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This story first appeared in the Jan. 30 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Food & Bounty, the just-opened canteen at Hollywood’s Sunset Gower Studios (1438 N. Gower St.), is reinventing the studio commissary, where food is often “phoned in,” says chef-owner Helen Cavallo.
Her casual, employees- and guests-only eatery serves fresh, locally sourced food, with plenty of vegetarian options (such as cauliflower steaks with romanesco sauce) alongside classics such as the Cubano panini. The menu suits Lisa Edelstein, the lead of Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, which operated its production offices out of the studio during its debut season. “I like my job more than I like pasta,” jokes Edelstein, whose diet includes neither meat nor gluten. (Tony Goldwyn, who shoots Scandal at Sunset Gower, also is a regular.)
Girlfriends’ Guide creator Marti Noxon remembers her writers previously using the patio for smoke breaks, dubbing it “Casa de Fumar.” Now it’s occupied by rows of aeroponic towers where Cavallo grows produce, provided by LA Urban Farms. A former executive producer for Quentin Tarantino’s company A Band Apart, Cavallo quit nearly a decade ago to pursue cooking, launching Food & Bounty six years ago as a catering company and now adding her first restaurant to the mix.
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“It’s the way our parents and grandparents used to eat,” says Cavallo, whose menu also includes her aunt’s meatball recipe. “It’s real food.”
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