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Dispatches from the Front of the House 14 MIN, 40 SEC

Independent radio producer Sara Curtis spent six months interviewing servers in San Francisco. She shares what she learned about front of house culture along the way.

Charley's Quote by Cal Tjader Trio
Shake it and Break it by Lanin's Southern Serenaders
Dinah by Django Reinhardt
Valse A Bambulo by Gaucho
A Death of a Revolution by Quantic
White Clouds (Day's Rhodes More Traveled edit) by HF
One Day-Instrumental by U.G.K

This segment was made possible by KCRW's Independent Producer Project.

Gender Inequality in the Professional Kitchen 9 MIN, 14 SEC

Dr. Deborah Harris is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas State University. She, along with Patti Giuffre, co-authored Taking the Heat: Women Chefs and Gender Inequality in the Professional Kitchen

Music: "The Only Ones" by Deluka

Taking the Heat

Deborah A. Harris

Who's Cooking in Unit 120? 8 MIN, 49 SEC

Chef Alvin Cailin rose to fame with Eggslut, the wildly popular egg sandwich counter in the Downtown LA's Grand Central Market. This year, the brand will expand to Venice and Las Vegas.

However, his culinary journey was not always one of smooth sailing. He's hoping to impart his hard-earned lessons to other young, talented chefs through his latest venture, Unit 120, a culinary incubator in Chinatown's Far East Plaza.

Music: "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads

LocoL: Revolutionary Fast Food 12 MIN, 2 SEC

LocoL is the brainchild of chefs Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson. It's a fast food concept serving delicious, nutritious and inexpensive food in under-served neighborhoods where those things are hard to come by.

LocoL's first location opens on 103rd Street in Watts at 11am on Monday, January 18.

Music: "Worst Comes to Worse" by Dilated Peoples 

Jonathan Gold Reviews Viviane 4 MIN, 38 SEC

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author for the LA Times. This week, he visits Viviane at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. He recommends the Old Fashioned, Pastrami-Cured Wild Salmon Tartine, Rainbow Beets & Apple Salad and Pan-Roasted Halibut.

Viviane at the Avalon Hotel
9400 W. Olympic Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Read Jonathan's LA Times review and find all of his restaurant recommendations on the Good Food Blog.

Music: "Rocket Science" by RJD2

Market Report 6 MIN, 25 SEC

Andy Shaeffer, owner of Vista Punta Gorda, is the newest vendor at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market. He and Laura Avery discuss the unique micro-climate of his banana plantation in La Conchita, California. Plus, Jason Neroni, chef-owner of the revamped Rose Café in Venice, talks about Meyer lemons on his seasonal, California-influenced menu.

Music: "California Sunset" by Poolside

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