Unique Cocktail Bar in Downtown Los Angeles
The creation of cocktalier Dushan Zaric, Bar Alta is a 26-seat bartender’s table where service is a conversation. Distinct spirits, herbal extracts and fresh squeezed juices are used in conjunction with centrifuges, evaporators and other culinary tools to mix cocktails to taste. Reservations are required and Bar Alta is reservable for truly unique private events.
Casey Lane is chef and owner of The Tasting Kitchen in Venice, California, Casa Apicii in New York’s Greenwich Village and Viale Di Romani in West Hollywood, California.
After a childhood spent drawn to his Marseilles-born mother and grandfather’s cooking for family gatherings, Lane decided to attend culinary school in Portland based on his simple belief that “the best food in the world only ever comes from farmland.” After graduating and getting his professional start in banquet catering, Lane began cooking at Portland’s Clarklewis restaurant in 2003. At Clarklewis, Lane would spend the next five years under Chef Morgan Brownlow developing his skills and knowledge about true farm-to-table cooking. His experience with Chef Brownlow would serve as the guiding principles of his own culinary style in the years to come.
In 2009, Lane moved to Los Angeles and was given the opportunity to reboot a Scandinavian restaurant on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice called AK. With little more than a handwritten menu and minor subsequent renovations, Lane’s cooking alone transformed the space into The Tasting Kitchen, which remains one of LA’s most popular neighborhood staples. Lane was awarded multiple “best of” accolades from GQ, Food & Wine, Los Angeles Magazine and more that year, which initiated a four-year-long run as a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s ‘Rising Star Chef of the Year’ award. “The Tasting Kitchen has prepared some of the most delicious food I’ve eaten all year,” wrote Jonathan Gold in a 2009 LA Weekly review.
Lane and his team at The Tasting Kitchen remain dedicated to their own earnestly seasonal, everything-from-scratch cooking style in continued support of the local artisans, foragers and purveyors that grew their businesses alongside The Tasting Kitchen’s success.
At Casa Apicii, Lane approaches New York with this same devotion to product and craft sporting a pan-regional Italian dialect and his Pacific coast roots.