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Petty Cash Arts District Builds Anticipation With Trio of Test Kitchen Dinners Next Week

Featuring chefs from around L.A. and even Baja California.

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Petty Cash Taqueria in the Arts District is very close to opening, with an official debut scheduled for some time later this month. While they nail down a date, they've also set up some exciting dinners with known chefs, starting with their own chef de cuisine David Chavez, who will be taking over the helm at this Downtown location. Chavez has worked with Thomas Keller's Bouchon and was most recently the head chef at Sacramento's high end restaurant The Kitchen.

Just like other Bill Chait projects, Petty Cash here is pre-launching with some Test Kitchen events. The first one is scheduled for August 11 (in conjunction with LA Mag), with Guerilla Tacos' Wes Avila, Taco Maria's Carlos Salgado, and guest bartender Erick Castro of San Francisco's Polite Provisions mixing drinks. Tickets for each evening run a mere $48.47, which includes tax, tip, fees, and one drink ticket.

The following evening (August 12), Timothy Hollingsworth (of the upcoming Otium and current chef at Barrel & Ashes) and Javier Plascencia of San Diego's Bracero Cocina and Tijuana's Mision 19 are cooking up a collaboration dinner.

Finally on August 13, LA's own Tamales Elena and San Diego's Trey Foshee (Galaxy Taco) helm the kitchen. Along the way, Manzke, Chavez, and Petty Cash Beverly's Fabian Gallardo will host each dinner by throwing on a few dishes of their own.