Premier Halloween Haunt at the Preston Castle in Ione


By Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

Northern California’s premier Haunt is in a little town off the beat and path near the borders of Amador and Calaveras County. The town of Ione California is actually in Amador County and is the once home of wayward boys known as the Preston Home for Boys. Now known as the Preston Castle, it was built in 1894 as a facility to help lost boys who didn’t have a home or became too rambunctious to stay in their own homes. Officially, the facility was a reformatory school for boys to help them in their “rehabilitation”, whatever that might have been. It also became a state operated Educational facility for both Academics as well as a school to help build Trade or Vocational skills.


In the 1930’s the building was condemned for not having a modernized fire protection system and earthquake retrofitting construction. In 1943 a state structural engineer deemed it unsafe in the event of a major earthquake. Finally in 1955 the last of the alumni of boys that lived there were moved out. In 1960 the building was completely vacated and set for demolition.

Around the same time a group of local citizens came together to do something about this piece of California history and needed to find a way to save the Preston Castle from being destroyed. Their approach was not just based off of the historic value of the property, but the fact that those in the town of Ione grew to love the Preston Property and considered it to be an Icon for the town. In 1961 the townspeople petitioned for it to NOT be torn down. It took years of work and political strife and after all of their hard work the town received a Historical Landmark Designation in the early 1970’s.


Since then they have done what they could through private donations and an army of volunteers to keep Preston Castle alive and operational. Plenty of elbow grease and hard work went into the upkeep of the Castle property over the years to improve upon its overall care and upkeep, but it became a much larger project then anyone could imagine. As the work piled on this big project became larger and larger. After all, it is a Castle.

A few decades later the Preston Castle Foundation was formed and the real work began. They were granted a long term, 55 yr lease, to take care of the building. Then in November of 2014 the Preston Castle Foundation was deeded the adjacent 13 plus acres of property which of course became the entire “castle grounds” and a great spot for a Halloween Haunted house! The revenue from the haunt provides funds to help in the upkeep of the property throughout the year, but it is barely enough to keep it going. More fundraisers are happening every year and some of the facilities are available for special events and parties.

As a historical location and the overall backdrop the Preston Property could not be a more classic and perfect space for a true Halloween Haunt. That term “Halloween Haunt” is what those in the industry call locations created for scary Halloween Event experiences. The work and fortitude that goes into the Preston Castle to create this year’s haunt is easily determined by the massive staffing of organizers, producers, character actors, production crew, lighting, audio visual effects, costuming and much more. If there was a testament to any attraction’s success it would be the lines of patient revelers that would rival any Disneyland related popular ride, including their very own Haunted Mansion during the Disney Halloween Season. Some waited hours in the lines to walk through what some claim to be a “truly Haunted House.“ On this opening weekend the Haunt Attraction was a sell-out, good news for the Preston Castle Foundation, but it did make for the long lines, but everyone seem to be a great mood eagerly awaiting their first timid steps into this frightful ordeal.

Was the Preston Castle Haunt a top notch, Northern California Halloween experience? Not top notch, but it was good. Was it worth the wait and $20 (top ticket price) for the 45 minute to one hour experience? Absolutely! The army of volunteers was mostly kids to young adults who put this massive production together to help create what some called an “horrific nightmare experience” or in a more calmer tone, “a scary and fun way to celebrate the Halloween experience”.

Less than two hours from many parts of the SF Bay Area, the Preston Castle Haunt is a must attend to any Haunted House aficionado, or just someone who wants to have a great Halloween Haunt experience.  I’m sure if you have ever been on a team organizing and working a haunt you will surely appreciate the Preston Castle Experience and want to share many of your ideas with them to help the team make next year’s attraction even, bigger, better and of course much more scarier! HAPPY HALLOWEEN.



Nolan-JVAinLANolan Apostle is a published Writer, Editor and Photographer originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has produced a countless amount of shows, projects, festivals, and many special events. He has managed many Halloween Haunts and once owned a production company housed in a 40,000 sf warehouse in Concord California of which about 25% was Halloween Haunt related props, sets and decoration pieces.  He is considered an expert in the field of Décor and Ambiance for special events, concerts, festivals, parties, the holidays and of course, Halloween.


Sweet HayaH, Popular Rock/Soul/Funk Band from San Jose, Amplify their Musical Message through Major Festivals and their Debut at The Independent in San Francisco


By Nolan Apostle
Event City Editorial Team
Event City Premier Magazine

SWEET HayaH, just a few months after releasing their new Album GENTLE LIES have picked up the pace on the band’s live performances. They have played at least 10 major, large-scale shows and Music Festivals, in under a year, some of which are extremely notable events. Just before their album release they were invited to play at Superbowl City in SF, and will be performing a headlining spot at the SOFA STREET FAIR, a local  community favorite in San Jose this Sunday September 11th (they’ll be at the WILLIAM STREET STAGE Corner of William and South First Street). They had a guest spot on KPIX with the always effervescent Roberta Gonzalez, and she was happy to “…bring out San Jose’s finest band, they played at Superbowl City for us.” From the looks of it, everyone involved was having too much fun! Another major music event the band was invited to play was the FREMONT FESTIVAL Of the ARTS on August 7, the largest street festival west of the Mississippi!


The Selecter Headlines in San Francisco on a 7 City US Tour

To say that Sweet HayaH has come a long way in a short period of time, is certainly an understatement.  The band is supporting The Selecter’s seven-city US Tour with their performance debut at The Independent night club in San Francisco. The Selecter has been riding the roller coaster of  music since the 1970’s as one of the most successful Ska bands of the 2-Tone era. I took a listen to the latest album, they absolutely are still an exciting choice with their unique blend of music which ultimately sounds just as fresh now as it did decades ago. The match of a strong up and coming act like Sweet HayaH supporting a historic band like The Selecter allows for your entertainment value to be doubled and I would even venture to say, the best ticket in town for your October 10th Monday night outing. 

Sweet HayaH is excited to be invited to play with them and even though they have played in San Francisco before, this is a major boost for the band’s career and helps to establish them as a major musical force in the up and coming Northern California Music environment.

SelecterDJJkirk2Come see Sweet HayaH perform on their debut at The Independent in San Francisco on October 10th! YoSelecterDJkirkBimbosu don’t want to miss this incredible group of musicians and performers! Along with The Selecter and Sweet HayaH the show also includes The Selecter DJ Kirk, a fine performer in his own right, somewhat of an historian of Soul music, and not just any Soul, but the kind you didn’t know existed, but will never forget it after you’ve heard it. Can’t wait to see him too.

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The Return of Day On the Greens, Original Santana and the Revitalization of Outdoor Arena Concerts


By Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

doglogos-w300-oThere is a recent upswing, a strong interest in recreating the large scale concert experience which was once a dominant force in our music culture during the late 70’s and through the 80’s. We are not talking about just any show or event, but those that were unique and helped to change the world of Music and Entertainment. Not only did they change how society viewed live entertainment, but in many cases they changed our lives as music fans forever. You know what I’m talking about, those concert experiences that most of us had, the ones that were just that, AN EXPERIENCE.

We are living in an age where music can be delivered to us in many different ways, more than ever we can now acquire any type of music at any time with just a click. This almost seems surreal. Do we take music for granted because of this? It is almost as if this might get in the way of that major concert experience. Could this be the catalyst for this “Live Show” revival?

This reporter has lived through the 70’s as a kid and now the 21st Century as an adult, I have been given such an array of truly wonderful experiences in the world of Music and Entertainment. I got to see the birth of Color TV and the death of 8 tracks and 45’s, including the rise and fall and rise again of vinyl records. What about those little plastic cassettes and of course let’s not discount the slick Compact Discs (CD) that are still alive today, well kind of.


Prince at the Circle Star 1979


Don’t get me started on concert venues and major shows – you’ve got the Fillmore East in New York, and the concert venue in the round on a rotating stage in San Carlos California, yep, I’m talking about the Circle Star Theater, and like the Fillmore it helped to launch the careers of many major music stars in the entertainment world (see images above of both venues). What a great time to be alive and to allow music to come into our lives, and a perfect time to gather knowledge as well.

Where has all of this taken us? We now listen to music from devices that are as tiny as a nine volt battery with headphones that are barely detectable. Some of us don’t even use equipment anymore to “hold” our music, we have phones and other tiny devices that connect us to a “digital cloud” which stores our music like a virtual Fort Knox. These major storage tools have the availability to release a technical tornado at our whims with an unlimited rainstorm of data in the form of video, audio and in the very near future devices that will “always be on” and ever linked to our own bio-connectors, directly and indirectly. Imagine, thinking you want to listen to John Lennon’s Imagine or Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA, and viola, there it is streaming over your headset. We’re not very far away from that. And who knows what else is next for us.

Maybe our Millennial generation is starting to realize that sitting wherever you might be and listening to music can be boring, even a bit lonely at times. What about going out and seeing a show or two, listening to some live talent with some of your favorite music and a friend or three is not that bad after all. Now there’s an idea! So how does this play a role in bringing back those large-scale live music shows? That I can’t answer exactly, but I can report on what is happening in society today, and from my vantage point, it is pretty awesome.

First, there was the announcement by Carlos Santana at the beginning of the year to SF-Fest-2016-On-The-Green-Concert-Posterput his old crew back together, the original Santana Band. The article by the Event City Magazine and the social media connections garnered well over 100,000 “Likes”, and in the first 24 hours almost 10,000 reads! This was major music news, after all, it was SANTANA! Soon after, they announced their first concert date a outdoor show at AT&T Park in San Francisco on September 4th of this year.

Then there’s the historic Day On the Green concerts created by the legendary Bill Graham from the early 70’s through the early 90’s which was the catalyst for major Rock’n’Roll Music festivals and arena shows around the country and the world. These are making a resurgence, and of course, what else to call it but “DAY ON The GREEN 2016“! Tdoglogos-w300-ohe show is presented by Got Live Entertainment and BAM Magazine and will take place on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 at the Pioneer Amphitheater in Hayward. It will feature a selection of some of the greatest tribute talent on the planet representing the likes of Journey, Santana, Foreigner and Fleetwood Mac. The promoter has some exciting plans to do more of the DOGs and possibly a tour in time. Event City is giving away tickets at our Day On the Green Contest! It’s simple, tell us your favorite Day On the Green story and you’ll be entered to win FREE Tickets to the show. Never got to attend a Day On the Green, that’s ok. Tell us about any crazy concert story and be eligible to win! Share the link with your friends at the EVENT CITY WORLDWIDE FACEBOOK GROUP.

Then we come to the beautiful California Gold Country. Last year the Butte Fire took everyone by surprise. It began in Amador County but quickly spread and decimated the Mountain Ranch area of Calaveras. Over 750 homes were destroyed and many more out buildings. An area filled with culturally creative groups and many who were raised in the area and build a life in most cases simple and mostly carefree. Many of those who lived out here were musicians, performers, artists and craftspeople making a living off of their creative endeavors. Could the tragedy of the Butte fire spawn an interest in expanding on live entertainment? Why not? Just ask Chuck Swisher of the National Hotel, “Our team wants to revitalize downtown Jackson and bring back the days when it was all about music, community and fun, but why stop there?” He adds, “Jackson has a lot to offer but so does the rest of the Gold Country, our owner wants to help the entire area grow and expand, and what better way to do that than with music.” One such project started all the back in the year of 1969.

There was this show, a little known concert that barely made it to the Rock’n’Roll history books, and it happened in the foot of the foothills in the beautiful golden state of California. The Lake Amador Gold Rush Music Festival happened on October 4th 1969 in Amador County. TAmadorGoldrushShowhose who attended the concert applauded the effort and outcome of this endeavor by a local promoter and many of them say this was one of the best live festival concerts they ever attended.
Some even boasted as this being one of the greatest in the history of live concert shows. I have personally spoken to several people that attended this show and they loved it more than one can imagine and walked away with some great memories. One of my personal friends was a young kid at the time and he said it was one of the greatest concerts of all time. He has worked and/or attended an estimated more than one thousand shows in his lifetime.

For the record, the Promoter was not Bill Graham but a gentleman by the name of Robert Strand, and he does know there is interest in bringing this back. There’s a quote, “One can only share a message in the ear of he who needs to hear it, but it doesn’t mean he will listen.” Robert is listening, but it is his process and his choice, after all, it isn’t everyday that someone comes along and produces one of the greatest music festivals of all time. Some have called this the West Coast’s Woodstock. You know, I like that, it has a nice ring to it.  We’ll keep you posted.

There are those who say, why not just produce the show, whatever it takes someone can make it happen? After all, people want it to be, so why not? Today, a local Bay Area promoter who has been involved in big shows had an answer for that question – “We can, but you would need a lot of resources, access to talent and the craziness to pull it off,” he added, “so what’s stopping us, let’s just do it.” The enthusiasm is there, and one might initially just want to jump up and down and say yeah what a great idea and in one of the most beautiful areas of California too!

The founder of this show is alive and well and the question we need to ask is simple – will there be another Amador Gold Rush Festival? It’s not for us, or anyone to just go and produce this show 48 years later because we can. That would be completely disrespectful of its originator without his involvement, but most importantly his blessing. Nobody knows what it is like to put on a show such as this unless you have done it before, and if you have, you know all that it takes to make something like this a reality. It’s not just about making this happen, but to have it be successful too that is the key component to any show small or large. To be able to walk away saying, “The audience, the ticket buyers, the kids at this show had a great time, wow we did it right.” Robert Strand accomplished all of this.

Regardless of the passion one might have, or the experience, resources or as Bill Graham might say, “the Chutzpah” to make this happen, you can have it all and the money too, but it wouldn’t be the same Lake Amador Gold Rush Festival without that same bloodline attached to the show that was there 48 years ago. Believe it or not, when you put on a concert like this you shed your blood, sweat and tears for every single Band, Crew and Concertgoer with this endeavor, and only those in the mix know the mania that you go through, you do everything you can to not let anyone forget it!


BAM Day On the Green Sponsor 2016

If it’s meant to be it will happen. In the mean time there are a lot of new and exciting “happenings” in music once again in Northern California, from up and coming Downtown Jackson, to the new Day On the Greens, I believe the entire area is on the verge of a major music and entertainment resurgence, much to the delight of all of us concertgoers, I really can’t wait for this to happen.

Join in and let the fun begin! Visit us at the Event City Worldwide Facebook Group for a chance to win your free tickets to the new Day On the Green. Just tell us your favorite Day On the Green story, and if you never attended a Day On the Green yet, tell us a story about any show you were at, make sure it’s a good one and your input just might be rewarded with tickets to Day On the Green 2016!

ecCleanLogoEvent City is the Community Portal for the Events, Hospitality (Food & Beverage), Entertainment & Music industries. Currently in Launch mode, the project changes weekly, the portal changes daily and the community is dynamic. Musicians, Performers, Songwriters, Event Producers, Meeting Managers, Show & Concert Promoters, Film Producers, Entertainers, Actors, Models, Caterers, Chefs, Restaurants, Nightclubs, Hotels, Food Purveyors, Venues, and all industry suppliers are invited to participate and Sign Up for our FREE Live Launch VIP Invitation. We hope to see you there and be part of your success in all of your creative endeavors.

Nolan Apostle is a co-founder, writer, merchandiser, promoter, event impresario, photographer, screenwriter, food lover, and all around nice guy.

25,000sf Famous Nightclub Auction SF Tuesday Aug 23, 2016

You might have missed our announcement for the Charyn Auctions live on-sight auction at the original Sound Factory Nightclub in San Francisco. Here’s your reminder! As our valued member of the Event City Network you are receiving this reminder of the quick sale auction taking place tomorrow. Here’s the details:
The Factory Nightclub
August 23, 2016 @11am
525 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
The Factory Nightclub in San Francisco will begin item previews at 9am. This 25,000 SqFt 3-Level NightClub & Bar was one of the City’s most popular nightspots and all of its contents must be sold to make way for yet another new high rise building. The sale will include state-of-the-art sound, lighting, and video equipment as well as upscale seating and bar equipment. Please feel free to visit the Charyn Auctions website, once you arrive on the site please click on the appropriate link listing:
We look forward to seeing you at the auction.

Bill Graham Exhibit Opens In SF, Truly G R A H A M A Z I N G

An Open Letter to Bill Graham


By Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor
Halcyon Simmons
Cinema & Videography
Alexis Camille
Talent and Research
Event City Creative Magazine


Dear Bill,

I had the opportunity to attend your exhibit the other day. The second run of your first tour ever, aptly named, the Rock & Roll Revolution. Did you know they were putting this on? Did you know you were part of a revolution? What a show! I must say, this is a grand tour! It started in LA and ran for 5 months, and now in San Francisco. There are plans for 4 other cities, maybe even more to come. David and Alex have been key organizers of this grand tour of yours. You’d be very proud of your boys, and who these young positive men have become. They surely show the passion they have adopted from their effervescent father.

The show includes an historical adventure of photographic images through the world of Rock’n’Roll, some unique video footage and a wonderful collection of memorabilia from your personal life and your reign as Mr. BGP. I’m telling all my friends it is a must see exhibit, one that brings out your personal passion for the industry and possibly even another side of you that many people may not have heard about or experienced until coming to your exhibit.

Anyone could easily spend an entire day enjoying the images and memorabilia at your show. Seeing some old associates again who have spent such a great deal of time and effort to help bring all of this together, Bonnie Simmons and Danny Scher is always a treat. The two of them along with Alex and David are the main supporters of your exhibition. It is organized by the Skirball Cultural Center, curated by Erin Clancey, and your very own Bill Graham Memorial Foundation. This show is about you, your life and your “family”. Of course David and Alex, who incidentally have shared some fascinating stories with me, I didn’t know their Aunt Ester did concessions early on, and the hundreds of those who worked at Bill Graham Presents and helped to mold an industry and create standards for the world of concert and show production, all part of your family. Pat yourself on your back Bill, you did good, you did good by your family and the world of music.

I spent about 20 minutes talking with Alex about a photograph of you and him, he was sitting on your lap, as well as a personal note you wrote to him and David, something about “P.F.”? NoteFrBillGxxRemember it? I’ve placed the note on here so you can see it. As we exchanged stories, talking about that photo and the note, it was a moving experience to watch Alex’s glance move upward as if he were looking for you, to see if you were listening to our conversation.

There were quite a few people attending this preview, and in the short two hours you would be amazed as to how many of them spent at least several minutes at a time just taking in a photograph or a memorabilia piece and how ear to ear smiles were prevalent throughout the venue. You would certainly have that happy Bill smile on your face watching them.

Someone who was as full of life as you were Bill, this exhibit surely cannot capture your true essence, your compassion and passion for the kids, the fans, the music and the communities around you. As a mentor you taught so many of us who worked with you as well as those who were able to just be there, in your presence, the value of that compassion. One of your mentees, AJ, said to me that you were a great boss and an amazing man, I wish I could agree with him. I’m sorry Bill, but I believe we need to work on a plan, we need to find a new word, I propose we add a new adjective to the English language to capture your essence as the man who created an industry, who cared for the kids, the fans, and who loved his community and his family. I’ve thought about this for a long time now. What would be that perfect new word to describe who you are? How’s this sound Bill…

G R A H A M A Z I N G !!?? Anyone have a contact at Webster’s? Bill, I’ll keep an eye out for you at the exhibit, knowing you, you wouldn’t miss it for the world!

Oh yeah, one last note, THANK YOU for all you did, created, and for having the tenacity of a thousand warriors and the audacity to do what so many others wouldn’t even dreamed of trying.



Explore the life of Bill Graham (1931–1991) from his childhood as a German Jewish refugee to his pivotal role in making rock music a multi-billion dollar global industry. The exhibition, Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, looks at his immense success as a rock promoter and his pioneering work behind the scenes to use rock music to raise consciousness and deliver aid to those in need. The San Francisco Exhibition opens on Thursday March 17, 2016 and runs through July 5, 2016 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. It is being organized by the Skirball Cultural Center, in Los Angeles.

International Raw Meat Collection to Enjoy

A Collection of Raw Meat Ideas Found at the Fancy Food Show San Francisco

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By Event City Hospitality Channel
Contributing Editorial Team
Event City Premier Magazine

Today we are more connected globally than ever before. We are capable of virtually talking to anyone anywhere over the Internet, cellphones, tools like Skype and Kik. We can even connect instantly with the right tools. We are also interconnected physically today as well. We are able to do business internationally unlike any other time in history. We can send physical packages around the globe for a same day delivery if we want to pay the price. Almost any types of products, including food and beverages.

Food products and the ideas surrounding them are being shared and tasted from all over the world. We love food. Not just in our society, but in most countries food is our community glue, it keeps us all together. Regardless of how different a food product might be from one culture to another, with an open mind and mouth, we can find dishes from any culture, country or continent that we could enjoy. Although sometimes, we might try something without thinking about it, and the taste does not agree with us, and we might get sick.

We live in an age when we actually know what and how people get sick. Whether it is a common cold, or cancer. But when it comes to food, raw meat has picked up a regrettable reputation. The elegance of a nice Steak Tartare blended right in front of you and your guests table-side, has almost been forgotten, and then there are those who will even request (dreadfully speaking), a perfectly nice piece of beef to be destroyed when the order is placed for it to be cooked, well-done. YUCK!!

In many other parts of the world (and even in some areas of the USA), traditional raw meat dishes are going strong, some would say, even making a comeback. Here are some selections we found while at the Fancy Food Show as well as online and even from some of our Event City Delivery Platform Purveyors. These are some of the most prominent examples, that come from many different continents throughout the world. See them, believe they really do exists, and maybe, just maybe, you might get the courage to even do a little taste test for you and your family or friends. There are a collection of links at the end of this article which will lead you to some great sites showing you more than enough recipes and samples of Raw Meat Delicacies. Live Eat Love & Enjoy Life.


  • ­­­Yook hwe (Korea)
    Korean food has a whole category of raw meat dishes, called hwe, but most of them are made with fish or other seafood, a la Japanese sashimi. Yook hwe, however, is typically made with beef, julienned and mixed with a garlicky soy-based sauce and topped with sesame seeds and, more often than not, a raw egg. And look! (Credit: Flickr/By Susan)






  • Steak Tartare (France)
    Some claim that the name for the most famous dish of raw meat (beef or horse, typically) came from the Central Asian Tatars’ habit of sticking horse meat under their saddle during a day’s ride, and eating it raw and tenderized at the end of the day. This, however, is false: the original raw beef dish was actually called steak a l’americaine, and a variety served with tartar sauce on the side (and no egg yolk) was called a la tartare. Eventually, the sauce got dropped, but the name stuck.(Credit: Flickr/rdpeyton






  • Parisa (South Texas)
    The Upper Midwest calls steak tartare “tiger meat,” but it’s pretty much the same dish as the French original. This hyperlocal South Texan dish, on the other hand, is a horse of a different color. Coming from a particular area west of San Antonio where Alsatian immigrants settled in the 1800s, Parisa is a mix of raw beef, bison, or venison, mixed with cheddar cheese, minced onions, and some kind of pepper. One butcher shop in particular, Dziuk’s, in Castroville, still sells it fresh from its case every day. (Credit: Full Custom Gospel BBQ)





  • Ossenworst (The Netherlands)
    This raw Dutch sausage was originally made with ox meat (hence the name–ossenis the Dutch for “oxen”), and is flavored with spices brought in by the vast Dutch trading empire of yore, like cloves, mace, and nutmeg. (Credit: Flickr/Ellen van den Berg)






  • Mett (Germany)
    This German minced pork spread is typically flavored with salt, pepper, and (depending on where you are in the country) garlic or caraway. One way to eat it, which was popular in the 70s, is to shape a lump of Mett like a hedgehog, with onion rings or pretzel sticks stuck in to form the spiny back. Cute!(Credit: Flickr/tobo)






  • Koi Soi (Thailand)
    Southeast Asia has its own school of raw “cooking,” and the raw beef koi soi is Thailand’s contribution to the mix. Like most Thai dishes, it has fish sauce, chiles, lime, and fresh herbs on top. Unlike most Thai dishes, you can get a version of koi soi thickened with blood or bile, in which case it’s called larb lu.(Credit: Flickr/mmmyoso)






  • Bo Tai Chanh (Vietnam)
    Instead of the julienned beef of the koi soi or yookhwe, the Vietnamese version of the raw beef dish uses thin sheets of beef round, lightly marinated in citrus and topped off with chiles, onions, and peanuts.(Credit: Flickr/Tricia Wang)






  • Kitfo (Ethiopia)
    Minced raw beef, Ethiopian spices, and an herb-infused clarified butter go into kitfo, which (like a lot of Ethiopian cuisine) is typically eaten with injera, a spongy kind of flatbread, and occasionally topped with crumbled goat cheese.(Credit: Flickr/Charles Haynes)






  • Gored Gored (Ethiopia/Eritrea)
    East African cuisine also has gored gored, a dish that, unlike kitfo, is left unmarinated, and cut into bigger chunks. Injera (as you can see in this picture) is still the preferred accompaniment, though.(Credit: Flickr/vincent03)






  • Kibbeh Nayyeh (Lebanon/Middle East)
    You might be familiar with kibbeh, the Middle Eastern dish of ground meat, minced onions, and bulgur, which is usually cooked up into little roast footballs. But if you just leave out the cooking part, you’ve got yourself a plate of kibbeh nayyeh, which makes a great spread on flatbread.(Credit: Flickr/Montage_Man)






  • Crudos (Chile)
    Raw dishes tend to follow the German diaspora wherever it happened to land around the world, and Chile’s population of German immigrants came up with crudos. It’s basically mett with beef instead of pork (and no hedgehog serving style), a sensible adaptation to a country that’s bigger on cattle ranching than schwein(Credit: Flickr/ClauErices)






  • Carne Apache (Mexico)
    Basically ground beef ceviche, which is allowed to cure a little in lime juice before serving, carne apache makes a great dip for tostadas. (Credit: Flickr/essgee51)






  • Cig Kofte (Turkey/Armenia)
    Move a little north of kibbeh nayyeh, and you’ve got cig kofte (or as it’s known in Armenia, chee kufta). Sometimes served in little dumpling forms, the main difference from kibbeh is that it’s rarely eaten with bread (and has a wider variety of spicing options, as you might expect from Turkish and Armenian food). (Credit: Flickr/a)






  • Beef Carpaccio (Italy)
    Second to steak tartare, the thinly sliced Italian carpaccio is probably the most familiar raw dish out there. It’s named after a Venetian painter named Vittore Carpaccio, known for the beauty of his red and white tones, and was only dubbed in 1950, when the city held a celebration in the painter’s honor. It was, of course, made in the region for centuries (millennia, even!) before that, but it had the much less mellifluous name of “carne crudo.”(Credit: Flickr/Beholder)






  • Basashi (Japan)
    Japan is famous for its raw fish, but it has just as long a tradition of raw meat dishes, prepared in almost the same way. You can get raw beef (gyu tataki – see below) and raw chicken (toriwasa), but the most common is basashi–horse sashimi. Back in the day, horse was also known as sakuraniku, literally “cherry blossom meat,” as part of a code used by the technically Buddhist (and vegetarian) diners of the Edo period that assigned a flower to different types of meat based on their color. Venison was momoji, or “maple leaf,” and wild boar was botan, or “peony.”(Credit: Flickr/ imagesbyk2)




Carne Apache


  • Carne Apache (Mexico) The most elusive member of the list, carne apache is simply ceviche with ground beef substituted in for seafood. A Mexican delicacy among many in the USA, Cacao Mexicatessen and Sofiy’s Catering in the Los Angeles area both offer superb versions upon special request, though only for catered parties. As for a restaurant or street cart that serves it, the search continues. Event City recommends them for your Mexican cuisine catering needs. Cacao Mexicastessen 1576 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 478-2791 (upon special request, catering only). (Credit: Tatiana Arbogast)




Gyu Tataki


  • Gyu Tataki: If you don’t mind paying for omakase at Urasawa, or securing access to a secretive Totoraku dinner, you can sample kobe beef tataki, a sliver of velvety, marbled raw beef whisked over the flame for a brief second. For a version made with a lesser cut (that doesn’t equate to a month’s rent) try Yabu in West L.A. Yabu, 11820 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles 90064 (310) 473-9757  (Credit: Flickr/josewolff)




A Few Different Raw Beef Recipes

A Variety of Raw Meats Recipes and many other dishes

Mexican Carne Apache

Beef Carpaccio with Marinated Bean Salad


A Nice WikiPedia Collection of Raw Beef Dishes

Why It’s Healthy to Eat Raw Meat and How to do it Safely

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BREAKING NEWS – Santana IV Album with Original Bandmates Neal Schon, Gregg Rolie, Michael Shrieve & Michael Carabello

SANTANA IV reunites legendary band lineup - new studio album out April 15, 2016 (PRNewsFoto/SANTANA)

SANTANA IV reunites legendary band lineup – new studio album out April 15, 2016 (PRNewsFoto/SANTANA)

SANTANA IV to be Released Soon

By Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

Event City just received the announcement that Carlos Santana along with some of his Bandmates from his early 70’s lineup, Neal Schon, Gregg Rolie, Michael Shrieve & Michael Carabello will release a new collaboration soon. The rumors are true and while there are many of you who have long since admired the original talent and music of the Santana and Journey bands, to bring them together once again will be a historic treat for all of us, and quite a concert experience indeed.

April 15, 2016 marks the release date of Santana IV, the wildly anticipated studio album, a reunion recording bringing together an album project for the first time in 45 years – since 1971, the multi-platinum classic Santana IIIThis is an incredible feat, especially in our modern day Music Industry, and the longest span of time that an original act has come together with its core band members to record a follow up album. This is the original quintet that recorded together, that incredible early lineup from the 1970’s of guitar icon Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar, vocals), Michael Carabello (percussion) and Michael Shrieve (drums).

SANTANA IV reunites legendary band lineup - new studio album out April 15, 2016. Pictured (l-r) Benny Rietveld, Michael Shrieve, Gregg Rolie, Carlos Santana, Michael Carabello, Neal Schon, Karl Perrazo. (PRNewsFoto/SANTANA)

The newly formed band plans to celebrate their new release by planning some concerts with the current Santana band and the current Journey line up! We certainly do not want to miss this!

Stay tuned to the Event City Creative Magazine, we will keep you posted on all of the Santana IV release and news on the bands exciting shows and who else might show up to grace the stage with these legends.


ecLogo300x300Event City is the Community Portal for the Events, Hospitality (Food & Beverage), Entertainment & Music industries. Currently in Launch mode, the project changes weekly, the portal changes daily and the community is dynamic. Musicians, Performers, Songwriters, Event Producers, Meeting Managers, Show & Concert Promoters, Film Producers, Entertainers, Actors, Models, Caterers, Chefs, Restaurants, Nightclubs, Hotels, Food Purveyors, Venues, and all industry suppliers are invited to participate and Sign Up for our FREE Live Launch VIP Invitation. We hope to see there and be part of your success in whoever you want to be.
Nolan Apostle is a co-founder, writer, merchandiser, promoter, event impresario, photographer, screenwriter, food lover, and all around nice guy.