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La Grande Orange Santa Monica: Chef Erik Palmer Profile

La Grande Orange Santa Monica: Chef Erik Palmer Profile

When you walk into La Grand Orange (LGO), you energy is immediately elevated.  From the low and excited din of diners evident even on a sleepy Wednesday morning, to the down tempo funky house infusing the restaurant, you know you are in for an experience. I first met Chef Erik at the Santa Monica Food and Wine Festival where LGO was showcasing their talents through their signature slider.  While...
Secrets to a Successful Restaurant

Secrets to a Successful Restaurant

People with a passion for good food are always interested in the next great restaurant.  But what makes a restaurant successful?  Sometimes it is about a kitschy new concept.  Most recently, for example, the food truck craze has taken over. Sometimes it’s about the chef and their sex appeal or unique inspiration. Either way, let’s face it most restaurants aren’t re-inventing the wheel, an...