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Benji Dell
March 18, 2021
LA Reopens For Indoor Dining, & Other Restaurant Stories You Need To Know About
All the LA restaurant news you need for the week of March 13th.
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Indoor Dining Is Definitely Back, Baby

As of 12:01am Monday, March 15th, LA County has officially moved from the purple tier into the less restrictive red tier, as part of California’s ongoing Blueprint For A Safer Economy program. That means modified reopenings for multiple sectors of the County, including gyms, movie theaters, yoga and dance studios, museums, zoos, aquariums, and indoor dining at restaurants.



LA County Reopens For Indoor Dining Today

Benji Dell

2 Ways To Fight Anti-Asian Hate

In the wake of Tuesday’s tragic events in Atlanta, two community efforts have stepped up to fight Anti-Asian violence. The first comes in the form of a long-sleeve T-shirt, designed by Michael Chan and Eileen Tjan, which lists over 100 AAPI owned restaurants across America, including Los Angeles’ Joy, Lasita, Naemo, Pearl River Deli, Shiku, and Woon, and features one of the coolest fonts we’ve ever seen (Cheee Jimbo). Shirts cost $50 and can be bought here, with 100% of the sales to be donated to the Support the AAPI Community Fund organized by GoFundMe.

Then, for the next 24 hours, Tilda Wine in Echo Park has pledged to donate 10% of their sales to organizations combating anti-Asian hate, and advocates in support of nonprofits such as AAPI Women Lead, Stop AAPI Hate, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

Learn To Make Pasta With Love & Salt

If you want to learn how to make pasta like the pros (or just want to feel like you’re in a scene from Season 2 of Master of None), check out Love & Salt’s new hands-on class. In collaboration with Regarding Her, a non-profit devoted to the advancement and empowerment of women restaurateurs, the Manhattan Beach restaurant’s chef, Tracey Harada, will be joined by Leah Ferrazzani (Semolina Artisan Pasta) and Kim Prince (Hotville Chicken) to teach a class on how to make cacio e pepe, pasta alla gricia, and pasta alla carbonara.

The class will provide you with everything you need – olive oil, peppercorns, eggs, cheese, and of course, a pound of fresh spaghetti – all you need to do is pick it up some time this weekend from their Manhattan Beach outpost then get ready to cook on Monday, March 22 at 5:30pm. This class is free, however, sign up requires a minimum $1 donation to Regarding Her at registration. Click here to sign up.

Caribbean Gourmet At The Platform

One of our favorite pop-ups of 2020, Caribbean Gourmet, will be heading to The Platform in Culver City this Saturday as a part of its LA Food Pop-Up Renaissance Series. From 12-3pm, chef Yonette Alleyne will be serving curried goat, oxtail stew, vegan curries, jerk chicken sandwiches, and Jamaican-style patties, with a percentage of the proceeds going towards the Downtown Women’s Center. Limited outdoor seating is available.

Jakob Layman

An Arepa Pop-Up At Valle

On Tuesday, March 23, Oaxacan restaurant Valle will be hosting an arepa pop-up in collaboration with Vzla. From 11:30am-9pm, they’ll be serving arepas filled with chicken, spicy beef, and pork belly, as well as plates like fried plantains with guasacaca two ways, pescado frito with miso slaw, and kampachi crudo salad. Reservations for dining in are available on OpenTable , and pickup and delivery will be available on the 23rd.


A few of your favorite LA restaurants are hiring FOH and BOH staff, including Alimento, N/Naka, Milo and Olive, Roberta’s, and Bleu Kitchen.

Just Something Fun

Everyone’s favorite soup dumpling restaurant, Din Tai Fung, was featured on Michelle Obama’s new show, Waffles and Mochi. Did we watch this on a completely empty stomach, then in a hunger-based panic, order a dozen dumplings ASAP? We’ll never tell.

A Little Merch Before You Go

This week’s merch drop comes from the artisan bakery, Gusto Bread in Long Beach. They’ve just released a very cool, super silky T-shirt with their logo in the front, and a haughty French illustration on the back saying “Wake and bake.” As if we needed a reminder. Click here to purchase, shipping available throughout the US.

Gusto Bread
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