Venokado Vacates SMP

It appears that wine and gift shop Venokado has given up the ghost in The Market at Santa Monica Place.  And The Curious Palate will be jumping ship from its Market space to across the way, just to the right of the ArcLight.  That means that soon, the only soldier left standing will be La Gourmandise School.  But we’ve been promised that something new will be coming…



La Gourmandise’s Petite Pantry Opens This Week In Santa Monica Place

The culinary school in The Market atop Santa Monica Place, La Gourmandise School, will open its offshoot, Petite Pantry this week in the old space where Aurelie’s Cookies was, next door to the school.  They will be offering various baking supplies such as chocolates, specialty flours, and spices.  And if you miss Aurelie’s Cookies, they will be available on the weekends. 


Follow That Chef! Through Santa Monica Farmer’s Market

La Gourmandise School in The Market at Santa Monica Place is offering a free tour of the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market and a cooking demo program called “Follow that Chef!”   For absolutely no charge, you get to shop with a guest chef, then return to La Gourmandise School for a private demonstration and tasting.  Classes start at 9:00am and meet by the kiosk at 3rd and Arizona, but you must have a reservation, which you can make here:  This Saturday, Sept. 24th, the guest chef will be Kirsten Gum, Caterer and star of Travel Channel’s Treasure Hunter.  You’d better hurry; classes fill quickly.