The New Persian Kitchen at Cortez in Echo Park, Los Angeles

One of the best things about writing my book is the people that it has led me to. Case in point is my guest chef dinner at Cortez, the little gem of a restaurant in Echo Park that hosted my dinner last Sunday. Both co-owner Marta Teegen and cook Juliet Orbach are two wonderful ladies that I now call friends.

I feel so lucky to have become connected with Cortez. Everything about the place is thoughtful, from the design of the room, to the careful sourcing of ingredients from local vendors, to the preparation of the food. Putting on this dinner meant I was in the kitchen along with everyone else, cooking rhubarb, shaping meatballs, and chopping pistachios. It’s the first real time I’ve spent in a restaurant kitchen in years, and I’m grateful to everyone who had patience with my rusty restaurant chops. It was beautiful to see this team of cooks interpret my recipes with so much creativity and passion. I owe a very special thanks to Juliet, who made crisp, golden tahdig for 60 people.

Here are images from the sold-out dinner. We had so much fun that there is talk of doing a series of Persian pop-up nights at Cortez, hopefully not too long from now. Thanks to everyone who came out, I’ll keep you posted on future dinners at Cortez!

Photos: James Rotondi




4 thoughts on “The New Persian Kitchen at Cortez in Echo Park, Los Angeles

  1. It was a great night indeed! And so much fun to discover a new restaurant in our city. Looking forward to more Persian pop-ups!

    1. Naz, it was such a pleasure to meet you and Drew. Thank you for coming, I hope to see you next time I’m in LA, and take you up on your very gracious offer of enjoying some home-cooked Persian food. Excited to see how the very tasty progresses this year!

  2. It was so wonderful to have you, Louisa! One of my favorite nights at Cortez. I love your book and am so inspired by your lucid food movement. Salut!

    1. Thanks Britt! It was great to meet you at Cortez. Please keep me posted on the progress of Edible Gardens LA!

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