Chef Chris Ono brings his vast experience in fine dining (Providence, Eleven Madison Park, Mori Sushi) to the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) this summer as part of its inaugural Chef-in-Residence program. The Hansei residency, which begins in July and runs through the end of the year, promises to reflect Ono’s personal and culinary journeys as a native Angeleno, a fourth-generation Japanese American. and gourmet chef.
“Hansei, which means reflection, is something I’ve done throughout my career, especially at the beginning. It’s the act of accepting mistakes knowing that those mistakes are lessons and serve a purpose in the journey of self-improvement,” Ono told Eater in an email. “Being a fourth generation nikkeiI’m still searching for my identity as an individual and as a chef, which I’m grateful to explore through the kitchen right here in Little Tokyo.
The three-part Hansei Experience takes diners throughout the JACCC space, starting with appetizers in the center garden, larger dishes at the chef’s counter, and desserts in the lounge. For an overview of Ono’s expert cuisine, check out the JACCC’s Rising Chef Series to celebrate Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month on May 24-25. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.
A guide to LA locals can follow
It can be hard to put into words what makes Los Angeles such a vibrant city, but the people of Dark Atlas and Tourism in Los Angeles sum it up pretty well in their latest guide: LA Explorer’s Guide. Locals and tourists alike will appreciate the guide’s solid, succinct food recommendations and neighborhood overviews. Discover a digital version here.
Nightly tiki bites in Long Beach
Long Beach night owls looking for something to eat should head to the Bamboo Club. The recently updated late night menu available from 10 p.m. until closing includes super fun Polynesian-inspired dishes like kalua pork fries, chicken wings with an orange-habanero glaze, and garlic noodles.
Meet and greet cookbook author Rick Martinez
Rick Martinez will be in town later this month to support the release of her cookbook Mi Cocina: recipes and the delight of my cuisine in Mexico. Catch him on Wednesday, May 18 at Tallula’s in Santa Monica (tickets available here) and Thursday, May 19 at Second Home for a conversation with Bricia Lopez (tickets available here).
Kids dominate this year’s Taste of the Nation event
Taste of the Nation, one of Los Angeles’ most popular charity food festivals, is making sure kids have as good a time as adults at this year’s event on June 5 at Media Park in Culver City. . With the help of Kalamata’s cuisine, the event will feature a kids-only “passport” that includes unique bites around the festival; the children who collect the most stamps will receive some sort of prize. Tickets are available here.
The popular Vietnamese pop-up returns to West LA
Reservations are available now for Top Tep’s one night event at Bar Hermanito in June. The Vietnamese pop-up is best known for its version of phở thìn Hà Nội, a beef noodle soup from northern Vietnam with pan-fried beef, fresh noodles, egg yolk and green onions.