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February 10, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
When Rene Verdon became the first professional chef to work in the White House, in 1961, dining with the president was given an early 1800s spin: Outside caterers were replaced by an in-house operation that harked back to Thomas Jefferson's day. Suddenly, French food was fashionable, thanks to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's wish to entertain on a grand scale and Verdon's ability to deliver memorable chicken in champagne sauce and what Time magazine...
September 21, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
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.
September 19, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Le Fooding , the upstart French culinary group, kicked off its annual New York food fest today in Brooklyn, dubbed Le Fooding Brooklyn Fling . In its fourth year, the U.S. foray of the Paris -based publisher of restaurant guides and arbiter of culinary culture has been a success among the food-obsessed. So much so that Le Fooding this year opened New York offices. And now Le Fooding says it's heading west.  Anna Polonsky, who heads Le Fooding's France-U.S. partnerships, says Le Fooding will stage its good-time gastro-fest in Los Angeles in the spring.
March 13, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Tal Ronnen, a chef aiming to bring veganism to the masses, opens "plant-based" restaurant Crossroads on Melrose Avenue on Thursday. The menu at Crossroads, Ronnen's first L.A. restaurant, features his vegan, Mediterranean-influenced small plates in a chandeliered, wood-floored dining room designed by Studio Collective. Ronnen, author of "The Conscious Cook," teamed with entertainment and hospitality veterans Steve Bing and Parnell F. Delcham to open the white-tablecloth, all-vegetable restaurant in the former Phillipe Chow space at the corner of Sweetzer Avenue.
January 15, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If you're hungry for some good food and meeting foodie luminaries, head east. Kogi food truck chef Roy Choi, Beekman Boys' Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, and Manhattan Beach restaurateur David LeFevre are among the chefs who will be cooking at the Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert. The festival , now in its fourth year, is March 21-23 and will feature two Grand Tasting events: --"California Dreamin'," with samples from more than 50 Coachella Valley restaurants and 70 wineries, brewers and spirit makers, and 10 demonstrations (11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 22)
August 24, 2012 | By Amanda Natividad
L.A. Epicurean Festival: The L.A. Epicurean Festival takes place on Sunday at cathedral-turned-event-space Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles. The full-day event will feature demonstrations from chefs, sommeliers and mixologists, a cooking contest judged by chefs Michel Richard, Josie LeBalch and Bradley Ogden, wine czar Jean-Charles Boisset, Tasting Panel editor Meridith May and master sommelier Will Burtner, and a sugar sculpture created by pastry...
August 2, 2006 | Betty Hallock;
THERE'S dessert, and then there's dessert.... And then there's more dessert. Not satisfied to send out just one showstopper at the end of a meal, L.A. pastry chefs are parading course after course of dessert. And we're not talking about just a few extra mignardises. They've solved the pressing after-dinner conundrum in which you have to make a heartbreaking decision on just one dessert when there are so many tantalizing choices.
September 5, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila
Scientist Mark Bernstein , the creator of the fantastically useful software program Tinderbox , alerted me to the fact that the public lecture series Science and Cooking , “a collaboration between eminent Harvard researchers and world-class chefs," resumes at Harvard this month. Returning lecturers include Ferran Adriá ( El Bulli Foundation ), David Chang ( Momofuku ), José Andrés ( Minibar and Jaleo in Washington ), and Wylie Dufresne ( WD-50 )
November 21, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
New Italian restaurant Bestia opens Friday on the edge of downtown's Arts District, a 140-seat trattoria from chef Ori Menashe, pastry chef Genevieve Gergis and partner Bill Chait, located in a former factory building converted into lofts near the L.A. River.  The 4,100-square-foot Bestia (Italian for "beast"), designed by Studio Unlimited, is meant to channel contemporary Italian spaces that mix modern interiors with centuries-old architecture: A "bar fight" wall covering, meat hook chandeliers that hang from steel tracks, booth seating and a copper bar are some of the elements.  Menashe is former executive chef of Angelini Osteria, and his menu is multi-regional Italian: grilled octopus with warm lentils, guanciale and salsa di acciughe ; housemade salumi; housemade spicy 'nduja, mozzarella and scallion pizza; spaghetti mancini with squid ink, mullet bottarga and Calabrian chiles; hand-rolled fusilli with braised goat, ricotta salata and pistachio oil; and grilled hen, borlotti beans and chicken liver crostino.
February 2, 2005 | Leslee Komaiko;Laurie Winer
Diners about town have been noticing a phenomenon that some are characterizing as the "Bastide diaspora." Since the exit of chef Alain Giraud, nearly a dozen former employees have also moved on, and clusters of alums are showing up here and there. Among the departed? Former general manager Donato Poto, sous-chef Kevin M. Meehan, sommelier Christophe Rolland, assistant sommelier Drew Langley, pastry chef Koa Duncan, pastry cook Mario Ortiz and other assorted chefs and line cooks.
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