Positioned on Vine St, Lemon Grove is the newest addition to The Aster, a service-driven members membership and boutique resort positioned within the coronary heart of Hollywood. The rooftop restaurant is below the path of celeb Chef Marcel Vigneron, who has created a seasonal menu impressed by California agricultural traditions particular to Los Angeles and can be constructing meals from locally-sourced elements from sustainable produce suppliers, ranchers, and fisheries. Friends can sit up for having fun with vibrant dinner dishes comparable to Lemon Pasta, Hamachi Carpaccio Pizza, Grilled Entire Branzino, together with lunch, brunch, and dessert menus. With the assistance of Beverage Director Chris Whelan, the cocktail program is particularly curated to enhance the flavour profiles of the menu, with non-alcoholic beer, wine, cocktails, and champagne to pair with the elements as properly.
The Aster is co-founded by David Bowd and Kevin O’Shea, who discovered success in hospitality with their award-winning, family-owned enterprise, Salt Accommodations. Their purpose with The Aster was to create a heat area for members and friends to activate their thoughts and physique, to work, calm down, and keep throughout the bustle of Los Angeles. We spoke with Bowd, O’Shea, and Vigneron concerning the pleasure of each developments.
David Bowd and Kevin O’Shea, Co-Founders of The Aster
How is the Los Angeles neighborhood mirrored in The Aster?
We’re excited to be on the coronary heart of Hollywood, the place the placement is known and there’s a sturdy and various neighborhood. We’re dedicated to having very sturdy neighborhood ties from native buying, recruitment and hiring, partnerships and charitable help on all our properties—The Aster is not any totally different and we’ve been making sturdy native connections which were serving to all companies and enriching our members’ expertise.
How does The Aster preserve inclusivity in tandem with membership?
From the beginning we’ve not outlined our membership by conventional guidelines or necessities like job titles, industries or funds, as a substitute we’re neighborhood constructing and making a dynamic group of those who perhaps do not feel represented by different choices out there or who thrive on assembly new and fascinating people from numerous disciplines. That variety is a typical thread all through the membership, inside our personal crew and our Programming.
What are your upcoming plans for The Aster by way of growth—bodily and socially?
We have now so many nice Programming initiatives deliberate for 2023, which is able to embrace extra on the wellness entrance, nice leisure, distinctive academic packages and neighborhood initiatives which is able to assist us develop our impression past the partitions of the membership. We’re additionally seeking to develop just a few areas throughout the membership as our membership continues to develop.
Marcel Vigneron, Chef at Lemon Grove
How did your culinary journey from Prime Chef lead you to The Aster and Lemon Grove?
Apart from the extremely beautiful venue and the chance to work with Stockdale Capital in addition to Salt Accommodations, it was being given the prospect to construct my very own crew from scratch and do one thing for The Metropolis Of LA. I like that once you do a gap, you get to interrupt the mildew and step into one thing fully new, no unhealthy habits, no disgruntled staff, only one crew, one dream. I like being able to assist design one thing recent from the beginning and to do it for the town I like a lot and get to name dwelling! I’ve at all times been very captivated with my craft and as a Chef you must be a nurturer by nature however now that I’m a mum or dad that nurturing side of my culinary model has elevated to new heights that’s mirrored via the eye to element in my delicacies in addition to how I deal with not solely my friends but in addition my employees. I feel this newfound place in my life together with mindfulness and intention that goes into each element from decor to service, to the delicacies makes not solely eating but in addition experiencing any of our retailers right here at The Aster a World Class Expertise.
Lemon Grove has a market-to-table method—how does this curate a singular expertise?
The inspiration for the delicacies at The Lemon Grove is greater than native seasonal produce, sustainable fisheries, and the ranchers that we work intently with and help. It’s influenced and impressed by the deep-rooted gastronomic traditions and the melting pot of cultures that make up our stunning metropolis of Angels, at The Lemon Grove and The Aster, we rejoice the variety of the ever-changing culinary panorama of Hollywood. Even the title of the restaurant itself, The Lemon Grove, pays homage to the historical past of the land earlier than it got here to be the alluring metropolis as we all know it at present. Earlier than Hollywood was developed it was really a lemon grove, and we at The Aster get pleasure from respecting our roots whereas having fun with the current and embracing our brilliant future! The Lemon Grove attracts its inspiration not solely from the soil the place these lemon groves grew, however the concrete and graffiti that presently occupies the land, the oceans that hug our stunning seashores, and even the smog stuffed skies, all are used as culinary muses for our delicacies. Most significantly, our imaginative and prescient of the Lemon Grove is to embrace our Metropolis of Angels and make them proud. Our Delicacies is an interpretation of nature that’s meant to fulfill the soul and convey good well being and vitamin to the entire Angels that devour it!
In the event you might add up the Aster in a single dish on the Lemon Grove menu what would it not be and why?If I had so as to add up The Aster in a single dish on the Lemon Grove menu that must be the Lemon Pasta. Not solely is it one in all my favourite dishes on the menu, however it emulates The Aster as it’s wildly distinctive but classically refined, similar to the Resort. In the identical means that The Aster celebrates variety, our Lemon Pasta is a multicultural melting pot of a dish. The recent chitarra pasta, “chitarra” which means guitar in Italian, is impressed by our neighbors right here in Hollywood over at Capital Information, and the Tom kha sauce is slightly nod to our different neighbors down the road in Thai City. The turmeric within the dish lends itself to our wellness program at The Aster. Lastly, this dish is made with love, and there’s a lot coronary heart that was put into the creation of not solely this dish, however the general expertise we’re so proud to supply to all who go to The Aster.