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All-Star Chef Classic 2014

AllStarChefClassicGrillChillSavor Last weekend Peter and I attended the first-ever All-Star Chef Classic in downtown Los Angeles. It was such a spectacular event for chef fans like us, and even though we only made it to two out of four events (having just returned from Scotland), we both had a super, delicious weekend.

Highlights included meeting out-of-town chefs Paul Qui, Wylie Dufresne and Graham Elliot, and watching L.A. legend Josiah Citrin cooking in the enormous restaurant stadium. Tuna with Sesame Tofu

There were (obviously) so many delicious bites, including Jennifer Jasinski’Cardamom Brined Pork BellyLudo Lefebvre’s Beef and Charred Broccoli, Paul Qui’s Cabbage with Crispy Chicken Skin, and Kuniko Yagi’Tuna with Sesame TofuMany more tasty photos here.

Huge CONGRATULATIONS to the event co-founders, Krissy Lefebvre and Lucy Lean!

We are SO looking forward to making it to ALL the events next year!

All-Star Chef Classic website

All my photos from “Grill and Chill” and “Savor The Season”  

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L.A. Chefs Volunteering at L.A. Food Bank!

Read all about it over at L.A. Bites Hunger!

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Melisse Restaurant

A Not So Special Occasion 

I’m embarrassed… simply embarrassed. This was my first visit to Melisse Restaurant and it’s just shameful that I hadn’t been before. With all the press and chatter about French eats in Los Angeles…. from Comme Ca to Anissette… why hadn’t I dined at Melisse before? It took two recent food festivals to open my eyes to this gem… a gem that’s been open for almost TEN YEARS!

My first taste of Chef Josiah Citrin’s cooking was at the James Beard “Chefs and Champagne” event in May. Melisse served a Spring Veal with Anson Mills Polenta, Morel Essence and Red Wine Jus. I went back several times for more bites.

My second encounter with Chef Citrin was at Taste of the Nation. Melisse’s Liberty duck breast… tender, juicy and like no other duck I’d had before. This time, I sent my husband back for seconds and thirds.

After making our restaurant dinner reservation (for 4), I hopped online to read reviews about Melisse. The majority were fantastic, positive reviews but the thing that made me pause, was that it seemed to be more of an “event” restaurant… a place to celebrate anniversaries & birthdays. After reading this… I sort of panicked. The reservation date wasn’t near my birthday or my husbands. Our anniversary was 6 months away. Almost every review I read started with “I took my wife here for our 10th anniversary” or “I surprised my husband for his birthday”.

What if the server asked what we were celebrating? What if we had nothing to celebrate? NOTHING TO CELEBRATE? I wanted to smack myself in the head. How about just being grateful that we can even GO to Melisse without it being a “special occasion”. Duh. Life is good. Life is TASTY.

So in Celebration of Loving Food…. Here is just SOME of what we ate!
Note: There were four of us dining together and we shared the 12+ dishes!

Bacon bread. Yup. Bacon in Bread.
Peeled half grapes rolled in goat cheese & crushed pistachios.
Shot glass with a orange cashew foam, with a spoon of Ahi tartar on the side.
Egg Caviar, Poached Egg, Lemon Chive Creme Fraiche and American Osetra Caviar.
Monterey Bay Abalone, Leeks, Arbequina Olive Oil Jus.
Sweet White Corn Ravioli… this was so good we ordered a second plate.
Maine Lobster Thermidor.
Sonoma Spring Lamb, Courgettes, Sweet Garlic, Nicoise Olive Lamb Jus.
Lobster Bolognese with Cappelini, Basil, Brown Butter & Truffles.
Veal Loin, Spare Rib and Cannelloni of Shank, Morel Mushrooms, Asparagus, Polenta.

The Cheese Course to DIE for! Livarot, Epoisses and Golden Wreath from Normandie.

Dinner was fantastic. Our server, Douglas Delancy, was attentive, fun and a great help going over the menu. He really made the evening special… even though we were the only folks there not “celebrating” anything in particular!

A cute side note… I loved that my handbag had it’s own seat. Why don’t restaurants do this more often? When we sat at the table, a server swooped in with a vintage stool. Even my little handbag felt special at Melisse!

We will be back to Melisse soon, to celebrate absolutely nothing in particular… except the amazing food!

Melisse Restaurant

Melisse Restaurant

Melisse Restaurant

Melisse Restaurant


Melisse Restaurant

Melisse Restaurant

Doug Delancy Melisse Restaurant

Doug Delancy Melisse Restaurant


The gorgeous & attentive Doug

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Chef Josiah Citrin, Melisse Restaurant
With owner & chef Josiah Citrin

Melisse Handbag Stool

Dining Date: 7.5.08

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