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Felix Chef Evan Funke’s Quibi Show Is All About Forgotten Pasta

Plus a new chef at Patina and SBE’s delivery-only fried chicken concept

Evan Funke stars in Quibi’s Shape of Pasta
Evan Funke stars in Quibi’s Shape of Pasta
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Cathy Chaplin is a senior editor at Eater LA, a James Beard Award–nominated journalist, and the author of Food Lovers’ Guide to Los Angeles.

Felix Trattoria chef Evan Funke is starring in an eight episode documentary-style series called Shape of Pasta on Quibi, a new short-form video platform from Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. Each chapter, which will be under 10 minutes long, follows Funke through Italy as he learns about rare, forgotten, and obscure pasta shapes from the artisans who keep the traditions alive. The mobile streaming platform is launching on April 6 with 50 original shows.

In other news:

— Patina Restaurant inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles has named Fernando Darin its new executive chef. He previously helmed the kitchen at Ray’s & Stark Bar.

Jeremy Fall’s Mixtape on Beverly is closing this Sunday after a seven month run. Fall confirmed that his business partners are retaining the space and will try for a new, undecided concept.

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles has decided to cancel the March 19 Food Fare event due to COVID-19 concerns.

SBE Entertainment Group is getting into the ghost kitchen game with Sam’s Crispy Chicken, a delivery-only concept available in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City. The menu, which includes chicken sandwiches, waffles fries, and salads is available tomorrow through Postmates, UberEats, Doordash, GrubHub, and Caviar from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Chicken and waffle sandwich from Sam’s Crispy Chicken.
Chicken and waffle sandwich from Sam’s Crispy Chicken.
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— An upcoming exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center, “I’ll Have What She’s Having,” explores how American Jews imported traditions, adapted culture, and built community through the experience of food. The show begins on April 30 and runs until September 6.

— Intelligentsia is serving up a “Not So Irish Coffee” in honor of St. Patrick’s Day from now until March 29. The espresso drink includes bourbon-flavored syrup and a whipped cream topper.

— Also in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit is The Original Farmers Market where Magee’s Kitchen is serving corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes and E.B.’s Beer & Wine is pouring beers on March 17.

— Downtown’s Poppy + Rose has Irish coffee, green mimosas, and green beers to get folks in a jolly spirit this St. Patrick’s Day.

— The Parm Boyz are popping up at Ronan on Sunday, March 15 starting at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a spread of quintessential Italian-American favorites served family-style including chicken and eggplant parm, spaghetti with red sauce, and tiramisu. The menu is priced at $40 per person. Reservations can be made via Resy.