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Chef California

Interview: Chef Nick Balla (COAST Big Sur Cafe)

Chef Nick Balla has Central European heritage and specializes in sustainable, seasonal food, bread baking and preservation. He built an impressive career in San Francisco and is best known for his work at Bar...
Bartender Los Angeles

Interview: bartender Yael Vengroff (The Spare Room, Genghis Cohen + Mountaineering Club)

Houston native Yael Vengroff is a vaunted bartender who started at notable Manhattan cocktail bars Tailor, Painkiller and Pegu Club before relocating to L.A. She’s currently the bar director at sister establishments The Spare...
Coffee Orange County

Interview: M’lissa Roser (Portola Coffee Executive Director)

M’lissa Roser has experienced the full spectrum that coffee has to offer, from drinks that could double as dessert to beautifully roasted beans across the U.S. and in Scandinavia. She previously worked at cutting-edge...
Chef Los Angeles

Interview: Chef Minh Phan (Porridge + Puffs)

Chef Minh Phan is leading a new wave of highly personal Historic Filipinotown restaurants at Porridge + Puffs. Her seasonal restaurant builds on lessons learned at California School of Culinary Arts and at farm-to-table...
Coffee Los Angeles

Interview: Tohm Ifergan (Dayglow Coffee)

Chicago native Tohm Ifergan first focused professionally on music, touring as a drummer for years, and filling in the gaps with barista work. As his travel increased, coffee increasingly took hold and Ifergan gradually...
Restaurateur Los Angeles

Interview: Ryan Wilson (Lawry’s Chief Marketing + Strategy Officer)

Few L.A. restaurants can match the history, grandeur, and enduring popularity of Lawry’s The Prime Rib, a restaurant with tableside service that opened on La Cienega Boulevard’s Restaurant Row in 1938. Ryan Wilson, a...