Meet the Chef with Michael Reed

Chef Michael Reed of Viviane in Beverly Hills, CA

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Like many chefs, Michael Reed’s passion for cooking stems from eating home-cooked meals nightly with his family. Considering he spent his formative years in a farming community in Ventura County, California, it’s fitting he now channels his appreciation for local produce into his dishes at his restaurant, Viviane, at The Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. […]


Meet the Chef with Jill Vedaa

Chef Jill Vedaa of Salt+, Lakewood, OH

Written by: Kate Newton

Good things came in threes this year for Jill Vedaa, Co-Owner/Executive Chef at Salt+ in Lakewood, Ohio: In addition to seeing her acclaimed bistro make the cut for Cleveland Magazine’s “25 Best Restaurants” list in May, Vedaa was named a semifinalist for Best Chef: Great Lakes by the James Beard Foundation and emerged victorious on […]


Coastal Dining

FIG is in Season Year-Round at the Fairmont Miramar

Written by: Becky Tsadik

“I was covered in flour as a kid,” says Yousef Ghalaini, Executive Chef at FIG Restaurant at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica. The Lebanese chef would run around his grandparent’s home, situated above their family bakery. That experience was the inspiration for his unique charred “bread balloon,” an oversized pillow of […]