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I've been a fan of Chef Jeremy Fox's food since I tasted his magnificent dish at the 5x5 Chefs Collaborative Dinner at Providence back in May. His Twice Shucked Peas featuring pod consommé with white chocolate, chocolate mint, and macadamia (pictured below).
Ever since I read that Chef Fox has relocated to Los Angeles from the Bay Area to open up his own restaurant, I've been waiting eagerly for more information about his LA venture. I was excited to read a couple of months ago that Chef Fox was working with a couple of business partners in opening a place in Venice, which soon was announced to be Barnyard Venice. Unfortunately a month ago, Chef Fox had a fall out with one of the other business partners, who happens to be the landlord of the building where Barnyard Venice was to open, and now, Chef Fox and his kitchen crew have parted ways with Barnyard Venice.
Soon after this news was released, it was announced that Chef Fox was doing a one night stint at Test Kitchen 2 at Bestia on October 20th. Unfortunately, that happened to be the time I was away on vacation in Seattle. So, when I finally got word about Chef Fox collaborating with Helen Springut and Helena Brown for his next venture Old Soul at Square One, I jumped at the opportunity for a reservation. Who knows when it will be when he'll finally open that permanent restaurant that he's been working on for the last year?
Jeremy Fox, formerly of Tyler Florence's Ubuntu in Napa, CA.
From Grubstreet LA.com's October 17, 2011 article: "Fox, who has been shortlisted twice for James Beard Awards for his work at Ubuntu in Napa, has been a free agent since leaving the employ of Tyler Florence this past winter. As fans of his food can attest, he specializes in refined, unusual, hyper-fresh flavors using unconventional vegetables, greens, and flora. Unlike his strictly vegetarian work at Ubuntu, Fox has recently been incorporating meat, in modest amounts, on his pop-up menus, and we're told a section of his cookbook will be devoted to meat as well."
With Old Soul, Jeremy Fox is excited to return to his passion: feeding people. Fox opened Ubuntu in 2007, where he was named a Food & Wine Best New Chef 2008 & Bon Appetit’s 2009 Best Chef. Ubuntu became the first modern vegetarian restaurant to receive a Michelin Star. Chef Fox's run at Old Soul at Square One is currently ongoing with reservations being taken for the next 2 weekends, from Thursday, December 6th through Sunday, December 9th, and from Thursday, December 13th through Sunday, December 16th. Chef Fox will be offering a 4-course prix fixe dinner for $50.00. For vegetarians, he has a 4-course he can whip up for you as well for the same price.
Old Soul Menu Dec. 6-9th
Whole Grilled Sardine
salt cod with rose finn potato, fennel salsa verde, parmesan
Spicy Rancho Gordo Bean Broth
black Kale, torn bread, rosemary & a poached egg
Homemade Morcilla Hash
d'avignon radish, pickled apple, horseradish fondue
Wooly Pig Lard Biscuit
persimmon, sage honey & soft cream
No alcoholic beverages nor a wine pairing will be available. If you desire, you can bring your own bottle(s) of wine to share with the table, and there is No Corkage! I would suggest that you bring at least $80 in CASH to settle your portion of the bill (small bills preferred).
Square One Cafe is located across the street from the Church of Scientology, and only street parking is available. Be sure to read the street signs for any parking restrictions. We will meet in front of the restaurant at 6:45pm. We will head in for our table shortly before our 7:00pm reservation time. I will email all attendees my cell phone number so that you can call or text me should you arrive before I do, or are running late or are lost.