something magical in the kitchen


Chef Stefano De Lorenzo of La Botte is going to help us cook up a recipe for revolutionizing LA’s food system on the panel at EatingLA. We’re so lucky to have him! Stefano grew up in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, and began his restaurant career with Ristorante Il Meloncino at Lago Ghedina. He visited Los Angeles in 1995 and was instantly captivated by the splendor of Southern California. He hasn’t left since and has worked his way around various restaurants throughout our beautiful city.

In 2004, Stefano opened his own little place at 5 Dudley Ave., in Venice Beach, just few steps away for the ocean. Shortly after, “Piccolo Ristorante” became a smashing success he expanded to a new location in Santa Monica, “La Botte.”

Stefano is committed to buying locally and serving only the highest quality food. He shops at the farmers market in Santa Monica every Wednesday and Saturday, purchases wild-harvested herbs, greens, and mushrooms from local foragers, and buys the best quality meats. La Botte has one Michelin star.


Oh… and speaking of La Botte, Chef Stefano will be whipping up something magical in his kitchen after the event.
He’s turning the vision of EatingLA into a reality — serving dishes made with ingredients grown and foraged in and around LA.

We’ll be there at 7:30… hope to see you, too!

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