December 24, 2008 |
It's a good thing Nancy Silverton still has her day job. The La Brea Bakery founder and queen of L.A.'s restaurant scene is among the legions of investors who've lost their fortunes in the alleged $50-billion fraud attributed to New York financier Bernard L. Madoff. The financial pain is bad enough, Silverton says, but what makes it worse is that she ignored the advice of her father and others who warned her to diversify her investments.
August 31, 2005 |
A word of advice. Never use the phrase "just a burger" with Nancy Silverton. I did and was promptly challenged on every aspect of burger-making, starting with where to buy the meat, what grind, size of patty, how to cook it, what to serve with it, what pickle, what bun, what ketchup, what mayonnaise, what mustard, what cheese, how thick to slice the avocado, what bacon, what smoke on the bacon, what occasion.
January 26, 2005 |
Wow, talk about your matches made in culinary heaven. Cucina paradiso is coming to Los Angeles. Nancy Silverton -- pastry chef extraordinaire, founder of La Brea Bakery, the woman who single-handedly brought great bread to Los Angeles and, until this month, was co-owner of Campanile restaurant -- is joining forces with Mario Batali -- pony-tailed Molto Mario of New York's Babbo, Esca, Lupa and Otto's (among others) -- to create a new Italian restaurant in Los Angeles. Silverton is scouting locations, and Batali says he hopes the restaurant will be open "by the end of the summer" -- which may prove ridiculously optimistic.
December 22, 2012 |
One of the things that keeps me excited about what I do is that I am always learning. When I was making puff pastry not long ago, someone asked me why I made a tic-tac-toe-like slash in the process of making the dough. I had been slashing puff pastry dough, and having my chefs do it, for 30 years, or for as long as I'd been making puff pastry, and yet I had no idea why. I was thinking about this during a drive down to Pizzeria Mozza in Newport Beach. Then, just when I got out of the car, like magic, there was the renowned French baker Claude Koeberle.
July 28, 1996 |
Cook" and "chef" are four-letter words that both start with C. Otherwise, they're different species. Guess which one describes Nancy Silverton. She reads cookbooks as if they were novels, and when she brings dessert to a dinner party, she carries her own ice cream maker--hand-cranked, no less. Her husband says she has the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch.
February 16, 2012 |
Bill Chait is leading a half-dozen colleagues through a two-story factory that has been converted into lofts on the edge of downtown's Arts District. The building is the future home of his next project, a $1.2-million, 140-seat trattoria called Bestia, in the shadow of the 7th Street bridge, next to train tracks that run along the L.A. River. Among its neighbors are a furniture warehouse, a diesel gas station and an all-nude strip club. "It's the SoHo of L.A.," says Chait, a soft-spoken but steely 51-year-old with dark, side-parted hair, slightly big ears and metal-framed glasses.
October 13, 2011
Los Angeles Food & Wine, a new annual festival featuring top chefs and in-demand restaurants, debuts this weekend at L.A. Live (and various locations around the city), featuring more than 100 celebrity chefs who will take part in demos, seminars, lunches, dinners and after-hours events, with tastings from more than 300 wineries. Participants include Wolfgang Puck, Sang Yoon, Nancy Silverton, Tom Colicchio and many more. Locations and times vary. Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets to events range from $50 to $2,000.
February 7, 2007
I thoroughly enjoyed S. Irene Virbila's review of Mozza ["Hot Spot? Mozza Is on Fire," Jan. 31]. We've had similar tastes in Italian cooking in L.A. going back to Alto Palato and continuing through Angelini Osteria, etc. So I was pleased to see she gave Mozza three stars. I shared lunch with a friend there last week and I have to say that Nancy Silverton is the undisputed "Queen of Dough." BILL TIERNEY Hermosa Beach