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Up & Coming Food Talent Debut at LA's 1st Underground Market

Top Left (clockwise): Father and daughter sample a pulled pork classic with a pineapple slaw.  Also pictured, jarred pickled veggies.
Top Left (clockwise): Father and daughter sample a pulled pork classic with a pineapple slaw. Also pictured, jarred pickled veggies.
Hank Knaack

The inaugural LA Underground Market debuted last night in a wearhouse in the Arts District of downtown LA. A tradition born of great food-loving cities like San Francisco, Seattle and Atlanta -- Michaela Graham brings all types of chefs together for this private event which she calles, "an incubator for new local food artisans, who are able to showcase their creative dishes" (and impress the LA foodie scene). The location and time are disclosed the night before and you are armed with a password, as it is invitation only (you can stay up-to-date via their website or twitter). Inside you are met by the friendliest faces, who are genuine and down to earth, despite their incredible talent. These are folks range from culinary graduates, to self taught with family recipes. The food was as diverse as LA, and ranged from savory to sweet.

My only note for next time (of which I hope there is): Incorporate the USBG LA chapter and get some great mixologists in there to pair with the amazing food.