Joe’s Abbot Kinney: 12 Chefs, 12 Months, 12 Charities


September marked 20 years in business for Joe’s Restaurant on Abbot Kinney. In honor of the milestone, owner and executive chef Joe Miller has picked a dozen of LA’s finest chefs to spotlight at Joe’s for the “12 Chefs, 12 Months, 12 Charities” series. The first special dinner will be held on November 10th and feature Chef Walter Manzke whose creations will benefit Special Olympics Southern California.

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“Ten years ago, when I remodeled Joe’s and put in a new kitchen, I christened it by hosting a couple chef events. It was a very fun thing — it helped business and built the camaraderie amongst the chefs,” Miller recalls. “Now ten years later, for my 20th anniversary, I want to build that same camaraderie amongst my chef friends again, give back to the community that has been so supportive to me and my staff, and continue bringing great chefs and a lot of creative food to Joe’s.”

With that edict in mind, Miller has invited some of the L.A. food scene’s hottest names and beyond to take over the kitchen once a month over the next year. But it’s not just about the cuisine. Each special evening features a charity in need, with proceeds from each plate going to benefit twelve of the city’s most highly-regarded non-profits. The first special dinner kicks-off on November 10th, 2011 with Chef Walter Manzke, whose creations will benefit Special Olympics Southern California. Chef Josiah Citrin from Melisse will be preparing the second dinner come December 1st, 2011 with each of his dishes benefiting St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.

Manzke — who’s set to open his own restaurant, République, in the downtown arts district — has created a special menu for his November 10th dinner that’s a sumptuous blend of seasonal flavors and artistic flare. The first course features Hawaiian kampachi, tomato dashi, smoked sesame and Santa Barbara sea urchin, followed by the second course with charcoal grilled turbot, Thai curry, crispy prawn spring roll and green mango salad. Not to be outdone, the third course has forrest mushroom royale, Maine lobster, veal sweetbreads and foie gras. The fourth is a delicious sampling of Millbrook venison with flavors of Autumn, and lastly, dessert is a avocado panna cotta with yuzu granite and coconut sorbet.

The chef schedule for 2012 is deliciously packed. In January, Trey Foshee from George’s at the Cove will be taking over, followed by Jason Knibb of NINE-TEN in February. The spring will see Andrew Kirschner of Tar & Roses donning the whites in March, while April will give patrons a taste of Dan Barber from Blue Hill Farm and May will host Josef Centeno from Lazy Ox Canteen and Bäco Mercat. Tim Cushman from O Ya will kick off the summer program in June, alongside Milta’s Josh Gil in July and Eva Restaurant’s Mark Gold in August. Closing out the program in the fall will be Philip Wojtowicz of Big Sur Bakery in September, with JiRaffe’s Raphael Lunetta winding things down with his savory expertise in October.

The first highly regarded non-profit that will benefit will be Special Olympics Southern California that has been changing lives through the power of sport for more than 40 years, offering opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in year-round sports training and competition. Special Olympics Southern California appreciates the support of its year-round Mission Partners: KTLA5, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Summit Entertainment, Toyota, and The Vons Foundation, and is excited to be part of this very special dinner as well. For more information about how to compete, volunteer, coach or donate to Special Olympics Southern California, you can visit their website.

The price for Chef Walter Manzke’s special menu is $120.00 per person (does not include tax or gratuity), and $35.00 for an optional wine pairing specially selected by Joe’s Restaurant Sommelier, Chris Keller. For more information regarding Joe Miller’s “12 Chefs, 12 Months, 12 Charities” culinary extravaganza at Joe’s, or for reservations for the November 10th, 2011 kick-off dinner with Walter Manzke that will benefit Special Olympics Southern California or the December 1st, 2011 dinner with Chef Josiah Citrin that will benefit St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, please call Joe’s Restaurant at 310.399.5811.

Joe’s Restaurant
1023 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291

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