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Inside True Food Kitchen at Santa Monica Place

Elizabeth Daniels 4/11

While True Food Kitchen opens within Santa Monica Place on May 9, those looking to score an early bird sneak peek of its above pictured bright, modern, industrial digs have the option to attend a fundraiser on May 5 for the Groundlings Theater. A $50 donation secures a three course meal plus two beverages, interested parties can email fundraiser@groundlings.com for a resy.

But moving right along, what exactly is True Food Kitchen? A more utilitarian version of Akasha? Perhaps. TFK was created by Sam Fox, founder and CEO of Fox Restaurant Concepts, a hospitality group that operates a TON of eateries, most of which reside in Arizona. For the launch of TFK, Fox teamed up with Dr. Andrew Weil, an author and medical expert known for advocating a healthy lifestyle and healthful eating habits. Which explains much of the seasonal, globally-inspired menu prepared by chef Michael Stebner. Anticipate dishes like Tuscan Kale Salad, Lemon, Parmesan, Bread Crumb; Steak Tacos with Avocado, Cotija Cheese, Anasazi Bean and Tomatillo Salsa; and Spaghetti Squash Casserole, Fresh Mozzarella, Organic Tomato, and Zucchini. Lunch plates range in price from $6-17, dinner dishes run between $6-25.

We're told TFK uses high-quality grains, vegetables, wild-caught fish, certified Angus natural beef, and free-range chicken, and even offers a slew of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free dishes if the aforementioned don't fit your diet.

There's craft beer and sake to drink, in addition to organic and biodynamic wines plus fresh fruit cocktails.

The 6,500-sq. ft. restaurant was designed by Sam Fox and Judi Testani of Testani Design Group, the interior boasts 5,500 square feet, with seating for more than 90 guests, including two large communal tables and a centrally located bar that seats an additional 26 guests. There's also a 1,000-sq. ft. heated outdoor patio that can accommodate over 70 guests and is surrounded by a concrete planter wall.

SoCal residents may be familiar with TFK since the first California eatery opened not too long ago in Newport Beach, but this one here is the first for Los Angeles and the fourth in the country.
·All True Food Kitchen Coverage [~ELA~]

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