Here’s two big slabs of Venice pop-up restaurant news for you: The L.A. Times is reporting that successful Southern-slanted temporary restaurant, Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, the collaboration between former Joe’s toque Kris Tominaga and Axe’s Brian Dunsmoor, is negotiating with the owners of Capri to extend the run of this pop-up for six more months, while the two chefs seek a permanent space. No word on whether the talks were successful, but having never seen Capri so full of life, we imagine there’s a good chance the pop-up will keep breathing on Abbot Kinney. Continuing for another half-year will also be a perfect measure to guage whether the restaurant remains popular, even without the exclusivity of a limited run.
Elsewhere, Cafe Pinot chef Kevin Meehan has his own shifting side project, a constantly changing pop-up dinner party called Kali Dining, a term that ties our own terroir in with equal doses of Sanskrit and Jamaican.
Meehan is cooking four-course, pre-fixe dinners through March 10th at 5 Westminster in Venice for $65. Though the paper insists Meehan hunts his own hogs, sample menus are surprisingly pork-free, offering starters of scrambled duck eggs and Santa Barbara prawns, along with entrees of beef cheeks with oatmeal and carrot confit and pheasant with foraged chanterelles. And yes, there is Kali food porn, featuring a lot of fish topped with and on top of things!
Right now, there are limited reservations left for Meehan’s Kali run, with dinner dates currently left only on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 8th. A website teases that a future run could come Downtown.
Pop-ups in Venice: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, Alma and Kali Dining [LAT]