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Formal venues have been on the wane for years. But Patina, the flagship of Splichal's 48-restaurant empire -- ensconced at Walt Disney Concert Hall at 141 S. Grand Ave. -- is one of the few temple-of-cuisine holdouts.
The classically trained German chef, who originated Patina in Hancock Park in the space Providence now inhabits, has since imprinted his precise Cal-French sensibility on a staggering array of venues (not to mention events like the Emmys, which he caters), from his eateries at the Music Center and the Hollywood Bowl to restaurants at Descanso Gardens and LACMA. The latter is where his acclaimed 2-year-old Ray's & Stark Bar (5905 Wilshire Blvd.) is now the meeting ground of the city's art, fashion and film crowds.
"At Ray's, we honor the farmers and the foragers," says Splichal of the producers of local goat cheese, wild berries and herbs he utilizes. "Two decades ago, there was hardly any interest. We've come a long way."
Where else Splichal eats: The Kogi truck, where he digs the Korean tacos.