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  1. Taco Town
    Walter Manzke And Tacos Kokopelli Handling Petty CashExpect pig ear nachos, pork ceviche, and cricket tacos at West Hollywood’s collaborative new taqueria.
  2. The Other Critics
    Jonathan Gold Gets Raw At M.A.K.E.; Catching Up With John SedlarThe creative Rivera chef will not longer be cooking at Playa, putting his attentions towards his Tamale Museum instead.
  3. Closings
    John Sedlar Closing Playa This WednesdayFortunately, the chef and partner Bill Chait will bring a new concept to the space.
  4. Guest Stars
    Cheech Marin and John Sedlar Planning ‘Joint’ Dinner, Tuesday in West Hollywood,Looks like the comedian has a new partner for making pot jokes.
  5. Menus
    John Sedlar Launches Mexi-China Menu at PlayaDishes include Mao’s maize cakes and pork pibil potstickers.
  6. Baja Chef Series
    Javier Plascencia Cooking Tuesday and Wednesday at PlayaThe Mision 19 chef plans yellow fin tuna with beef marrow.
  7. Grub Guide
    Eight L.A. Restaurants That Grow Their OwnFrom Niki Nakayama’s organic Japanese garden to John Sedlar’s rooftop of aeroponic towers, these chefs deserve appluase for their extra efforts in bringing freshly plucked produce to our plates.
  8. Look Who’s Popping Up
    Playa Launching Baja Chef Series in SeptemberLegends and rising stars like Benito Molina, Tacos Kokopelli, and La Guerrerense will each cook for three nights on Melrose.
  9. Look Who’s Popping Up
    Playa Leaves the Cooking to a Thirteen Year-OldTeenaged Flynn McGarry already has a cookbook, a New Yorker profile, and ambitions with Grant Achatz at Next.
  10. Loco for Locavores
    Playa Plans to Grow Its OwnChef John Sedlar is installing a rooftop garden at The Beverly Blvd. restaurant.
  11. Empire Building
    Rivera Vet Bringing Spanish Small Plates to Bow & Truss, Opening May in NoHoKnitting Factory doubles down in NoHo’s Arts District with a new concept.
  12. Empire Building
    Restaurant Financier Bill Chait to Tackle Downtown’s Bestia and Mess Hall in LosThe owner has brought us Picca, Sotto, Short Order, Rivera, and Playa in the last three years alone.
  13. Neighborhood Watch
    Kitchen 24 Opens Second Location This Monday; Library Alehouse Joins Pliny theThe second location of the Hollywood restaurant is twice as big, with new dishes and a patio.
  14. The Other Critics
    The Times Finds Persian Stews in the Valley; Gold’s Top 10 Dishes of the YearA look back at one delicious year.
  15. User’s Guide
    Where to Party on New Year’s Eve Without Getting GougedFree champagne, reasonable pre-fixe dinners, and cover-free parties are out there if you look closely.
  16. Freebies
    Learn to Make a Perfect Tamale at PlayaHopefully, chef Kevin Luzande doesn’t put anyone’s neighborhood tamale vendor out of business.
  17. Foodies With Benefits
    John Sedlar, Kris Morningstar, Samson, and Pollack to Cook Together Over TheThe chefs, all recently lauded by Esquire will collaborate on three different menus on three consecutive Mondays.
  18. Menus
    Playa Looks Into John Sedlar’s Past with Retrospective MenuThe chef is preparing a five-course menu that follows his career from his teenage years to his current projects.
  19. John Rivera Sedlar
    John Sedlar Celebrated in The L.A. TimesThe chef gets due credit for his early innovations and for staging the rare chef comeback.
  20. The Other Critics
    Virbila Appraises Playa; Jonathan Gold Hoists A Glass at SteingartenJohn Sedlar brings out the artist in The L.A. Times, while L.A.’s beer craze sweeps up L.A. Weekly.
  21. The Other Critics
    Virbila Finds Room for Improvement at Lukshon; Brad A. Johnson Is No Playa HaterMeanwhile, Jonathan Gold takes us behind the music at Cochon 555.
  22. Quote of the Day
    How John Sedlar Really Feels About Top Chef MastersThe chef says his marketing for Playa suffered from the program’s shooting as well.
  23. The Other Critics
    Virbila Visits Hostaria del Piccolo; Gold Plays at Playa and Picks Out PoutineThe L.A. Times calls Piccolo’s more approachable branch authentic, while L.A. Weekly finds much to enjoy at John Rivera Sedlar’s breezy new restaurant.
  24. Mediavore
    Gaddafi’s Sons Fight Over Coca-Cola Plant; Virbila Gives a First-Look to PlayaA battle over bottling brews in Libya, while John Sedlar’s latest restaurant gets a positive nod from The L.A. Times.
  25. Mediavore
    Christina Hendricks Ready For Top Chef Masters; Make Your Own Pop-TartsRumor is the Mad Men star shot a sixties-flavored episode.
  26. Openings
    Menu Revealed at John Rivera Sedlar’s Playa, Open Tonight in West HollywoodThe photos might be the only thing you’ll experience at this highly in-demand restaurant for awhile.
  27. Coming Soon
    Menu Details Revealed at Playa, Opening This FridayIndian and French influences find their way into the chef’s Latin small plates.
  28. Coming Soon
    John Sedlar’s La Playa Opening Soon on BeverlyThe chef is working towards a February 4th opening for his more casual pan-Latin concept.
  29. Name Changes
    Rivera Sedlar Plans Playa at Old Grace Space, Not R26Sedlar reveals some new dishes and makes Downtown’s R23 pretty happy along the way.
  30. Openings
    Playa Brings Buckets of Coronitas to Park SlopeThe restaurant arm of Spencer Rothschild’s self-styled ‘Latin American Beachside resort’ is now fully open in Park Slope.
  31. Slideshow
    Cabana Bar Brings Bonfire Bowls to Park SlopeThe owner and chef of Barrio are opening a pair of tropical Latin joints.