Is it a casino? Is it Encino? Is it a casino in Encino? Something about Vodvil, which officially opens tomorrow, evokes the disembodied sensation of spending to long in a Las Vegas gambling parlor. Hours, days, even the sense of what city you're in slips away. It's disconcerting.
There's real ... More >>
In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad.
"I sleep better knowing that there is still fried pork leg with onions like this in the world." Ask Mr. Gold: Top 10 Pico Boulevard Eats.
"Aside from Sun Chips and soda, Rite Aid's most noteworthy ... More >>
Beechwood (left) and chef Jamie Lauren (right)Kogi, Chego and A-Frame impresario Roy Choi can add one more restaurant to his resumé: Beechwood. We heard about this a couple weeks ago, but now it's official. Chef Jamie Lauren is out and Choi is in at the sleek New American restaurant in Venic ... More >>
The results are in for Food & Wine magazine's "The People's Best New Chefs" awards, and Ricardo Zarate has won for the Pacific region. Congratulations, chef. Hope you're back from Peru for the party.
Jamie Bissonnette of Coppa in Boston is the overall winner. Zarate and the other finalists ... More >>
What's the country reading today food-wise? Here's a roundup of some of the food-related stories from other newspapers, many of which print their food sections mid-week. And remember, even if you don't actually buy papers these days (or not; this paper is free), it's where most of ... More >>
2011 may well be the year of the grassroots movement, whether that be in politics abroad or in considerably less important matters here at home. Food & Wine, which has annually named the best new chefs in the country since 1998, this year has given the vote to the rest of us. Starting today, ... More >>
Anne Fishbeinbaby artichokes with buffalo mozzarella, watercress and goji berries at Fig
If you're one of the few noble people who's actually kept your New Year's resolution, get ready to face a major hurdle. In just a few weeks, dineLA's Restaurant Week returns for its sixth season, serving ... More >>
A. TrachtaIn our two part interview with Top Chef contestant Jamie Lauren, who recently took over as Executive Chef at Beechwood in Venice, told us in Part 1 of her interview how she changed everything on the menu upon arrival. (Except for the edamame and "those goddamn sweet potato fries.") ... More >>
Dear Mr. Gold:
I have a group of my best friends flying in from Alabama, and we're all staying in Santa Monica. I never go to the Westside for anything, so I am looking for some dinner recommendations for Friday night. Any cuisine is fine, I would like to take them somewhere a little trendy a ... More >>
A. TrachtaChef Jamie Lauren assembling White Anchovy and Burrata Bruschetta.In the first part of our interview with Chef Jamie Lauren of Beechwood in Venice, she gave us some insight into the world of Top Chef as well as her thoughts on the Los Angeles. food scene. In Part 2, Lauren discusses ... More >>
A. TrachtaChef Jamie Lauren in her kitchen at Beechwood."I'm working, I swear," Chef Jamie Lauren insists through laughter as she sits in the corner of her kitchen at Beechwood restaurant in Venice, chatting on her cell phone. In fact, she is. She happens to be in mid-consultation on the New ... More >>
Ladies and gentlemen, it appears that the rumors of a Top Chef All-Stars season are true! TV Guide Magazine released an official report from Bravo that the upcoming eighth run of the Emmy award-winning competitive cooking show will include an all-star cast of eighteen runners-up from p ... More >>
BravoTop Chef: Season 7 Winner Kevin Sbraga
Wednesday night on the Top Chef Singapore-based finale, host Padma Lakshmi announced 31-year-old chef and New Jersey native Kevin Sbraga winner of the cooking competition's seventh season, edging out New York-based contestants Angelo Sosa and Ed Co ... More >>