The L.A. Food Scene Grows Some Local Spots

The locavore food movement has put down roots in Los Angeles. Here are some of the latest and greatest.

with contributions from Marcy Medina
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The scene at Heirloom

Photo By Katie Jones

Heirloom LA
5 to 9 p.m. on Mondays
2395 Glendale Boulevard
Los Angeles, 90039

Origins: Jump-started by an advertising sponsorship from Microsoft, the food truck started hitting the road this past spring as an extension of the two-year-old catering business bearing the same name that’s based in L.A.’s Eagle Rock neighborhood. It’s been such a smooth ride that Heirloom LA was named best gourmet food truck for 2011 by Los Angeles magazine.

The chef:
Matthew Poley, a veteran of Los Angeles’ Angelini Osteria and former intern at Civitella del Lago outside of Orvieto, Italy, is enhancing his rustic Italian flavors with charcuterie and seafood prepped by cooks who came from the seasoned kitchens of Providence, Craft and Café Stella.


Signature dishes: Peanut butter and jelly donuts and lasagna that is baked in cupcake molds and available in 40 different flavors, including osso buco and roasted vegetable caponata.

To the table:
Heirloom LA is diversifying its menu beyond the chicken and steak requested at weddings with the help of foragers and small farms that deliver 300-pound pigs, rabbits, zebra heirloom tomatoes and other seasonal ingredients. Last month, it opened a tasting room called the Salon, where its chef can cook whatever he wants — with a twist. “It’ll be set up like a Benihana with a big donut table. Matt will cook in the middle,” says Tara Maxey, Heirloom LA’s co-owner and pastry chef. “That’ll be a riot.”


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