Last weekend, KCRW presented California Cuisine - What it is and why it matters as part of their ongoing UpClose event series. During the panel Nancy Silverton and Joyce Goldstein remember that local food wasn’t always a way of life in California.
Serena Herrick is the bar manager at Allumette in Echo Park. She’s shopping for Asian pears from Penryn Orchards and celery from Jaime Farms for her cocktail the Poire Little Reach Boy.
Ruth Jaime is part of the family who owns Jaime Farms. She explains the difference in the types of celery they grow. The spindly dark green celery has a more intense flavor and is great for juicing and cocktails.