Café Pinot Art of Charcuterie Class

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Café Pinot Art of Charcuterie Class

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Chef Viet Pham and Jake Eaton

Chef Viet Pham and Jake Eaton

If you have EVER wanted to learn about cured meats and how they are made, this is the class for you! Join Executive Chef Viet Pham, of sister property Ray’s and Stark Bar, and Chef Jake Eaton as they give a fun, passionate, and educational class and demonstration on the art of curing meats beginning October 2015.

Chef Jake Eaton giving hands on instruction

Chef Jake Eaton giving hands on instruction

Café Pinot invites patrons to learn the “Art of Charcuterie” beginning on October 17th. For the launch of the 2nd iteration of the education series, Executive Chef Viet Pham from sister property Ray’s and Stark Bar, takes the reins with an in-depth look at his favorite charcuterie items through demonstrations and hands-on class participation.

Domestic and imported cheeses

Domestic and imported cheeses

The monthly rotating classes offer hands-on instruction for those who wish to participate so jump in and learn! Classes feature rotating subjects including Mortadella with Sriracha on October 17th, Kaese Krainerwurst with Mustard on November 21st, and Lamb-Chetta with Pickled Fennel on December 19th. Class includes personal instruction from Chef Viet Pham on housemade Sriracha and Chef Jake Eaton shares his self-taught in-depth knowledge of the charcuterie making process.

Lamb Chetta

Lamb Chetta

At the conclusion of the program, which is held in the intimate downstairs kitchen, a celebratory reception is presented with a sampling of the featured charcuterie, domestic and imported cheeses, and wines carefully selected by Café Pinot’s General Manager Steve Meyer. Guests are invited to experience classes on an individual basis, or as a complete series. Each guest takes home a sample of what they made along with class recipes.

Finished housemade mortadella

Finished housemade mortadella

Classes are $85 per person per class. *Credit card needed to reserve; 72 hours prior cancellation required

Class: Mortadella with Sriracha
October 17th
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Kaese Krainerwurst with Mustard

November 21st
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lamb-Chetta with Pickled Fennel

December 19th
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
RESERVATIONS are required; Please complete the online reservation form found here and return to

Café Pinot
700 W. 5th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071


Adjacent to downtown LA’s 1920’s landmark public library, Café Pinot’s guests are surrounded by the metropolitan skyline view, a gorgeous garden seating, and floor to ceiling windows. The popular dining destination presents a contemporary California-French menu featuring fresh, sophisticated dishes inspired by the farmers’ market and seasonal produce for lunch and dinner. Located minutes from the Los Angeles Music Center, STAPLES Center and LA Live, Café Pinot offers patrons a relaxing oasis in the midst of a bustling urban community. Winner of Wine Spectator Award and named “Best Outdoor Dining,” “Best French,” and “Most Romantic” by the readers of Los Angeles Downtown News, Café Pinot is an ideal locale for elegant casual dining, social celebrations and weddings.


Viet Pham has been with Ray’s and Stark Bar since it opened in 2011. Assuming the executive chef role in spring of 2014, Pham has channeled the artistic energy of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art by pursuing his vision of culinary expressionism. Pham prioritizes using seasonal ingredients, capitalizes on the restaurants garden located on campus, as well as from distinctive California vendors. “We are blessed to have a forager who travels from farm to farm, picking out the best products at their peak of the season” Pham describes “Dragon,” the restaurant’s elite forager. Having the access to these ingredients, Pham is inspired to explore their capabilities.

Esters Wine Shop Santa Monica

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Co-Owner and Wine Director Kathryn Coker curates a 200-plus bottle selection, with small plates from Executive Chef Jeremy Fox, grab-and-go artisanal food items, and more  

ESTERS Wine Shop

Let co-owner and wine director Kathryn Coker help you pick out that perfect bottle for a picnic or dinner. There are over 200 selections of wine to choose from. And any bottle you purchase on-site can be enjoyed at the bar for a corkage fee of only $15, so go all in with that magnum! Executive Chef Jeremy Fox has now added sandwiches to-go in the marketplace section like a vegetarian number with burrata, roasted red peppers, Moroccan olives, parsley, and olive oil or one with Olympia Provisions ham, butter, cornichons, and radishes—both on freshly baked Milo & Olive ciabatta.

Kathryn Coker, Esters Wine Shop SM

Kathryn Coker, Esters Wine Shop

How ESTERS came to be… Restaurateurs Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan continue to grow their restaurant family from within, partnering with Kathryn and Tug Coker and existing Rustic Canyon team members to open Esters, an integrated wine shop, bar, and market experience in downtown Santa Monica, CA.

ESTERS Santa Monica

Housed in the historic Telephone Building, a 1937 Art Deco landmark, Esters is across the hall from the restaurant group’s newly opened Cassia, where Kathryn also curates the wine program. The shop, whose name is derived from the chemical compound that contributes to a wine’s bouquet, offers a classic and diverse selection of more than 200 wines from small producers and boutique wineries, whose stories Co-owner and Wine Director Kathryn knows and loves. Esters appeals to shoppers on-the-go, with a marketplace offering a wide variety of artisanal items, as well as to guests lingering over glasses of wine, with paired dishes from Rustic Canyon Executive Chef Jeremy Fox and Pastry Chef Jun Tan, here in the chef de cuisine role.

“With Esters, we’re creating a cozy, approachable, neighborhood atmosphere where people can pop in for a glass of Champagne and a bite to eat with friends and family, stock up on specialty items for a dinner party or picnic, as well as learn more about wine by exploring our fun and unique selection,” says Kathryn, whose passion for wine led to her overseeing the wine program for Rustic Canyon and creating the initial list for Milo & Olive.

The broad and eclectic wine list offers something for everyone—from connoisseurs to novices—and accommodates a wide range of budgets. In the $40-75 range, guests can expect great Burgundies (Kathryn’s personal soft spot), Grower Champagnes, and funky biodynamic wines produced by little-known winemakers from Santa Barbara to Sicily. A high-end wine room showcases bottles priced above $75, and the “Tug’s Picks” section, which honors Tug’s keen eye for value, features affordable weeknight bottles, mostly priced under $25. At least 15 wines are poured by the glass at any given time, with opening highlights including 2012 Pierre Morey Bourgogne Aligote, NV Domaine Robert Sérol Cote Roannaise “Turbullent” sparkling rosé from the Loire Valley, and 2013 Soliste Narcisse Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast.

A thoughtfully curated selection of craft beers, specialty imports, and premium spirits from small production distilleries around the world is also available. Rustic Canyon Bar Manager Aaron Ranf pours a selection of sipping mezcals and stirs up classic cocktails including Old Fashioneds and Sazeracs.

In addition to an array of cheeses and cured meats from boutique salumerias across the country, Jeremy and Jun continue their commitment to local, seasonal products, incorporating them into light dishes that complement Kathryn’s wine selections, such as Smoked California Fish in a jar with pickled ramps, Cook Pigs Ranch Pork Terrine with grape mustard, and Cucumber Panzanella with dill and house-cultured yogurt.


The marketplace component features grab-and-go artisanal items and rare, limited-edition products from friends and suppliers whose work inspires the team. Highlights include housemade sandwiches, loaves of Zoe’s renowned breads from Milo & Olive, gourmet chocolates from Compartés, raw honey from Massey Honey Co., Solstice Canyon almond butter, and Bottle Stock wine accessories.

L.A.-based Oonagh Ryan Architects designed Esters, which seats 50 indoors, to seamlessly flow between the wine bar and retail aspects, combining raw, modern elements with an eclectic mix of new and vintage furnishings. Salvaged steel-frame windows have been gracefully repurposed into an enclosure for the high-end wine cellar, and a large, beaded chandelier hangs over a custom wood and steel communal table. A 20-seat, U-shaped bar anchors the 1,600 square-foot space and features a hand-plastered front with decorative molding and a fluted terrazzo and brass counter. White marble coffee tables, a rich green velvet loveseat, and linen-clad chairs add an elegant and whimsical vibe, reminiscent of a Parisian flea market. A fruit-tree enclosed patio comfortably seats 40 and features colorful, tile-topped tables and a weathered zinc communal table—ideal for enjoying wine and small plates al fresco. Coming this fall, guests can look forward to winemaker visits, classes, and tasting flights.

Esters Wine Shop
1314 7th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Esters, the new wine shop, bar, and marketplace in Santa Monica has extended their opening hours, so if you’re craving a cooling glass of Rosé or some Beaujolais during the day, problem solved. They are open at 11 a.m. every day until 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday (closed on Mondays until after Labor Day) and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, please visit or call 310.899.6900.

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(Photo Credits: Emily Hart Roth)