FLAVORS OF LA
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 | 7:30 – 10:30 P.M.
One city, countless tastes
Hosted by Jonathan Gold and Kris Yenbamroong
Let our Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic take your taste buds on a tour of this city’s vibrant collection of eclectic cuisines. This can’t-miss event is a culinary exploration of what makes LA, LA.
Jonathan Gold | Host
Jonathan is a restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times. He won the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2007 and was a finalist again in 2011. A Los Angeles native, he began writing the Counter Intelligence column for the L.A. Weekly in 1986, wrote about death metal and gangsta rap for Rolling Stone and Spin among other places, and is delighted that he has managed to forge a career out of the professional eating of tacos. The documentary “City of Gold” about his relationship with food and the city of Los Angeles was released this year.
Appearing at: OPENING NIGHT, DINNER WITH A TWIST, FLAVORS OF LA
Kris Yenbamroong | Co-host
Kris is the 33-year-old chef and owner of NIGHT + MARKET restaurants. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kris has no formal culinary training —but grew up in his family-owned restaurant, Talesai. He attended New York University and graduated with a degree in film. If NIGHT + MARKET restaurants were to have a mission statement, it would read as follows: “We aim to make the most delicious and authentic Thai food to facilitate drinking and fun-having amongst friends.” NIGHT + MARKET was No. 24 on the most recent Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurant list, and Kris was a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best New Chef West award in 2016.
Appearing at: OPENING NIGHT, FLAVORS OF LA
Nyesha grew up in Southern California with a multicultural background that inspires her food today. Her earliest experiences date back to cooking traditional Korean cuisine with her grandmother. She would go on to the Culinary School at the Art Institute of California and working with renowned chefs including Josiah Citrin and Joel Robuchon. She has appeared on “Top Chef” and “Knife Fight,” and in prominent food and lifestyle media over the last decade. She now helms the kitchen at LEONA restaurant in her home of Venice Beach serving seasonally driven, ethically harvested and globally inspired Progressive Californian cuisine inspired by the mosaic of the Golden State.
Alvin went to the Oregon Culinary Institute and staged at Matthew Lightner’s Castagna, Elias Cairo’s Olympic Provisions, Bouchon and French Laundry. After graduation, he served as Michael Hannigan’s chef de partie at Portland’s Ten 01, before moving to David LeFevre’s MB Post. Alvin launched the egg sandwich concept Egglsut as a six-month pop-up. Wildly successful, he opened a permanent stand in Grand Central Market. Eggslut is expanding to Venice Beach and The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. You can find Chef Alvin cooking everyday at his new Filipino lunch concept AMBOY.
Tricia has been specializing in the beverage business for over fifteen years. She learned the craft of culinary cocktails from amazing chefs and bar business geniuses across SoCal. Since 2011 she has served as Southern California Director of Mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits. In 2012, she helped launch SWS’s new Artisanal Group and continues to serve as the creative and educational leader for the innovative company. She also hosts “The Concoctologist,” an online show combining quirky comedy and mixology demonstrations based off requests from her robust social media following, and is currently in production to bring this concept to cable television. Tricia is proud to serve the bar community as board member of the So Cal Chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild.
Scott Dallavo | DJ
Scott is a radio, event and concert DJ who has opened for X, Paul Weller, Bryan Ferry, Madness, The Specials, The B-52s, Billy Idol, The NY Dolls, Echo & the Bunnymen, Big Audio Dynamite, The Damned, Adam Ant, Blondie, Cracker, Lily Allen, Pretenders and just about every reggae act on planet Earth. He has hosted “Retrograde” on Indie1031/.com since 2008 and was host of the “Get Up Stand Up” reggae show on The Beat and KDAY from 1994 to 2006.
Appearing at: OPENING NIGHT, FIELD TO FORK, DINNER WITH A TWIST, SUNDAY BLOCK PARTY, FLAVORS OF LA
Gary began his culinary career at one of Food & Wine and Gourmet Magazine’s top heralded restaurants, Patina. Next up were stints at The Dining Room, Ritz Carlton SF and Melisse followed by an eye-opening experience with chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry. In 2006, Menes opened Palate Food+Wine in Glendale to critical acclaim. Currently, Gary is running Le Comptoir, a 12-person, counter-only, pop-up in downtown L.A. that focuses on his philosophy of showcasing ingredients sourced from local farms.
Chris is currently Southern Wine & Spirits Regional Mixologist covering all of Orange County and other areas of Southern California. He brings to SWS 15 years of bar operations experience that range from the development of Osteria Mozza’s Michelin Star Award winning bar program to The Varnish in Downtown L.A., where he helped form a staff that would eventually go on to win the coveted U.S. Cocktail Bar of the Year at Tales of the Cocktail. He has been featured in national and international press including Bon Appétit, Difford’s Guide UK, Los Angeles Times, New York Times and SAVEUR magazine. Chris has written cocktail recipes for The Mozza Cookbook, Left Coast Libations, Eat Drink Nap and What we Drink a collection of cocktail recipes.
Growing up in his native Philippines, rice served as a daily staple for Olalia. Today, the 32-year-old chef guides diners at Ricebar, his downtown L.A. restaurant, to Filipino cuisine with a barrage of addictive flavors. Ricebar features non-GMO, fair-trade grains, imported from various islands in the Philippines. Before opening Ricebar, Olalia was the executive chef of Patina Restaurant in downtown. He spent the past ten years learning from chefs such as Xavier Salomon, Guy Savoy, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Joachim Splichal and Tony Esnault.
Regional Mixologist for Southern Wine and Spirits of Southern California, Juan has been in the bar industry for over 10 years. He started his career in 2006 as a barback at the Edison in downtown Los Angeles where he eventually moved up to become lead bartender. After three years, Juan accepted the position of bar manager at Big Bar in Los Feliz. In 2011 Juan moved to New York to take the position of Bar Manager at Soho House New York. Juan decided to return to his hometown in 2013 for the dual position of bar manager and beverage controller at Soho House Los Angeles. Juan’s next move was to take on the position of director of bars for the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Juan continues to further his bar education through seminars, conferences and reading books.
A native of Seoul, Kwang is co-owner and chef of Baroo in Hollywood. Opened in 2015, Baroo serves intricate and highly inventive dishes that combine the food of Kwang’s Korean heritage with local ingredients. Previously, he staged at Noma in Copenhagen, the three-star Piazza Duomo in Alba, Italy, and Quique Dacosta near Valencia, Spain. Kwang holds a master in food culture and communication from the University of Gastronomic Science in Pollenzo, Italy. Baroo’s Noorook was named one of the 10 best dishes of 2015 by The Times’ Jonathan Gold.
Michael is the owner/chef of the highly acclaimed restaurant ink. and the artisanal sandwich concept Sack Sandwiches in Los Angeles. Celebrated for having reinterpreted a new class of finer dining, ink. earned the title of “Best New Restaurant in America” by GQ in 2011. Prior to opening ink., Voltaggio spent time at the helm of numerous high-profile kitchens including Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, earning a Michelin star, and The Bazaar by José Andrés, where he earned a rare 4-star review from the Los Angeles Times and finalist nomination for “Best New Restaurant” from the James Beard Foundation. Michael has been recognized as one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs in 2013 and awarded as the winner of season six of Bravo’s “Top Chef.”