Two star chefs. One elegant and airy Downtown venue. Twelve courses, including exotic dishes like camel–yes, camel–picadillo. One crazy night. Is this the beginning of a Food Network reality show or have I just lived in L.A. too long?
Chef Jean-Paul Peluffo of the Fair Game food truck, which has brought unconventional meat like braised wild boar and grilled alligator to the masses, is teaming up with Living Breathing Kitchen chef Robert “Bean” Castaneda (formerly of The Gorbals and Pattern Bar) to give Angelenos some wild pop-up action. The two chefs are collaborating on a 12-course tapas-style tasting menu on January 31.
Castaneda, whose Living Breathing Kitchen pop-up has been going strong at the Coco Laurent space Downtown, is fond of combining international flavors to surprise his diners, and what he and Peluffo will offer should be both wide-ranging and curious. Inventive combinations include grits with chorizo, crab-claw meat, baby scallops, and shrimp, as well as salt-cod gratin bites on a bed of leek fondue with lemon drizzle. Then there’s the camel picadillo with a white mole sauce, a chocolate bell pepper sauce, and edible flowers. Even though Peluffo, who will serve wild boar sausage at the pop-up, is known for cooking hard-to-find meat, this is actually one of Castaneda’s dishes.
Two seatings (5 p.m. and 8 p.m.) are available, and you can see the full menu and get tickets ($80 for dinner and two cocktails) here.