Some people bike or run hundreds of miles to raise money for a cause. I enjoy contributing to fundraising efforts, but tend to take a less agro approach. As part of their “Thursday Night Family Dinner” series, Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery recently featured fried chicken to help benefit KCRW’s 4th annual “Good Food Pie Contest.” Huckleberry? Fried chicken? Pie? Only $33 per person? Yes, yes, four times yes!
Huckleberry Cafe, the massively popular Santa Monica cafe and bakery from restaurateur Josh Loeb and chef Zoe Nathan, typically has a healthy line from breakfast through lunch, and one of the great things about their Thursday night dinner series is full service, which increases enjoyment even more than usual by wiping lines clean.
I also didn’t have to deliberate between the dozens of enticing options on the counter and in the adjacent display case. I’m occasionally happy to avoid the paradox of choice.
Here’s hoping that Nathan never enters the KCRW “Good Food Pie Contest” herself, because the competition would be in for a war.
Nathan changed her Free Range Fried Jidori Chicken recipe since I named Huckleberry’s bird to my Top Fried Chicken in Los Angeles list.
I devoured my share of seasonal fare and left satisfied in knowing that at least partly due to our contribution, KCRW could once again pit hundreds of pies against each other.