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Grilled Cheese

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Buffalo Blue at Greenspan's Grilled Cheese - FARLEY ELLIOTT
  • Farley Elliott
  • The Buffalo Blue at Greenspan's Grilled Cheese
Chef Eric Greenspan is running a little leaner these days. The always-quotable chef was, when we last spoke at his sky-high dining venture The Roof on Wilshire in September, working on rebuilding his empire and dropping some weight — without losing his comfort-food sensibilities, mind you.

As of last week, he might be running a bit meaner, too.

Maybe he's just got a lot on his plate right now. Maybe it's the burning need to climb back into the L.A. food ring in a real way. Or maybe it's because every media piece about his new grilled cheese restaurant opens with a snarky line that pokes at how long the place took to open. Whatever it is, chef Greeny is fired up.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Grilled Cheese

The Last Ever Grilled Cheese Invitational. Or Was It?

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Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Jake the Snake, a Grilled Cheese Sandwich - RACHAEL NARINS
  • Rachael Narins
  • Jake the Snake, a Grilled Cheese Sandwich
This past Sunday, April 12, was National Grilled Cheese Day, and on that day, the Final Grilled Cheese Invitational took place at Los Angeles Center Studios in downtown L.A. Or  maybe it wasn't the last one. A few slices of crispy buttered bread with molten cheese can be mighty addictive and this annual event is even more so. With four heats of roughly 50 teams competing for the coup de grâce in one of four categories, it was a hearty, heady, orange-tinged afternoon, and one people won't soon forget.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

click image Grilled Cheese Sandwich at Beer Belly - WESLEY WONG
  • Wesley Wong
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich at Beer Belly
Somebody, somewhere, declared April 12 National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, which seems like a reasonable excuse to celebrate one of the best sandwiches going. This year though, that date will be tinged with sadness, since it is also the swan song for L.A.'s own Grilled Cheese Invitational. Like last year, it will be at Los Angeles Center Studios from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tickets, now on sale, start at $25. 

After a long and effulgent run, founder Tim Walker, the Grilled Cheese King, has decided this is the final year for bread-butter-cheese-victory.  But don't panic just yet, there's still time to sign up to compete, judge, volunteer or just attend - and gorge at - the ultimate cheese-fest. 

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Greenspan at the Foundry on Melrose - PHOTO BY FELICIA FRIESEMA
  • Photo by Felicia Friesema
  • Greenspan at the Foundry on Melrose
Do you, as many of us do, mark the passage of time by restaurants that have opened and closed throughout Los Angeles? If so, you may have been flipping through your calendar, trying to figure out when in hell Eric Greenspan's grilled cheese storefront is going to settle in for business. And now, with the Foundry on Melrose undergoing a months-long revamp, you may have begun wondering about Greenspan himself. Where is the man, so loud and confident on your television and with his cooking, hiding out? These days, Eric Greenspan is a man of many questions.

As Greenspan will be the first to tell you, he also has all the answers. From a corner booth at the chef's other L.A. restaurant, the Roof on Wilshire, he opened up about the past few months, his future expansion -- and a very personal reason for slowing down and doing things right.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Foundry's "The Champ" grilled cheese sandwich - YOUTUBE.COM
  • YouTube.com
  • The Foundry's "The Champ" grilled cheese sandwich
So, apparently YouTube has a food channel called Tasted. Who knew? And they do tons of programing, mainly in the Food Network/Bravo style -- that is to say, jaunty music, quick-cut editing and shows with names like Dude Food.

One such show, Star Chef Secrets, this week features Eric Greenspan of The Foundry on Melrose, talking about his award winning grilled cheese sandwich and demonstrating how to make it. This involves an alarming amount of butter.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Beer

Beer Pairing: Little Bear Grilled Cheese + Taps Biere de Garde

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Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Beer pairing at Little Bear - ERIKA BOLDEN
  • Erika Bolden
  • Beer pairing at Little Bear
Beer pairing has the same transformative effect on food as wine, but the transformation is entirely different. Pouring a liter of lager with your wings won't exactly result in a Michelin three-star meal, but superficial flavors will fall in line like Tetris pieces to build and unlock even bigger, more harmonious flavors. The depth and subtlety of some beers can't be released without a corresponding bite of curry, or piquant sauce, or pungent cheese.

The habit of ordering a drink before you've looked at a dinner menu can undermine your pairing possibilities. (Unless you're settling in for multiple rounds.) Anticipate your food cravings and order a beer for pairing to upgrade your dining experience from the tepid mediocrity of a Coldplay ballad to the irresistible fun of a Childish Gambino rhyme.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

The Heywood grilled cheese sandwich at Heywood Grilled Cheese Shop - T. NGUYEN
  • T. Nguyen
  • The Heywood grilled cheese sandwich at Heywood Grilled Cheese Shop
The 16th-century writer John Heywood loved cheese. So, in addition to collecting a number of heady epigrams in his book of proverbs -- "Out of sight, out of mind," "Haste makes waste," and so on -- he also wrote verses about reading books and eating cheese. And thus it makes sense we now have Heywood Grilled Cheese, a shop that honors Mr. Heywood's love with high-quality specialty cheese in sandwich form.

The idea for the shop was, as co-owner Michael Kaminsky says, was a bit hazy. Kaminsky and his other business partners -- all former or current residents of Silver Lake who also work in the music industry -- signed the lease to the space next to Lark on the corner of Micheltorena Street and Sunset Boulevard, excited to open a shop in their favorite neighborhood but not knowing what, exactly, this shop would be. As one of the partners had a background in gourmet cheeses, the group decided to use their new space to reinvent the cheese wheel, so to speak, and offer grilled cheese sandwiches using the type of high-quality, specialty cheeses you would serve on a cheese plate.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

People's Choice Winner, Fully Loaded - BRANDON BUCK
  • Brandon Buck
  • People's Choice Winner, Fully Loaded
What this year's Grilled Cheese Invitational brought in quantity was not only saturated fat and carbohydrates but flair, with a vegan twist. There was plenty of exhibitionism on display yesterday at the Rose Bowl -- from the bearers of the Kraft-singles skirts to the stilt walkers of March Fourth Marching Band.

Eyebrow-raising ingredients in the Missionary and Kama Sutra categories included quail egg, habanero pepper, SoyRizo, masala, squid ink and octopus. But the real shocker of the day was when the Frickin' Figgin Vegan Sandwich took first place in the Honey Pot (amateur) category. To veteran grilled cheese lover and founder of the GCI Tim Walker, a sandwich winning for sandwich's sake (which happened to be vegan) was "an event horizon at the Grilled Cheese Invitational." Turn the page for this year's results.

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Toastabags - BOSKA
  • Boska
  • Toastabags
It's difficult to decide what to say first about this new product, called Toastabags and created by the Dutch company Boska, a toastable sandwich bag that supposedly simplifies the process of making grilled cheese sandwiches. Because, you know, they're so hard to make already. So maybe we'll just quote @gastropoda, whose tweet was what led us to a discovery of the product in the first place: "One more reason my big fear is reincarnation: Evolving world too inept to grill cheese." Exactly.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Previous year's competitor - DREW TEWKSBURY
  • Drew Tewksbury
  • Previous year's competitor
Tomorrow marks the 10th annual Grilled Cheese Invitational, held this year at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Undoubtedly there are a few devotees out there who can attest to sandwich superiority, having frequented the event over the last decade. Competitor registration is closed and it's too late to be a judge, but for those of us stumbling upon the occasion for the first time, here's a look at what's between the bread.

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