Learn the history
KCET is out this week with a wonderful history on the years-long push to get street vending legalized in greater Los Angeles. The long, winding tale not only involves the stories of loads of vendors directly, it also tells of the work done by advocacy groups like the East L.A. Community Corporation. Go give it a read.
Chef Ari Kolender is set to head up the food at upcoming East Hollywood spot Found Oyster. The well-known former chef/owner of Hayden in Culver City is onboard with Last Word Hospitality to work up a raw bar, tostadas, ceviches, and more later this year.
Speaking of oysters, the Morro Bay Oyster Company is popping up at Tallula’s in Santa Monica on July 24 with a multi-course seafood bonanza. Tickets are available now, and run $75 a head.
View this post on Instagram
Our next #hechoconamor Dinner is just around the corner, and we still have a few slots open!!! We're so excited to welcome our friends Neal Maloney (Founder) and Brad Mathews (Chef) from Morro Bay Oyster Company for our next Hecho Con Amor Dinner. It's going to be a full-fledged, Central Coast-inspired Oyster and Seafood Party! We'll kick things off with a cocktail hour and open raw bar, showcasing their signature Pacific Gold Oysters, followed by a 4-course dinner featuring a composed oyster dish, local sea urchin tostada, Santa Barbara spot prawn and crispy fried oyster po-boy. Tickets are $75 per person for the open raw bar and seated dinner. Wine, beer and a signature cocktail will be available for purchase that night. Ticket link in Bio! Click on the 7:00 p.m. blocks for July 24 that say "Hecho Con Amor" when purchasing tickets through @resy. Blocks that say "Dining Room" are for regular reservations that evening. Spots are limited, so get 'em while you can!
Cypress Park’s changes
A slew of new tenants, including several restaurants, are in the works for a former grocery store site in Cypress Park. As the Eastsider notes, the former Big Saver market off Figueroa won’t be fully renovated until 2020, but things are lining up now for more outdoor seating and a variety of dining options on property.
The Pier House in Venice is almost ready to roll. According to the LA Times, the restaurant should start up service this week.
Bring on the Tila
Jet and Ali Tila are cooking up a storm at the Huntington later this summer. The August 8 event runs $150, and comes with a signed cookbook copy, a live cooking demo, and five different bites from the book itself.
Downtown hotel and restaurant the Firehouse has an updated set of menus for the summer. There’s a new happy hour at the bar (complete with $5 beers and burgers, a daytime breakfast burrito up at the cafe, and a dinner menu that includes chicken parm, shrimp cocktail, and more. The new menus are below.