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Daniel Patterson Previews Alta Dishes With Collaboration Dinners at Locol

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Plus a seafood boil at Bludso’s and Ruth Reichl talks J. Gold

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Deviled eggs from Alta
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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.

Locol x Alta

Daniel Patterson will begin his first previews of the upcoming Alta menu this week, running a two-week pop-up of sorts through the Locol kitchen in Watts. Patterson, of course, co-owns Locol with Roy Choi, and is planning on using some of the things he’s learned in Watts — including hiring from the neighborhood, and at least a partial focus on soul food under acting executive chef Keith Corbin — with his new project. There’s no official opening date for Alta or its attached cafe/coffee shop just yet, but the preview meals at Locol run most nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. over the next two weeks. Menu details are below.

Ruth’s words

Ruth Reichl dives just a little bit deeper into the news of Jonathan Gold’s passing. She and Nancy Silverton were apparently together in Italy when news first began to break. Reichl also writes about the saga of giving quotes to media outlets, of eating at Gold’s favorite Italian restaurants, and of just being there for each other. It’s a heartbreaking read.

Bludso’s party

Bludso’s is hosting a low country seafood boil and sides party this coming Wednesday. The dinner goes down at Bludso’s on La Brea, and features seafood from Hayden’s Ari Kolender and curried oxtails from Kevin Bludso himself. The open invitation meal starts at 5 p.m., and the regular barbecue menu will also be available.

Local brews

An upstart craft beer option called Benny Boy Brewing starts up in Chinatown’s environs soon. The local team is still scouting for spaces and raising cash, but the hope is to create a brewpub with on-site brewing and lots of wood-fired grilling.

Big beast

Little Beast in Eagle Rock is hosting a big blowout dinner on Thursday. The $32-per-person meal features a whole roast pig, housemade tortillas and sides, drinks, and more.