Shift Drink: Courtney McBroom and Leslie Discher, Large Marge

Two food ladies with a secret cocktail ingredient obsession

Welcome to Shift Drink, where we take a peek into the post-shift drinking habits of L.A.’s finest food and drink personalities.

Courtney McBroom and Leslie Discher, the two talented women behind food project Large Marge, first met while working at New York City’s Momofuku Milk Bar. Since landing in L.A., they’ve taken over the roving food scene one tub of queso at a time, but their skills at pastry definitely haven’t left the building as is evident from their magical churro cake and a straight-up sinful sweet spread called Pralinella, which is full of caramelized white chocolate and praline pecans. Their dinners and tastings have been in collaboration with some of the city’s finest spots, like Son of A Gun, Lou Wine Shop, and most recently, Domaine LA for a ’90s-themed wine-and-lunch-lady extravaganza at Go Get Em Tiger. If you want a piece of the Large Marge action and can’t make it to one of their events, they offer catering and special orders in L.A. and New York.

While their post-shift libation changes depending on the night’s menu and location, one favorite cocktail includes a special ingredient found while traveling through Mexico.

What’s your shift drink?

“Once our events are over and after everyone’s tummies are full, we help ourselves to one—or three—of the beverages on the menu. We only ever serve cocktails and wines we want to drink. One of our favorites is the Maroma Margarita, a classic margarita with a secret ingredient: D’Aristi—a honey/anise liquor. Courtney discovered it on a recent trip to the Mexican Riviera.”