Kleiman's is the first in a series of pop-up events at the Charleston, where chef Jet Tila will invite various chefs to share his kitchen on a monthly basis. For the May 7 event, you can expect farmers market-plucked ingredients in dishes such as gnocchetti di ricotta, linguine vongole, pollo arrosto, lasagne Angeli and chocolate chunk bread pudding (pictured above).
Longtime friends, Tila and Kleiman's collaboration seemed only natural. "I was dreading never making the food again or collaborating with my staff. He [Tila] told me not to worry. I could do pop-ups at his new place." Kleiman hopes to do this sort of thing regularly and is busying herself, along with many other things, with teaching at cooking schools and in private homes. The pop-up dinner is $45 per person, not including beverages, tax and tip. To reserve, call (310) 828-2115.