LA LA Landing | Chef Goes West with Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz at the James West Hollywood

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So happy together…

When Chef and Bradley head to LA on September 10 in support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, the City of Angels will get a taste of Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz opening at the James West Hollywood in January 2017.  Michael’s first West Coast restaurant represents a return to the place that inspired his career early on and shaped the simple approach to food for which he is known, based on quality sourcing.  This past April, the two joined Director of Licensing Operations Eric Larkee to tour the construction site, drink wine with friends and eat an Olympic athlete’s load of carbs all in the name of R&D.  Now that’s true dedication to the craft!

Incredibly, verified by a google (email) search, this will be the Genuine Team’s sixth year at LA Loves Alex’s thanks to gracious hosts Chef Suzanne Goin and business partner Caroline Styne (Lucques, AOC, Tavern) along with Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat).  The event has raised over $3.2 million to fund childhood cancer research, with more than $1 million from the 2015 event alone!  Click here for tickets and for 2016 chef, winery and mixologist participant list.

The Chefs pose as the Alex Loves Lemonade Foundation hosts a fundraiser at the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, CA on September 12, 2015. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner /ABImages)

The Chefs pose as the Alex Loves Lemonade Foundation hosts a fundraiser at the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, CA on September 12, 2015.
(Photo: Alex J. Berliner /ABImages)

Located on the famed corner of Sunset and La Cienega, The James will be Los Angeles’ newest hotel and the first ground-up project in West Hollywood in approximately 30 years. The iconic property will feature the 286-room and will also boast a luxurious pool and 10,000-square-feet of flexible event space, which will include a ballroom, event facilities, and meeting spaces.  Sbe’s Disruptive Restaurant Group will cultivate and manage the hotel’s restaurants and bars, while Denihan Hospitality Group will operate the hotel under The James Hotel brand.

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On the heels of opening a first location at the new SLS Hotel in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood in October, Fi’lia will showcase Michael’s fresh approach to Italian food, with handmade breads and pasta, and an emphasis on seasonal ingredients.  Michael moved from his hometown a Philadelphia to Santa Monica in 1986 and landed a job at Chinos working for Wolfgang Puck. He arrived in California without a plan, but was in the right place at the right time at the height of the Asian Fusion movement.

unnamed (36) (1)It was where his passion for sourcing product began to be put into practice, although it probably had a lot to do with his first experience working at a restaurant when he was 15 back in Philly.  Dad Marv helped him get his first job bussing tables at Dilullo’s, a Northern Italian restaurant.  The place was ahead of its time and really swanky, importing expensive, high quality ingredients from Italy.  Fine inspiration for a career in the kitchen, although he didn’t know it then!

For more information on Fi’lia visit filiarestaurant.com and follow @lalovesalexs today when those Angelenos wake up for @chefmschwartz’s takeover featuring what’s in store with this new restaurant concept and next month’s event!

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