Food GPS Progressive Dinner (Downtown)

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The Santa Monica Progressive Dinner went well on September 23, and I followed that up with an even more ambitious walking tour on September 24, with stops designed to spotlight four of downtown’s modern Latin restaurants: Ciudad, Provecho, Rosa Mexicano and Rivera. At each restaurant, the executive chef introduced a single course and discussed plans for dineLA Restaurant Week.


We started at Ciudad, a pan-Latin stalwart from Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger that preceded downtown’s new crop of modern Latin restaurants by a decade. We dipped a flatbread duo in hummus and olive tapenande while waiting for our full crew to arrive.

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Executive Chef Jeremy Tummel was inspired by his backyard Meyer lemon trees to create silky Yellowtail Crudo with red jalapenos, pitted lucques olives, seared garlic, a dusting of smoked paprika and, of course, Meyer lemon.

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It was a short walk to Provecho, where chef-owner Gabe Morales surprised us with a margarita lesson from his Partida rep in the ceviche bar, a section of the spacious restaurant offering views of the bustling kitchen through a glass water wall. The rep limited his ingredients to Partida tequila, fresh lime, cucumber and agave nectar. Half of the glass hosted a fiery chile-salt rim.

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To pair with our margaritas, Morales presented decorative spoonfuls of marinated mushroom “ceviche” with John Dory and slices of drunken Manchego.

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Rosa Mexicano is the latest addition to L.A. Live, AEG’s experience-driven complex across from Staples Center. We piled into a pink-walled back room, which was decorated with backlit folk art.

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Chef John England is a New Mexico native who worked for Rosa Mexicano in New York and Miami before landing downtown. He presented Arrachera con Camarones, a chipotle-spiked roast tomato stew loaded with grilled skirt steak, jumbo shrimp and cubes of queso fresco.

Rivera chef-owner John Rivera Sedlar presented his MYSTERY DESSERT in the Samba Room.

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Rivera was originally feted for contemporary its pan-Latin cooking that’s grounded in history. As the months have passed, bartender Julian Cox has elevated the bar experience to elite status thanks to cocktails like the Mexican Firing Squad, a mix of tequila, lime, simple syrup, soda and Angostura bitters. This was another suprise bonus on the walking tour.

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We each received a single crisp-edged tortilla pressed with pansies and plated with creamy “Indian butter,” which Sedlar said Western settlers called guacamole before they knew what it was.

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For dessert, we each received a Spanish-inspired square of olive oil cake plated with diced strawberries, a scoop of creme fraiche ice cream and a drizzle of jerez vinegar caramel sauce.

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The progressive dinner’s final plate also held a house-made chocolate flavored with passion fruit and stamped with Rivera’s logo.

Thanks to all of the participants and restaurants who helped to make the first two Food GPS progressive dinners successful. There may be another progressive dinner this fall, so if you have any requests for the next neighborhood, please let me know in the comments section.

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Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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I WANT TO HAVE A PROGRESSIVE DINNER FOR MY SON’S 30TH BIRTHDAY.I’D APPRECIATE ANY IDEAS,SUGGESTIONS AND INPUT IN PLANNING THE EVENT.
THANK YOU
RHODA MEYERS

Rhoda,

Where would you like to hold your progressive dinner? That sounds like a great idea for your son’s 30th birthday.

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wow. what a fabulous event. please include m eif you do another progressive.

HI
PLEASE E-MAIL ME INFORMTION ON YOUR NEXT EVENT,
SINGLE PROGRESSIVE DINNER . I LIVE IN THE EAGLE ROCK AREA. [email protected]
THANK YOU
TINA CRUZ

please add me to your website I am interested in single progressive dinners. i am 57 yoa.

sue

Thanks for a great evening, Josh. I love downtown these days, and it was a beautiful night to explore. It was nice to experience some new places as well.

That olive oil cake/Sedlar dessert creation sure sounds wonderful. Hits all my tastebuds.

looks delicious

Thanks for the fun event. It’s not often I get to walk around downtown LA in the evening and the buildings looked pretty in the night time. 🙂 My favs for the evening were Ceviche at Ciudad and the Margarita from Provecho.

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