The most we’ve ever gotten from an airplane seatmate is a case of the sniffles.
Dinelle Lucchesi scored a business partner.
After she befriended Ari Taymor on a flight to San Francisco, the two hatched a plan to combine her management savvy (she’s the brains behind SF underground club Anthrob) with his culinary chops (stints at Bar Tartine and L.A.’s Salute).
Now ready for takeoff, their Venice pop-up, Alma, flies high with modern, out-of-the-box cuisine and a relaxed BYOB vibe.
Housed in cafe Flake, the Wednesday-through-Saturday operation serves three- and five-course prix fixe dinners that take their cues from Taymor’s frequent farmers market jaunts. The menu changes weekly, but you can count on appetizers that dip below sea level (garlicky oyster stew) and exotic entrees that soar with sophistication (Jiménez lamb with hibiscus and beets).
Lucchesi and Taymor (along with sous chef Derrick de Jesus) plan to stick around for a couple of months before (hopefully) doing something more permanent.
Fasten your seat belts.
Photo: Courtesy of Alma