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50 Years of L.A. Eats

Chef John Sedlar celebrates Los Angeles magazine's 50th anniversary with throwback bites from the city's best

Last night we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Los Angeles magazine with a fabulous fête (if we do say so ourselves). The soirée took place in the lobby of our very office building at 5900 Wilshire, and while the celebrity guests, the sewer-pipe time capsule, the fortune teller, and the live Theremin rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” were buzzworthy, but it was the hors d'oeuvres that set the room a twitter. Chef John Sedlar, the Latin cuisine renegade behind restaurants Rivera and Playa, provided the nourishment, reflecting on 50 years of Los Angeles cuisine with nods to great dishes from some of L.A’s all-time best restaurants. Each hors d’oeuvre was presented on one of Playa’s photo plates, a technique Sedlar calls “reflexiones.” Sedlar invited us back just before the shindig to take a peek at the treats he was preparing. We managed to snap a picture of everything but the bacon truffle inspired by Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s Animal, but trust us, they were round, dark, sweet, savory, and quick to disappear. For the rest of the night’s nostalgic nibbles, check out our slideshow below.

 
 
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