February 26, 2013 |
The inimitable Zagat has just released its 2013 "30 Under 30" awards, honoring the top young culinary talents in the Los Angeles area. The 30 honorees were feted Monday night at a cocktail party at the Emerson Theatre with Zagat founders Tim and Nina Zagat on hand to do the honors. The Zagat survey, which started as a homemade newsletter and morphed over the years into a publishing juggernaut, has embraced the digital age. The guides are now online, and coverage of this event included a live feed and a Google+ Live Hangout.
July 19, 2006 |
Despite an acreage the size of a small New England state, Century City hasn't been able to attract any high-profile restaurants to its prime real estate. But early next year, chef-entrepreneur Tom Colicchio of Craft, the build-a-dish restaurant in New York (with outposts in Las Vegas and Dallas), is planting his grill fork at the new 2000 Avenue of the Stars complex. And what does this location have that no other real estate in L.A. has?
November 8, 1998 |
Looking for something more out of a women's magazine than fashion, sex and beauty? Check out Moxie, a new publication out of Berkeley designed for college grads. Instead of featuring airbrushed female facsimiles, Moxie tells stories of real women. The premiere issue features profiles of a pastry chef, a Hollywood scriptwriter and a stripper. Emily Hancock got the idea for the mag when she did research on women's self-esteem at Barnard, Sarah Lawrence, Vassar, Bard, Wellesley and Mills colleges.
August 25, 2012
Roxana Jullapat, the pastry chef at highly regarded Cooks County, is an L.A. native who has worked at such celebrated Los Angeles restaurants as Campanile, Bastide, Lucques, AOC and AMMO. A journalism major in college, she says her fate was sealed after she found herself baking a tarte tatin at Cafe Figaro in Los Feliz. In 2011, she teamed up with her partner, chef Daniel Mattern, and Claudio and Adria Blotta to open her first restaurant, Cooks County. Working with seasonal produce and alternative grains, Roxana's menus are one of the most farmers' market driven in town.
December 31, 2012 |
Hurry! Paris-based pastry chef and blogger extraordinaire David Lebovitz is offering free downloads of his app "Paris Pastry" from now until 10 a.m. tomorrow. That's Paris time . Available on iTunes, the app points out more than 300 bakeries, chocolate shops, ice cream salons and more, and includes over 500 color photos of Lebovitz' favorite desserts and sweet treats in Paris. Most useful: his Top 25 list of recommended “must go-to” visit places, an expansive glossary of French pastry terms, new GPS integrated maps that will guide you to the closest addresses, and more!
October 14, 2009 |
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.
September 21, 2012 |
After months of lease negotiations, storied Los Angeles restaurant Campanile is expected to close at the end of November after 23 years. Chef Mark Peel and then-wife Nancy Silverton opened the restaurant in 1989, setting the tone for farm-to-table dining in the '90s. The owner of the iconic building, Larry Silverton (Peel's former father-in-law), sealed a deal late Wednesday night with restaurateur Bill Chait and chef Walter Manzke, who will open a new-wave bistro called Republique in the spring.
October 25, 2012 |
Wow, so many guest chef gigs are happening it's hard to keep track of who's cooking at whose restaurant. Over the next couple of months, Ben Ford of Ford's Filling Station will be at the Strand House in Manhattan Beach, Shinichi Sato flies in from Paris' Passage 53 to cook at Melisse , and Jason French of Portland's Nedd Ludd will be at Superba Snack Bar in Venice. Then there's the who-can-keep-track continuing guest-chef series Test Kitchen at Bestia downtown.
May 26, 2004 |
Lately, the culinary winds seem to be blowing from east to west. Three New York chefs -- Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Tom Colicchio -- have been in talks to open restaurants in Los Angeles, specifically in the Argyle Hotel, in the space that's currently home to Fenix. Colicchio, chef-owner of the steakhouse Craft, has prevailed, though he is still in negotiations.