Sushi, Curry Chicken, the Houstons and the New Whitney Exhibit at the GRAMMY MUSEUM in Los Angeles
Before Rihanna, before Britney Spears and before Beyonce, in fact, before them all, there was Whitney Houston – America’s original Pop Princess. The essential generational bridge that lies between legends such as Billie Holiday and Diana Ross to today’s biggest stars is undoubtedly one of the best entertainers with the best VOICE EVER. To anyone who was blessed enough to live in the 1980′s and ’90′s, Whitney Houston’s music became a soundtrack of life. Each song evokes special memories only Whitney could make you feel and enjoy. She brought a vigor and light to pop culture that could only be matched by her contemporaries Michael Jackson and Madonna. Natural beauty, quick wit and innate talent helped her embody the word diva. In my opinion, nobody has ever defined “STAR” better than Whitney Houston.
Last night, it was quite befitting to find myself across the street from the Staple Center in downtown Los Angeles at 800 W Olympic Boulevard for the opening night of the Grammy Museum‘s latest exhibit – WHITNEY! Having been invited by the Houston family, I was sure not to miss this special night dedicated to all things Whitney.
Now-famous designer gowns, letters from presidents, private photos of Whitney with Nelson Mandela, Clive Davis faxes, scrapbooks, film scripts and even Whitney’s teenage church choir robe were all on display! The awards encasement was magnificent – An Emmy, a Bambi, Grammys, MTV Awards, AMAs, and more! The curator said the museum grappled with which trophies to select from the 18 boxes of awards sent in from the Houston estate, which makes sense, I mean, Whitney is the most awarded female entertainer of all time!
During the exhibit preview on the 2nd Floor, there was also a reception on the 4th. Cabernets, Amstel Lights and Pellegrino were served for light beverages, but the action was all in the decorated plates being carried around the dimly lit tight room by friendly buttoned-up waiters who never seemed to have enough food on one dish. The casually dressed alternative LA music crowd swooped in on these hors’d oeuvres like vultures, making it almost impossible to snap a few pictures, but I managed nonetheless.
The curry chicken crostinis were amazing! Niecy Nash, who looked demure and pretty in a cocktail dress, recommended we try them and they were everything appetizers are made of – crunchy, chewy, flavorful and light! I had about five!
The spicy tuna cones were great! One of the best things about all of the Grammy Museum party delights was that no recipe was too heavy yet all were full of texture and taste. Each dish and alluring presentation made for perfect high-end cocktail fare!
While mingling with actress Vanessa Bell Calloway and Whitney’s stylist Tim Snell, I also tried the parmesan crisps! Topped with candied pear, mascarpone cheese and arugula, these were the best things served all night! I love a great cheese and pear mix!
There was also some great sushi, salmon balls and gazpacho. Why I tried the latter, I do not know. I cannot stand gazpacho! Yet every time I get a chance, I try it in hopes that somehow God will present a miracle and change my taste preference, as I really want to be able to enjoy this traditionally cold soup.
The shot glass sized gazpacho served at last night’s event seemed to be a good opportunity for me to give it another go around, but this gazpacho fought back with a vengence. As if to give me the ultimatum, “come back for more and you’ll die,” the soup was disgusting! I don’t think I will ever have gazpacho again for the rest of my life… I just don’t like it!
Around 8pm, the Houston family arrived and the presentation began. Once matriarch Cissy took her seat with her sons Gary and Michael, their wives Pat and Donna, and Ulysses Carter, the museums curator took the stand, Clive Davis sent in a video tape and there were reminiscent moments from Whitney producers Harvey Mason, Ricky Minor and Ken Erlich! I wondered where Bobbi Kris was, but I didn’t ask.Meagan Good arrived a bit late with her new hubby in tow, but I was able to catch up with her afterwards and snapped this quick shot! I had an amazing time last night and am so looking forward to tonight’s Sparkle premiere! It’s a big week for Whitney Houston and her family and I’m honored they’ve invited me for the ride! The exhibit is a fan or historian’s dream! It’s a must-visit for any music lover and although I pretty much know everything a #1 fan could know of Whitney, I still found the exhibit to be informative, inspiring, and a wonderful celebration of Whitney’s gifts and legacy.
I’ll be sure to keep you posted on who I see and what I eat at tonight’s premiere, so be sure to come back tomorrow for more Whitney news as we all Celebrate the LEGEND.