Gwen - Los Angeles
Celebrity chef Curtis Stone and brother Luke had great inspiration for their European-style, chef-driven butcher shop and restaurant that's based in Los Angeles. Gwen is named in honor of their maternal grandmother, who lived on a farm outside of Melbourne, Australia.
That farm was where they were first exposed to livestock farming and learned how to respect animals. Both started their culinary careers in a butcher shop, and now their experiences have come full circle with Gwen.
This is the second restaurant for Curtis Stone, who also is behind the high-end New American eatery Maude in Beverly Hills. Gwen's main dining room is for tasting menus only, where diners may choose the three-, five- or 10-course options. Seasonal ingredients and side dishes pull from the nearby Hollywood Farmers Market. Those wishing for an a la carte experience may do so in the bar area.
Gwen’s butcher shop drives the offerings in the dining room, caters to the home cook in its premium selection of products, and works directly with ranchers and purveyors to source animals.
Reservations are highly recommended for the dining room.