Ludobites 4.0 – Gram and Papas

Everyone has an opinion about Ludo and his pop up restaurant Ludobites. Whether it’s love, hate, or apathy, it’s hard to ignore the guy. He is a marketing machine. Ludo is everywhere: he’s on Top Chef Masters, he’s frying chicken out of a truck at the LA Street Food Festival, or he’s frying chicken with Eric Greenspan and Akasha Richmond. Love him or hate him, he’s a constant topic in the LA restaurant scene. With all the hype around Ludo, it’s no surprise that his next pop up location, a two month stint at Gram and Papa’s in downtown Los Angeles, was fully booked within 72 hours (correction, make that 18 hours, thanks Krissy) of the reservation lines opening up.

Gram and Papas, home of Ludobites 4.0

While I do have a few reservations lined up for Ludobites 4.0, I was fortunate enough to be invited as a guest to the FoodDigger TastEvent: Ludobites 4.0 Preview Dinner. The evening was hosted by FoodDigger (aka: I didn’t pay a dime), wine pairings were provided by Domaine LA, and the food, obviously provided by Chef Ludo.

Since this was a FoodDigger event, this meant that there would be bloggers. And there were lots of them.

Bloggers mingling and breaking some ice prior to dinner.

The LA Times was in attendance this particular night.

Point and shoot cameras were the camera of choice for this evening. If memory serves me right, I counted 3 dSLRs in the group. It brought a smile to this Canon S90 point and shoot user.

After a few glasses of bubbly, we jumped right into the first course.

Tartine Plate “Three Fat Textures”

What were the three fat textures: lavender lard, clarified butter and whipped brown butter. Diners at Ludobites 2.0 will remember the lavender, although this version doesn’t share the same sweetness as 2.0. Needless to say, you’ll be asking for more lard, sweet or not.

No, I didn’t scoop the fat textures right into my mouth. I had this nice baguette to use.

While getting my fill of lard, I noticed the wineglasses had some engravings on them.

Before I continue with the food, I just have to say Jill of Domaine LA did an AMAZING job pairing wines with the preview dinner. If you are going to Ludobites, I strongly recommend you stop by her store. In fact I suggested that she create a Ludobites wine pairing package so that folks could stop by and pick up all the right wines for this dinner.

Chef Ludo is Iron Man.

Carrot Salad, Saffron Anglaise Cream, Pearl Onions, Citrus, and Mustard Powder

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