UpClose: California Cuisine - What It Is & Why It Matters

KCRW Presents UpClose: California Cuisine - What It Is & Why It Matters

Sun. 10/13 | 3:00PM @ New Roads School's Moss Theater (map)

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UpClose: California Cuisine - What It Is & Why It Matters



Hosted by Evan Kleiman

Moderated by Ruth Reichl

Featuring: Roy Choi, Joyce Goldstein, Eduardo RuizNancy Silverton,
and Sang Yoon

Sunday, October 13 

Doors at 2pm

Show at 3pm

Complimentary beer & wine pre & post show
Food truck goodies available for purchase & book signing after the program

On Sunday, October 13, join KCRW's Evan Kleiman as Ruth Reichl moderates a discussion on California's culinary identity and influence. Panelists include Roy Choi (Kogi BBQ truck), Joyce Goldstein (SQUARE ONE), Eduardo Ruiz (Corazon y Miel), Nancy Silverton (La Brea Bakery), and Sang Yoon (Father's Office).  

Inspired by Joyce Goldstein's recent release, Inside the California Food Revolution: Thirty Years that Changed our Culinary Consciousness, KCRW brings together top California chefs from different generations to discuss the evolution of California Cuisine - from farm to table to food trucks. The discussion will explore how California's distinctive terroir, coupled with the creativity and openness of chefs like those on stage, work in tandem to create a truly unique cuisine and culture. 

The afternoon takes place at New Roads School’s Ann and Jerry Moss Theater: a state of the art theatre located on the New Roads campus in Santa Monica.


Ruth Reichl - Panel Moderator 

Ruth Reichl is Editor at Large at Random House. From 1999 to 2009 she was Editor in Chief of Gourmet Magazine. She began her career as restaurant critic for New West and California magazines, and went on to be the restaurant critic and food editor of the Los Angeles Times. From 1993-1999 she served as restaurant critic for the New York Times. She is Executive Producer and host of the public television series, Adventures with Ruth. She is also a Producer on the Fox 2000 movie, Garlic and Sapphires. At the moment she is at work on a novel, Delicious!, a  cookbook and a memoir to be published by Random House.


Roy Choi

Classically trained chef Roy Choi is a culinary street revolutionary. He brings together the high and the low – deliciously, passionately, and socially. While his pedigree includes Le Bernardin and the Beverly Hilton, his fame rose with one amazing taco that tastes like L.A. – and nearly single-handedly created the gourmet food truck movement with his partners on the wings of Twitter with the Kogi BBQ truck. Building on Kogi’s success, Choi provided yet another source of culinary revelation with his first sit-down restaurant, Chego, now located in Chinatown, followed by A-Frame in 2010, and Sunny Spot just east of Venice Beach in 2011. Choi’s first book, L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food, will be published in the Fall of 2013 under Anthony Bourdain’s new imprint at Ecco.

Joyce Goldstein

Joyce Goldstein is a consultant to the restaurant and food industries. For twelve years she was Chef/Owner of the ground-breaking and award winning Mediterranean Restaurant, SQUARE ONE, in San Francisco. Prior to SQUARE ONE, Joyce was chef of the Cafe at Chez Panisse for 3 years. She was founder and director of the California Street Cooking School, San Francisco's first international cooking school. Joyce has been awarded both the Julia Child and James Beard Awards for Best General Cookbook and Best Chef in California. And in 2005 she received the Lifetime Achievement award from Women Chefs and Restaurateurs.


Eduardo Ruiz

“It's the vital edge of Los Angeles cooking at the moment,” proclaimed Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold of Chef Eduardo Ruiz and his new Corazon y Miel Restaurant & Bar in Bell.  Classically trained in cutting edge kitchens including Chef Vinny Dotolo’s acclaimed Animal Restaurant in Los Angeles, Ruiz soon partnered to form Whim Kitchen and then to open his own successful restaurant business. As chronicled by restaurant critic Brad A. Johnson of the O.C. Register, “Ruiz’s pan-Latino menu is refreshingly original....You'll be wondering what took you so long to get here.”

Nancy Silverton

Chef Nancy Silverton began working at Michael’s restaurant in Santa Monica and then became the head pastry chef at Wolfgang Puck’s world-renowned southern California restaurant, Spago. In June of 1989, Silverton opened the restaurant Campanile with partners Mark Peel and Manfred Krankl. In 1989, La Brea Bakery opened its doors as storefront bakery adjacent to Campanile. Today, Nancy’s freshly baked breads are available in 8 different countries, and maintain the same signature taste, texture, and quality that was born on South La Brea Avenue over 20 years ago. In 1990, Silverton was named “Pastry Chef of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation. In November of 2006, Silverton opened Pizzeria Mozza, one half of a two-part restaurant with partners Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. Osteria Mozza, quickly followed in July of 2007, and was nominated as Best New Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation for that year. In 2008, Osteria Mozza received a Michelin Star.

Sang Yoon 

Born in Seoul, Korea and raised in L.A., Sang Yoon developed a lifelong passion for fresh ingredients and creative culinary techniques. After cultivating his skill set under some of the world’s most renowned chefs including Jeremiah Tower, Gray Kunz, Joel Robuchon, and Wolfgang Puck, Yoon struck out on his own in 2000 by renovating Father’s Office—his favorite local dive bar in Santa Monica.  Father’s Office trailblazed the national gastro pub movement and has received critical and popular acclaim for its signature craft brew selection and proprietary “Office Burger” from USA TodayEsquire, the TODAY ShowFood + Wine magazine, and National Public Radio.   In 2008 Yoon opened a second Father’s Office 2.0 in Culver City, California, where he expanded the beer program to include wines on tap and in February 2011, Yoon returned to his fine-dining sensibilities with Lukshon, a modern Southeast Asian concept.  Yoon is a cast member of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters Season Five and will debut an updated version of L.A.’s iconic Helms Bakery with prolific pastry chef Sherry Yard in 2014. 




          Gastrobus                              Kogi                            Son of a Bun


Evan Kleiman has been the host of Good Food since 1997. A true culinary multitasker, she is often referred to as “the fairy Godmother of the LA food scene." In addition to her role as host of Good Food on KCRW, Evan is a chef, sought after speaker and an active member of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council and the Stewardship Council for Roots of Change. Evan helmed the beloved Angeli Caffe for 28 years. She is the author of 8 cookbooks on Italian cooking and the video app "Easy As Pie."



Good Food explores current events, social phenomena, history and culture through the lens of food. From food politics to the science behind cooking, host Evan Kleiman highlights the diverse community of cooks, farmers, entrepreneurs, historians and journalists who have devoted their lives to food. Good Food is also the only radio show where you can hear LA Times Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold each week.



KCRW’s UpClose event series features KCRW on-air personalities with some of the leading figures in film, art, politics, literature and pop-culture. Created in 2010, each UpClose event takes place before a live audience.



KCRW 89.9FM is an NPR affiliate serving Southern California and licensed to Santa Monica College. The public radio station represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. KCRW’s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide at KCRW.com. KCRW offers an all-music channel, Eclectic24, an all news channel and on-air simulcast. Podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances are available on our website, as well as on our smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry.


Schaffer’s Geniune Foods is a full service event company based in Venice, CA.  Chefs Charlie and Kathleen Schaffer embrace the very best ingredients California has to offer.  Schaffer’s

Genuine Foods is a certified sustainable company providing unmatched food and service throughout Southern California.


Tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 27 @ 10am through kcrw.com/upclose.


$30 (general admission, seated)


Tickets are limited & available on a first-come, first-served basis.



Please email events@kcrw.org or contact KCRW Membership at 310-314-4635 between the hours of 10am & 5pm, Monday – Friday.



The New Roads School’s Ann and Jerry Moss Theater is located at:

3131 Olympic Blvd.

Santa Monica, 90404


Limited parking is available in the New Roads parking lot, located between Olympic Blvd. and Nebraska (enter via westbound Olympic Blvd.); limited street parking available is also available nearby, particularly on Nebraska.  Please make sure to read signs carefully as much of the nearby areas are restricted.



When and where is the show?
Sunday, October 13, 2013

Doors: 2:00pm

Theater Doors:  2:30pm

Show: 3:00pm

The Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre

at New Roads School

3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, 90404

How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets are available through KCRW.com/upclose

When do tickets go on-sale?
Tickets become available on Tuesday, August 27th at 10am.

How much are tickets and how many can I purchase?
All seats are $30. There is an 8 ticket limit per household. 

What happens after I order my tickets online?
When your order is complete you will receive a confirmation number on the tix.com site. You will also be sent a confirmation email from tix.com within five minutes.  If you choose to have your tickets mailed to you in the post, Tix.com will send them out via 1st class mail within two weeks of your purchase.  If you choose the “print-at-home” method of receiving your tickets, they will be available immediately.  KCRW will send you important show information via email the week of the event.


When will I get my tickets?
If you choose to have your tickets mailed to you in the post, Tix.com will send them out via 1st class mail within two weeks of your purchase.  If you choose the “print-at-home” method your tickets will be available immediately.


What can I do if I am having trouble placing my order online?
Please call KCRW Membership between 10am and 5pm, Monday-Friday at 310-314-4635 or email events@kcrw.org.

How big is the venue?

This state-of-the-art venue seats 344 people.

Is there parking at the venue?

·                              Metered street parking is available on Nebraska (which parallels Olympic to the north) between Stanford and Centinela - meters are free after 6pm.

·                              Non-permitted street parking on Stanford between Nebraska and Colorado (just west of New Roads School).

·                              Metered street parking is available on Stewart, one major block west of Centinela off Olympic.

·                              Please avoid all permitted parking areas (even after hours), as it disturbs the residents and check parking signs as some street parking is restricted.

·                              Limited self-parking is available in the New Roads School parking lot (enter from westbound Olympic).


What is the show’s running time?

The show will run approximately 1 hour.


Once I place an order, can I change the credit card number to be billed?
Unfortunately, once an order is processed, we cannot change the credit card number.


Can I cancel my order?
No. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.


Is the ticket price tax deductible?
Tickets are partially tax-deductible. The portion of your ticket purchase price that exceeds the fair market value of the event is tax-deductible. For more information please contact KCRW Membership between 10am and 5pm, Monday – Friday at 310-314-4635.

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