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March 16, 2013 | By Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
Across the street from the Hollywood post office, a few short blocks from the 1930s complex that calls itself Crossroads of the World, Littlefork is an improbably rustic roadhouse in the middle of old Hollywood - a spare tavern, a slash of neon scrawl and a slender apron of parking lot you could imagine filling up with Packards instead of Lexus hybrids. Littlefork is the new restaurant from Jason Travi, whose Mediterranean-style cooking you may have tried at the late Fraîche in Culver City, and from David Reiss, a Westside bar owner whose portfolio includes A-frame, Sunny Spot, the Alibi Room and the Brig.
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March 16, 2013 | By Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
Across the street from the Hollywood post office, a few short blocks from the 1930s complex that calls itself Crossroads of the World, Littlefork is an improbably rustic roadhouse in the middle of old Hollywood - a spare tavern, a slash of neon scrawl and a slender apron of parking lot you could imagine filling up with Packards instead of Lexus hybrids. Littlefork is the new restaurant from Jason Travi, whose Mediterranean-style cooking you may have tried at the late Fraîche in Culver City, and from David Reiss, a Westside bar owner whose portfolio includes A-frame, Sunny Spot, the Alibi Room and the Brig.
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March 3, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
Chefs seem to be caught playing musical chairs more than usual lately, so much so that it's hard to keep up on all the moves. In mid-November, Ben Bailly, the baby-faced French chef at Petrossian , grabbed the head chef job at Fraîche in Culver City, making way for Giselle Wellman to move from Bouchon to Petrossian. Meanwhile, Fraîche's original chef, the hardworking Jason Travi, has been gone for over a year. Right now he's over at Firefly tweaking the Studio City restaurant's menu (and feeding frequent diner, the great Lucinda Williams)
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March 11, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Jason Travi is the chef-partner of recently opened Littlefork in Hollywood. Travi is a Boston native who came up in some of the city's most notable restaurants, including Spago and Gino Angelini's La Terza. At Fraiche, the Culver City restaurant he co-owned, Travi's rustic Mediterranean dishes struck a chord with L.A. diners. Now he's returned to his roots. Littlefork's all about the flavors of the Atlantic Northeast: crispy oyster sliders, clams casino, homemade chowder and Portuguese mussels with linguica, to name a few dishes.
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March 11, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Jason Travi is the chef-partner of recently opened Littlefork in Hollywood. Travi is a Boston native who came up in some of the city's most notable restaurants, including Spago and Gino Angelini's La Terza. At Fraiche, the Culver City restaurant he co-owned, Travi's rustic Mediterranean dishes struck a chord with L.A. diners. Now he's returned to his roots. Littlefork's all about the flavors of the Atlantic Northeast: crispy oyster sliders, clams casino, homemade chowder and Portuguese mussels with linguica, to name a few dishes.
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January 21, 2009 | S. IRENE VIRBILA, RESTAURANT CRITIC
In downtown Santa Monica, people walk. Stand in front of the new Riva on Wilshire between 3rd and 4th streets and it's quite the spectacle as buff new mothers jog behind strollers, friends giggle over their haul from sales on the Third Street Promenade, and the down-and-out troll passersby for spare change. Everybody passing by, though, stops to peer in the windows of the lively new restaurant that's sprouted where the Italian steakhouse Scarboni briefly languished.
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March 16, 2013
Chef Jason Travi turns from the Mediterranean to Montreal. LOCATION 1600 Wilcox Ave., Hollywood, (323) 465-3675, littleforkla.com. PRICES Snacks, $3-$7; small plates, $9-$18; large plates, $22-$28, desserts, $8. DETAILS Open 5 to 10 p.m. daily; bar open late Tuesdays to Saturdays. Credit cards accepted. Full bar. Valet parking.
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March 11, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
What could be better than giant donuts, booze and art? Not a lot.  If you plan on taking part in the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk on Thursday, you can catch Los Angeles artist Manny Castro and his giant donuts, plus a little booze. FactoryLA , a company that promotes fashion made and designed in L.A., is hosting the event. Castro, who is known for his 30-by-30-foot painting of Lady Gaga as Christ and for painting "Tastes Like Hate" on a Chick-fil-A building, will have his donut sculptures on display.
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March 12, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
I can remember the first time I had herring and potato salad, a summer night in Paris, sitting at a sidewalk table. The cool vinegary tang of the pickled herring against the waxy yellow potato with the crunch of carrot and sweet onion was perfect with a sip of Chablis. Recently I picked up some pickled herring at a Russian deli in West Hollywood (can't remember which) and made "Herring and Potatoes" from former Chez Panisse chef David Tanis' first book "H eart of the Artichoke and Other Culinary Journeys ” (Artisan Books, New York, 2010, $35)
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October 14, 2009 | Betty Hallock, Mary MacVean and Elina Shatkin
Seven years in the making, the Farmer's Kitchen in Hollywood is officially open. At last week's ribbon-cutting, farmers and politicians were there to salute the new cafe, which launched quietly in the spring. The Farmer's Kitchen uses surplus food from the Hollywood Farmers Market and is a venue for classes and job training. It's a project of Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles, which runs the Hollywood market and others. The community-focused kitchen is another effort to make a link between farmers and city dwellers, says Pompea Smith, head of SEE-LA.
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March 24, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Food Critic
A carload of friends and I are heading west on Ventura Boulevard on the lookout for the Studio City restaurant and lounge Firefly . Where exactly is it? We're scanning the south side of the boulevard for the facade. (I could have found the address and cross street on Google Maps, but that would have been too easy.) It's just past a corner, a bit dark, no sign, I remind everyone. "Oh, you mean the the Chia Pet place?" Chia? I'm thinking a topiary or a lawn. But when we spot the telltale valet umbrella, sure enough, the building is entirely swathed in ivy. Nine years after party-planner impresario Jeffrey Best opened this place, it's still happening.
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January 21, 2009 | S. IRENE VIRBILA, RESTAURANT CRITIC
In downtown Santa Monica, people walk. Stand in front of the new Riva on Wilshire between 3rd and 4th streets and it's quite the spectacle as buff new mothers jog behind strollers, friends giggle over their haul from sales on the Third Street Promenade, and the down-and-out troll passersby for spare change. Everybody passing by, though, stops to peer in the windows of the lively new restaurant that's sprouted where the Italian steakhouse Scarboni briefly languished.
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May 12, 2004 | Barbara Hansen, Times Staff Writer
Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila fell in love with Opaline's celery root soup on a recent visit. Chef Jason Travi drizzles it with a bright Tuscan olive oil and serves it with a grilled cheese sandwich made with brioche, Comte cheese and tomato confit.
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