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Here Are Just a Few of the Amazing Women Making LA’s Restaurant Scene Shine

Plus a restaurant update in Silver Lake, and paella nights in Redondo Beach

Suzanne Goin
Suzanne Goin

The women who run things

Over at Zagat today you’ll find a fantastic compilation of just some of the amazing women working in restaurants around the city, from James Beard winners like Suzanne Goin to G&B culinary lead Ria Dolly Barbosa. It’s an incredible (and easy to compile) list of stars, and speaks to LA’s overflowing wealth of female restaurant talent.

Or just, you know, talent period. As Eater editor in chief Amanda Kludt is quick to point out, the largely male-focused restaurant industry in America tends to segment things by gender (as in “best female chef” awards), leaving massively talented, hardworking female leads to feel like “curiosities” in their own workplace. Thankfully Los Angeles is already full of hardworking individuals, regardless of gender, which makes giving them shout outs every day easier than ever before.

Please welcome Parsnip

Lemon Poppy Kitchen owners Anca Caliman and Aracelly Flores have quietly opened another shop, this time called Parsnip in Highland Park. The Eastern European cafe space does easy-eating, hearty food, with — you guessed it — parsnip as the “unsung hero” in many dishes, says The Eastsider.

New sidewalk seating

Have you seen the new tables outside at FrankieLucy Bakeshop in Silver Lake? The coffee and pastry stop from Annie Choi and Kristine de la Cruz just got some great new seating right along Sunset Boulevard, and is even extending their hours to serve later in the evening — just in time for daylight savings.

what a gorgeous day to sit outside!! #☀️ #newtables

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Mayim Bialik knows where to eat

Longtime actress Mayim Bialik knows a thing or two about eating around Studio City, apparently. She shares some of her top dining hits with LA Mag, letting readers know about Yen Sushi & Sake Bar (which caters to her vegan lifestyle) and the pinball machines kept under the same roof as Jerry’s Famous Deli.

Wilde women

Plan to get down at Wilde Wine Bar & Restaurant tonight, with by-the-glass pours from some of the industry’s best female winemakers. The party starts at 5 p.m., and goes all night.

Charity time

A ton of chefs are lining up to take part in an upcoming James Beard charity dinner going down on Tuesday, March 14. The benefit evening is happening at Lucques, costs $285 a head, and will include dishes from chefs like Nancy Silverton, Suzanne Goin, Dahlia Narvaez, and more.

Paella week in the South Bay

Can’t get enough paella? You’re in luck, because A Basq Kitchen in Redondo Beach is putting on an entire paella week, where folks can stop in daily for a rotating bite of the Spanish speciality. Co-owner Jessica Ibarra says that the Thursday night paella specials have been such a hit, it just made sense to string together a whole week.

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