Restaurant Recommendation: The Farmhouse

Nathan Peitso carries the title of executive farmer at Farmhouse, the new 7,000-square-foot restaurant at LA’s Beverly Center. Kenter Canyon Farms, founded by Peitso’s mother, is the family farm, whose beautiful organic herbs, lettuce, citrus and avocados are grown on 160 acres in Ventura County, and widely sought out by Angelenos at local farmers markets. The menu offers “seed-to-plate” cuisine, showcasing ingredients at their peak, which means responsibly farmed meat and poultry and sustainable seafood, along with farm-traceable fruits and vegetables. The dining room is rustic chic, sprawling and gorgeous. Group dining options abound. The entire space can be bought out for 700 guests standing, 240 seated. More intimate areas include the 1,200-square-foot “living room” with its floor-to-ceiling fireplace (capacity 259 standing, 80 seated); the 900-square-foot café (capacity 180 standing, 64 seated); the lounge (capacity 189 standing; 32 seated); and the veranda (capacity 159 standing, 50 seated). 

Downtown Los Angeles has gone through a renaissance these past few years with a staggering number of hotels and restaurants opening or reinventing themselves. Among the most vibrant of these properties is The Mayfair Hotel, which brings a history, authenticity and creative energy that feels distinctly DTLA. The Mayfair was first established in 1926 and was the tallest building west of the Mississippi when it opened.

 

California is one of the most abundant agricultural regions in the world, but a startling number of residents aren’t always sure where their next meal will come from. According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of food banks, one in eight Californians struggles with hunger. The situation is especially startling for children; one in five is food insecure.

Hunger is not a supply problem, it’s a logistics challenge. And the meetings and events industry is full of logistics-minded people who are in a position to chip away at it.

 

There’s gold—and a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed meeting center—in them thar hills.