The Aftermath of Good Eggs' L.A. Closure, Ice Cream and Beer in the Arts District and More: This Week in Food
The aftermath of Good Eggs' closure is being felt not only in L.A. but in the other cities where the grocery store and delivery service had a presence. Eater published a comprehensive look at the impact felt by some of the farmers themselves, a few of whom were left scrambling to unload their Good Eggs allotment of fresh stuff last-minute after the company announced on three days' notice it was downsizing (and pulling out of L.A., Brooklyn and New Orleans). "We made a mistake in expanding as quickly as we did," the company's CEO said on its blog, citing complicated supply chains that are required for such a new business model. The L.A. Times took a more hyperlocal look at affected suppliers, including many that relied on Good Eggs for a sizable chunk of their business. What do suppliers think was the biggest culprit in the L.A. market's demise? Battling the city's interminable freeway traffic. Ugh.
And while one startup is withdrawing back to the Bay Area, other brands are rapidly making even bigger moves into the city. San Francisco's Blue Bottle Coffee continues its southern expansion with the opening of an Echo Park location this week (and the announcement that sister bakery Tartine will be opening in some large Arts District space). This location comes just weeks after the roaster opened a coffee shop in Beverly Grove, adding to a family of L.A. shops that already includes those in downtown and Venice. Portland, Ore.–based ice creamery Salt & Straw also is expanding its L.A. presence, with two new announced locations, one in the Arts District and one on Abbot Kinney. Hopefully having other stores will reduce the insane all-day lines at its original Larchmont spot (see Tweet o' the Week below).
To balance all the ice cream, coffee and pastries coming to the Arts District, let there be beer! The impending craft beer dominance that will soon take over one of L.A.'s most quickly changing 'hoods is back in the news this week, with Boomtown Brewery hosting a burgers and beer event (hey, we just did that too!) in its "event space," aka the taproom that isn't quite ready to be open. Beer Paper L.A. — the city's only print publication dedicated to local beer, which is back in action after a monthlong hiatus (this writer is no longer affiliated) — dedicated its cover story to the breweries in progress or already open in the Arts District. Great portraits by Nick Gingold accompany quotes from the owners and brewers at three spots: Boomtown, Mumford and Iron Triangle.
Wheaties finally released a beer, and to break the news, NPR found the greatest headline ("It's a Hefeweizen (Duh)") and lead sentence ("For years, the Wheaties slogan – 'breakfast of champions' — has been invoked by beer lovers who pop open an adult beverage before noon").
The Randy's Donut's iconic doughnut rooftop structure was turned into a water-saving plea by the Metropolitan Water District this week, a transformation that came along with free doughnuts for early risers who pledged to reduce their water usage. With last year's morphing of the doughnut into a hockey puck for the Stanley Cup finals and now this PSA, is Randy's becoming L.A.'s version of the timely, wardrobe-changing Mannekin Pis statue in Brussels?
Why the cops gotta kill all the fun? We've refrained from discussing the after-hours clubs and bars in Koreatown for fear of getting them shut down, but apparently Yelpers and Redditors don't consider the Internet is a thing that people in law enforcement could read, and they've blown up Bongsoongah Hak Dang's spot, which police entered through the kitchen's alley entrance and busted for seving booze well past 2 a.m. Three people were arrested and police are using the restaurant as an example of how this kind of disregard for the laws will not be tolerated. So, where's the after-party now?
Tweets o' the Week:
At this point your ice cream flavors aren't "wild and surprising" unless you're using bodily fluids or office supplies— Karen Kilgariff (@KarenKilgariff) August 13, 2015
Friday, Aug. 14: More Burgers, More Beer at Boomtown Brewing
If you didn't get enough burgers and beer at our own Burgers and Beer event last weekend, one of L.A.'s newest breweries will be hosting its own intimate version as a kickoff to its Arts District taproom. Regular hours start in September, but be among the first to drink at the source when Far Bar brings burgers and the public is invited in for one night only.
Tuesday, Aug. 18: Providence Celebrity Chef Dinner Series
In honor of Providence's 10-year anniversary, Michelin-starred executive chef and co-owner Michael Cimarusti will host a series of commemorative celebrity guest chef dinners, featuring collaborations with luminary chefs from around the world who have inspired him throughout his culinary career. This week brings James Beard Award winner Suzanne Goin and Dominique Crenn. Yum.
Thursday, Aug. 20: Ceviche Project
It's summer, and in L.A. that means ceviche. The Ceviche Project, while pricey, is a great opportunity to experience founder Octavio Olivas' varied experiments with raw fish and its many variations, as well as tiraditos, oysters on the half-shell and crudo preparations. Hang out at the Skybar at Mondrian and sip on DeLeon tequila while eating five courses of fresh ceviche goodness.
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