Photo of Trap Kitchen’s lobster and shrimp pineapple bowl has sold out whenever it has been posted on Instagram, courtesy of Trap Kitchen.
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Restaurant discovery websites have had an undeniable impact on the restaurant industry as well as our dining habits. A leading player is The Infatuation, which provides recommendations based on user location. Just recently the company announced its acquisition of Zagat, the national source for restaurant rankings and reviews. The Infatuation CEO Chris Stang joins Good Food to discuss his company’s ambitions.
Roberto “News” Smith (left) and Malachi “Spanky” Jenkins
(right) are chefs behind Trap Kitchen. Photo by Teddy Wolff.
In 2013, Malachi “Spanky” Jenkins and Roberto “News” Smith began using social media to sell soul food classics out of an apartment in Compton. Now they have a growing empire with catering gigs at celebrity soirees around the country, as well as a food truck in Portland. They recently published their first cookbook, ‘Trap Kitchen: Bangin’ Recipes from Compton.’
Market fresh artichokes. Photo via Pexels.
California’s state vegetable is finally in season. Market Report correspondent Laura Avery visits Patrick Healy, chef and partner of The Buffalo Club in Santa Monica, to find out how he’s serving up artichokes this time of year. She also talks about the growing process with Chris Edwards, a farmer at Rutiz Family Farms in Arroyo Grande.
Jonathan Gold wonders if David Chang’s $190 short rib is magical
enough to make you forget the price tag. Photo by Andrew Bezek.
Jonathan Gold recently caused quite a stir with his critical LA Times review of Majordomo, David Chang’s buzzy new restaurant near downtown LA. He tells Evan about his multiple visits to the restaurant, as well as his thoughts about Chang’s approach to food.
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