Food in Pop Culture
Please, no, we understand what a menu is.
Word on the street is that buying too much avocado toast is keeping millennials from being able to afford housing. At least one L.A. millennial is trying to turn that equation on its head.
It was hell's pizza kitchen at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, June 10, as top pizza chefs Tony Gemignani, Giulio Adriani, Tom Lehmann, John Arena, Fred Mortati and Jimmy DeSisto, led by Fash Asvadi, director at Pizzaovens.com, broke the Guinness World Record for longest pizza.
The pizza, cooked by conveyor oven, was just over 6,330 feet — more than a mile long.
While the event was advertised as free to enter, a hand-drawn sign and two volunteers collected $5 from cars (for VIP parking). Spectators couldn't get within 500 feet of the pizza but instead were forced to observe from behind a large, chainlink fence. [Ed. note: Organizers say they paid for a large screen to feed the action to viewers farther away, but technical difficulties intervened.] And the event was advertised as going till 8 p.m. but instead closed its doors at 5 p.m. As a result, its Facebook page was filled with comments from unhappy, confused people. Many spectators drove a long way to Fontana and didn't even get a slice of pizza.
Take a peek at our photos to see what only the volunteers and press could see — we even saved you the $5 parking fee.
All photos by Star Foreman
The minds behind the Stay Classy Bar have taken their popular Beetle House restaurant on the road and opened an L.A. location. Originally planning to only stay for 80 days as a pop-up, Beetle House has sold out its entire run before even opening its doors. But the website is taking names for a waiting list, and the pop-up Tim Burton–themed (but not affiliated) restaurant will likely extend its run.
However, if you must go and can't get a reservation, don't worry. The bar portion is open for all and serves crazy cocktails designed by Gia Farrell with names like the Beetlejuice, the Big Fish Bowl (for two people) and the Coco Skellington.
Inside the prix-fixe restaurant, waitresses dressed in L.A.'s own Laura Byrnes serve Cheshire Beef and Edward Burger Hands while acts from Freakshow Deluxe keep the place spooky, with a special stage show and roaming acts throughout the bar area.
Zach Neil of New Gold Empire, one of the founders (and creator of the menu) of Beetle House NYC and Beetle House LA, says that they plan theme nights — an Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) sighting might be in the future — as well as an expansion of their menu.
Chris Pratt has been honest about the work he puts in to staying skinny. Now there are visuals, too.
Before the boring vinyl-bound or plastic coated menu became the norm, Los Angeles restaurants had menus with style and flair. From the archives of the Los Angeles Public Library, we've drawn a selection encompassing tiki, maps, mid-mod, even nudes, all in the service of encouraging eaters. Some of these places are still around — see how the menu card has evolved at Spago, Du-Par's, Dinah's or Taix.
All images courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.
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