| Dec 8, 2011
The women — in twos and threes and sixes — are on a mission. Spot Michael Voltaggio, the famously tattooed winner of Season 6 of Bravo's "Top Chef." They linger at the door, waiting, hoping for a seat or a table.
Sigh of relief. There he is,...
| Dec 29, 2011
Alex Day is standing behind the custom bar at the headquarters of Proprietors, the drinks consulting company he and his partner David Kaplan recently set up in downtown Los Angeles — an office cum cocktail lab that they've dubbed Chapter & Verse....
| Nov 10, 2011
Each year I keep a running log to track restaurants slated to open each month. When this January rolled around and I started my new list, I fully expected the pace of openings to slow to a trickle.
That hasn't happened. Instead, despite the curdled...
| Nov 24, 2011
To call a turkey sandwich the stuff of memories sounds far-fetched (few have waxed Proustian about a turkey club), but that's what it is to Peruvian chef Ricardo Zarate. The chef behind Los Angeles' Mo-Chica and Picca came to know and love the turkey...
| Apr 21, 2012
There's going to be a whole lot of cooking going on at the 17th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the USC campus Saturday and Sunday. In fact, there's an entire stage devoted to it.
Saturday will kick off with Ink's Michael Voltaggio at 10:30...
| Mar 17, 2012
Have you ever noticed that all of a sudden it seems that almost every restaurant you walk into is serving the same dish? Burrata salad, braised pork belly, pig's ears in some form, short ribs—and some version of Nancy Silverton's butterscotch...
| Mar 17, 2012
Pot de crème: We've been through chocolate mousse, flourless chocolate cake, crème brûlée, croissant bread pudding, panna cotta and clafouti. It's worth noting that, with the exception of that old faithful, tiramisu, L.A.'s tastes tend to run to French-...
| Mar 10, 2011
Keep the fat lady waiting in the wings. It's not over yet. Fine dining, I mean, and the new Royce at the Langham Huntington is proof.
The Pasadena hotel could have chosen to turn the Dining Room where Craig Strong (and briefly, Michael Voltaggio) once...
| Jul 28, 2011
Cole Dickinson, the chef de cuisine at Michael Voltaggio's soon-to-open West Hollywood restaurant, Ink, got his culinary education the old-fashioned way: in the kitchen.
That might sound obvious, but it makes him something of an anomaly as the number...
| Apr 21, 2012
| 4:35 PM
In case you slept in Saturday morning, here's some of what you missed at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. And yes, Scooby-Doo is roaming the fest, too. Overheard at #bookfest: "It's like Disneyland for nerds!" @HuffPostBooks OH at #bookfest:......
| Apr 12, 2012
| 4:34 PM
My friend Laurie Winer has an interesting piece in LA Weekly complaining that New York publishers are prejudiced against Los Angeles chefs … or at least that they don’t pay them the same respect that they do New Yorkers. This......
| Mar 15, 2012
| 4:33 PM
Guess who's going to be cooking at the 2012 Los Angeles Festival of Books in April. How's this for a lineup? Michael Voltaggio, Gail Simmons, Josiah Citrin, Chris Cosentino, Alice Medrich, Debbie Lee and Anne Burrell. Oh and Nancy Silverton is stopping by...