|Mathew Poley at Heirloom LA's Salon/Photo: Max Wanger|
The evenings generally start in the back near the garden boxes, where you'll sip cocktails, listen to great tunes and chat up a good crowd in a sort of outdoor living room. You move inside to the dining room where Poley stands in the middle of a custom-made round wood table and creates dishes like carrot panna cotta and deconstructed pasta fagioli. It's called The Salon because it's a former hair salon that abuts the Heirloom LA kitchen and offices, but by the end of the night after all the chatter and nibbles and sips, it feels like a salon in the literary sense. That is, if you're sitting next to someone interesting (chances are good you will be).
Poley tells Eater that they'll start making those dinners open to the public, with plans for more partnerships with chefs and other food artisans. The next one will be with the chef from Sushi Yuzu, a wonderful hidden gem in Toluca Lake (if you haven't been, seek it out). We'll keep you posted on when and how to get in on it.