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The Art Institute of California—Los Angeles, a campus of Argosy University

2900 31st Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405-3035   |    1.310.752.4700

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Our degree programs in the areas of Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and Culinary help you focus your talents and explore what you’re passionate about. In our collaborative environment, our instructors will guide and mentor you as we help you build the skills you need to start your creative career.

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The Art Institute of California—Los Angeles, a campus of Argosy University, is located in a region known for filmmaking, fine food, and high fashion. Here, you'll learn in an area known worldwide as the entertainment industry's home base.

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Bistro 31

Bistro 31 is the restaurant operated by students of The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California—Los Angeles. The restaurant offers a contemporary approach to international cuisine and flavors. It's Zagat-rated and proudly presents high-quality dishes at affordable prices.

The students who work in the bistro are in their final-quarter of culinary school. The restaurant experience provides them with the opportunity to practice both the theory and culinary artistry that they've learned. Working at Bistro 31 gives students hands-on experience with menu creation, food prep, management, money handling, and customer service


Our menu changes seasonally to incorporate fresh and flavorful ingredients. On occasion, the bistro also features special menus such as a three-course "Taste of Truffle" menu or a celebrity chef inspired prix fixe.

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The Art Institutes Launches Food Truck Tour In Southern California The Art Institutes Launches Food Truck Tour In Southern California

[LOS ANGELES, CA September 4, 2012] – The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes, North America's largest system of culinary programs offered at more than 40 Art Institutes schools, announces the launch of The Art Institutes (Ai) Food Truck Tour. The tour is inspired by Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, bringing cooking competitions to communities in Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.

Culinary Arts students to battle it out with Food Truck favorites in four cities

The Art Institutes (Ai) Food Truck Tour coincides with the third season of Food Network’s hit reality competition series The Great Food Truck Race, which can be seen on Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. through the September 30 finale. Culinary Arts students from The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes will be asked to battle local food truck favorites. The trucks will each be challenged to create a dish that includes the same ingredients. Celebrity chefs plus contestants from previous seasons of The Great Food Truck Race, The Lime Truck and Sky’s Gourmet Tacos, will be on-site to judge the matchups.

The tour will provide guests and aspiring student chefs with the ability to watch the competitions live, taste diverse cuisine from participating local food trucks and to take photos on-site with local celebrity chefs. A portion of each participating truck’s sales will benefit the local Art Institutes’ culinary scholarships.

“The food truck phenomenon is certainly a culinary industry trend we want to expose our students to as another way to pursue a fulfilling career in the industry,” said Chef Michael Nenes, assistant vice president of Culinary Arts for The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes. “This tour will allow our students to put their skills to work beyond the classroom and showcase their knowledge of world cuisines in a once unconventional environment of a food truck, all while having fun with the local community.”

The tour will also showcase talented graduates from The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes who have garnered national recognition including Jesse Brockman, a 2009 alumnus of The Art Institute of California – Orange County with an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts, who was a member of The Great Food Truck Race winning team last year with The Lime Truck.

The Art Institutes (Ai) Food Truck Tour – Event Information
The community is invited to enjoy The Art Institutes (Ai) Food Truck Tour experience at several venues. The truck will make an additional community appearance on the Huntington Beach Pier on September 15 and the cooking battles will be held at Art Institutes’ campuses at the following locations at no cost to attend:

Cooking Battle - September 5, 2012
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University
674 East Brier Drive
San Bernardino, CA 92408

Cooking Battle - September 8, 2012
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The Art Institute of California - Los Angeles, a campus of Argosy University
2900 31st Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Cooking Battle - September 13, 2012
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Art Institute of California - Orange County, a campus of Argosy University
3601 W. Sunflower Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Cooking Battle - September 22, 2012
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The Art Institute of California - San Diego, a campus of Argosy University
7650 Mission Valley Road
San Diego, CA 92108

Follow the tour on Facebook at facebook.com/artinstitutes and Twitter at #AiFoodTruck.

About The Art Institutes
The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu) is a system of more than 50 schools located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. OH Registration # 04-01-1698B; AC0165, AC0080; Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 1287, 3427, 3110, 2581. See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

About The Great Food Truck Race
Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race returns for a third season this summer, with host Tyler Florence presiding over the cross-country culinary road trip with a brand-new twist: no longer a competition between current food truck operators as in prior seasons, this high-stakes battle is between eight teams who desperately want to be in the food truck business - they have a dream, a concept and insane culinary skills. Each three-person team is provided a vehicle for the race, but only the grand prize winner gets to keep their food truck and a $50,000 cash prize to start their dream business. From mobile mini-pies and authentic Aussie grub to specialty waffles, each team's inspired cuisine and road strategy is put to the test in city-specific challenges that begin at a Long Beach, Calif. lighthouse and continue through the finale at the West Quoddy Lighthouse in Maine, the easternmost point of the United States. For even more Food Trucks, viewers can visit www.foodnetwork.com/foodtrucks all season long for exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, video recaps and weekly blog posts. Fans of The Great Food Truck Race can also check out their favorite food trucks from previous seasons with the newly launched Food Network On the Road app for iPhone® and iPad® available for free download on iTunes. Food Network's On the Road will provide fans with a curated selection from Food Network chefs, and from hot spots seen on hit shows like Diners Drive-Ins and Dives and Best Thing I Ever Ate. For more information about Food Network On the Road, visit http://www.foodnetwork.com/ontheroad.

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Just the Right Size: How to Shop Online Just the Right Size: How to Shop Online

Shopping online for clothes has many benefits. There is the convenience of shopping from the comfort of your home when you don’t have time to drive to a store and browse the racks. It is also great for researching the best price for an item you already know you want, especially for wardrobe staples like a white button-down blouse or a pair of skinny jeans. There is also the thrill of finding a package with your name on it waiting at your doorstep. Still, the concern that stops many people from pushing their virtual shopping basket to check out is sizing. To learn how to order just the right size when shopping online for clothes, follow this advice from fashion school pros in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Measure Yourself

“It may seem simple, but invest in a measuring tape,” says Claude Brown, academic director of the Fashion Design and the Fashion Marketing & Management programs at The Art Institute of California— Los Angeles. “It costs less than five bucks, and will make all the difference when finding your right size online.”

Sizing can vary widely from brand to brand noted Brown, who also designs his own collection of dresses and sportswear. So if you are trying a new and unfamiliar brand, a key first step is to measure your waist, hips, bust and inseam.

Retailer sites will often have measuring guides that describe where and how to measure. Two measuring tips from Geetika Gupta, a full-time instructor at The Art Institute of California— San Francisco who teaches courses in both fashion design and fashion marketing, is to always measure over undergarments and allow the tape to roughly skim the body, not sag or cut in.

Read Charts and Descriptions

Gupta also advises to take a close look at the size charts of the brand you are browsing. “With your measurements in hand you can figure out where you generally fit into a brand’s size ranges.”

“Then what you want to do is read the garment description and look for key words based on fit,” adds Gupta who also runs her own fashion design and wholesaling business. Indicator words such as “high-waisted” or “boy fit” can help you decide if an item might be the right shape or style for your body, and better align with your fit preferences, which are very personal Gupta notes.

Brown also cautions that you can’t just rely on photos either. One of the reasons clothes can look perfect on the models is because sometimes a garment is clipped, pinned, and taped to the body to look just so.

Look for Low Cost Shipping

Online shopping features like a live chat, virtual shopping assistants and runway videos are occasionally available but, with your measurements and new found product knowledge, can be less applicable. Some retailer websites offer to adjust the inseam before they ship your order, which can be worthwhile informs Gupta. “However beware the quality from mass customization websites where you enter your measurements to receive customized pieces of clothing,” Gupta warns.

“In general dresses, skirts and blouses can be easier to assess size and fit,” she recommends. “I also look for sites with free or low-cost return shipping and like to order two sizes of the same item so I can try both on,” at least until she is familiar with a brand and how it fits her, she concludes.


The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu) is a system of more than 45 educational institutions located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University. See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Mira Costa H.S. Senior Named Local Winner in The Art Institute of California—Los Angeles, a campus of Argosy University, Passion for Fashion Competition 2014 Mira Costa H.S. Senior Named Local Winner in The Art Institute of California—Los Angeles, a campus of Argosy University, Passion for Fashion Competition 2014

Chaise Weldon was recently named the local first place winner in The Art Institute of California—Los Angeles’ Passion for Fashion Competition in the Fashion Design category.

The Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Competition gives high school seniors the opportunity to use their flair for fashion and eye for style to earn tuition scholarships.

Weldon, a senior at Mira Costa High School, earned a $3,000 tuition scholarship to study in a fashion program at The Art Institute of California—Los Angeles.

In addition to her tuition scholarship, Weldon will progress to the national round of The Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Competition where her entry will be judged against other local winners from throughout North America for the Competition’s grand prize: a half- tuition scholarship to an Art Institutes school, and a VIP trip to New York City to include a “meet and greet” at Seventeen’s New York City offices, lunch and a $500 shopping spree at DKNY with a Seventeen Style Pro, and a $500 gift card to shop anywhere in the Big Apple.

In the Fashion Design category, entrants were required to submit three images of original sketches of a summer wear garment.

For more information on this year’s Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Competition, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/passionforfashion.

The Art Institute of California—Los Angeles

The Art Institute of California—Los Angeles, a campus of Argosy University, is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of California—Los Angeles, a campus of Argosy University, 2900 31st Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405. ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC.

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Animation Career Review: "Top 25 Animation Schools on the West Coast – 2014" Animation Career Review: "Top 25 Animation Schools on the West Coast – 2014"

Animation Career Review released a list of top animation schools on the West Coast for 2014. The article listed The Art Institute of California—Los Angeles, a campus of Argosy University, The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University, The Art Institute of Portland and The Art Institute of Seattle as being in the top 25 schools.

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