Pasadena resident and Vertical Wine Bistro executive chef Laurent Quenioux is a semifinalist for the 2011 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards. He received the esteemed nod under the Best Chef: Pacific category for his restaurant Bistro LQ in Los Angeles.
Quenioux said he is honored by the recognition and glad to be in such good company among many great chefs. The Beard Awards are the most prestigious given to culinary professionals in the United States.
In our March/April issue, Quenioux talked with staff writer Claudia S. Palma about his culinary career and living in the Crown City.
If you haven’t had a chance to pick up a copy of the most recent issue of the magazine, here she is! Or rather, here he is, because our tiny cover star is a boy pup named Oscar. I know you can’t resist him.
From our summer dining issue, here’s a round-up by Emma Gallegos of the area’s best chilly treats — now with extra photographic goodness:
Leo Bulgarini ships the high-quality ingredients for his gelatos all the way from Italy if he has to, but it’s all made on site in Altadena and offered up with these irresistible words: “Try this, I just made it this morning.” Some of the flavors are straight-up delicious — fruit sorbets and granita flavored with the real melon, citrus and pineapples, a hazelnut gelato that’s more nutty than nutella. Some of the flavors are strangely delicious, like the goat cheese with chocolate nibs: creamy, slightly sweet and then there are these little flecks of hardened goat cheese and bitter chocolate. How about yogurt with celtic salt or olive oil? It’s just pazzo enough to work. 749 East Altadena Drive, Altadena, (626) 791-6174, bulgarinigelato.com
A movie screening at the historic Raymond Theatre is nothing to pass up. For the first time in decades, the theater will be open for a screening of “DIRT!” to kick off Greening the Earth Day and Armory Family Arts Festival, which gets into full swing on Saturday. (Details below.) DIRT!” is a documentary about the life-giving wonders of soil. The screening is sponsored by Conscientious Projector.
7 p.m. tonight, Raymond Theatre, 128 N. Raymond Ave. Free.
Spring is in full bloom at Descanso, from the lilacs to the roses, so there’s no better place to celebrate Earth Day. From 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., a butterfly appreciation corner will spotlight one of nature’s most colorful creatures, including demonstrations and hands-on activities for the whole family. “Green” displays on the main lawn will range from compost tea making to organic gardening and more. Live, family-friendly entertainment scheduled throughout the day, and Patina Catering offers eco-friendly barbecue with local, organic foods from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring a blanket and settle down for a picnic among the trees.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Earth Day events are free with admission. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Caada Flintridge. descansogardens.org
The day was an opportunity to step inside some of the historic structures now located at the museum. Each has been relocated to Heritage Square to be saved from demolition and to be preserved as a record of Southern California’s early development and architecture.
The Do Lab does it again (and again and again): This Valentine’s weekend, the Shrine Expo Hall was playground to more than 100 carousing artists and legions of curious interlopers checking out a frenzied scene.
Music, art and a general explosion of Lucent L’Amour creativity made for a crazy all-night affair.
Photographer Watchara Phomicinda was there Saturday to catch the blessed insanity. Feel free to live (or re-live) vicariously through these images.
Photographer Watchara Phomicinda captured these scrumptious images from the LA Street Food Fest this weekend.
Were you among the thousands that swooped in upon downtown L.A. on Saturday for a morsel of food-truck goodness?
The lines were outrageously, crushingly long. But if you previously had trouble tracking down the individual trucks as they cavort about town, it was a way to kill about 30 birds with one stone — provided you had good company for the queuing.