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August 10, 2012
Evan Kleiman is the glue that holds the Los Angeles food scene together. She has been host of KCRW's Good Food radio show for 15 years, interviewing more than 6,000 guests, ranging from celebrated chefs to local farmers. She was also chef of the Melrose Avenue institution Angeli Caffe for 28 years and one of the first proponents of rustic Italian cooking in Los Angeles. Her improvisational style, while rooted in the cucina povera of Italy, shows her reliance on simple ingredients and economical ingenuity to produce delicious and satisfying food with a fresh, honest, pared down aesthetic that people intuitively understand and appreciate.
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March 17, 2014 | By Betty Hallock
Alain Passard, the chef and owner of l'Arpège in Paris, known for his cuisine a la vegetable , will be in Los Angeles to cook at the All-Star Chef Classic, which takes place this weekend at L.A. Live. Passard's l'Arpège received three Michelin stars in 1996 and has maintained the distinction every year since then. There are now three gardens in three regions of France that provide the restaurant with organic seasonal vegetables: in the Sarthe for carrots, asparagus and leeks especially; in the Eure for celeriac and cabbage; and herbs from the Manche.
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FOOD
December 9, 2009
Here's where you can listen and watch Evan Kleiman's audio and video podcasts of KCRW's "Good Food." Here's information on her restaurant, Angeli Caffe.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
"Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?" Shakespeare asked in Twelfth Night. There were cakes and ale aplenty at the Sugar Games, a literary dessert competition presented by PEN Center USA at Angel City Brewery in L.A. Thursday night. KCRW's Evan Kleiman judged culinary merit, and I was the literary judge. Eleven entrants executed literary desserts for us to try, and there were three winners: Lady of the Rings was first, The Things They Curried came in second, and a book riffing on "A Tale of Two Cities" took third.
NEWS
April 3, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Radio personality and chef Evan Kleiman closed her beloved Melrose Avenue restaurant, Angeli Caffe, last year after 27 years in business. The Hollywood trattoria opened in 1984 and was a pioneer of stripped-down Italian cuisine. It was a neighborhood fan favorite from the start, even when Kleiman's fans weren't from the neighborhood. Now Kleiman, the host of KCRW's "Good Food," is bringing back some of her hit Angeli dishes at a pop-up this month at Tiago. She's crowd-sourcing the menu and will tally up the requests she has been receiving on Facebook and Twitter.
FOOD
January 5, 2012 | By Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times
A deluge of supportive customers has breathed a few extra days of life into Angeli Caffe, the Hollywood trattoria that radio personality and chef-restaurateur Evan Kleiman opened in 1984. The restaurant was expected to shut its doors for good on Sunday, but because of a swell of well-wishers, Kleiman said she would close Jan. 13. "Because of the huge demand and an attempt to avoid overbooking we will be open another week - Friday the 13th is our last night now (perfect, right?)
FOOD
December 9, 2009 | By Mary MacVean
When Jimmy Shaw opened Loteria Grill in the Original Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax, customers were scarce. Until one Saturday morning, when his interview with Evan Kleiman aired on her KCRW show "Good Food." Within minutes, he says, hungry listeners were lining up. "It was as if people were sitting in their cars waiting for her to tell them where to go." When farmers market mainstay Bill Coleman's Carpinteria house and barn burned down a few years back, he said, Kleiman corralled 14 chefs to cook a benefit dinner, which helped raise enough money to rebuild.
FOOD
December 15, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
You can use your iPhone or iPad to watch movies, listen to music, text and surf the Internet. But special, surprisingly inexpensive apps make them nifty environments for learning or upgrading cooking skills. I've bought or borrowed quite a few culinary apps - some terrific, some boring, some duds. The best are full-on apps, with hours of video included. Others are more like enhanced books, but even those include tricks such as dumping all the ingredients for a recipe into a shopping basket with the click of a button.
FOOD
October 22, 1997
Two new cookbooks are in the stores this year from Evan Kleiman. "Angeli Caffe: Pizza, Pasta, Panini" (Morrow, $23) reveals most of the now-classic recipes that have kept Kleiman's Melrose Avenue restaurant popular since its opening in 1984. "Pizzeria: The Best of Casual Pizza Oven Cooking" (Sunset Books, $19.95), part of Sunset's Casual Cuisines of the World series, is full of recipes that would be served in a pizzeria, from antipasti to dessert, with plenty of pizza in between.
MAGAZINE
May 22, 1994 | K. Stabiner
My father used to tell me that if I ever wanted to open a restaurant I ought to call him right up--and he'd talk me out of it. He was in restaurant supply. We ate a lot of dinners out, at restaurants that owed him money but could only pay in free lasagna or chow mein. When Evan Kleiman opened Trattoria Angeli in West L.A. seven years ago, the specter of defeat was on sabbatical. Everyone went out to dinner all the time.
NEWS
December 7, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Over 250 entries were submitted in the L.A. Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off this year, and more than 3,700 votes were cast by readers. We took the top 50 vote-getters and put them to the test today at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Pasadena . Judges included Food editor Russ Parsons, deputy Food editor Betty Hallock, KCRW's Good Food host Evan Kleiman and myself. The results are in! Here are our 10 favorite holiday cookies from this year's Cookie Bake-Off: Suzie's sugar cookies --  Sheri Miyamoto Mom's holiday crescent cookies -- Jeanne Kantak Czechoslovakian nut bars -- Mary Martin Chocolate peanut butter crinkles -- Carol Gendel Frosted orange crispies -- Penny Haselmo Meyer lemon lavender shortbread -- Deb Love Brown butter pecan shortbread -- Zora Margolis Chocolate peppermint snaps -- Ben Rode Pistachio-cranberry icebox cookies -- Sandra Lee Smith Candy cane chocolate mandel bread -- Gail Field RECIPES: Check out our past Holiday Bake-Off finalists and more in our new California Cookbook We'll be inviting the readers who submitted the top 10 cookie recipes to downtown L.A. for a tour of the Test Kitchen and to be photographed in our studio.
FOOD
August 31, 2013
Watch top chefs cook; taste food from some of Southern California's best restaurants; listen to discussions of food issues. You can do any or all of these things starting Saturday at the Los Angeles Times' fourth annual festival of food and wine, the Taste, at the Paramount Studios back lot. Tickets for the events, each of which will feature complimentary tastings from dozens of restaurants, wineries and spirits brands, are $85 and are available online...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2013 | By Steve Lopez
Yeah, yeah, yeah, lots of celebrity chefs are going to be slicing and dicing at The Taste, the L.A. Times' food and wine festival this weekend at Paramount Studios. But do any of them have an edge over the best chefs in the Los Angeles Fire Department? Maybe, but it's close. And if you don't believe me, come join me Sunday at 2:15 when I host a rematch of the firehouse cook-off, with Capt. Mark Curry of Station 29 in Koreatown throwing his best at firefighter Cruz Macias of Station 87 in Granada Hills.
NEWS
April 3, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Radio personality and chef Evan Kleiman closed her beloved Melrose Avenue restaurant, Angeli Caffe, last year after 27 years in business. The Hollywood trattoria opened in 1984 and was a pioneer of stripped-down Italian cuisine. It was a neighborhood fan favorite from the start, even when Kleiman's fans weren't from the neighborhood. Now Kleiman, the host of KCRW's "Good Food," is bringing back some of her hit Angeli dishes at a pop-up this month at Tiago. She's crowd-sourcing the menu and will tally up the requests she has been receiving on Facebook and Twitter.
NEWS
January 23, 2013 | By Caitlin Keller
The California Homemade Food Act went into effect Jan. 1, which allows certain foods prepared in home kitchens, such as breads, granola, pies and jams, to be sold to restaurants, shops and directly to customers. Los Angeles residents looking to sell homemade goods can learn how to get their products on the market, in accordance with requirements and regulations, at a Craft Food Forum on Sunday at 3 p.m. The event will be held at California State Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center where KCRW Good Food host Evan Kleiman and the Orange County Department of Health will discuss the new law and important implementations, such as inspections and product labeling, so those wanting to finally launch a business selling homemade foods -- now that it's legal -- can do so successfully.
FOOD
December 15, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
You can use your iPhone or iPad to watch movies, listen to music, text and surf the Internet. But special, surprisingly inexpensive apps make them nifty environments for learning or upgrading cooking skills. I've bought or borrowed quite a few culinary apps - some terrific, some boring, some duds. The best are full-on apps, with hours of video included. Others are more like enhanced books, but even those include tricks such as dumping all the ingredients for a recipe into a shopping basket with the click of a button.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2013 | By Steve Lopez
Yeah, yeah, yeah, lots of celebrity chefs are going to be slicing and dicing at The Taste, the L.A. Times' food and wine festival this weekend at Paramount Studios. But do any of them have an edge over the best chefs in the Los Angeles Fire Department? Maybe, but it's close. And if you don't believe me, come join me Sunday at 2:15 when I host a rematch of the firehouse cook-off, with Capt. Mark Curry of Station 29 in Koreatown throwing his best at firefighter Cruz Macias of Station 87 in Granada Hills.
NEWS
January 23, 2013 | By Caitlin Keller
The California Homemade Food Act went into effect Jan. 1, which allows certain foods prepared in home kitchens, such as breads, granola, pies and jams, to be sold to restaurants, shops and directly to customers. Los Angeles residents looking to sell homemade goods can learn how to get their products on the market, in accordance with requirements and regulations, at a Craft Food Forum on Sunday at 3 p.m. The event will be held at California State Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center where KCRW Good Food host Evan Kleiman and the Orange County Department of Health will discuss the new law and important implementations, such as inspections and product labeling, so those wanting to finally launch a business selling homemade foods -- now that it's legal -- can do so successfully.
NEWS
November 14, 2012 | By Caitlin Keller
Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena presents an evening with Ina Garten of Food Network's television show " Barefoot Contessa " on Thursday. The event will be held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre at 8 p.m. The cookbook author and TV show host once worked in the White House Office of Management and Budget before purchasing a specialty food store for sale in the Hamptons, the beginning of Barefoot Contessa. Garten will be interviewed by KCRW Good Food host Evan Kleiman. General admission is $42 (plus tax)
NEWS
August 10, 2012
Evan Kleiman is the glue that holds the Los Angeles food scene together. She has been host of KCRW's Good Food radio show for 15 years, interviewing more than 6,000 guests, ranging from celebrated chefs to local farmers. She was also chef of the Melrose Avenue institution Angeli Caffe for 28 years and one of the first proponents of rustic Italian cooking in Los Angeles. Her improvisational style, while rooted in the cucina povera of Italy, shows her reliance on simple ingredients and economical ingenuity to produce delicious and satisfying food with a fresh, honest, pared down aesthetic that people intuitively understand and appreciate.
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