Recent Opportunities


DTLA Restaurant Tour featuring Bestia and Redbird

Sprout LA's Bill Chait is behind some of LA’s favorite restaurants, from the highly anticipated opening of Redbird and Bestia, to the latest development in the Arts District. And in this special tour, LA Design Festival guests are invited to explore the design behind the spaces that have been taking the city by storm.

Executive Chef Ori Menashe and Pastry Chef Genevieve Gergis are the husband and wife team behind Bestia. With over 60 different forms of charcuterie, fresh pastas, and desserts made from scratch (chestnut flour zeppole served with house-made coffee gelato and cream, anyone?), Bestia has become a culinary beast in LA's dining scene. But the attention doesn't stop with the menu - Chef Genevieve was partially responsible for the design of Bestia, where she re-furbished oil drum spouts converting them into lighting fixtures and conceptualizing the floating booth system just to name one of her many aesthetic contributions. She will be joined by Studio Unltd's Greg Bleier - who helped to transform the industrial space into the award-winning establishment it is today - and invite guests to a unique exploration of the design process. (*Note: the kitchen will be closed, but guests will be treated to a splash of champagne!)

Our next stop brings us to the newly opened Redbird, where Amy Fraser (wife of chef Neal Fraser) and designer Robert Weimer will share about the former rectory of the St. Vibiana Cathedral, and its history, elegance, and design. Eater LA provides this reverent description of this temple for California Cuisine: "Walk in from the 2nd Street side (note the lovely Adam Silverman lanterns in the entry) and step up first into a relaxed lounge space, filled with mid-century style furniture and helmed by an impressive wine cellar on the far side. To the right, a near 360-degree bar that will dole out Julian Cox-designed drinks. The lounge also features a stunning ceiling painted by Guerin Swing with motifs from the cathedral, as well as a tasteful painting from local artist Nancy Baker Cahill. Oh, and there's even a door that the pope gave to the rectory back in 1933 that states: 'Truth is Our Freedom.' "

The tour will begin at Bestia (valet parking available). LA Design Festival will transport guests to each stop on the tour, returning to Bestia at the end of the night. Please arrive early, as spaces are limited and the tour will being promptly.

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