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Brothers Chase and Chad Valencia are the duo behind LASA, a monthly Filipino-inspired pop up at Elysian. Their next dinner is this Friday, July 31. Reservations will be available starting this Monday the 27. Follow LASA on Instagram or sign up for the email list to find out when reservations become available.
Music: "On Shoulders" by Chef'Special
Chef Charles Olalia was born in the Philippines, but he's been cooking in California and New York for the last 12 years. After a career in fine-dining he decided to return to his roots and explore Filipino ingredients and flavors. Together with Santos Uy he opened Rice Bar, a Filipino-inspired rice bowl concept in downtown LA.
Music; "Samba Soul"
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times. This week he reviews Belcampo, a Santa Monica. It is the Southern California flagship for Belcampo Meat Company, the first vertically integrated meat company to oversee their animals from the ranch to the table.
Belcampo Meat Company
1026 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
He recommends the French dip éclair, goat tartare, cheeseburger, and steak-frites.
Music: "Cool, Not Cold" by Shawn Lee
Akasha Richmond is chef-owner of her namesake restaurant Akasha in downtown Culver City. Her newest concept is Sambar, an Indian inspired restaurant right next door. We talk about her decision to open the restaurant and how she incorporates spice blends into her menu.
Music: "Cities in the Air" by Pepe Deluxe
Jordan Figueiredo is a food waste activist from Oakland, California who believes in what he calls "Fun Activism." His Ugly Fruit and Veg instagram feed uses images of anthropomorphic carrots and bumpy tomatoes to raise awareness of how much nutritious, but cosmetically imperfect fruit we send to the dumpster. He has launched a Change.org petition asking Walmart and Whole Foods to sell "ugly" produce.
Music: "Ho¨g luft" (Fujasaki Remix) by Familjen
This week market manager Laura Avery catches up with Brian Dunsmoor, executive chef and co-owner of the newly opened Hatchet Hall in Culver City. He is shopping for tomatoes for his sliced tomato dish and for corn with which he makes both creamed corn and corn milk.
Plus, farmer Mark Carpenter of Coastal Farms talks about his many varieties of heirloom tomatoes and the challenge of growing thin-skinned varieties.
Corina Weibel is the chef-owner at Canele in Atwater Village. She tells us why paella is a great cookout food for summer.
Music: "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" by The Temptations