Chef DJ Olsen is always at the Santa Monica farmers market. He's the chef at Lou, the wine bar on Vine (724 Vine St.). He's using the huge variety of potatoes in many different dishes, including roasted, smashed and in a potato tart. The recipe for his potato tart is here.
Juan Asavedo is one of the sellers of Zuckerman Farms asparagus. They bring jumbo asparagus to over 20 markets in the LA-are. Pictures of there stand are here.
Sandor Katz is a self-described "fermentation fetishist." His book is Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods. His website, Wild Fermentation, is an incredible resource for anyone interested in fermenting foods. See his instructional video for fermenting vegetables here.
The Watts Towers were created by artist Sabato Rodia. The Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative supports the towers as a cultural landmark. They are honoring the towers and the initiative with a festival: The St. Joseph's Communal Tables on March 18-20. "These tables both commemorate a time when diaspora Italians represented a community in need, and, as a springtime recurrence, they also celebrate abundance." Luisa del Guidice is organizing the event. More about the Catholic tradition of St. Joseph's tables here.
You can view the altar at St. Lawrence of Brindisi Church (10122 Compton Ave., LA): Friday March 18, 3:00 P.M. – 7:30 pm, Saturday March 19, 10:00 A.M. – 5:00pm, Sunday March 20, 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 pm.
2017's best cookbooks, holiday tea, and the wonders of panettone To help us gear up for the holidays, Celia Sack shares the best (and most giftable) cookbooks of 2017. Teri Gelber lights up while talking about holiday tea flavors. Jonathan Gold falls head-over-beans for Verlaine. In his latest book, David Lebovitz writes about what it’s like to build a Parisian home. We’ll talk about how these wildfires are affecting farmers. And according to chef Roy Shvartzapel, panettone isn’t just for Christmas anymore.
Music and wine, flavors of Istanbul, and Cronuts hit L.A. Time to explore some delicious intersections! Beastie Boy Mike D and sommelier Taylor Parsons collaborate on Hearth & Hound’s wine list. “Istanbul & Beyond” highlights the cultural, culinary diversity of Turkey. We wish the 7th Street Market a happy birthday. Jonathan Gold pairs work with play at Tacos y Mezcal. The natural meets the unnatural on our dinner tables. Dominique Ansel brings the Cronut craze to L.A.
Staying afloat in L.A.'s restaurant biz Opening and running a restaurant is a never-ending hustle and an unpredictable enterprise. A decade ago, Ohio State University researchers found that 6 out of 10 restaurants fail in their first year. More recent findings reveal the median lifespan of a restaurant in the western part of the US to be just 4½ years. We asked five restaurateurs to share their stories of life in the business.
The Thanksgiving show: Family and food This Thanksgiving we are talking about family. Chef Jacques Pepin learns something new when he cooks with his granddaughter. Miry’s List helps newly immigrated families feel safe in America. During a trip to Ireland, Evan spoke with Breda Burns about her mother’s beef stew. Finally, a Nashville writer who learned how to cook Sichuanese dishes to make her adopted daughter feel at home.
A festive drink mash-up: nib cider Season’s greetings to delicious & warm winter drinks. Dandelion Chocolate has a quaint and affordable recipe for incorporating cocoa nibs into your holiday plans, in a new way. Read More
Good Food’s Holiday Gift Guide We spoke to six L.A. chefs and sommeliers about their holiday gift recommendations for home cooks, so you didn’t have to! Find out what the minds behind the City of Angels’ hottest restaurants can’t cook without. Read More