Reem Assil (center) preparing her red pepper with staff at Dyafa. | Jim Sullivan

Logmeh L.A.: Using an Open Flame to Bring People Together

Chef Deb Michail’s experiential dining event, Logmeh L.A., evokes the warmth of a communal gathering akin to the celebration of a birthday with family or a wedding with close friends. Warm smiles are infectious as guests converse, ambling between indoor and outdoor settings elegantly lit by candles and soft, glowing lights strung through the air. The smoky aroma of burning wood wafts amid the crackle of fire. A splayed whole goat, affixed to a stake in the ground with baling wire roasts over an open flame.

To Michail, with a history in the kitchens of Mozza’s Nancy Silverton and Angelini Osteria’s Gino Angelini, it only makes sense to cook a whole beast over an open flame. It's a way to connect to her Middle Eastern heritage and to eat the way her grandmother taught her. "The natural smoke that comes from the wood,” according to Deb, “adds the most incredible smokiness to whatever that animal is and honors it in the most simplest way.” Amazing taste, however, is not all that Deb is after. Her guests are drawn to the goat roasting on the open flame, which she says, "is a core element of life and known to bring people together.”

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Man'oushe

Two extraordinary women of Palestinian descent, Reem Assil and Lamees Dahbour, use food to bring their misunderstood homeland closer to Western tolerance and acceptance.

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Louis & Jazz

Jazz Singsanong of Jitlada Thai and Louis Tikaram of E.P. & L.P. transport the palate around the world with the complex flavors of Thai cuisine. These chefs work to bring balance to the complexity of flavors that reflect the mixed cultural influences of their own backgrounds and experiences.

  • 2019-01-23T12:00:00-08:00
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The Jewish Deli

The Jewish Delis of Los Angeles serve an important role for connecting heritage to food. Factor’s Famous Deli has been a central pillar for the community for 70 years while newcomers like Micah Wexler and Michael Kassar of Wexler’s Deli bring a fresh take to classic deli food traditions.

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Sequoia Sake

Jake Myrick and Noriko Kamei have taken their love for namazake and created Sequoia Sake, a small brewery in the heart of San Francisco. Rooted in the traditions of Japanese sake brewing, they work to resurrect an heirloom rice in California and pioneer the young but growing craft sake movement in the US.

  • 2019-02-07T12:30:00-08:00
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El Jardín

Chef Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins opens her new restaurant, El Jardín, in San Diego. Inspired by the traditions of generations of Mexican women and combining regional heirloom ingredients from across Mexico, Zepeda-Wilkins takes a huge risk to elevate the cuisine in her hometown.

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