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Rotating chef residency at DTLA eatery kicks off with a menu of LA-inspired food

By Hayley Fox
Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at 08:29AM
Flickr via bittermelon

Umamicatessen is known for their burgers, but starting this week they're launching a rotating chef's table called The Residency.

There's a new chef -- actually, multiple new chefs -- in town at DTLA's Umamicatessen. The cafeteria style collection of restaurants will now include a rotating chef's table dubbed The Residency.

Every Thursday for the next ten weeks, this converted kiosk will host different chefs cooking a variety of cuisines.

The series begins this Thursday with Micah Wexler's punny, "Live and Dine in L.A." menu that's meant to pay homage to restaurants along Pico Boulevard. The five course meal includes a head cheese taco, clam chowder and a banana cream pie desert in honor of the L.A. favorite, The Apple Pan.

The meal itself costs $45 with wine pairing available for an additional $22.50. This new chef's table can seat up to 12 diners at a time, who will then get an up-close-and-personal view of their dinner being prepared.

According to a press release the roster of chefs will range from Spanish cooking, to steaks and barbecue.

“When I first imagined Umamicatessen, I wanted it to be a playground for chefs,” said Adam Fleischman, CEO of Umami Restaurant Group. “The Residency gives us the opportunity to showcase new and respected culinary talents, gives them a platform to experiment with real diners, and gives food enthusiasts an incredible intimate and unique dining experience.”

Umamicatessen opened on Broadway last year and has since launched a happy hour and added a more veggie-friendly menu.

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