Jennifer Sommer is The Dish. Want to know where to eat, take your favorite date, impress your clients from out of town? Just ask Jennifer or check out her directory. She cuts through the clutter and only her favorite eating, drinking and cooking discoveries are featured here.
If you don’t already love Tender Greens for its “Farm to Fork DNA” and its philosophy of giving back as realized through their Sustainable Life Project, then you will really love them now knowing that their in-house pastry team is turning out some of the city’s best cookies. I stopped in for lunch today at their Santa Monica location, where there is always a line out the door, and after devouring my Harvest Salad (goat cheese, persimmons, hazelnuts, apples and more) I had to try a few of their desserts. All, including the Sweet Potato with Meringue, were great but my favorite discovery was the perfectly sized bag of six cookies for $6. Have to say I can’t decide between the Cowboy Cookies loaded with chocolate, coconut and pecans or the Salted White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. What I can say for sure is that these are now at the top of my list for holiday hostess gifts and last minute dinner parties. http://www.tendergreens.com/
Don’t let the cute yellow truck and the pink chef’s jacket fool you, behind the candy-colored facade and her blonde pigtails, Sherry Yard is serious about sugar. As Spago and Wolfgang Puck’s Queen of all things sweet for nearly twenty years, Sherry is undeniably one of the country’s most renowned pastry chefs. And now, she is realizing her dream and will open Helms Hall and Bakery in 2014. Thankfully, as we all excitedly await its opening, she is giving us a sneak peek of her treats off one of the original Helms’ trucks placed centrally in the complex and convenient for a mid-furniture shopping pick me up. Dapperly dressed Nicholas will tempt you with the day’s selections of cookies and ice cream, including the ultimate “Apple Pie a la Mode,” and will pack up 1 to 1 dozen of her famously addictive chocolate cookies to-go. Having a dinner party? Bring a bag of ice with you and be ready for your guests to gush, especially with prices ranging from $1-$3 for each item.
Helms Bakery Building, Culver City: Thursdays-Sundays from about 12-4.