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The 2010 Rising Stars Revue

March 16th, 2010

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’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!


  1. Isn’t it sad that food can be so much more exciting than dates? On that note, don’t bring dates to entertaining eateries like Benihana…

    And why aren’t culinary professionals honored more often? If you can make beautiful, delicious food, you should be given an award.

    Comment by Wendy Sitzin — March 18, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

  2. Rustic Canyon is a great restaurant!! Hah! I didn’t get a chance to try their burgers, but I hear they have some of the best in town. Their menu is seasonal and can change from day to day so there’s no point in making suggestions, but i’m sure the rest of their food is fantastic. They apparently also have a great selection of wine. I heard great things about Providence too! I think it’s asian fusion? Would love to try it!

    Comment by Amy — March 24, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

  3. Hi Wendy, sorry for the delayed response! Well, if we have any influence on the matter, we’ll make dates fun again with fun date night menus! I think you just inspired us! Stay tuned…

    Comment by admin — April 5, 2010 @ 10:58 am

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