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Some of Cooking’s Biggest Names Are Attending This Year’s LA Chef’s Conference

Plus Koreatown Night Market returns, and more wine in Downtown

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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.

Quite the gathering

This year’s annual LA Chef’s Conference promises to be a rather massive moment in the Los Angeles restaurant industry, as it brings together chef demos, panels, and talks from most of the city’s biggest names. That includes everyone from Jeremy Fox and Daniel Patterson (discussing mental health in the restaurant industry); Michael Cimarusti, Suzanne Goin, and Curtis Stone (talking community impact); and a slew of high-profile names like Will Guidara and Jean-Georges Vongerichten on a panel about the expectations vs. reality of opening a restaurant in Los Angeles. General admission tickets for the all-day event on May 20 run $110 a head, and the Santa Monica conference is presented by the LA Times Food Bowl and Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions.


LAist catches up its readers on the tenuous world of street vending at the moment, where the process has been legalized but many still find themselves in limbo, frowning at high fees and city-imposed no-vending zones.

Night market returns

The Koreatown Night Market is back June 14 and 15 in the heart of the city. The big annual block party features lots of live music and events as well as plenty of street food, of course. Tickets are $5 a pop.

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More Italian

Pacific Palisades has a new Italian dinner option called Cinque Terre West. The casual spot opened over the weekend at 970 Monument Street in the former Pinocchio in Cucina, offering a menu from chef Gianba Vinzoni (Fig & Olive) that includes handmade pastas and a variety of Ligurian dishes, including breakfast.

Anniversary in Alhambra

39-year-old Alhambra restaurant Genovese’s Kitchen is hosting a grand reopening party on May 18 and 19. The longtime Italian spot has a new owner/chef combo in Hugo Molina and Aricia Alvarado, who are trying to keep the staple dishes while also pulling from Molina’s past at places like Parkway Grill and Crocodile Cafe.

Wine time

Paramount Coffee Project at the Row in Downtown now serves beer and natural wine. The daytime spot has slowly been expanding their presence in the evenings, and will soon move to hours that run until 8 p.m. The wines, as shown below, have been curated by Emilie Campbell from Domaine and Marvin.