Raw food chef and author, Matthew Kenney was personally there to welcome over 50 Elites to his new restaurant M.A.K.E in Santa Monica. Located adjacent a state-of-the-art raw food culinary school, Kenney gave the Elites a tour of the facility and then sat them down for a tasting style dinner of organic raw food. No one knew raw food could be so gourmet, delicious and artistic.
This family style fête started with Muhumara, Sesame Tabouli, Za'atar Crackers. Organic and biodynamic wines were flowing and yelpers got to mix and mingle. Ej F declares, "This was one of the best humus dishes I've ever had!"
We moved into a Wild Arugala, Fuyu Persimmon, Pistachio.This was many Elites favorite dish of the night! Kelly B exclaims, "Wow. This stole the show for me, and I am not a fan of arugula at all. But the unique rich flavor of the persimmon with the salty pistachio cream was heaven."
California Kale, Blood Orange, Sun Dried Olives, Wild Dulse, Spice Almonds was light and refreshing. Market Lasagna, Zucchini, Macadamia, Santa Barbara Pistachio, Basil was such a hit. No one missed the cheese or the meat. Kelly B was thrilled, "Winner! The lasagna was fabulous! I didn't even notice the lack of pasta, and pasta is my favorite food. It was bursting with fresh flavors, and I adored the marinara sauce and the creamy nut cheese with it. Will come back for this alone!" The lasagna is their signature dish and now we know why!
The Nori roll was another hit shares Julie R, "It was by far my favorite dish of the night. They replaced the rice with grated jicama. How creative is that? Loved! So delish. I wanted more!"
A few more dishes to finish the night off: Flatbread, Zucchini Hummus, Jewel Box Tomatoes, Fennel, Capers, Mint. Wild Mushroom Tacos, Mole, Almond Crema, Red Chili Avocado. And of course, we couldn't leave without dessert! Mini Chocolate Walnut Cake, Licorice Pear, Fennel, Sassafras. And a Passionfruit, Honey, Melon Sorbet, White Chocolate, Berries and Lemon Balm.
Jessica S describes the food at M.A.K.E perfectly: "I have one word to describe the food: exquisite. It's not a word I use often, but it's the best way to describe each of the dishes here. I have eaten at other raw food restaurants, and they sometimes add so many ingredients to so many dishes, that it is a mish-mash of flavors, and everything ends up tasting the same. Each dish here was intentionally and masterfully created to make sure that flavors were able to shine through and compliment each other, in a way that made each dish unique. Fantastic attention to detail, and very innovative. On top of that, each dish was artfully presented on large, white dishes that really showcase the vibrant color that you get when you keep your food raw. Each course was like a modern art palette." See all reviews here!
Ej F sums up the evening, "I really appreciate the diversity of food I get exposed to at Yelp Elite events, thank you LA West Elite crew. I am a carnivore but I enjoyed raw food! Owner, chef and author Matthew Kenney was there and he invited us into the academy prep area where he teaches raw food classes to domestic and international students. He set the tone for a great event by describing his background and philosophy for the food he serves."
Until next time,
Keep it raw!
LA West Community Manager