By Betty Ho, Big City Chefs Food Writer
A while back, my friend went on a date at Rustic Canyon Wine Bar in Santa Monica, California. The date was bland, she said, but the food was AMAZING. “We have to go back,” she said, “It was probably one of the best meals of my entire life.” I planned to go back around the holidays, but could never get a reservation. And now that I’m back in the San Francisco Bay Area, the prospect of dining at Rustic Canyon grows dimmer…but no! I’ve just learned that the owners of Rustic Canyon, Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan, are being given the award of Rising Star Restaurateurs by Starchefs.com’s Rising Star Revue, and I am planning well in advance to ensure a reservation for the next time I’m in Los Angeles.
The awards ceremony, according to their website, honors “up-and-coming chefs and culinary professionals who represent the vanguard of the contemporary American dining scene.” Kind of like the Vogue CDFA Fashion Awards , but for chefs and food! Among those honored are Chef Diana Stavaridis of BLD, another place in Los Angeles I’ve been dying to try (their cookbook nearly moved me to tears) and pastry chef Adrian Vasquez of the two Michelin Starred Providence LA. The ceremony takes place on 7 – 9:30 pm on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica. Tickets are a bit pricey: $95 to attend the Gala and Awards ceremony, but if you’re a serious SoCal foodie and personally know all the chefs at your favorite Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego restaurants, then you should be there to support them! Check out their website for the full roster of honorees along with a list of Los Angeles’s and San Diego’s must eat restaurants!