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Jessica Hamlin

Cali cauli adobo bowl at Chego; Credit: Annie Grossinger

Roy Choi Ups His L.A. Factor With Kombucha-Infused Dishes at Chego

Roy Choi has had a roller coaster of a summer. His LINE Hotel restaurants contract came to an end July 31 and his Watts healthier fast food spot Locol recently ceased retail operations, remaining open as a catering event space. Meanwhile, he’s preparing to open his first out-of-state restaurant at Park MGM in Las Vegas....
Gluten-free doughnut cake at Rest Farmhouse Inspired; Credit: Jessica Hamlin

Pasadena’s Urban Homestead Creates True Farm-to-Table Dining

The term “farm-to-table” jumped the shark a while ago. Still, while most of us probably don’t want to know the name of the chicken we’re eating, à la Portlandia’s “Is it local?” sketch, chef and restaurateur Kristina Evans believes “you have to know who’s growing your food.” So Evans partnered her Montrose restaurant, Rest Farmhouse Inspired, with tiny Pasadena home farm the Urban Homestead to create genuinely farm-to-table fare....
The competing chefs with judges Manny Hinojosa and Aaron Sánchez; Credit: Julie Bersani

Who Makes L.A.’s Best Tortilla? We Found Out at the Tortilla Awards

Los Angeles has a wealth of tacos, from trucks to gourmet. But how many people take time to focus on the tortilla, the very foundation of a taco? Cue the Tortilla Awards, an event that pits some of the best tortilla makers in the area against each other to see who brings home the gold — seriously, there are golden tortilla plaques involved....
Downtown Women's Center Cafe; Credit: Made by DWC

This Skid Row Cafe Employs and Supports Homeless Women

Ssitting inside MADE by DWC, the Downtown Women’s Center’s cheery and spacious cafe and gift boutique, you could almost forget that Skid Row is just outside. While the cafe can offer a respite from harsh reality, the whole point is to be aware of the tent-housed people lining the streets — because MADE by DWC exists to help and empower them....
Wolford House

"Secret" Dinner With Mei Lin Whets Our Appetite for Nightshade

PlaceInvaders’ latest L.A. event included a wine-paired, multicourse dinner by Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef season 12 and head of hotly anticipated Arts District restaurant Nightshade. The evening was set at the Wolford House, a midcentury modern home built by Frank Lloyd Wright protégé James De Long in the late 1940s....
Bulgogi Steak; Credit: Bibigo

Bibigo Elevates Fast-Casual Korean Menu in First Stand-Alone Space

The Korean build-your-own-bibimbap chain Bibigo just opened its first standalone location. Bibigo, a combination of classic Korean rice dish “bibimbap” and “go,” has operated mostly in mall food courts since 2010. Now it’s matured with a minimalist space full of white subway tile and accented with plants....
Gazpacho at DTLA Cheese; Credit: California Avocado Commission

Get Your California Avocado Month Fix at Grand Central Market

In case you need an excuse to consume more avocados, it’s avocado season and June is California Avocado Month. To celebrate, the California Avocado Commission teamed up with Grand Central Market — a place that screams L.A. almost as much as avocados — to offer specials featuring the fatty fruit....