Oct 2018

Two Upcoming Events: Celebrating Women In Restaurants

Women and the Kitchen

“Women and the Kitchen” is a three-part series that takes a closer look at the intersection of gender and LA’s restaurant culture with food historian Lara Rabinovitch, PhD at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Lien Ta of Here’s Looking at You kicks off the series on October 10. Then, on November 7, hear from Roxana Jullapat of Friends & Family in Hollywood. Finally, on December 12, Nyesha J. Arrington of Native in Santa Monica will share her stories. These candid conversations will cover their professional journeys, the politics of today’s restaurant kitchens, and their favorite things to cook and eat in LA. For more information and tickets ($25), click here.

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fab(la) October 22

FAB(LA), an educational and inspirational workshop created by women for women in the hospitality industry, is happening on October 22 from 9AM to 7PM at Elysian in Frogtown. Fab is about connecting, sharing, and learning about the business of food and beverage.

Listen to speakers, experts in the business from across California and beyond including my favorites Lien Ta and Christina Gilmour, as they discuss important topics in the hospitality industry. Sessions include: “The Failure Club,” “Inspiring Strong Leaders and Creating Culture,” “Keeping HR Human, Legal & Resourceful,” and “Growth and Revenue Diversification in Your Business.” For more information and tickets ($225), click here.

Sep 2018

Porridge + Puffs – Los Angeles (Historic Filipinotown)

Porridge & Puffs - HiFi - Los Angeles

I am absolutely thrilled that Chef Minh Phan has finally found a permanent home for Porridge+Puffs in Historic Filipinotown. As a longtime fan of her wonderfully creative and wholly comforting cooking, I could not be happier for Minh, her team, and the lucky diners who can have their fill of porridge and puffs all day, every day.

Porridge & Puffs - HiFi - Los Angeles

The Porridge+Puff’s team converted a former Thai restaurant into an airy, minimalist hideaway that’s as warm and welcoming at the porridge it serves.

Porridge & Puffs - HiFi - Los Angeles

Every plate that comes out of the kitchen is unmistakably Minh. The way she takes ingredients and so thoroughly, thoughtfully, and intriguingly transforms them into soulful bowlfuls that can double as works of art never fails to floor me. To love Porridge+Puffs is to love the way Minh’s mind works.

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Sep 2018

Kaiseki at Hayato – Los Angeles

Hayato Restaurant - Los Angeles

Just as the sun began to set over The Row, Cecelia and I tucked into Hayato for a one-of-a-kind kaiseki dinner orchestrated by Chef Brandon Go. We had secured reservations as soon as the restaurant expanded their offerings beyond lunchtime bento boxes and were excited to experience “true Japanese cooking” (washoku) in downtown Los Angeles.

Lasting nearly three hours and costing $200 per person (plus a 16% service charge), dinner at Hayato is hardly a casual affair. It is the kind of meal that ought to be planned in advanced, eagerly anticipated, and completely relished in the moment.

Hayato Restaurant - Los Angeles

“Hayato is the culmination of a 20-year journey I have taken as an American-born chef learning about Japanese cuisine,” says Chef Go, who was born in Southern California and raised in his father’s sushi restaurant in Seal Beach.

Hayato Restaurant - Los Angeles

We were joined at the counter by two other guests this evening. The four of us were greeted with sake and treated to a dozen courses, each highlighting a traditional Japanese “cooking” technique—sashimi, grilling, steaming, frying, and simmering. The results were seemingly simple, austere even, deriving their complexity from the impeccable ingredients.

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