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a SPECIAL series benefitting new arrival refugee families resettling in Los Angeles

Welcome, neighbor! Join us for a 4-part series benefitting Miry’s List, a nonprofit organization serving families resettling in CA.

FINAL EVENT! Mother’s Day Brunch with Chef Vartan Abgaryan Sunday, May 12th, 2019 @ 12pm

Spread Mediterranean Kitchen, 334 S. Main Street, 90013


Guest Chef: Vartan Abgaryan

As a child growing up in Los Angeles, Vartan Abgaryan was deeply moved by the way his family’s Armenian-American culture celebrated all occasions, both happy and somber, with food. Inspired by the pure joy of cooking and how food brought many generations together, Abgaryan decidedly embarked on a career in the culinary realm.

In 2012, Abgaryan joined the Eastside’s iconic Cliff’s Edge as Executive Chef. Here he successfully took the eight-year old neighborhood restaurant and made it relevant again. In 2014 Cliffs Edge was awarded three stars by LA Weekly’s restaurant critic, Besha Rodell.

After a successful run he elevated his role, quite literally, by opening 71Above – the highest restaurant west of the Mississippi, in July 2016. Since opening, the restaurant has received great critical acclaim and put Abgaryan on L.A.’s culinary heat map. Under his hand, 71Above was awarded 3-stars by LA Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine named it ‘one of the Top Ten New Restaurants of 2016’ and Critic Patric Kuh remarked that “the experience is luxury that reflects on-point execution.”

After serving over 300 diners a night at elaborate helicopter-hovering heights, Abgaryan had become one of the city’s most talented and respected chefs. When an opportunity presented itself to bring a refined culinary experience to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, considered by many to be “America’s coolest block,” he took it.

Abgaryan’s newest culinary endeavor, at Yours Truly allows him to focus less on the number of guests and work within a more intimate dinner setting. A nod to his Armenian heritage, diners will find Middle Eastern elements in such dishes as Crispy Octopus with strawberry harissa, lebni, walnut dukkah, sprouts; Skate Wing with chermoula, couscous, pickled raisins, pine nuts, fennel, lemon; and Avocado Hummus with salsa matcha, peanut, lime, za’atar flatbread.

“I always cook from my heart...but this time it feels a little different,” says Chef/Partner Vartan Abgaryan. “I put my heart and soul into the menu and food. Given that we are in Venice, I really focused on seasonal vegetables with an undercurrent of seafood.”

Abgaryan enjoys shopping for fashionable sneakers and eating Thai food when not in the kitchen.

New arrival’s Cooks: INFO COMING SOON

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About this series

Starting on February 14th, Spread Mediterranean Kitchen will host a pop up dinner series in featuring accomplished chef's who will cook a Middle eastern, family style dinner alongside a participant from The New Arrivals Supper Club,

The New Arrivals Supper Club aims is to empower newly settled refugees through opportunities to earn money, meet their new communities and share their culture through food. All proceeds from each dinner will benefit Miry's List