Three new events-slash-developments in the LA food world are worth putting on your calendar. I'll list them in chronological order:
October 27. Einat Admony will cook for you
You can fork over $65 and join Israeli-born chef and author Einat Admony, owner of New York's acclaimed Balaboosta restaurant, as she cooks a Middle East-inspired pop-up dinner at the ultra-cool downtown grocer Urban Radish. You'll get a casual family-style dinner with dishes inspired by Admony's Israeli heritage (Yemenite and Persian) from her new cookbook Balaboosta, seamlessly blended with the fresh, sophisticated Mediterranean palate. Tickets are $65 and limited. From 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Call (213) 892-1570 or click here.
By the way, here's the menu according to the organizers:
Root Veggie Chips (p. 62)
My Mom’s Chicken with Pomegranate and Walnuts (p. 213)
Lentil and Feta Salad (p. 94)
Grilled Meat Kebabs roasted red pepper tahini
Cream Bo (p. 227)
Hummus and Pita
November 24: Applications due for Skirball's “Tent: Food LA”
The Skirball Cultural Center is holding its first “Tent: Encounters with Jewish Culture” seminar in March. “Tent: Food LA” invites the 21-30 set to explore how Jewish food has impacted American cuisine and vice versa. You’ll talk, taste, and cook with each other and leading food writers and chefs. More information is here: Tent: Food LA.
The list of speakers will grow, but for now, Susan Feniger is booked to talk about “ethnic food as the basis for contemporary cuisine” and to host a dinner at Street. Leah Hochman and Evan Kleiman will be leading the seminar.
Go online if you're in the right demo and sign up by November 24.
February 2014: Wexler's Deli opens downtown
Yes, it's the Second Coming...of Micah Wexler. But hey, if you remember Mezze on La Cienega, this is no small thing. Wexler has confirmed he will open an artisan version of a Jewish deli in the Grand Central Market downtown early next year. It will be a ten seater, and knowing how the man cooks, it will give current iterations of the artisan deli craze, like Wise Sons stiff competition. As the (Jewish) man in the Dos Equis commercial says, "Stay hungry, my friend..."