There's been no shortage of news following Jason Fullilove as he's moved in and out of kitchens throughout Los Angeles. Most recently the talented chef decamped from a short stint at Burbank's Castaway, and before that he helped open Clifton's Cafeteria.
Well now, the chef is back in the spotlight with a highly personal concept that should suit the Campanile and Patina Restaurant Group alum much better than the other projects. Barbara Jean LA, a pop-up that will take place in Feastly, a new "social dining marketplace" in the Arts District, will celebrate the food Fullilove grew up eating, with influences pulled from the time the chef spent in Africa with his mother.
That means the name of the game here is soul food, with the chef saying he has particular interest in "exploring the nutritional value in the origins of soul food and comfort food globally."
The inaugural installment of Barbara Jean will take place on Friday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. With highlights of the five-course prix-fixe menu that include pickled shrimp with watermelon, sous vide duck fat yams, and pork three ways, the $50 meals seems like quite a steal to sample Fullilove's take on comfort cooking.
What's more? The chef hopes that Barbara Jean will mature into "an actual restaurant space that serves several meal periods in an iconic LA location before the end of the year."
Barbara Jean will take place on June 17, July 15, July 29, August 5, August 12, August 19, and August 26. Tickets can be purchased here.