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One of SF’s Best Pastry Chefs Pops Up in Los Angeles

Bill Corbett’s new vegetarian dinner series hits LAMILL in Silver Lake

Bill Corbett while in San Francisco
Bill Corbett while in San Francisco
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

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.