Stop and Smell Your Dinner – Holiday Edition, Dec 18

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Castle Gourmet & Institute for Art and Olfaction Present

Stop and Smell Your Dinner – A vegan scenting pop-up dining experience –
the Holiday Edition!

Featuring four Holiday inspired courses from Chef Anne Lee creatively paired with complimentary aromas by The Institute for Art and Olfaction

Chef: Anne Lee
Scent Pairing: Saskia Wilson-Brown

Thursday, December 18th, 7:30pm.
Dinner: $65, Limited seating available.


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EastSide Food Fest – Vendors and Guests announced!

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HOLY MOLY! (Errrrr i should say Mole) MENU for Friday’s STOP AND SMELL YOUR DINNER announced!
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~ First Course ~ Caramelized Yam, Savory Poached Pear, Burnt Grape, Cardamom Coconut Cream, Curried Red Wine Reduction
~ Scent Paring: Cade / Hinoki / Lavender ~ A subtly burnt juniper and hinoki wood blend, softened with high elevation lavender.

~ Second Course ~ Indian Summer Caprese Salad – Baby Heirloom Tomato, Watermelon, Mozzarella Spheres, Walnut Pesto Dressing, Local Olive Oil, Balsamic
~ Scent Paring: : Lemongrass / Paradisamide ~ A blend of bright bitter lemongrass with guava and rhubarb.

~ Main Course ~ Otoño de Verano Tamal – Millet Tamale, Fall Pumpkin, Chili, Green Pistachio Mole, Quince Black Beans, Avocado Cream, Crema, Pomegranate Pico de Gallo, Corn Flake
~ Scent Paring: Cumin / Cilantro / Triplal ~ A bold aromatic cumin complemented with a fresh, green, leafy cilantro.

~ Dessert ~ Ginger Peach Ice Cream, Brown Sugar Crumble, Salt Caramel, Green Tea
~ Scent Pairing: Methyl Cycle Pentenolone / Dewfruit ~ A sweet caramelized maple and coffee blend, with a surprising melon undertone.

Annoucing the EASTSIDE FOOD FESTIVAL – November 9th

Chef Anne Lee
has been busy lately… but not just making food! She is producing a seriously awesome new food festival – the EastSide Food Fest that is going down in Silverlake in November. Not only will there be 25 of your favorite LA Eastside restaurants participating as vendors, there will be tons of other great things going on – food demos, discussion panels, raffle prizes, awesome beverages… Sign up for the mailing list for more info at to get all the juicy details as they are released.

EastSide Food Festival, Sunday, November 9th

EastSide Food Festival – Sunday, November 9th

Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

Presented by Castle Gourmet with Mack Sennett Studios and Food is the New Rock

For full information, visit

Our Second Scent Pairing with Art and Olfaction – October 3rd

Castle Gourmet Dining, The Institute for Art and Olfaction and Thank You For Coming present ‘Stop and Smell Your Dinner’- a scented, four-course popup dinner.

We’re excited to bring you our second scented dinner collaboration with your local favorite perfume non-profit – the Institute for Art and Olfaction . Chef Anne Lee of Castle Gourmet Dining returns teaming up with IAO’s Saskia Wilson-Brown to create illuminating, complementary scent pairings.

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If you came to our last collaboration dinner, you know what happens when you pair up excellent food and some seriously considered scent: Sensorial magic.

As if that weren’t enough: We’re also teaming up with the Atwater Village based food collective and art space Thank You For Coming. Thank You For Coming is a collectively-run restaurant that is home to an artist-in-residence program. The evening will be hosted by the delightful Phyllis Navidad.

Don’t miss it! It will sell out fast.

Date: Friday October 3rd, 7:30pm
Location: Thank You For Coming: 3416 Glendale Blvd, LA, CA 90039
Limited seating, Tickets Required:
Cost: $65.00

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Thanks again to everyone that came to STOP AND SMELL YOUR DINNER.

It was off the chain.

We have some pix up, and you should check them out. And please come to our next event… details coming soon!!! (CLICK FOR PIX)


Scent Pairing pop-up MENU Announced

STOP AND SMELL YOU DINNER – a scented pop-up dining experience is fastly approaching! We’ve been hold up in the labratory finalizing the perfect scent pairings for each of the 4 courses offered at Stop and Smell your Dinner. Scent pairing by the Institute for Art and Olfaction’s Saskia Wilson-Brown. This is one not to be missed! Reserve now, only a few seats left. email Reserve [at] CastleGourmetDining [dot] com




Castle Gourmet’s Stop and Smell Your Dinner scented pop-up experience MENU (scent pairing not listed)

Salad – Edible Garden – Edible Soil, Red Beet Carpaccio Sous Vide, Roasted Golden Beets, Edible Pebbles, Mustard, Cucumber Dill Gelée, Lemon Crème Fraiche, Seasonal Greens and Herbs

Soup – Chilled White Almond and Garlic Gazpacho, Burnt Mushroom Dust, Red Grapes, Cucumber, Chive Oil. Served with Phyllo Crisp, Cherry Gelée, Avocado Puree, Parsley

Entrée – Fried Squash Blossom, Eggplant and Squash Timbale, Heirloom Tomato, Local Olive Oil Cubes, Tomato Caviar, Basil 

Dessert – Ojai Lavender Blueberry Ice Cream, Lemon Cookie, Infused Berries, Sugar Tuile

Stop! And Smell Your Dinner!


 Castle Gourmet is very excited to announce a super fun pop-up dining experience… Stop and Smell your Dinner. An interactive, scented Pop-Up dinner featuring a four courses created by Chef Anne Lee, paired with aromas and essences by the Institute for Art and Olfraction and hosted by Phyllis Navidad. 

Seating will be very limited, and reservations required. Please inquire at [email protected]

Menu to be announced

Dinner and Fragrance Experience $65

Optional Wine Pairing $25

Chef Anne Lee hopes that every meal is not just a meal, but an experience!


Women in Film and Music event with Beth Orton, featuring Castle Gourmet!

Back yards, booze, great tunes, and gourmet veggie food? Well all right! That’s exactly what people got at an exclusive party in Venice, CA this past weekend. Taking place in a private home, a select lucky group of people (supporters of the film and music industry) were invited to enjoy a fantastic evening celebrating WIF (Women in Film) and their launch of a music branch of the enterprise. The amazingly talented singer/song writer Beth Orton performed, cocktails were flowing from the ever delicious Hendricks Gin and Reyka Vodka, and gourmet vegetarian Hors D’oeuvres provided by your truly… It was a special night, without a doubt!

Chef Anne Lee makes MAGIC FOOD for VIP SXSW event at Airbnb’s Pop-Up Park

If we’ve been a bit silent for a while.. there is a reason why! We’ve been busy busy producing a crazy awesome culinary event across state lines. Chef Anne Lee was flown to Austin, Texas this past week during the SXSW music conference to be a part of Airbnb’s Pop-Up Park experience. This was no small feat! The event was a smash hit. Not only did the invite only VIP guests get to test the newest Castle Gourmet Dining experience – Chef Anne Lee’s Culinary Alchemy, they also got an up close and personal live performance by renowned magician Helder Guimaraes. It was phenomenal!

The food was fun and playful, with elements of mystery and surprise to every dish.

Special thanks to The Windish Agency  for producing the event, those at McSweeney’s for all the support, and to all that were down in Austin for SXSW and came out to support and experience the event!