Ardor isn’t vegan, however Michelin-starred chef John Fraser’s menu on the restaurant, situated within the West Hollywood Version resort (9040 Sundown Blvd., West Hollywood), highlights his love of vegetable-centric cooking. From the tandoor carrots to the arugula farro risotto, plant-based components are a cornerstone of Fraser’s creations. Ardor opened briefly earlier than closing as a result of pandemic; it started welcoming again visitors, together with Nick Kroll and fashions Slick Woodens and Leomie Anderson, final month. Right here, Fraser, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, presents his favourite farmers and meals markets in and across the metropolis.
Santa Monica Farmers Market: “Wednesdays are one of the best, providing greater and better-quality produce, however get there early. I’m a giant fan of Harry’s Berries, which come from a small natural household farm in Oxnard.”
Grand Central Market, Los Angeles: “I like Villa Moreliana, which makes a speciality of carnitas. They provide one of the best collection of moles and chiles, and promote virtually every part you have to create scrumptious Mexican dishes. I additionally extremely suggest The Oyster Gourmand, which sells ecologically sustained seafood — really a number of the finest oysters I’ve had.”
Studio Metropolis Farmers Market: “Open on Sundays, the market presents an outstanding collection of produce, baked items and flowers.”
99 Ranch Market, Van Nuys and Monterey Park: “We supply the jackfruit and lily bulbs utilized in Ardor’s Candy Potato Curry right here, they usually even supply a massaman curry paste with out shrimp which we use to cater to our vegan diners.”
Encino Farmers Market: “There’s a powerful collection of farmers, together with Nuvo for natural olive oil and recent herbs from Susie’s Backyard. I additionally suggest stopping by Ara’s Kitchen within the meals court docket for some scrumptious pupusas.”