So thrilled to find our way back to collaborating with people who are passionate their craft.
Chef Sullivans love for food + film have led him to various kitchens around the world from sandy surf shacks to Michelin Star restaurants. His energy and enthusiasm are contagious––and it’s just what we need at this moment.
Chef Sullivan introduces to Chef Alejandro Bolar who comes from a background of his own supper club Eclair in Atlanta, Georgia and who currently finds his way creating delicious meals in various kitchens throughout Los Angeles and surroundings via kala.
We are looking forward to creating a super fun (& delicious) lark with these two chefs, who will be taking full creative control of the menu.
We invite you along for the ride through this introductory Q & A:
Q. How do you two know each other?
Jim: I’ve known Alex for some time now. We originally met one another while cooking at a friend’s restaurant in Atlanta a few years ago.
Alex: We met in Atlanta at a restaurant called Better Half and then on a subsequent trip to California we met up again. We’ve been wanting collaborate for a while, definitely looking forward to creating some magic.
Q. What led you to lark?
Jim: I’ve always admired the Lark events and have worked with Lisa a few times in the past, both as a chef and photographer.
Alex: Jim said had a friend…he showed me your instagram and I was in.
Q. How did you arrive in the culinary scene?
Jim: I basically grew up in the restaurant industry, starting at the age of 14. After having a long career in the medical field I decided to go back to school. I graduated from culinary school in 2007. Since then I’ve been doing pop ups, staging and being part of the restaurant industry as a professional food photographer.
Alex: My brothers and I are super competitive from who can catch the most or biggest fish to seeing who make the best burger. During these times I noticed that cooking was fun and I had a natural gravitation towards it. During a semester off from college worked Silver Star deli and that introduced me to the commercial kitchen.
Q. Yay or nay to culinary school?
Jim: I did graduate from culinary school and while it was a great experience, I don’t think it’s necessary to become a great cook/chef. If a young person is motivated and can gain knowledge/experience under a great chef then I would suggest that route.
Alex: I went to culinary school and I met cool people along the way, but restaurants teach much more. For someone with a late start, they should consider a school… but if you have the time, working in a restaurant is the school of hard knocks — you’ll have no choice but to learn.
Q. What is your most treasured memory when it comes to food?
Jim: For me that would be working as a young adult/teen at an Italian restaurant in my hometown. This is where I spent my formative years learning the ins and outs of the industry.
Alex: Fierce competitive cooking with my brother Kyle Bolar.
Q. Can you share an impressive elevated dining experience?
Jim: I really like what Outstanding in the Field does. Jim Denevan travels around the country working with local farmers and local chefs. Together they create a fantastic dining experience. I’ve had the pleasure of both eating and working with his team a few times and I absolutely love what they do.
Q. What advice do you have for people who want to become chefs?
Jim: Do it because you love it. Don’t do it expecting accolades, money or fame. Do it for the passion, love of food. I realize that sounds cliche but honestly it’s the truth.
Alex: Always be willing to learn something new. With food, there is so much to learn.
Q. What is your most treasured ingredient?
Jim: It used to be fresh seafood like uni or abalone. But as time goes by I’m learning to appreciate and use vegetables more.
Alex: A squeeze lemon on everything!
Q. What is your go-to dish when cooking for yourself?
Jim: Fried rice or Congee, using anything that’s left in the fridge.
Alex: Rice with soft egg and chili crunch.
Q. What is your go-to dish when cooking for others?
Jim: That would depend on the season and what is currently inspiring me. Recently it was using stone fruit.
Alex: Always something chicken based because it’s more familiar to people and there is no variation when it comes to cooking, i.e. raw, seared, etc….
Q. Who are your heroes?
Jim: Alex Bolar (wink wink)
Alex: My parents who are both self-employed, I am witness to them creating a life and lifestyle.
Q. What phrase or word to you use too often?
Alex: “My Man”… an ode to Denzel Washington!
Q. As we are now navigating new seas, do you have any thoughts on the future of dining?
Jim: Man, that’s a tough one. I think the way restaurants are going to run for the foreseeable future has changed. Considering the rising costs of ingredients and the pandemic restaurants are dying off or barely hanging on. I see restaurants pivoting to more of a fast casual model, or dining halls. No longer are you going to fine dining or upper echelon restaurants unless you’re willing to cough up $300 or more per seat.
Alex: Restaurant owners will adapt to meet the needs of their employees. The gap is closing between fine dining and comfort food. Fine dining chefs are creating burgers and comfort food has become more acceptable.
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Modern. Organic. Inspirational. Come on a lark with us!
3/26/22 at our favorite designer playground known as Urban Americana in Long Beach.