At the Santa Monica Farmers Market a few weeks ago, I asked Chef Miles, “So how much of your produce comes from the Farmers Market?” which he aptly responded, “100%.” A few weeks prior to that day at the market, I asked him the same question and he responded, “everything except the limes.” Chef Miles honors Farm-To-Mouth as a Yogi does Asana.
Chef Miles’ restaurant, Allumette, is named by its unique sound but also by its unique meaning---matchstick or spark. Chef Miles opens our world to a self-fulfilling destiny. We choose a course or courses from each section of the menu and Chef Miles orchestrates our self-tailored tasting menu.
Chef Miles embodies an artistic spirit who honors the truth of his ingredients and expresses them in a mosaic of seasonal, sensorial sensations. Strolling out of Allumette, I feel inspired to return to another journey eastbound on a road less traveled.
Allumette is located at 1320 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90026, (213) 935-8787, open Tues – Sat from 6 p.m., www.allumettela.com.