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Bar Covell: A Los Feliz Gem

Bar Covell: A Los Feliz Gem

Dustin Lancaster had been at Café Stella for 4 ½ years and was ready to make a move.  Having lived in the trendy Los Feliz neighborhood for years, he knew that the area was in need of something more sophisticated.  The concept for the understatedly hip Bar Covell was created by Dustin from the idea that every customer be treated like a regular.  His customers at Stella would let him chose the...
Umami Burger:  Addicting and coming to your city soon

Umami Burger: Addicting and coming to your city soon

At a wine tasting event several weeks ago, I noticed a man talking to a friend of mine wearing the iconic Umami Burger logo on his shirt. Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last 2 and a half years, you have likely come across an Umami Burger. Deemed the 5th taste, Umami is a genre of flavor that has taken off especially in the Southern California Market. It turned my friend was talking t...
A Wok in the Park: Interview with CEO Stuart Davis of City Wok

A Wok in the Park: Interview with CEO Stuart Davis of City Wok

Last month I was invited to attend the 15th Annual UCLA Restaurant Conference hosted by Pillsbury Law.  We broke for lunch and I found myself sitting at the table with CEO’s from many of my favorite restaurant groups including Mr. Stuart Davis, CEO of City Wok. Growing up in Los Angles, I remember the very first City Wok restaurant popping up in the valley.  We thought the name was so clever a...
Resetting the Table: New Approaches to Profitability an Interview with Anna M. Graves

Resetting the Table: New Approaches to Profitability an Interview with Anna M. Graves

If you are in the restaurant industry and haven’t bought your ticket yet for the 15th Annual UCLA Extension Restaurant Industry Conference, you don’t know what you might be missing.  This week I had the honor of getting some insider conference information when I sat down with Anna Graves, Co-Leader of the Restaurant, Food & Beverage Industry Group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP an...
Hatfield’s: I won’t be hanging my hat here again

Hatfield’s: I won’t be hanging my hat here again

Tonight’s culinary adventures took me to Hatfields.  I have to say unfortunately the food much like the décor was beige.  While the presentation was lovely, the flavors just missed for me as well as for my dinning partner.  In addition, the service, aside from our waiter Dave who was quite amusing, was also mediocre.  Plates left empty a little too long, empty wine glasses left on the tab...
A Chef Profile:  Kerry Simon

A Chef Profile: Kerry Simon

I was sitting in seat 2A on my Delta Airlines flight from Jamaica to LAX when a figure dressed in black from head to toe sauntered down the aisle.  He sat down next to me, began to read a magazine and dramatically ripped out a Ben & Jerry’s ad.  “Do you have kids or are just a sweet tooth?”  I asked.  Little did I know I had the good fortune of sitting next to celebrity chef and rest...
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...
Marketing a Restaurant

Marketing a Restaurant

So you own or are thinking about owning a restaurant and are confused about what the heck to do in terms of marketing and advertising.  Do you go the traditional route and stick to local papers and magazines?  Do you spend a ton of money on a big T.V. ad?  Or do you venture into the miasma that is social media marketing?  Not to fear, I’m here to help. The first thing you need to know is tha...
Anisette Bistro:  My New Local Favorite

Anisette Bistro: My New Local Favorite

Last night my culinary adventures took me to a little French Bistro in my neighborhood called Anisette Brasserie.   I must admit that I had an immediate aversion to the name for no other reason than it conjures up thoughts of star anise and black licorice both of which I have an aversion to. The ambiance was lovely with its dark wood paneling, high vaulted ceilings and floor to ceiling mirrored...
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...