Former Misfit and Urbano Pizza chef, Bruce Kalman, is parting ways with The Churchill. The chef joined the West Hollywood restaurant last fall to tighten its menus through his market devoted point-of-view, and even found time to kick some butt on Chopped! this season. Kalman doesn’t plan on leaving the kitchen for long, announcing his intentions to resurface in L.A. with underground dinners and pop-ups in the weeks to come. In the meantime, Kalman will pickle that (and is super-tired of Portlandia references). The chef has a new brine line called “Bruce’s Prime Pickle Co.,” in which he hand-packs jars with vegetables, spinning them into L.A.-appropriate pickle profiles like cucumber kim chi, and sweet Cabernet and black pepper pickled onions. Additional flavors include Mary’s Bloody Spicy Asparagus, garlic, dill, and horseradish, and an olive relish that the chef compares to a New Orleans muffaletta.
Kalman will begin production on Bruce’s Prime Pickle Co. using these varieties and plans to add more pickle flavors in the future. You can chart his progress, and hopefully get a taste of the pickles, by following the chef on Facebook.