Check It Out: L.A. Immortalizes Garces With a ‘Jose-O-Lantern’

Jose-O-Lantern Photo: Tatiana Arbogast

Jose Garces, who’s been trucking The Latin Road Home pretty much non-stop for the past fifteen days, stopped off in L.A. Monday, giving rise once again to rumors that he’s bringing a restaurant there. In support of his newly launched book, his Iron-ness lit up La La Land with a five-course dinner, complete with a whole-roasted suckling pig that Grub L.A. reports had Manhattan Beach neighbors calling the cops on Strand House chef and host, Neal Fraser. Say what you will about Angelenos, their tans, and supposed superficial tendencies, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a more welcoming and sincere reception than the “Jose-O-Lantern” that one of the restaurant’s managers carved in honor of the Garces visit. [Grub Street L.A.]