It’s not just Emeril scoping out L.A.’s originals these days. Tomorrow night, Los Angeles magazine is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a private party catered by John Rivera Sedlar. For the fete, Sedlar is working on an ambitious menu that riffs on L.A.’s classic eats and revels in honoring the city’s legendary chefs and restaurateurs.
Sedlar’s menu traces the evolution of our dining scene, starting with chili from Chasen’s and a Cobb salad from The Brown Derby, paying homage to Mauro Vicente’s Rex, and even bringing back pastrami tacos from his own Saint Estèphe, which also kindasorta gives a nod to Langer’s, we’re going to add for no good reason. After a dip into Cali cuisine at Trump’s, Sedlar highlights the “punk rock aesthetic” of Animal with chocolate and bacon truffles. The bad news is the event is private, but we have the menu below so you can at least read Sedlar’s brief history of L.A. as told through a few of its famous dishes.
FUTURE MEMORIES LA Magazine Menu
Created by Chef John Rivera Sedlar and Inspired by…
Los Angeles elevates the common man’s food to a new kind of haute cuisine, from a bowl of red to gourmet pizzas to burgers with foie gras.
Brown Derby Cobb Salad
The first of many famous chopped salads to come, from Chinese chicken salad to Wolfgang Puck’s Chino Farms Chopped Vegetable Salad.
Rex Tricolore Amuse
The late Mauro Vincenti launches a new standard in fine Italian dining, carried on today in such restaurants as Valentino, Osteria Mozza, and Angelini Osteria.
L’Ermitage Moularde Duck Carpaccio
The late Jean Bertranou introduces Nouvelle Cuisine to the city, with other standard bearers of high-end French including La Toque and Patina.
Saint Estèphe Pastrami Tacos
In the city where Mexican food was first defined by the likes of El Coyote and El Torito, New Latin Cuisine breaks out, continuing today from Loteria to Guelaguetza, Rivera to Playa.
Trumps Plantains with Caviar
L.A. restaurants including Trumps, Michael’s, Spago, and Campanile played as great a role in pioneering California cuisine as did those in the Bay Area.
Animal Dark Chocolate and Bacon Truffles
Punk rock aesthetic—tattoos, piercings, nose-to-tail cuisine—finds its genesis in L.A. restaurants, from Animal to Red Medicine to Ink.