What John Sedlar Cooked For Los Angeles Mag’s 50th B-Day Bash

Joseph Panarello starts cutting the cake

Last night, Los Angeles magazine honored its first 50 years with a soiree spread across a high-ceiling space across from LACMA. With a time capsule, theremin maestro, and artists’ projections of Los Angeles covers in 2061, guests like Rodney Bingenheimer, Charles Phoenix, Evan Kleiman, and Picca chef Ricardo Zarate were treated to a chic fete and thought-provoking concept. Who better to cater the futuristic affair than forward-poised, arts-obsessed, Southwest-celebrating chef John Sedlar? The toque, with help from Rivera’s Joseph Panarello and Playa’s Kevin Luzande, made seven appetizers inspired by a handful of L.A.’s most famous restaurants. There was a deconstructed cobb salad in a nod to Brown Derby, pastrami tacos from the chef’s own long-gone Saint Estephe, and dessert of chocolate bacon truffles to catch up with Animal. Come take a look at the party and see what else was served in our slide show.