On Tuesday night, dineLA held a roundtable discussion at the RedCat Theater in the Disney Concert Hall with six talented celebrity chefs. For an hour, the packed house listened intently as Wolfgang Puck, Karen Hatfield, Joachim Splichal, Susan Feniger, Josiah Citrin and Mark Peel discussed topics ranging from their backgrounds and personal inspiration to their appreciation for the quality product available almost year-round in Los Angeles--or so I gleaned in the 10 or so minutes I sat in the discussion.
I was there to work!
Photo courtesy of DJJewelz
Last week, Nguyen of Starry Kitchen announced that he would give away two tickets to the dineLA roundtable discussion to whomever best demonstrated their undying love for SK. Although my clearly superior entry lost/I was robbed, J and I volunteered to help Nguyen and Thi (a.k.a. Kitchen Ninja) cater the event.
Our car ("George Michael") loaded up with Starry Kitchen goodness
For the evening, Starry Kitchen prepared black pork belly banh mi, Asian sesame slaw, jap chae and, to the delight of all,...
their famous crispy tofu balls--900 of them.
Nguyen and Thi before the dinner crowd was unleashed
As soon as the roundtable discussion finished, the hungry masses descended upon the food-laden tables. Although many were familiar with Starry Kitchen's food, there were also some SK newbies in attendance. As a big fan of the restaurant, I enjoyed watching these people take their first bites and, impressed, quickly line up for more.
I did, however, feel badly as I watched some, crestfallen to learn that they could not order crispy tofu balls for lunch as the menu rotates, and tofu balls are no more.
Chef Mark Peel and Chef Susan Feniger came prepared--both had tables with their books for sale. With a friendly smile and warm demeanor, Susan signed autographs and took photos with fans. This group of culinary students was particularly tickled to meet her. The young woman in the photo almost cried when she shook Susan's hand!
Although J and I were tempted to crash the afterparty after overhearing Wolfgang mention WP24 as the chefs' next destination, we called it a night and headed home with our tray full of leftovers.
Congrats to Nguyen and Thi and thank you to ChoiSauce, DJJewelz, MidtownLunch, FoodforFel, Nelehelen and WeezerMonkey for the great company!
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