Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times.
Snagging a seat at celebrity chef Curtis Stone’s restaurant, Maude, in Beverly Hills might just be one of the most difficult tickets to come by of the LA fine dining scene. Each month, guests who do score them are invited to experience the narrative of a single ingredient that has inspired Chef Curtis so as to be recast in different flavors and textures through the progression of his nine course prix-fixe menu. From pomegranates to parsnips to apples to truffles, the ingredient themes rotate monthly, mirroring the changing of the seasons.
Jonathan’s picks: Admittedly, a fan of Chef Curtis’ October apple theme, he recalls preparations that paired other ingredients like salsify, celeriac and chervil.
Location: 212 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (310) 859-3418 | mauderestaurant.com
Pro-tip: Book now for 2016, and you might just score a seat.