November 21, 2012 |
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.
September 5, 2012 |
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 )
August 18, 2012
Everything Nancy Silverton touches seems to turn to gold. After working for years as pastry chef for Wolfgang Puck's Spago, she and then-husband Mark Peel opened Campanile in 1989, and it quickly became one of Southern California's most important restaurants. Pursuing her passion for bread, she started La Brea Bakery the same year, and it quickly became the benchmark for fine sourdough before she sold it in 2001. In 2006, she joined partners Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich in opening the Mozza Restaurant Group , owner of the overwhelmingly popular Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza and Mozza2Go.
April 27, 2013 |
There's a Southern influence that lately has wended its way through Los Angeles restaurants, and its emblem is the biscuit. Tender, flaky, golden biscuits have risen on menus from Manhattan Beach to Melrose Avenue. Buttermilk biscuits, oat biscuits, cheesy biscuits, biscuits made with lard rendered from the fat of Mangalitsa pigs. Govind Armstrong shows his Georgia Low Country roots at Willie Jane in Venice, where diners have been known to dunk the buttermilk biscuits into the broth of Prince Edward Island mussels with tasso ham and preserved lemon butter.
February 2, 2005 |
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.
April 12, 2006 |
THE bad news: The Hatfields are leaving San Francisco. The good news: The Hatfields are leaving San Francisco for Los Angeles. Who, you may ask, are the Hatfields? And are there any McCoys? Quinn and Karen Hatfield, he a chef, she a pastry chef, wowed San Francisco when they opened their restaurant Cortez in the Adagio hotel in 2003. Their bold-flavored Mediterranean cooking inspired the San Francisco Chronicle to name them "rising stars" almost immediately. Now they plan a return to Karen's hometown to open, you guessed it, Hatfields.
January 15, 2013 |
Former Patina executive chef Tony Esnault has taken the reins of the kitchen at the downtown restaurant Church & State. Owner Yassmin Sarmadi tapped Esnault to work at Spring, a new French restaurant slated to open on the ground floor of the Douglas Building on Spring Street in late 2013, but Esnault ended up stepping into former Church & State chef Jeremy Berlin's spot. Esnault will still be the chef at Spring when it opens. Esnault's menu additions at Church & State include a chicory and citrus salad, coq au vin and nettle soup.
January 27, 2012 |
On the heels of the Paula Deen debacle comes a new show from the Food Network: "Fat Chef. " No euphemisms allowed here, apparently. The new reality series, which debuted this week in an incredible feat of good timing, features obese chefs who need and want to drop a considerable amount of weight, and do so -- or try to do so -- with the help of a trainer. Unlike you and me, for these people food is their life -- literally. They're preparing it, cooking it and tasting it for most of the day because their jobs depend on it. With long, stressful days being the norm for many chefs, finding time to exercise is sometimes next to impossible.
December 7, 2012 |
The folks behind the website Find. Eat. Drink. have created an app for the iPhone. Like the website, it collects recommendations from top chefs, bartenders and others in the food and wine spheres for where to eat, where to shop, where to drink. The advice, some of it very passionate, doesn't come from Joe Blow but from the likes of Alex Day, of Proprietors LLC and Death & Co. , or Ana Sortun, chef-owner of Oleana near Boston. Want to know where Mugaritz 's Andoni Luis Aduriz, one of the Spanish Basque country's top chefs, likes to eat?