The LA Times Food Bowl May 1-31 various Los Angeles locations
Opening Night at the Wiltern
The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl is a city-wide festival bringing together LA’s best bars, cafes, hotels, markets, restaurants and the world’s top chefs for hundreds of extraordinary events until May 31.
It is rightfully so that The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl: The Power of Food was the inaugural event. Food is about community and this was a great opportunity to get the conversation started about how food and community affect us all. Highlighted were members of the community who believe in the power of food to change communities. Interviews are in the video below.
The evening was held in conjunction with LA Kitchen, a nonprofit organization reclaiming healthy, local food that would otherwise go to waste, supplying nutritious meals to fellow Angelenos. The beautiful 1930s Art Deco style Wiltern Theater housed an eclectic blend of friends, couples, and serious foodies. It’s located in the western edge of Koreatown.
Chef Jose Andres Has The Power
His advocacy for hunger issues led him to a leading role in the world of culinary arts and in the national debate on food policy. He started the World Central Kitchen in 2012, a non-profit that provides smart solutions to hunger and poverty using the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies. This vision came to him after he visited Haiti after the 2011 devastating earthquakes.
Cooking All The Way To The Top
Celebrated Chef, entrepreneur, and advocate Jose Andres named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People and he’s the only chef globally that has both a two-star Michelin restaurant, a century-year-old award given to the best fine dining restaurants in the world and four Bib Gourmands, given for exceptionally good food at moderate prices.
He is most commonly known for being a pioneer of Spanish tapas in the U.S. We’re all thankful for it. He owns two minibar Jose Andres, Jaleo, Zaytinya, J by Jose Andres at W Mexico City, and locally The Bazaar by Jose Andres at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Native’s Nyesha Arrington
Chef Nyesha Arrington is an LA native with a keen flare for French Cuisine. So much that she is classically trained in French cuisine by acclaimed chef Josiah Citrin and Joel Robuchon. She’s also no stranger to Hollywood as she is an alumni of Bravo TV’s Top Chef! Currently she is Executive Chef of her beloved Native in Santa Monica and is also celebrated for her advocacy of using farm fresh, locally and responsibly sourced ingredients. Ms. Arrington also comes from the highly artistic family of John Edward Arrington (father) and Janet Lee Arrington (aunt). I can’t wait to visit Native!