Show 282, July 21, 2018: Train-to-Table Farmers Market at Union Station DTLA

Ken PrattEvery Thursday from Noon to 6:00 p.m. Downtown Los Angeles’ historic Union Station’s South Patio is transformed into a bustling marketplace showcasing a diverse selection of SoCal’s farmers, artisans, crafters and culinary creations. The just launched Train-to-Table Farmers Market serves as an idyllic location for lunchtime small bites and drop-in shopping in the heart of this iconic landmark.

Union Station has partnered with California Certified Farmers Markets to bring the Train-to-Table Farmers Market to the historic venue, serving thousands of Metro travelers, downtown workers and residents every week.

“We are thrilled to offer this unique shopping experience in one of the most historic locations in Los Angeles,” said Ken Pratt, deputy executive officer real estate, Union Station Operations and Management. “Union Station has emerged as the gateway to the extraordinary renaissance in downtown Los Angeles, and the launch of the Train-to-Table Farmers Market is aligned with our ongoing efforts to deliver distinctive, new experiences in this remarkable public space.”

Playing to the strengths of the California climate, the historic South Patio opened in 1939 and was designed as a formal garden through which travelers (and often celebrities) exited the station. The expansive patio, featuring towering palm trees and an iconic 100-foot-tall clock tower, has evolved into a vibrant meeting place for Angelenos.

Also previewed is the long-in-the-works project to reopen the spectacular Art Deco restaurant space (known as the Harvey House Restaurant in the heyday of Union Station.) It’s on-track for a launch later this year as a full-service restaurant, bar & brewery from Cedd Moses and Eric Needleman (Seven Grand.)

Our conductor is Ken Pratt, deputy executive officer real estate, Union Station Operations and Management.


Show 124, May 30, 2015: Museum of the American Cocktail’s Philip Dobard

Philip DobardThe always eloquent Philip Dobard is a Board member of The Museum of the American Cocktail which is part of the SoFAB Institute based in New Orleans. Dobard is also the Vice President of SoFAB Institute. He is based in Los Angeles and produces their local programming.

This time we’re talking about MOTAC’s Tuesday Tastings (complimentary) at The Three Clubs in Hollywood and MOTAC’s first permanent Los Angeles exhibit, curated by Bar Keeper’s Joe Keeper, at Seven Grand Whiskey Bar. a Cedd Moses property.

The MOTAC Tuesday evening Tastings at The Three Clubs in Hollywood also feature a custom “MOTAC Cocktail” creation of the night. Sales of these special libations benefit The Museum of the American Cocktail.

The MOTAC Whisk(e)y Gallery will debut on June 22nd. The gallery will feature rare and funky whiskey artifacts, a range of “lost spirits” and “noble experiments,” a selection of rare books and menus, and a few surprises.