Santa Monica’s Rustic Canyon taps first female executive chef in 16-year history

Rustic Canyon’s Andy Doubrava, who has worked at the restaurant for seven years and was named executive chef in 2019, is leaving the crown jewel of Westside’s Rustic Canyon group to launch a sustainability-focused dinner series with his wife, the chef Tiff Ortiz. With the departure of Doubrava, the Santa Monica restaurant has appointed its first female executive chef in nearly 16 years of history: Zarah Khan. She most recently led the kitchen at Silver Lake’s Botanica and will officially start on October 25. (Former executive chefs include supervising chef/owner Jeremy Fox, who now also runs Birdie G’s, and Evan Funke.)

Khan, who performed at Rustic Canyon a few years ago, is expected to bring some of her vibrant Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors to the restaurant’s menu, while maintaining her robust pantry and fermentation program. “Thinking back to the first email I got from Jeremy Fox a few years ago inviting me to take the stage, until now – what a trip. I’m so excited to see what kind of food we dream up in this kitchen,” says Khan.

“One of the great things about Rustic Canyon is its ability to give chefs a new canvas on which to explore what a good neighborhood restaurant can be,” says Fox, who is a fan of Khan’s and has dined at Botanica since his reopening for on-site catering. “I feel so lucky to be working with Zarah, helping her continue this exploration, and more importantly, being able to use my company discount to eat her food whenever I want.”

A deadly shooting at Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles

Variety reports that rapper PnB Rock was fatally shot yesterday while having dinner with his girlfriend at the Inglewood location of Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘N Waffles. Rock was also reportedly robbed at the scene. Some believe the shooter learned of his location after it was posted on social media.

The Thursday farmers’ market returns to the town hall

The non-profit Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association is relaunching the popular Thursday LA City Hall Farmers’ Market on Main Street (between First Street and Temple Avenue, across from the entrance to Los Angeles City Hall ) with a grand reopening on September 29. closed due to the pandemic in 2020, will be held year-round on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.

Cofax goes crazy for donuts

Go-to breakfast burrito Cofax has another morning option to add to the mix: Find black-owned, South Bay Nuts & Bolts Yeast Donuts at Fairfax Cafe, in flavors like sugar and French toast. . The donuts are also currently available daily at Menotti’s in Culver City and Venice, Bluey’s Market in Santa Monica and Two Guns Espresso in Manhattan Beach, and for delivery via online ordering.

A Week of Negroni Celebration

Highland Park Otoño Spanish restaurant is celebrating Negroni Week until September 18, offering three special Negronis made with spirits ranging from traditional gin to mezcal and tequila. A portion of the proceeds from Negronis sales will benefit Slow Food USA.

Casa Vega Hispanic Heritage Month Events

Historic Valley Mexican Restaurant, Casa Vega, has lots of exciting news related to Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). He’s bringing back his celebrity partnerships, teaming up with former LA Dodger and Mexican American MLB star Adrían “El Titán” González on a limited run of “El Titán” michelada, made without tomato juice with sauce. spicy Tapatío, salsa negra, Worcestershire, Maggi seasoning sauce, lime juice and Calidad cerveza.

There’s also a Mexican Independence Day celebration on September 16, a Latinx drag queen brunch on October 6, and more. Proceeds from ongoing promotions and celebrations will benefit No Us Without You. Follow the restaurant on Instagram for more information.

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