[Updated] Bon Appétit's Adam Rapoport toasts Los Angeles
Bon Appétit magazine editor Adam Rapoport threw a "Toast to the Left Coast" soiree Thursday evening at chef Roy Choi's restaurant A-Frame in Culver City. The former GQ style editor toasted the growing culinary scene in Los Angeles looking dapper in a blue-and-yellow checkered shirt, skinny tie and fitted suit.
Celebrity and foodie guests mingled under A-Frame's signature A-shaped ceiling in the candlelit dining room. Toward the back, guests lounged on haystacks in a relaxed tented-lounge with signature cocktail mixes such as the Benicio Collins (Genever, Cocchi Americano, Strega, lemon), served in retro-style punch bowls.
Guests munched on offerings from chef Roy Choi, mastermind behind the Kogi taco truck and Chego restaurant. Small bites included the furikake kettle corn, heirloom pickles, kitchen fries with a killer kimchi sour cream dip and sesame leaf-wrapped shrimp tempura. There was really no room for shy eaters with the heartier dishes such as blue crab cakes wrapped in bibb lettuce, large pieces of beer-can chicken, swordfish brochette and wonderfully messy hoisin-chile-glazed baby back ribs.
The small area between the bar and the kitchen quickly became a hot spot as guests huddled and strained their necks to see what bites would come out of the kitchen window next. Celebrity sightings included actress Anna Faris, actor Emilio Estevez, "Martha Marcy May Marlene" star Sarah Paulson and chefs Jose Andres, Michael Cimarusti and Sang Yoon.
-- Jenn Harris
Photo: Actor Armie Hammer, left, Elizabeth Chambers and Adam Rapoport at Bon Appétit magazine's "Toast to the Left Coast" party at A-Frame restaurant in Culver City. Credit: David Prutting /Billy Farrell Agency
Updated at 7:30 P.M. October 28,2011: The spelling of Adam Rapoport's name was corrected.