LocalFoodEater.com is the only ethnic food website. Los Angeles features the most diverse city in the world in a culinary and cultural sense because it includes the Pacific Rim. The City of Angeles with its population of 15 million has grown up in a mosaic form with individual culinary pockets maintaining the food of over 89 countries.
The main categories allow a reader to learn more about a favorite cuisine or explore new ones from an “insider’s view”. Our team of ethnic food writers include the most well-respected from the LA TiMES, LA WEEKLY, LOS ANGELES magazine, international cookbook authors, syndicated columnists and guidebook editors.
The Discovery Map or “Five to Try and Why” describes new, offbeat or popular dishes on the menu that the owner or chef recommends.
The Front of the House section highlights one individual cuisine each month with in-depth profiles of chefs, their backgrounds, their food and how they fit into LA food history – especially what each chef brought and how they retained or transformed it. This becomes the base of the book, “A Long Way to Go for Dinner” as described below. Archives are found in the Back of the House of the house section that includes archives of the posts and relevant articles.
Events include upcoming ethnic food events open to our followers and/or public an insider’s description of past events.
The Discovery section or restaurant GUIDEBOOK is categorized by cuisine. It includes a brief description of the restaurant cuisine and ambiance, and “what to try and why” with photos.
The Pantry section includes ethnic products, books and recipes. This includes ethnic foods, dishes and traditions gone mainstream through new American products.
The website LocalFoodEater.com in book form: “A Long Way to Go for Dinner”
These are the tales of high energy, wildly entertaining Los Angelenos who feed us, and how in the process shape our culinary tastes and change the restaurant industry in America. It would be groundbreaking in the Asian area alone. Try finding Korean food in an Asian cookbook! Brief descriptions of the immigrant’s native country cuisine and culture make this book an eye opener in terms of the behind-the-scenes relationships between different cultures. Equally entertaining and informative are their viewpoints of America and the American way of life.
Stories told in the words of the immigrants. Family and work photographs illustrate their stories. The voices of the storytellers could also be on a CD packaged in the book cover to really bring international flavor alive. A brief culinary history of the native country of each immigrant accompanies each story, including traditional family and Americanized versions of family dishes.
The stories range from major players, such as Los Angeles legends, Wolfgang Puck and Marino Ristorante owner, Ciro Marino, 50-year veteran who opened the first outdoor café on Sunset and became chef to celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and his rat pack who originally hung out in his back room. They brought with them and kept the white tablecloth tradition and evolved it into restaurants with more of a bistro feel. Cirodescribes all restaurants as “one-year-old babies that never grow older”. Chef Andreone of Andre’s elite Trattoria on Wilshire, on the other hand, wanted his customers to have an affordable experience and was the first to open a very inexpensive, casual cafeteria style place with a performance kitchen over 50 years ago that still serves over 800 meals a week-end!
The Asian contingency encompasses the longstanding relationships between ranges from Tommy Tang (father of the California cuisine and contemporary Thai cuisine) to newcomers, Jason Ha from Korea (who opened five fusion restaurant in five years and redefined the Steakhouse as Asian.
The French who became the mainstay of the first society bistro, Le St. German (now in Palm Springs) were Canadians and Belgians, trained in the most polished Parisian service with madcap lives outside of the dining room. The cross-country trip of Le Dome and Le Chardonnay mainstays, Raimund Roy and Rayjean Fontaine (now at Le Petit Bistro and Chez Mimi) rivals “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” followed by their stints during the wild early days as Morrison.
Soon the list grew long as California food morphed into world prominent “California Cuisine.” I’ve reviewed (not criticized!) over 500 restaurants as a guidebook writer and columnist. More importantly, I’ve worked back, front and office in the premiere catering company, Along Came Mary, Inc., and as PR liaison for the prestigious French bistro, Le St. Germain (now located in Indian Wells). Recently I worked all phases of a new restaurant “from the inside out.”
How Los Angeles cuisine evolved an dhow it influenced the rest of the country successful Front of The House techniques that still apply today: Bistro Gardens and Scandia; Ports and DanTana; Tommy’s and Korean Bar-B-Q, and the chilies brought tears to your eyes; healthy Old World and H.E.L.P; Langer’s and Cantors deli, where rock icon Phil Spector held court at 2 AM.