SoCal Mag loves seeing female entrepreneurs in action, especially when they’re creating experiences for Angelenos that wouldn’t compare to other cities. Jenn Harris gave us a quick reflective interview about this year’s past Food Bowl, and why it had such a significant importance on giving back. Consider this an LA event you no longer want to miss!
Q. Why is Food Bowl such an important culinary event for SoCal residents? Tell us about the mission and charity component.
A. This year we partnered with three really important charities: Midnight Mission, Food Forward, and LA Food Kitchen – all of them are doing really fantastic work in LA. LA Kitchen puts food that would go to waste to people that need it and help create job training programs. Midnight Mission is doing their best to feed the homeless here in LA. So Food Bowl is important because as much as we want to celebrate the great chefs and restaurants we have here in this city, we also want to shed some light on some of the serious issues that people face everyday.
Q. What can fans of this year’s Food Bowl expect next year? Any returning chefs or new highlights not to miss?
A. We had the best chefs in LA this year – and we have even more next year. Josef Centeno was back doing events. Michael Samurusi from Providence headlined a sustainable seafood dinner in Manhattan Beach, which was phenomenal. We also had the brothers from Lasa which is a great Filipino restaurant in Chinatown. They did a huge outstanding in the field long table dinner at Night Market, which is also returning next year. It was our five-night food festival in Grand Park, where we just take over the entire park with food and restaurants. There are food trucks, entertainment, and that’s going to be even bigger and better next year too.
Q. What is your day to day like at LA Times? What do you love the most about this position?
A. I think what I love the most is that I get to eat everyday. I basically get paid to eat, run around, and try new food. I meet new people and hang out with chefs and share that experience with everyone. I pinch myself everyday that I have my job. It’s really fun.
Q. What are your favorite hotspots for dining that you’d recommend to anyone visiting SoCal?
A. For out-of-towners, I always say you’ve got to go to Cassia in Santa Monica, because Chef Bryant Ng is doing amazing things with fresh produce and his flavors are just always on point. Any of Josef Centeno’s restaurants in Downtown LA… I’d recommend going to the Far East Plaza in Chinatown and basically doing a little eating tour; hit up Howlin’ Rays, hit up Chego, and hit up Lasa. There’s a lot of great food choices here. Also, Langers in DTLA has the best pastrami ever, so I would definitely go there too.
Q. Anything else you want to add about Food Bowl?
A. Just that if you’re someone who likes food and you’re here in LA, then I think it is the perfect time to eat around LA. It really does give people a taste of the great chefs and the restaurants around here. It’s a fun month to eat.
For everything about the LA Food Bowl coming in May of 2019, be sure to bookmark the official website and stay tuned!
This Wednesday, MOBS Design was the extraordinary host of a spectacular brunch at Platform’s one and only Hayden restaurant. It was the perfect day and perfect way to welcome the shoe brand’s bright new colors, and latest design, The Grid. Culver City’s cool breeze coupled with the famous SoCal sun to create a bright, fun, music-filled brunch time party.
A line of numerous shoe styles and summer colors lined Hayden’s outdoor dining area, and shone brightly (but not overbearingly) in the sun. In fact, the pinks, blues, and other subtle hues are elegant and befitting to the season. As we begin to embrace the warmth of late Spring, and early Summer, it becomes apparent that MOBS are a staple for the shoe connoisseur: extremely comfortable, light-weight, and a magnet for the eyes. It’s a welcome change to the footwear landscape.
MOBS’ entire team, along with event organizers, wore their favorite pairs of the shoe company’s stylish designs, and spoke eloquently of their mission, creative and design processes, and what’s to come in the company’s future.
Here’s what MOBS’ designer, Bryon Schroeder, had to say about his goals, the company’s competition, and what he wants customers to expect when they purchase a pair of shoes:
“My goal is to offer people a decent pair of shoes that blends elements of the athletic world with my own sense of fashion. I see a lot of footwear brands today that don’t particularly do that. That’s what we want MOBS to accomplish by bringing the best of both worlds to footwear. Ultimately, I just want people to enjoy our products. We’ve been working really hard with this concept and I’m so happy to be able to bring this brand to life in Los Angeles.”
MOBS’ Managing Director, Tony Ramo, added:
“It’s very hard launching a new brand when the landscape and market has changed so much over the years. It’s really nice to get support from various media outlets on what we feel is a truly amazing product.”
MOBS Design brings to the table what many footwear brands have long forgotten or done away with — unique colors, high-quality materials and undeniable comfort — so it’s refreshing to see the company tackle and defeat the obstacles that get in the way of some of their goals. Even more, it’s reassuring to find a brand of shoes that can bring many miles of durability to the feet of consumers in an extremely versatile and stylish way.
Summer is here, and as Mother Nature turns up the heat, some of LA’s finest chefs will be doing the same! LA’s tastemakers are joining forces for a night of wining and dining at Cleo’s Third Street. Sam Nazarian, Founder & CEO of sbe, Daniel De Polo, President of Darioush Winery, and Chef Danny Elmaleh, Cleo Executive Chef will host an evening of Cleo favorites crafted by Chef Danny Elmaleh and a pairing of the finest wines from Darioush Winery. This one-night-only unique dining experience has limited seating and a reservation is required.
What can you expect from this special occasion? Cleo, known for their delicious shareable plates, mezzes, and flatbreads and cocktails, is leaving no holds barred. The ambiance at Cleo provides a warm, intimate restaurant setting that playfully marries old Hollywood glamour with relaxed Mediterranean charm.
Learn more information, and purchase tickets to this exquisite event to kick off your summer on the right foot! Details below:
THE DETAILS Cleo Third Street 8384 W 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90048 Tuesday, June 14, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Father’s Day is right around the corner, and instead of brainstorming the many ways to make dad feel appreciated, families can look to MOBS Footwear. MOBS is delivering a brand new style, sure to impress people everywhere. This new look, named Grid is perfect for the busy ‘cool dads’ who jump from meetings in the office, to their kids’ soccer practice right after.
The Grid set’s stretch knit upper maximizes breathability, and a nested elastic and leather mid-foot strap provides support and stability while maintaining a clean minimal aesthetic. The sleek “Grid” EVA midsole delivers lightweight cushioning, and the rubber outsole assures both flexibility and traction. Easy to slip on and available in two different color-ways — it works for all dads alike! The new Grid style maintains MOBS’ signature mobility and comfort, yet introduces a new type of versatility that is appropriate for a quick round on the golf course, business meetings, travel, walks at the park, or just getting a drink at the bar.
Visit https://mobsdesign.com/ to get the “dadpreneur” in your life a stylish and functional set of shoes that will keep him moving from business to casual without skipping a beat!
Come close…a little closer. That’s right, perfect! We’re about to let you in on a little secret with big flavor — the world-renowned premium burger concept Umami Burger is teaming up with cult favorite hot sauce, Cholula, to launch their first ever grilled chicken sandwich.
The exclusive secret menu collaboration is only here for a limited time starting, May 5th and ending June 5th. This limited edition offer features an array of colorful, spice-filled and flavorful ingredients “Sweet Habanero” Chick-Me-Out Burger will be available at select Umami locations in Los Angeles, New York & Chicago. The Adobo Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast Burger comes with delicious Smashed Avocado, Pickled Red Onion, Lime, Green Mango Slaw & Charred Pineapple.
Umami Burger Chief Culinary Officer Chef Martin Heierling, says:
“The sweet flavors of Cholula Sweet Habanero inspired me to create our first grilled chicken menu item – something our guests have been asking for. I set out to design an unpredictable and outside-the-box sandwich so I featured an array of colorful and flavorful ingredients. The ‘Sweet Habanero’ Chick-Me-Out Burger is a combination of Adobo marinated grilled chicken breast, smashed avocado, pickled red onions, lime and green mango slaw, and charred pineapple. It’s the perfect marriage of flavor and heat and something our fans will certainly love.”
Sounds like the perfect beginning of summer treat! You can find the Chick-Me-Out Burger at Umami Burger @ The Grove: 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036.