould does just that, giving an explanation
and then a demonstration.
“I turn the outside [of the bowl]
first. I plan it, and I plan it trying to
get an interesting rim.” And in the
process he introduces the functions of
a spur drive, the tenon and the chuck,
the headstock and tailstock. Chips fly,
and then the outside shape of yet another
bowl begins to emerge. “I turn
the bowl around on the lathe in order
to do the inside,” he says, but for now
cutting off the machine.
“I also do mentoring for Boy
Scouts,” Gould says, removing his
goggles. “I’m a merit badge counselor
for woodworking and I’m involved in
a lot of Eagle projects.... There’s not
really much woodworking in the
schools anymore, so I try to help out
and give back that way.”
Man on the move
“I’ve always lived in the South Bay,”
Gould says. “I went to El Segundo
High School, I’ve lived in Manhattan,
Hermosa, Redondo, PV, then back to
El Segundo, then back to Redondo,
then back to Manhattan, and back to
Redondo and then PV.”
Currently, Gould and his family live
in a large three-story home a bit down
the road from Chadwick in Rolling
“I’ve been in this house about ten
years,” he replies, when asked. “I built
this house [although not in his workshop].
We wanted to get my kids into
the PV school district and so we
moved up here. Now that they’ve
graduated we’re thinking about building
another house. This is like my
fifth house I’ve built for myself.”
Well, Geppetto with all of his woodcarving
skills could never have afforded
anything this nice, so Gould
must have been spending a lot of time
away from the wood-lathe. But he did
say that woodworking was just his
hobby, didn’t he?
24 Peninsula • October 2016
So what do you do as a real job?
“I ran an architectural company for
a development corporation,” Gould
replies. “Maybe in the 35 years I was
with that company I designed and
processed and oversaw the plans for
4,000 houses. That’s what I did for
the majority of my professional life,
design houses, either custom or tract
houses, and implemented the construction
of them. It’s kind of like an
architect, but it’s not an architect: I
had architects working for me.
“Later on in my career I got into
real estate development. We developed
properties, so it meant dealing
with planning departments and planning
commissions and city councils.”
He’s still involved in such endeavors,
but seemingly at a more relaxed
pace. When he states, “I think I’d
rather wear shorts to work” that
about sums it up. And pretty nicely,
don’t you agree?
The finishing touch
Although Gould has “only” been a
woodturner for six or seven years,
he’s already been recognized for his
work. This past summer he received
the Gwen Sandvick Award for 3D at
the Celebrating PVAC Artists Groups
Show at the Palos Verdes Art Center.
He’s also a member of several related
organizations, the American Association
of Woodturners, the El Camino
Woodturners Guild, and the Redondo
Beach Art Group, among others.
We’ve been looking at one of his
woodpiles, outdoors next to his house.
Gould has lifted the tarp that covers
the blocks of wood and points out
how he seals the ends with wax so
they don’t dry out too fast. While he’s
pointing to the black acacia that came
from Torrance I’m keeping an eye out
for snakes, having lived on the Hill
myself, back when dinosaurs ruled
Inside the workshop once more,
Gould studies the rows of unfinished
bowls. After he’s rough-turned them,
they sit for a few months losing
weight and drying out, and in fact
Gould charts the progress of each
bowl rather carefully. “When it stops
losing weight it means it’s come to
equilibrium in this climate, and I can
go ahead and finish it safely. In the
first month or two it’s very susceptible
to cracking, especially if it’s really
hot.” Then, if the bowl isn’t cracked,
he’ll apply a type of furniture varnish
called tung oil. It’ll receive between
five and eight coats, while sanding
with 800 grit sandpaper between
coats. If there is a crack, he often fills
it in with turquoise, inlayed and
sanded just like the wood.
Needless to say, the beauty of each
bowl depends on several factors, beginning
with the shape, the rim, the
grain, the contrast of light and dark
or heartwood versus sapwood, knots,
or spalting (a fungus) which adds colored
Do you have a favorite wood?
“You know what I love,” Gould
replies, “is olive, because when you
turn olive it fills up your shop with
the smell of olive oil. You would
think that wood like eucalyptus
would be similar; they’re not. With
eucalyptus, the leaves are the thing
that have the aroma, not the wood.
So olive is very fun, and it’s relatively
soft and easy to turn, and it’s
easy to finish, easy to sand.”
Depending on the venue, Gould
may take 60 pieces when he participates
in an art show, as he has at
Malaga Cove Plaza this year. This
gives potential buyers plenty to
choose from, doesn’t it?
“Sometimes, yeah,” he says, “but
sometimes I can’t make up my mind
which ones to take, and then sometimes
people can’t make up their
minds which ones they want to buy.”
Of course, there’s nothing to prevent
one from picking up two or
This peculiar-looking ash vessel by
Richard Gould won the PV Art
Center Gwen Sandvick Award
Inside and outside highlighted
together in this carob vessel by
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CALENDAR OF COMMUNITY EVENTS
Compiled by Mary Jane Schoenheider
You can email your event to our address: email@example.com
All submissions must be sent by the 10th of each month prior to event taking place.
Saturday, October 1
Young Frankenstein – The Broadway Musical
Palos Verdes Performing Arts’ production of the zany, Mel Brooks musical comedy
“Young Frankenstein” continues through October 9 at the Norris Theatre.
The production features a 14-piece orchestra, professional cast and sets and
costumes from the national tour. Performance times are 8 p.m. Fridays and
Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, plus 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday
October 1 and 8. Ticket prices range from $55-$65, plus a $5 per
ticket facility fee. The production is not recommended for children under 13.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 310- 544-
0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com. The Norris Theatre is located
at 27570 Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.
PV Library Needs Teen Tech Trainers
Teens, become a Tech Trainer in partnership with PVE Cares, Peninsula Seniors
and PVP Village. The Palos Verdes Library District will offer 3 upcoming Teen
Tech 4 Seniors events for teens who are interested in volunteering at the events
to answer technology questions for our adult community. Prospective volunteers
contact Laura Ishizaka and file a volunteer application with PVLD before October
1. Peninisula Center Library Community Room, 10 a.m. - noon. Questions?
Contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-377-9584 ext. 215.
Saturday, October 8
Palos Verdes Library District
Medicare 101 Understanding Your Medicare Plan Options. Do you have questions
about Part A, B, C, D, enrollment windows, cost sharing or “Extra Help”,
the difference between Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans and
Supplement Plans? Join a presentation with Carol Clement (CA License
0H80524) and have all of your questions answered. 3 p.m. in the Peninsula
Center Library Community Room. Sponsored by Palos Verdes Library District,
this seminar is free, open to the public and is for educational purposes only.
Medicare has neither reviewed, nor endorses, this information. Contact Mary
Cohen at email@example.com or 310-921-7519.
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Las Amigas de las Lomas Evening with Friends
Las Amigas’ annual fundraiser supporting Orthopaedic Institute for Children
promises an elegant evening in the tropics at the Harlyne J Norris Pavilion.
The gala, a tropical luau and live auction, raises funds to benefit the construction
of OIC’s Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) housing the two largest pediatric
orthopaedic operating rooms in the country. This year’s event promises
an evening filled with exciting, one of a kind auction items, live entertainment,
a fine wine pull and dinner compliments of the talented Chef Safer. To info or
tickets, visit: lasamigasdelaslomas.org. or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, October 10
SERENDIPITY exhibition opens at the Promenade
Featuring artist Norma Cuevas White, woodturner Joe Devinny, and printmaker
and painter Mina Tang Kan, continues until November 20 at the Artists'
Studio Gallery in the Promenade on the Peninsula. Opening reception Sunday,
October 16 from 2 to 6 p.m.; closing reception Sunday, November 20 from
2 to 6 p.m. The public is cordially invited to these free events. For further information
call the gallery at 310-265-2592 or log onto www.artists-studiopvac.com.
The Artists' Studio Gallery is affiliated with the Palos Verdes Art
Center/Beverly G. Alpay Center for Art Education, which has been serving
the South Bay community for over 80 years. 550 Deep Valley Drive #159,
Rolling Hills Estates.
Wednesday, October 12
Palos Verdes Woman's Club
The Palos Verdes Woman's Club will meet at noon at the Rolling Hills Country
Club, 27000 Palos Verdes Drive East. A presentation will be made by Pat
Whitehead, representing Guide Dogs for the Blind. Cost of the luncheon is
$32. For reservations and information call Beverly Teresinski, 310-378-1349.
Thursday, October 13
Helen Dennis will discuss “The Upside of Aging” with Paul Irving, chairman
of the Milken Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging and distinguished scholar
in residence at USC. At the Palos Verdes Golf Club from 2 to 4 p.m. in celebration
of the PVP Village. RSVP to email@example.com.
Friday, October 14
Peninsula Seniors Fundraiser
Fashion show, accessory boutique, raffle baskets and silent auction will raise
funds for Peninsula Seniors at the Hilton DoubleTree Torrance, penthouse. Tickets
are $60. Lunch choices: Salmon, Chicken Marsala, Pasta. Send a check
with meal and tablemate preferences to Peninsula Seniors, 30928 Hawthorne
Blvd. RPV, CA 90275 . Additional contact: Jo Anne Weber 310- 328-7875.
The DoubleTree is located at 21333 Hawthorne Blvd.
Saturday, October 15
Tours at Switchback trails of Trump National
Enjoy a Los Serenos docent-led tour through the switchback trail of Trump National
Golf Course to the beach. Learn about local geology and fall blooming
habitat. Stay to watch the sunset from Founders Park. Hike difficulty is moderate.
Parking available on left side of Clubhouse in public lot at the end of
Trump National Drive. Free, public is welcome! 3 p.m. Hike cancelled if there
is rain. For more information call 310-377-5370 or visit www.losserenos.org.
Sunday, October 16
Artists’ Studio opening reception
To celebrate the opening of SERENDIPITY art show, a jazz concert by Venice
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guitarist Vinnie Caggiano begins at 2 p.m. and a woodturning demonstration
by Joe Devinny takes place at 3 p.m. A reception with refreshments follows
until 6 p.m. There will also be a closing reception on Sunday, November 20
from 2 to 6 p.m. Artists' Studio Gallery in the Promenade on the Peninsula,
#159, 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. For further information call
the gallery at 310-265-2592 or log onto www.artists-studio-pvac.com.
PV Democrats’ Meeting
The League of Women Voters will explain the propositions on the November
ballot at their monthly meeting. Open to all; handicapped accessible; free admission;
free parking. Seating available at 2 p.m.; meeting 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at the Palos Verdes Peninsula Center Library Community Room, 701 Silver
Spur Rd., Rolling Hills Estates.
Fall music fest
Music Director Richard Babcock and the Peninsula Symphonic Winds presents
a Scott Joplin march, an Addams Family overture, a polka depicting a grumbly
old bear, and more! 3 p.m. at Rolling Hills Covenant Church Community Center,
1735 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates (enter parking from Deep Valley
Drive). Adults $10. Children under 12 free with adult. Tickets available at
the door or online at www.pswinds.org.
Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay
The COSB season opens with pianist Stephen Lin performing Beethoven's
beautiful Piano Concerto No. 1. Additional concerts are scheduled for Nov.
13, 2016, Jan. 8, March 12, April 8, 2017. Performances are at 8 p.m. with
pre-concert talks by notable musicologists. Subscription seats are available for
the 2016-17 season by calling 310-502-9934 or emailing at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscribe at palosverdes.com/chamberorchestra. Single
tickets will be available through the Norris Theatre Box Office starting October
15 by calling 310-544-0403.
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Young Life Golf Tourney
Young Life Youth Ministries holds its
annual charity Golf Tournament at
Los Verdes Golf Course at 1 p.m.
Shotgun start, scramble format.
$175 per person. To RSVP or for
more information call Steve Heffernan
at 310-466-3661. 7000 Los
Verdes Dr, Rancho Palos Verdes.
Thursday, Oct. 20
South Coast Rose Society
Monthly meeting on the status of the
bee population in Southern California
and what we can do to promote
bee colony health and sustainability.
Also learn what to plant in your gardens
to keep bees fed all year long.
Open to everyone! For further information,
please see them on Facebook.
7 p.m. at South Coast Botanic
Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd,
Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Friday, October 21
Las Candalistas will kick off its 50th
year of fundraising with the return of
the very popular “Entertaining for the
Holidays” event. This year’s theme is
“A Year of Celebration”. The event
will feature Table Top Design ideas,
a Speaker Series focusing on culinary,
floral, décor demonstrations
and information, and much more!
All proceeds benefit South Bay charities.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Norris
Pavilion 501 Indian Peak Rd. Rolling
Hills Estates. For more information
visit www.lascandalistas.org. Tickets
available by reservation or at the
Dennis McNeil Concert
Multi-award winning tenor, Dennis
McNeil has performed for 5 US Presidents,
Heads of State, opera companies,
symphony orchestras and
Fortune 500 companies--both in the
US and around the world. The versatile
McNeil will be performing a
Frank Sinatra tribute. He will be
joined by his music director extraordinaire,
Ed Martel. 7:30 p.m.
Rolling Hills United Methodist
Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd.,
RHE. Fee admission, donations appreciated.
For information call 310-
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Do you change your automobile oil and filter? If you do, call EDCO your trash/recycling
hauler and arrange for a free pickup. Then, place your used oil and/or filter in a tightly
sealed container or ziplock bag. EDCO will pick them up and drop off an oil recycling kit
that contains a 15-quart drip pan, empty 1-gallon container, funnel, shop rag, cardboard
floor mat and information on used oil and filter. Call EDCO at 310-540-2977 or go to
Paper Shredding Event (includes electronic waste collection
and free mulch giveaway)
Saturday, October 29 at RPV Civic Center (RPV Residents only)
30940 Hawthorne Blvd. from 8 am to 11 am
For Household Hazardous Waste (including Sharps disposal)
and Electronic Waste Disposal, go to:
Gaffey SAFE Center
Address: 1400 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, 90731
Open Saturdays and Sundays
from 9am to 3pm
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The Andalusian courtyard and plaza is representative of a 19th century Spanish hacienda.
Home for the millennium
by Kevin Cody
John Z. Blazevich and Alex McLeod in their
hamam spa meditation room.
Photo by David Fairchild
John Z. Blazevich
drew upon 1,000
years of art,
vision for a
In 1993, John Z. Blazevich began stealing time away from overseeing
Contessa Premium Foods, the pioneering convenience food and seafood
importing company he founded 10 years earlier, at age 28, to oversee
the work of 300 desert nomads in Morocco.
Blazevich was introduced to the nomads by Spanish architect Rafael
Manzano Martos, whom he had commissioned to design Hacienda de la
Paz, a 51,000 square foot home he was building on approximately eight
acres in Rolling Hills.
The nomads were hired to hand carve sandstone blocks, reliefs, archways,
and capitals that were to form the walls and ceilings of his new
home’s 10,000 square foot hamam, or Moorish spa. The spa was modeled
after the Medina Azahara Palace their ancestors had built in Córdoba,
which Martos restored for the Spanish government. The palace was built
in the 10th century by a Moorish king.
“I wanted to build a home that would stand the test of time and was reflective
of California’s history. I did not want to build another California
ranch style. I did not want a Southwestern, Mexican Colonial or a Mediterranean
villa. I wanted my home to be first generation Spanish and authentic
in every detail,” Blazevich said.
A canopy of carob trees is all that remains on the property of the two
parcels he purchased in 1993. The drive beneath the carob trees is now
Portuguese limestone, installed by Portuguese stone cutters.
The winding driveway ends at a motor court for six cars. A tall, white
fountain appears beyond the tower in the center of the Andalusian courtyard.
The Moorish gardens and fountains are the focal point of the plaza.
When the gardens were nearly completed, Blazevich noticed one of the
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fountains appeared off-center to the others. The workers disagreed. Blazevich
ordered a rotating laser transit to settle the disagreement. The fountains
were indeed out of alignment by one-eighth of an inch.
The workers corrected it.
“Visual precision is important and I have a gift for it,” he said.
A similar incident occurred with an out-of-line wood floor plank at the
end of a long hallway in the main house. Blazevich had the hallway corrected
because “that’s the way we do it here,” he told the perplexed carpenter.
“I can be a challenge to my workers,” he acknowledged
But he was also a benefactor to tradesmen and artisans of ancient and
fast disappearing skills.
The Spanish tiles throughout the 20,000 square-foot main house are from
Andalusia, whose combination of Spanish and Moorish architecture was
the inspiration for Hacienda de la Paz. Blazevich chanced upon the tile
maker while traveling to the Andalusian town where “The Good the Bad
and the Ugly” was filmed. He is a fan of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Western
“I was out in a remote area, visiting a stone quarry and also to see the
Sergio Leone movie sets when I saw him making tiles. I asked if he could
make a lot of them and ended up ordering six 40-foot containers from him.”
Blazevich insisted on auditory as well as visual perfection. The hacienda’s
18th century Neoclassical ballroom’s 50-foot high ceiling was replaced
several times until the acoustics equaled those of an opera house.
Upon the completion of the ballroom, Blazevich surprised his mother on
her 75th birthday with a performance of “Phantom of the Opera.”
Evidence of the 21st century, including the mixing console, sound system,
movie screen and electric cables are hidden behind the walls and in
One New Year’s Eve, he threw a James Bond Theme Party. Johnny Rivers
sang “Secret Agent Man,” backed by a 30-piece band. Bond film clips
screened throughout the night.
Blazevich’s fiancée Alexandra “Alex” McLeod is an Emmy nominated TV
Hacienda de la Paz cont. on page 40
The Moorish gardens emphasize symmetry and bold colors.
The interlocking salon ceiling was designed in the Mudejar style and assembled without nails by Spanish craftsmen.
Hacienda de la Paz cont. from page 39
personality and entertainment news correspondent. She was the original
host of “Trading Spaces” and “Joe Millionaire I.” Recently, she has appeared
on NBC’s “Open House NYC” and CNBC’s “Secret Lifestyles of the Super
Their home and her background make the couple highly sought after
hosts for fundraisers and other gatherings, ranging from casual barbecues
to lavish balls. President Jimmy Carter was the guest of honor for a 350
guest, Habitat for Humanity sit-down dinner. Other favorite charities include
UNICEF and GRID Alternatives (a provider of solar power to low income
When not in use for social gatherings, the grand ballroom is also a tennis
court, built to U.S. Open specs. Trompe l’oeil windows with physical balconies,
brass and wrought iron railings create the illusion that the court is
Peninsula Wimbledon champions Pete Sampras and Tracy Austin and
Croatian Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic have played there.
Blazevich began playing tennis after finding a tennis court on one of the
two lots he bought. “Growing up, I didn’t think of tennis as a very physical
game. But after taking lessons, I quickly found I was so wrong. Now I love
it,” he said.
Weather permitting, Blazevich, McLeod and their friends play on the outdoor,
clay court, built to French Open specs, except for the composition of
the red clay. “I went to the French Open and talked to the maintenance
crew. They said dust blows off this clay whenever it’s windy, and it gets
windy in Rolling Hills. So we modified the clay,” Blazevich said.
Blazevich’s account of a royal Spanish architect leading him to Moroccan
stonecutters to build a 10th century Moorish bath in the desert, where it
was assembled to make certain the pieces all fit, then disassembled, crated,
shipped 6,000 miles across sea and land to a world 1,000 years removed
and installed beneath a Rolling Hills home called Hacienda de la Paz, evokes
images from a Gabriel García Márquez novel.
The hamam’s magical realism is heightened by star shaped lights in the
amber sandstone ceiling that reflect off blue Murano glass at the bottom of
the 40-foot pool. Blazevich picked the blue Venetian glass because he
wanted the water to be the color of the Adriatic Sea, where he frequently
“Swimming in the hamam pool, you feel as if you are floating through
time. It is a supernatural experience,” he said.
Despite its earthen enclosure, the hamam suffers from neither the high
humidity nor the chlorine smell common to indoor pools. Alcoves line either
side of the pool. One has a 15-foot tall, waterfall.
“Showering under it is like having a massage,” he said.
Another alcove has adjoining mineral baths enclosed by vaulted, gold
leafed walls. Another resembles the colorful, silk draped tent of a nomadic
chief. “It’s like what you might see in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’” Blazevich said.
The pool’s 90-degree temperature is maintained by the home’s geothermal
heating and cooling system. The geothermal system is coupled to
dozens of HVAC units. In 2008, while at Contessa Premium Foods, Blazevich
built a $35 million, green, LEED certified factory in the City of Commerce.
It was the first green LEED certified frozen food factory in the world.
Blazevich grew up in San Pedro, where he attended San Pedro High
School. He majored in marketing at USC, while also indulging in his love
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A chapel dedicated to Santa Catalina sits off the poolside loggia.
for history, art and physics.
His father Rudolf was a chef who escaped to the U.S. from Communist
Yugoslavia in 1955.Three years later, his wife Ljubica and son joined him
in San Pedro.
Blazevich contemplated buying a Spanish Colonial Revival home in Beverly
Hills, designed by Wallace Neff.
He was acquainted with the legendary Pickfair architect’s son. Though
he decided against the Neff home, Neff’s enduring architectural influence
proved instrumental in enabling Blazevich to convince the City of Rolling
Hills to approve his ambitious, new home.
“I wanted to build something iconic, with privacy and panoramic views
when I found these two adjoining parcels in Rolling Hills,” he said. The
property offers views of both the Los Angeles basin and the Santa Monica
Rolling Hills’ rural zoning promised privacy, while still fostering a family
oriented community with amenities for residents, community clubs and
events including Easter, Halloween and Christmas parties for children.
But the building department requirement that all homes be white, single
story and ranch style posed a problem.
“I did not want to live in a barn with marble counter tops,” he said. “You
cannot build an iconic home with board and batten siding.”
During a careful reading of the Rolling Hills building code, Blazevich discovered
that Cliff May, the architect who popularized California ranch
homes, is not the only architect whose style is allowed. Neff is also mentioned.
Blazevich knew of at least one adobe home in Rolling Hills, though
it is largely hidden from view.
Still, city staff was not happy with his plans for a 51,000 square foot
home, 31,000 of it, including a ballroom and Moorish spa, below ground.
“The city thought I was going to build this huge monstrosity and destroy
the image of the community. I told them I would be using adobe, which
better reflects the rural setting. Fortunately, I was young enough, at 38,
and had enough money and determination to convince them.”
When finally completed in 2010, 17 years after conception, Hacienda de
la Paz invited comparison to Hearst Castle in San Simeon. While comfortable
with the comparison, Blazevich points out that Hearst Castle reflects
William Randolph Hearst’s’ eclectic tastes and as a result, lacks cohesiveness.
Hacienda de La Paz also brings together seemingly disparate elements,
spanning a millennium of architecture, art and engineering.
“The Andalusian architectural style of the estate is 19th century, the Neoclassical
ballroom is 18th century and the hamam is 10th century,” he said,
all wired with 21st century HVAC, security, lighting and entertainment electrical
The challenge, he said was to harmoniously weave together these 1,000
years of influences.
“I called it Hacienda de la Paz because when I came home from a 12-
hour work day, I wanted my senses to be awakened by the aromas and the
colors of the gardens, to listen to the sounds of my fountains and to feel at
peace,” he said.
Hacienda de la Paz cont. on page 42
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The 18th Century neoclassical ballroom is also a tennis court built to U.S. Open specs.
Hacienda de la Paz cont. from page 41
After overcoming the city’s resistance, Blazevich embarked on executing
his Andalusian vision.
Rafael Manzano Martos was King Juan Carlos’ curator and is the world’s
foremost expert on Mudejar architecture. The Mudejars were Spanish
Moors. In addition to introducing Blazevich to the Moroccan stone masons,
Martos helped find complementary art.
A painting in the entry hall commemorates the 100th anniversary of the
1615 publication of “Don Quixote.” The painting formerly hung in Madrid’s
Prado Museum. The entry hall’s four life-size, silver and gold busts of bishops
are 400 years old. They come from an Italian library that was undergoing
Wrought iron window grates on the main house are from a 15th century
To coordinate with the city on building codes and contemporary amenities,
Blazevich recruited Peninsula architect Anthony Inferrera.
Also from Madrid, was Nicolas Luca de Tena, who worked for Spain’s
royal family as an artist and art restorer. He is the 15th generation grandson
of Hernan Cortes, Spanish explorer who conquered the Aztecs and discovered
Luca de Tena lived at Hacienda de La Paz for 10 years, painting trompe
l’oeil frescos, ceiling murals and original art and applying gold leaf accents.
His painting over the living room fireplace is an interpretation of a Joan
Miro painting. Blazevich liked the original Miro, but not its blue background,
so he asked Luca de Tena to repaint his version with a warmer, yellow
Other contemporary artists’ paintings hang alongside Flemish tapestries
and Dutch masters’ because, “I don’t want the house to be caught in time,”
Spanish father and son interior designers Bruno and Manuel Gavira were
responsible for bringing harmony and individuality to the main house’s
nine bedrooms and 25 bathrooms, as well as the guest house and Renais-
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“No two rooms have the same design,” Blazevich said.
There are surprisingly whimsical touches. The ladies powder room has
a confessional and allows two women to converse in privacy through a
screened confessional window. The men’s room has an original Thomas
The interlocking ceiling beams in the living and dining rooms were designed
in the Mudejar style by a Madrid professor of architecture and assembled
without nails by carpenters brought from Madrid.
The artisans responsible for the three-foot-thick adobe walls came from
“I hired the workers who restored the California missions,” Blazevich
Despite the adobe walls’ thickness, they didn’t meet California’s seismic
safety standards. So they were reinforced with wood and steel posts. Blazevich
then stuccoed the walls white. “When city officials first saw the adobe
walls, they liked them and thought I should keep them exposed in some
areas. I said, ‘Wait a minute, the code says houses need to be white.’ These
were challenging times with the city. But we came to a compromise and
everyone is happy with the end result. Many haciendas have been built
now behind the gates. I paved the way.”
Los Angeles building inspectors, whom Rolling Hills contracts with,
spent so much time on the site, that Blazevich said they worried him.
“I asked, ‘Am I doing something wrong? Why are you guys here all the
time?’ They said they had never seen a house so over-engineered. They
wanted to know why I was using 8-inch pipe when I could use 6-inch pipe.
I said, the labor and material costs are almost the same and I want this
house to last hundreds of years. The reason housing systems go south and
need to be replaced is because the requirements are so lax,” he said.
Blazevich’s decision to go subterranean stemmed in part from building
restrictions, but more importantly because, he said, “Even on eight acres,
51,000 square feet on one level would be too much. I wanted amenities,
like an indoor pool during the winter and a tennis court that I could use
after work. The city doesn’t allow night lit courts.
“It’s a well-intentioned restriction and I agree with it. There are no streetlights
or sidewalks in Rolling Hills. The quiet, coastal views and privacy
suggest the romance of the ‘30s and ‘40s.”
An essential characteristic of Mudejar architecture is beautiful gardens.
Blazevich planted dozens of fruit and nut trees, including navel, Valencia
and Sanguinello (blood) oranges, avocado, figs, apples, peaches, apricots,
lemons and limes; as well as herbs and vegetables in the summer, winter,
fall and spring gardens that border the entry driveway and are spread elsewhere
across the eight acres.
“My goal was to be able to feed off the fruit and vegetables any time of
year while walking through an aromatic property,” he said.
The property has become a sanctuary for Peninsula wildlife and migrating
“Every March, three days before the swallows return to Capistrano, the
swallows stop here to dip in our pool. They’re like a sign from heaven,”
In 2013, just three years after completing the final building stage of Hacienda
de la Paz, Blazevich put it up for sale. Hacienda de la Paz is listed
at $48 million. He estimates that building his home today would cost close
to $100 million.
But Blazevich appears in no hurry to move. The home has hosted several
weddings and his may be next. He and McLeod are engaged, after having
lived together on the property for more than a decade.
Blazevich said he decided to sell Hacienda de la Paz because he wants to
move on to his next project. His son Andreas, a student at Art Center College
of Design in Pasadena, prefers to have his own home. Blazevich sold
Contessa Premium Foods in 2011, by which time its aggregate sales had
exceeded $4 billion.
He declined to disclose what his next project is, except to say it might be
in Croatia, where his family owns olive groves and vineyards.
Because olive oil was important to 19th century haciendas, Blazevich
planted over 60 olive trees from the Central Valley on his property. An
olive oil tribute room in the main house features large, ancient, clay vases
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Chef Robert Bell with a chicken meatball salad on the patio at Mama Terano Cafe. Photo by Richard Foss
Brooklyn born Robert Bell traces his love of cooking to dinners at his Grandma Terano’s.
He named his new restaurant in her honor.
by Richard Foss
Most chefs have someone in their background
who inspired them to get into
cooking, often a kitchen veteran who
saw promise in a new dishwasher and evolved
from a boss to a mentor. In the case of Robert
Bell, chef and co-owner of Chez Melange, the inspiration
started at home in Brooklyn, where his
Italian grandparents taught him a reverence for
“My grandmother was a fun-loving immigrant
who came to America at the turn of the century
as a child. I lived with them for a few years and
what I remember was how much they laughed.
They were such happy people, and they adored
food. Maybe this was typical of Southern Italian
immigrants, but to my family good food was the
most important thing. Without good food on the
table, they had no status. My mother told me that
on her first year of high school she didn’t have
enough money for school supplies because they
were celebrating someone’s birthday and they
used the money to buy veal.”
“My grandmother was a good cook because she
had to be. In those days you started cooking
when you were little because… that’s just what
you did. My grandmother never really taught me
how to cook, but what she and that family did
was enable me to see the importance of dining
and of food being the most important thing you
talked about at dinner. Once in awhile you’d talk
about the Brooklyn Dodgers, the New York Yankees
or Giants, maybe even politics, but the usual
questions were “What kind of salami is this?
Where did you get these pastries, on Avenue U?
What bakery did you go to?”
With a background like that, it’s almost surprising
that Robert Bell didn’t go straight into the
culinary industry in New York. However, his
mother decided to move to California and he
graduated from Hollywood High in 1963. He considered
starting at the bottom in a restaurant
kitchen, the main industry career path in an era
when there were few cooking schools. Instead,
and despite the fact that he was an indifferent
scholar, he decided to pursue a higher education.
“I took classes at college and changed my major
about four times and never actually graduated. I
got into architecture and city planning. I did that
for 15 years, but I really wanted to cook. In 1975
I got a call from Chuck Lehman, whom I played
poker with in high school. He said, ‘I’m opening
a restaurant in Hermosa Beach. Would you be interested
in doing my floor plan to submit to the
“We got together and it quickly got a lot deeper
than that. When Café Courtney opened in 1976
(now a Round Table Pizza) I was his sous chef,
and ended up taking over the reins of the kitchen
about two months later. He was a great teacher.
I loved food, cooked for family and my girlfriends
all the time. He taught me how to do it on a bigger
scale, with helpers, and how to delegate. The
amazing thing is that I was able to learn from all
my subordinates without them knowing I didn’t
know anything. I’d go up to one of my cooks and
say, ‘The last hollandaise I made came out really
thin, how do you make yours? Let me see how
you do it and see if mine comes out better.’ I had
never made hollandaise in my life, but I’d watch
him make it and replicate that faithfully. I was a
sponge and I wanted to learn, so I picked it up
Unusual for the time, Robert Bell came out of
the kitchen to interact with diners, a habit he developed
partly because nobody had told him that
chefs didn’t do that.
“Maybe the reason I was willing to come out of
the kitchen and talk to people is because I wasn’t
really a chef. I was acting as one, but I wasn’t
trained not to talk to people.”
In 1976, California Cuisine was barely five
years old and was mostly a San Francisco Bay
area phenomenon. Wolfgang Puck had lived in
46 Peninsula • October 2016
Los Angeles for less than a year and was beginning
to make waves at Ma Maison and other
chefs were starting to pay attention. But hardly
an echo of this was to be heard in the South Bay.
In that era when diners and steak and seafood
joints dominated the local landscape, Café Courtney‘s
blend of French and Californian ideas was
like something from another planet.
“I started doing stuff that was completely different
from everyone else. Everybody else was
using frozen fish, frozen vegetables. Everything
we were doing was a little newer, a little more
contemporary, a little fresher than everyone else.
Even simple things like our turkey and avocado
sandwich – we put it on different bread. No one
had a wine program. No one. Most places had a
house red and a house white and that was it. We
had a wine list, wine tastings and we used to do
a wine of the month. The first month we were
open, October of 1976, we featured Franciscan
Zinfandel out of Sonoma. We paid $12 a case for
it and we sold it for $3.95 a bottle.”
Café Courtney was an immediate success,
partly because of the chemistry that developed
between Bell and the person Lehman hired to
manage the front of the house. Michael Franks,
who now co-owns Chez Melange with Bell, had
the same dedication to service that Bell had to
food. And they shared a fascination with pushing
culinary boundaries. Their partnership seemed
like such a natural thing that it’s surprising to
hear what Bell says about his first impression of
“When I first met Michael, I remembered
thinking, I don’t want to work with this guy. I’m
from Brooklyn, he’s from London. He came from
what I thought was an upscale upbringing, I was
just off the line of being poor. He went through
restaurant school, I barely made it through junior
college. But we were both very driven, very passionate
about what we were doing, and that’s the
only reason we got along.”
Michael Franks confirmed that the men who
were to forge a partnership that would endure
more than 40 years did not have much in common.
Before coming to the United States, Franks
had worked at elegant but stodgy London hotels
like the Savoy and the Dorchester, which he said
had “fine service with very predictable food.” He
then ran a group of French bistros. None of that
had prepared him for a down to earth, straight
talking chef like Bell.
“Obviously we had no similarities at all. Our
family life, our business experiences, everything
was completely different. The only thing we really
had in common was food. That’s what connected
us, our love for food. We communicated
perfectly on that level, and that’s what has kept
us together all these years. Our social life is different,
but when it comes to restaurants, food,
the business, we’re totally on the same page.”
Their relationship was tested on road trips that
Michael says gave them multiple revelations
about the expanding culinary world of that era,
and led them to take Café Courtney in a completely
different direction than what had been intended.
“When we were brought in, Chuck expected a
French bistro – he called it an introduction to
French food. Robert and I went to Chez Panisse,
we went to a restaurant called Ports in Hollywood
where they had couscous and a Chinese
chicken salad on the menu. We realized that
starting from where we were, a combination
French Bistro and healthy Californian place, we
could serve Chinese food in a French restaurant.
You could put anything on the menu, as long as
you communicated that to the customer. We decided,
let’s do everything.”
Café Courtney was extremely successful and
became the flagship for a chain of six restaurants.
In 1981, they even managed to get attention from
the Los Angeles Times for their wine dinners,
though the Times was disdainful of the South Bay
in those days. The future looked bright for the
company, but the two people at the heart of that
success were becoming dissatisfied with running
Mama Terano in Brooklyn, in 1960. The
photo hangs in the Peninsula restaurant
that grandson Robert Bell named in her
As Bell remembers it, “In 1982 the owner of the
Plush Horse Inn was looking for a restaurateur
to run the old Plush Pony coffee shop. He ran an
ad in the paper, which Michael and I saw. We
were excited about doing what we were doing on
a one-to-one basis, not a mini-chain with six units.
Ed Wilkinson, who owned the Plush Horse at the
time, was smart enough and nice enough to
cosign a loan for Michael and me to get the place
open. We paid him back in half the time we
The new restaurant was appropriately called
Chez Melange and had innovations that astonished
the local community. In place of the hotel
coffee shop’s lunch counter there was a sushi bar,
a caviar and Champagne bar. The sleek, modern
dining room offered food from all over the world.
Newcomers sometimes stared at the menu and
asked, “What kind of restaurant is this, really?”
They couldn’t wrap their head around the idea
that they were in a place where you actually
could get Chinese stir-fry, French seafood, or an
American steak. Even more unusual, the multicultural
and eclectic experience was offered at
breakfast and lunch rather than only at night.
Franks and Bell didn’t particularly want to be
open for breakfast but it was required by the
hotel, so they decided that it had to be done with
the same spirit as everything else.
When Bell first worked at Café Courtney he
had commuted from an apartment in Hollywood,
but that got old very quickly. In 1977, he moved
into a duplex in Hermosa and soon after started
dating a wine broker named Michelle who would
later become his wife.
A new passion would inspire him to move to
“I started cooking professionally when I was 30
and took up golf when I was 45. I really enjoyed
the game, and decided I wanted to join the Palos
Verdes Golf Club. You had to live in the Estates
to join, so I decided to move here. The money I
saved up wasn’t enough for the down payment
in 1990, so I borrowed money to buy a house.
Then I had to borrow money from Michelle to
join the golf club. It’s been a great life here.”
The menu at Chez Melange continued to
evolve. As they had at Courtney’s Franks and Bell
hosted wine dinners and other culinary events.
“I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t work
for a winery that has done more wine dinners
than I have, I must have done hundreds,” Bell
Some benefitted worthy causes. In 1985,
Franks and Bell cofounded the For Our Children
Food and Wine festival and they have contributed
their time, energy, and resources to many other
events. Asked whether his childhood in a relatively
poor family might have inspired his charitable
efforts, Bell was reflective.
“I hadn’t thought about it before, but probably
yes. Many times I wonder what my life would
have been like if I had made one of many wrong
turns, or what I’d be doing today if I had never
moved to California. I wonder if I’d even be alive.
When I turned 50 my mother called to wish me
a happy birthday. I asked, ‘What do you think of
me making it to 50?’ She said, ‘I never thought
you’d make it to 15.’
“After I moved here the people at St. Francis
Episcopal Church asked me to get involved in a
program called Designs For Dining. I learned
from this experience that as an individual I could
make a big change in someone’s life. I raised
$13,000 every year at this one event, and 100 percent
of it goes for college scholarships. I’ve met
kids who are in college or have graduated thanks
to that program and it’s humbling. I hope they
are all better students than I was.”
Though Bell continues to be involved in Chez
Melange on a daily basis, he is obviously pleased
by the success of his other restaurant Mama Terano.
That restaurant recently spun off a second
location in the Malaga Cove Plaza. He also works
on other culinary projects, including the menu at
“After 40 years in the industry, I’m still having
ideas and am not ready to quit and sit on a beach
somewhere. I have two new concepts that I am
ready to bring to investors.”
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are you going to stop?” You have to understand
that to me a restaurant is like doing a movie, but
it’s personal. In a movie you have someone to do
the scenery, someone to do the makeup… In a
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up the room, pick the chef... right down to the
uniforms and the linens. To do that and then
watch it on opening night, there’s nothing like it,”
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56 Peninsula • October 2016
Neil proposed to Sanam at the firepit of his
family home in Palos Verdes Estates.
Photo by Dearly Beloved Photography
Sanam’s bridal Mehndi. Photo by Peter Nguyen
Vivaha cont. from page 13
Neil and Sanam’s first look before the wedding. Photo by Lin & Jirsa
“I think he’s a very confident person, which I think is a really attractive
trait,” she said. “He’s like that just generally in life, very confident, and
that’s actually one of my faults. I’m not always confident in myself, and
Neil is, always, and very positive. That’s why so many of his friends love
him so much — he’s a very hard worker, always working, so he doesn’t
have a lot of free time, so when he does come around his friends get very
excited. That’s how you can tell he’s a good person.”
After that night, the couple never looked back. They dated for the next
five years, and it became increasingly clear they’d spend their lives together.
Neil is a self-declared non-romantic. Sanam accepted this, but had
“I am notorious for not being romantic,” he said. “Her one request was,
‘I know you are not romantic, but when you propose to me, you better be
romantic.’ I was like, ‘Oh, man, I thought I was off the hook with her.’”
Neil’s family goes to Hawaii every other year for his mother’s birthday.
Sanam had never been able to go, because her parents, being very traditional,
were not comfortable with her staying overnight. But last year, Neil
had already asked Sanam’s father for his daughter’s hand and won approval.
Her father also agreed to allow her to go to Hawaii, where Neil intended
to propose. But as the trip approached, he realized he wanted to
do it locally, so both families could be near. So Neil planned a pre-trip dinner
out on August 16. His mother had designed a new fire pit at their home
in PVE, and Neil had it fully decked out — everything was covered in rose
petals and candlelit and a photographer was hidden nearby. He said he
wanted to drop by his parents’ home before dinner. They arrived, and nobody
was home; pretending to look for his family, Neil led Sanam to the
backyard. As she approached the fire pit, he dropped to one knee.
“I was so blown away about the way he did it,” she said. “The amount
Vivaha cont. on page 58
Vivaha cont. from page 57
The Hindu deity in a human form but
with the head of an elephant
represents the power of the Supreme
Being that removes obstacles and
ensures success in human endeavors.
A decorative rickshaw was present at
Friday night’s Garba Sangeet, a Gujarati
wedding dance. Guests were
photographed in the rickshaw to make
them feel like they were in India, in
keeping with the traditional theme.
Photo by Peter Nguyen
of flowers...I mean, I was just very
stunned. I think the first thing I
said was, ‘Oh my God, you are romantic.’
He’s like, ‘Thank you!’”
A year of planning led up to one
of the grandest weddings the
Peninsula has witnessed. Festivities
began two weeks before the
date with a dance party at A Spice
Affair in Beverly Hills for Neil and
Sanam and their friends.
“It was an opportunity for Sanam
and I to let loose and have a good
time before we had to smarten up
and host 600 people,” Neil said.
Official festivities began the
Thursday morning before the wedding,
with special prayer ceremonies
hosted seperately by each
family. That night, the Chhabrias
hosted a traditional gathering,
called a Mehndi, in which an artist
draws designs on the bride-to-be’s
skin. Sanam thought this would
take a few hours. As it turned out,
it began at 1:30 p.m. and wasn’t
completed until after 8 p.m. But as
she sat, at first impatiently, she
began to see the beauty of the occasion,
and its purpose. She couldn’t
move her arms, so everybody,
including her groom, had to wait
58 Peninsula • October 2016
on her hand and foot the entire time.
“It was cool to be queen for a day,” she said.
“She looked like Jasmine from Aladdin that night,” Neil said. “It was one
of the most incredible things you’ve ever seen.”
Friday night a traditional Hindu dance was held at the Norris Pavilion
in Rolling Hills Estates.
“That was a traditional Indian folk dance, and since I’m Gujarati — It’s
called a Garba, from Gujarat state, where my people are from,” Sanam
said. “It was really fun. A lot of people had a good time.”
Sanam and her mother and aunt, in fact, went back to Gujarat last year
on a shopping trip for wedding clothes for themselves and other members
of the wedding party. “We went with four empty suitcases and came back
with them all full,” she said.
The wedding occurred Saturday at 1 p.m. and the reception was at 6
p.m. in the ballroom of the Hyatt. The wedding was performed in Sanskrit
by Mahesh Bhatt, a renowned Hindu wedding priest, who took care to explain
much of the ritual in a way that made it understandable to everyone
“Our priest was a hit,” Sanam said. “He was so refreshing. He had so
The ceremony included 15 stages, beginning with Barat Swagat, in which
Neil and his family were welcomed to the ceremony site by Sanam’s family,
and ending hours later with Kanya Viday, when the bride and groom
left their “Mandap,” the four pillar canopy at center stage (the pillars represent
the four parents). There were nine bridesmaids and nine groomsmen.
The bride’s brothers, Sahaj and Shakeel, gave her away.
Neil, months later, is still dazzled by the experience, and by his new wife.
“Number one, she is smart,” Neil said. “She’s got a good head on her
shoulders and works hard. She handles her business and she’s somebody
I can have an intelligent conversation with. I just enjoy being around her.
And besides being smart and capable, she is the most loyal person in my
The future is bright for the young couple. Neil, 29, works with his father
at their newly established Chhabria Real Estate Company, which was
founded this year after the family spent the last two decades with Shorewood
Realtors. Sanam, 26, works for UCLA Health as a radiologic technologist.
She’s also obtaining her real estate licence and helps with the
family business on weekends.
“I like my career but we can’t predict the future. I’m a part of Neil’s family
now,” she said. “Of course we’ll do what’s best for the family.”
In fact, an essential underlying theme the couple’s wedding rituals emphasized
is that marriage is about more than the union of Neil and Sanam,
but also between their families for generations to come.
Sanam said one day recently her parents, who have felt somewhat bittersweet
emotions since the wedding, stopped by her and her husband’s
home in Hermosa Beach.
“They were very happy, of course, but a bit sad,” Sanam said. “I’m leaving
home, of course. When they came over the other day, they told me,
‘When you have kids, you’ll understand.’ This is a big accomplishment, as
a parent — to have your kid finish education, earn a degree, get a good career,
then get married. You’ve accomplished your job as a parent.” PEN
Wedding planner: Ajita Chopra
Floral & decor: Sadhna’s floral studio
Bridal makeup & hair:
Drea V. Makeup and Roseanna Ortega
Proposal photographer: Dearly Beloved Photography
Pre-wedding event photographer:
Peter Nyguyen Photography
Wedding & reception photographer and videographer:
Lin & Jirsa Photography
DJ and lighting: 3D Sounds
October 2016 • Peninsula 59
Preserve your timeless treasure
We live in an age where just about everything is disposable.
Yet centuries ago when the world’s finest clockmakers
were hard at work, their aim was to create a
mechanical marvel that operates continuously and last forever.
Imagine a hand made complex mechanism of inter-working
parts designed to keep time accurately. Your clock is a work of
art and your job is to keep this timeless treasure healthy for the
Your clock reminds you of its presence every time you wind
it and if its accuracy is not what it used to be, or its chimes are
not as strong rythmic, or maybe it just stops. That means it’s
talking to you and telling you that its endless life is in jeopardy.
It is imperative to maintain and service your clock regularly.
Oil gets old and dry forcing the train of gears to work twice as
hard to accomplish their goal. This results in damage that drastically
shortens the life of a fine timepiece.
Michel Medawar has been extending the lives of timepieces
for over fifty years as his father did fifty years before. He is the
inventor of the first talking clock in the world. He is a graduate
from Patek Philippe in Geneva, Switzerland, The Theod Wagner
clock Co. in Wiesbaden, Germany, and the Howard Miller
Clock Co. in Zeeland, Michigan. Call him so that he may come
to your home and offer you a free estimate for servicing your
clock. Or bring your wall or mantel clock to our store to see our
showroom and receive the same complimentary diagnosis.
We are located at 810C Silver Spur Rd., in Rolling Hills Estates, Ca.
90274. Or call us at (310) 544-0052
Open 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Tuesday - Saturday
810C Silver Spur Road • Rolling Hills Estates • CA 90274
60 Peninsula • October 2016
Simply Tiles Design Center
Fine Ceramics, Natural Stone, Hardwoods, Cabinetry, Faucetry.
Kitchen & Bathrooms Specialist.
3968 Pacific Coast Hwy., Torrance • (310) 373-7781 • www.simplytiles.com
J. QUINN CONSTRUCTION, INC.
Custom Concrete & Masonry
1st Windows low prices, high quality
Find 24/7 convenience shopping at 1stwindows.com or visit the Signal Hill showroom.
1st Windows promises the best prices in the South Bay. - No games, no
commissioned salespeople, no high-pressure sales. A volume, repeat-business
dealer since 1995, 1st Windows is known for its straightforward and efficient
service as well as its quality products, lines and workmanship.
(562) 494-9069. 1858 E. 20th Street, Signal Hill
Catalina Paints lets the color symphony begin
In 2012 Supreme Paints was acquired by Catalina Paints -- a chain of stores in
the Los Angeles area and the largest distributor of Benjamin Moore Paints in California.
Supreme Paints has been a leading paint supplier in the South Bay for almost
50 years. Started by Sam Carl and his son Rick, Supreme Paints has grown
up with the community. The two companies were a perfect match due to their dedication
to the professional painter and providing quality products that can't be
beat. Recently added to the Manhattan Beach location is Farrow & Ball paints, a
favorite among designers. Both Catalina/Supreme Paints have full decorating departments
with the latest trends in wallpaper and Hunter Douglas window coverings.
1002 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach
708 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach
(310) 540-4456. supremepaintredondobeach.com
Custom Design & Construction
Love your home again and love the process too. While making a major remodeling
change to your home is exciting and rewarding, it can also seem overwhelming.
That’s why Custom Design & Construction has created a unique process to
CONCRETE - For the Drought-Conscious
• Pools, Spas, Fountains
• Firepits and Fireplaces
• Outdoor Cook Centers
• Stone and Tile Patios
• Interlocking Pavers
• Retaining Walls
License B, C-8, C-53 #775677
• Pool Decks
• Arificial Turf
LIABILITY INSURED • WORKERS COMPENSATION
Casey Lindahl - Founder & President of Lindahl Concrete Construction, Inc.
Call for Showroom address
Call for estimate
62 Peninsula • October 2016
guide each project from idea to reality. Begin with a Discovery phase where you
explore all options within your budget range. CDC’s award-winning design team
will work with you to select finish materials and fine-tune the design plans. Making
all the decisions up-front, allows CDC to present you with an exact final price before
any of the work begins. That’s the benefit of working with a single company
that provides both design and construction all under one roof.Be sure to ask about
the easy in-house financing. Call Custom Design & Construction today. License #
(310) 815-4815. VisitCustomDesign.com
Freighthouse Design Showroom with Sara Balough
Freighthouse is a design showroom conceived by South Bay designer Sara
Balough as a resource for fellow designers to buy and sell everything they need
for the individual touch their clients require and for clients to trade beautiful things
that may not work in their newly remodeled home for a fresh look. Freighthouse
carries an ever-changing inventory of gently used designer, high end or antique
items. This is Los Angeles's go-to place for high quality art, furniture, and accessories
at way below retail prices.
1260 Cabrillo Avenue, Torrance (next to The Depot restaurant)
(424) 558-3768. freighthouseconsign.com
GTD Image Consulting
Completely Organized and Totally Stylish! GTD Image Consulting (formerly Out
of the Closets) has been servicing the Peninsula and the Beach Cities for over six
years. They specialize in wardrobe/closet makeovers, personal/business image
assessments, and concierge shopping and styling. GTD offers a whole range of
gold-standard services to address personal and home images. Many South Bay
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937 Via del Monte, Palos Verdes Estates
With a prestigious PVE address and a panoramic Queen’s Necklace and vast city lights views from most of its rooms, this turn key residence is designed to
pamper you with polished details throughout. Every room has been tastefully remodeled. It boasts a very spacious 3,476 square feet of one-level living;
impressively broad street frontage; gorgeous formal living and dining rooms; a decadently lavish master suite with an elegant spa-like bathroom; a large
family room with wet bar and massive stone fireplace; 3 bedrooms and 3 fully remodeled bathrooms; plus a 2-car attached garage with docking station
and generous storage options. This tranquil retreat with spectacular views will steal your heart.
Re/Max Estate Properties
Chairman’s Circle, Top Producer
(310) 413-0838 Cell
63 Malaga Cove Plaza, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
Sold over 350 properties
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HOME & GARDEN GUIDE
Realtors add value to their services by referring GTD to their clients, to design and
seamlessly transition their closets from one home to the next. Mention Peninsula
People Magazine and receive special pricing.
(310) 612-8095. Gayle@GayleTheodoraDrake.com. GayleTheodoraDrake.com
Pools, spas by Horusicky Construction
Beautiful swimming pools, creative spas and artistic masonry work projects of all
sizes, Horusicky Construction makes your ideas of a dream yard into a reality.
Started by Michael Horusicky and now run by son Mike Jr. and daughter Andrea,
the family has been in business for over 45 years and is known for its quality work.
From complete new pool and spa construction and remodels, to hardscape, decking,
outdoor kitchens, brick and stone projects of all sizes as well as the landscaping,
Horusicky Construction is the company that can take care of it all with the
experience and expertise that you can
trust. Log onto horusicky.com to see
their photo gallery and customer comments.
Call or email to schedule a free
(310) 544-9384. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kitchen Collection team
creates timeless results
Jackie Balint, CKD, has been designing
in the kitchen and bath industry
since 1981 and is the owner of The
Kitchen Collection in Riviera Village.
Jackie and her daughter Debra offer
years of expertise in practical and personalized
kitchens and baths. They
work with clients and contractors to
create timeless projects, utilizing quality
products and providing personal attention
from concept to completion.
Jackie and Debra have worked on
projects throughout the states and have
had many of their projects published.
The Kitchen Collection is a member of
the National Kitchen & Bath Association
and the Bath & Kitchen Buying
Group. Jackie has served on the
boards of both organizations.
(310) 540-4090. 241 Avenida del
Norte, Redondo Beach.
Lindahl beautifying the
Peninsula since 1983
Lindahl Concrete is the leading concrete
and masonry company in the
South Bay. We value good relationships
with our customers and producing
high quality work. View our work
of driveways, pool decks, patios, sidewalks,
walkways, stairways, barbecues
and more on our website. Set up
an appointment to visit our garden
showroom to see samples of colors
Plumbing • Heating • Cooling
D E P E N D A B L E • P R O F E S S I O N A L • A F F O R D A B L E
w w w . m a t t u c c i p l u m b i n g . c o m
Since 1990 • License # 770059, C-36 C-34 C-42 C-20 A
$ 9 8 0
Residential Water Heater
40 gal. installed! ($1080 - 50 gal. also available)
Includes hot & cold water supply lines
Expires November 30, 2016
and finishes. Workman’s Comp & General Liability Insured. Lic. #531387. Call
Casey Lindahl, Founder and President of Lindahl Concrete Construction.
(310) 326-6626. email@example.com. lindahlconcrete.com
Pete Fer Plumbing Heating & Air
Pete Fer Plumbing is a complete mechanical contracting company, providing
plumbing, heating and air conditioning for new construction, remodel, service
and repair to commercial and residential customers. They provide 24 hour service,
seven days a week through an automated emergency dispatch paging system.
Mention Peninsula People to one of their service technicians and receive $20 off
your first service call.
$ 7 5
Rooter Service - Main Line
Must have clean-out access. Some restrictions may apply.
Expires November 30, 2016
FULL SERVICE PLUMBING, HEATING AND COOLING
SEWER VIDEO INSPECTION
F R E E
E S T I M A T E S
M e n t i o n t h i s a d w h e n
s e t t i n g u p a p p o i n t m e n t .
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(310) 831-0737 PFPlumbing.net
Catalina Supreme Paint
Redondo Beach 1002 S. Pacific Coast Hwy 310-540-4456
Manhattan Beach 708 N. Sepulveda Blvd. 310-376-2444
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A & J Plumbing
St. Lic. #889571 Bonded & Insured
Need a Hydro-Jetter?
• Fully Stocked Truck
• Clean Professional Technicians
• Family Owned & Operated
• Copper Repipes
• Garbage Disposal
• Trenchless Sewer
• Tree Root Removal
• Sewer & Drain Cleaning
A & J Plumbing
Must present coupon. Not valid with other offers or prior services. No Exp.
any drain, any time
A & J Plumbing
Must present coupon. Not valid with other offers or prior services. No Exp.
sewer camera inspection
with any drain service
A & J Plumbing
Must present coupon. Not valid with other offers or prior services. No Exp.
Simply Tiles Design Center brings dreams home
Visit Simply Tiles’ showroom to view fine ceramic, natural stone tiles and slabs.
Simply Tiles also offers expert design, fabrication and installation. Enjoy the ease
and comfort of one stop shopping. Visit the new design showroom for all your remodeling
and contracting needs. Specializing in kitchen and bathroom design
and construction from start to finish. Featuring custom cabinets and plumbing fixtures
for every budget. We will offer suggestions and recommendations on flooring to
match. And before you finish, ask about custom backsplash designs from their exclusive
collections. License #904876
3968 Pac Coast Hwy, Torrance. (310) 373-7781. Simplytiles.com.
Replacement and New Construction
AND SAVE BIG $$$
VINYL, ALUMINUM, WOODCLAD
Lowest Prices Up Front • No Games
Show Room 562-494-9069
CONTRACTOR REFERRAL • Fax 562-494-2069
October 2016 • Peninsula 67
At Mattucci Plumbing, the level of service you receive is a guarantee. For plumbing,
heating and cooling repairs and installations in the South Bay and Greater
Los Angeles, Mattucci’s professional technicians are all about making services and
equipment work as great as possible. Customer satisfaction is their #1 priority.
Call today or book an appointment online. Their professional team is available
whenever you need them and a live person will gladly assist you 24 hours a day.
Call today for your free estimate.
310-543-2001 or mattucciplumbing.com
Peveler’s Custom Interiors
Peveler's Custom Interiors has been serving the South Bay and beyond for over
37 years. A full service design-build construction company, their scope of work includes
additions, second floors, complete house renovations, new construction,
kitchen and bath remodeling. They manufacture their own custom cabinetry. Fully
insured, licensed and bonded, as are all of their subcontractors, Peveler’s is not
going to be the lowest price nor will it be the highest price in town. They will be
the company that provides high value for your investment. Please visit their showroom.
4203 Spencer Street, Torrance. (310) 214-5049. Pevelers.com
• Serving the South
Bay for over 35 years
• Full Service Contractor
• Complete Installation
• New Construction
• Second Floors
4203 Spencer St., Torrance, CA 90503
(310)214-5049 • www.pevelers.com
Showroom Hours: Monday Thru Friday 10-5
Closed Saturday and Sunday
68 Peninsula • October 2016
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CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION ELECTRICAL GARDENING PLASTERING ROOFING
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Residential & Commercial
Lic. #935981 C8 C29
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Ph: (310) 791-4150
Cell: (310) 293-9796
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“Since 1990” Lic. No. 810499
• Remodel Specialist
Scott K. Lynch
Licensed & Insured
Office & Fax
FULL SERVICE PLUMBING • COPPER REPIPES
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• Venetian Plastering
• Ceiling Removal
• Drywall Work
• Water & Fire Restoration
Lic. # 687076 • C35-B1
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50 Years of Patronage!
Residential • Commercial • Industrial
Plumbing 24/7 • Heating
800-354-2705 • 310-831-0737
Tile Reroof and
business since 1978
POOLS & SPAS
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Credit cards accepted
Lic #309844, Bonded, Insured
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Simply Tiles Design Center
Fine Ceramics, Natural Stone, Hardwoods, Cabinetry, Faucetry.
Kitchen & Bathrooms Specialist.
3968 Pacific Coast Hwy., Torrance • (310) 373-7781 • www.simplytiles.com
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