If you aren’t yet familiar with the name Bill Corbett, that’s okay — you will be soon. The longtime San Francisco pastry chef has won loads of Bay Area acclaim over the years, most recently as the five year-long lead pastry chef for the Absinthe Group. Now he’s moved to Los Angeles to start a vegetarian pop-up, but has bigger plans for the city overall.
The meatless pop-up begins on June 30 at LAMILL, the long-running coffee shop/cafe space in Silver Lake. Corbett has himself been a vegetarian for two decades, and wanted to use the news of his move to Los Angeles to help kick off a more savory side of his cooking pedigree. Expect rich fare like onion soups and falafel to make appearances over the summer, as Corbett’s four-course meals run every Thursday and Friday night.
While nothing is confirmed on Corbett’s side, this first menu could provide a glimpse into what the popular chef is hoping to do once he inevitably opens his own place somewhere in town. He’s still actively pulling the pieces together for a space to call his own, but given that he’s a longtime vegetarian himself it would be no surprise to see a meatless concept come along sometime soon.
Corbett has spent time at two Michelin-starred Coi, and under chefs like Michael Mina and Daniel Patterson. He was named San Francisco Magazine Best Pastry Chef in 2011, and joins a still-rising tide of outside talent making waves in Los Angeles. Notable Bay Area names like Charles Phan of the Slanted Door and ex-Manresa chef Jessica Largey are coming soon, as are big New York players like the folks behind the NoMad.
Bill Corbett’s LAMILL pop-up series begins June 30 and will run every Thursday and Friday, with open seaating between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The four-course menu runs $40, with add-ons for beverage pairings.