September 24, 1989 |
On the night of July 10, an armed robber killed transplanted Frenchman Andre Coffyn while he was closing up his Wilshire District bistro, "Michel Richard." While his murder was no more important, no less important, than any other killing that occurs in Los Angeles, it received considerable publicity and sparked rumors of a "conspiracy" against the French community, prompting the State Department to make an official inquiry on the matter to the Los Angeles Police Department.
August 6, 1987
The wedding ceremony--simple and light-hearted--lasted about seven minutes. Eight hours later the wedding reception was still going strong, showing few signs of abatement. But anyone who knows ebullient Michel Richard, chef-partner at Citrus restaurant on Melrose Avenue, would not expect his wedding to Laurence Retourne to be anything but joyous celebration. Richard's fellow chefs turned out in force to provide a memorable wedding luncheon and reception.
March 19, 2010 |
By noon on a recent weekday, the next day's hickory-smoked Idaho trout orders are already cooling on metal racks, and the hundred or so salmon fillets cleaned that morning at Michel Cordon Bleu are a good halfway through their requisite five-hour smoke. Michel Blanchet, the 60-year-old owner of the small smoked seafood company, turns his attention to two employees who are hand-packing fillets into ice pack-filled Styrofoam boxes. After a lifetime working with some of the greatest chefs in the business, Blanchet is now supplying some of them with handcrafted smoked salmon, having carved out a signature business that counts clients nationwide because of his insistence on a personal, artistic touch instead of an assembly-line approach.
September 29, 1989
Re: "America Killed Andre," Sept. 24, by Nikki Finke. "America" killed Andre Coffyn?! What nonsense! Must we be subjected to such nattering of yet another tiresome European emigre who came here, made a fortune, achieved a degree of trendy notoriety and--what else?--bad-mouths America? Quelle chutzpah! As an immigrant myself, I deplore Michel Richard's crass ingratitude. Given his own depiction of the privations of his childhood in France, Richard of all people should understand that for all its problems, this country remains a shining beacon for the rest of the world.
December 10, 2012 |
Rémi Lauvand is executive chef of 3-month-old Le Ka in downtown Los Angeles. The native of Périgord, France, worked his way through Michelin -starred restaurants in New York, including Gerard Pangaud, La Grenouille, Le Cirque and Montrachet. He moved to California and eventually spearheaded the reopening of Michel Richard's acclaimed but short-lived Citrus at Social Hollywood. Lauvand has since consulted at Rivera and Cafe Pierre, and now is offering a refreshingly meaty and mostly-French menu at Le Ka: pork short ribs, braised rabbit leg, glazed bone marrow with garlic flan, terrines and rillettes, and onion soup gratinée, with a few wild boar albondigas thrown in. What's coming up next on your menu?
July 6, 2010 |
Theirs was a love affair that began in the glow of a candlelit table. It was a white tablecloth and red wine evening. The food was refined, the service impeccable. The private room with the glass door was discreet, but the couple behind it could not go unnoticed. It's been a year and a half since that meal at Equinox, a chic and sleek restaurant a couple of blocks from the White House, in which Barack and Michelle Obama dined on greens with poached apples and pickled watermelon radish, pan-fried Rappahannock oysters, all-natural strip loin steak, crispy bananas and zabaglione gelato.