Thanksgiving Recipes; Heritage Turkeys; A-Frame; LA's Best Mexican Food
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Thanksgiving Recipes; Heritage Turkeys; A-Frame; LA's Best Mexican Food

Evan Kleiman is at the Santa Monica Farmers Market this week talking to some of LA's best chefs about what they cook for Thanksgiving.  Like it or not, turkey is the centerpiece of the meal.  Evan talks to Napa Valley Grille's Joseph Gillard about how he prepares the bird.  CJ Jacobson is making a turducken.  He explains how it's done.  Producer Harriet Ells visits Kazi Pitelka's backyard farm where she is raising heritage turkeys for her dinner.  We get vegetarian ideas from Akasha Richmond.  Lesley Balla has a roundup of restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner.  Kajsa Alger shares her ethnic twist on classic dishes.  Sommelier Stacie Hunt tells us what kind of wine works for all the Thanksgiving day flavors.  Plus Delilah Snell has some ideas for cranberry sauce alternatives.  Jonathan Gold takes us to Roy Choi's latest spot, A-Frame.  And, because we can't eat turkey and stuffing forever, Lesley Bargar Suter of Los Angeles magazine shares the city's best Mexican food.

Guest Interview

Market Report ()

Alex Weiser of Weiser Family Farms has many different potato varieties including banana fingerling, purple Peruvian, Laratte fingerling, Swedish peanut, Ozette, and the German butterball potato.  The butterball is great for mashing.  Fingerlings make very creamy mashed potatoes.

For the Thanksgiving holiday, farmers at the Santa Monica Farmers Market will start selling as early as 7 am on Wednesday, November 24 - as soon as the street is closed and they are ready.

Guest Interview

Raising Heritage Turkeys ()

Good Food producer Harriet Ells visits Kazi Pitelka, who raises heritage turkeys in her backyard farm in Altadena.  See pictures of Kazi's birds here.

Guest Interview

The Turkey ()

Joseph Gillard is the chef at Napa Valley Grille (1100 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles).  For his restaurant's Thanksgiving meal, is does a Lemon Verbena Brined Turkey.  Find the recipe here.  Joseph gets his turkeys from Diestel Family Turkey Ranch in Northern California.


Guest Interview

Turducken ()

CJ Jacobson is the chef at The Yard in Santa Monica (119 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA).  He is making a Turducken at the restaurant.  It's a chicken, stuffed into a duck, stuffed into a turkey.  Find a turducken recipe here.

Guest Interview

Vegetarian Thanksgiving ()

Akasha Richmond is the chef/owner of Akasha in Culver City.  She has lots of vegetarian and vegan options at her restaurant on Thanksgiving.  A vegan pumpkin pie recipe is here.

Guest Interview

Restaurant Thanksgiving ()

Lesley Balla is a food writer in Los Angeles; her blog is ChowBalla.  She talked about the following restaurants that are serving (eat-in or takeout) on Thanksgiving Day.

Angeli Caffe (7274 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles)

Cecconi's (8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood)

Tavern (11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles)

Ammo (1155 North Highland Ave., Los Angeles)

JAR (8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles)

Craft (10100 Constellation Blvd., Los Angeles)

M Cafe (multiple locations)

Street (742 North Highland Ave., Los Angeles)

Guest Interview

A-Frame ()

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Weekly.  This week he heads to A-Frame, Roy Choi's new restaurant in Culver City.  Jonathan likes the kettle corn, crab cakes, beer can chicken, peel and eat shrimp and the lamb chops.

12565 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 
(310) 398-7700 

All of Jonathan's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.  

Guest Interview

Ethnic Flavors for Thanksgiving ()

Kajsa Alger is the Executive Chef at Street (742 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles).  She adds an ethnic twist to various traditional Thanksgiving dishes, like creamed corn (she adds coconut milk and pandan leaf), creamed spinach (she makes a saag paneer).  The recipes for these two dishes are here.

Guest Interview

Thanksgiving Wine Pairings ()

Stacie Hunt is a sommelier with Du Vin Wine and Spirits and Splash Productions.  She here Thanksgiving wine suggestions here.

Guest Interview

Cranberry Sauce Alternatives ()

Delilah Snell owns The Road Less Traveled, an eco store in Santa Ana.  She is also a master preserver.  If you're looking for a local alternative to cranberry sauce, Delilah recommends plum jam, a onion marmalade or a pomegranate jelly with rosemary.  Recipes are here.

Guest Interview

The Best Mexican Food in Los Angeles ()

Lesley Bargar Suter is the Dine editor of Los Angeles magazine.  This issue is one of their best restaurant roundups.  She mentions the following restaurants:

  • Rivera (1050 South Flower Street, Los Angeles)
  • La Huasteca (3150 E. Imperial Hwy., Ste. 100, Lynwood)
  • Mariscos Chente (3544 W. Imperial Hwy., Inglewood)
  • La Casita Mexicana (4030 E. Gage Ave., Bell)

Find Patrick Kuh's complete list here

Her Spanglicious choices include El Coyote, Tito's, Casa Vega, and El Tepeyac.

Lesley spent 2 days exploring street food in LA with Street Gourmet LA's Bill Esparza.  Read her account here.

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