Before the 100-person, Southern-flavored dinner, guests from the worlds of art, fashion and food including Doug Aitken, Liz Goldwyn, China Chow, Katherine Ross, Zoe Cassavetes, Bret
As if that wasn't indication enough, the evening wasn't much on formalities, with Rapoport and Sternberg making only the briefest of remarks before the feast commenced. "I wanted to acknowledge this evening as a fusion of the worlds of fashion and food," said Sternberg, "that I don't think could happen anywhere else but Los Angeles."
Sternberg drew a parallel to West's career arc. "Over the years we've all seen this strange, interesting and wonderful juxtaposition between what he was -- which was the sort of guy who wrote about skewering socialites -- and what he is now -- which is a guy who spends all day skewering pickles."
With a roar of laughter from the guests, Sternberg and Rapoport took the opportunity to raise their canning jars in toast to West as bowls of pickled vegetables and platters of barbecued pork spare ribs and pork belly began to land on tables.
As West began to circulate among the guests, one of them remarked about his outfit -- a pair of dark denim jeans, a white, linen button-down shirt and a white, one-button notch lapel blazer, "Only you would wear white to a barbecue," they said.
Yes, it was just that kind of a crowd.
And if you happen to read this in time, West will be discussing the book and signing copies at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles.