The Bellwether is the debut restaurant and bar from Executive Chef/Owner Ted Hopson and Beverage Director/Owner Ann-Marie Verdi. The market-inspired menu aims to capitalize on the abundance of California produce in order to showcase one-of-a-kind food and drink menus that feature family style shareable dishes, unique infusion based cocktails, and a hand selected list of beer and wine.
Ask any Italian worth his weight in pecorino what makes a great chef and he’ll respond that it takes love, passion, and family. Growing up in a large Italian household, Hopson developed a reverence for cooking early in life which he now brings to his debut restaurant, The Bellwether. After earning his Le Cordon Bleu diploma from the California School of Culinary Arts in 2005, Hopson found himself working as Executive Sous Chef at Water Grill and became an integral part of the development of its Michelin Star-winning menu. With more than 16 years of experience in the kitchens of various LA notables – Water Grill, Eveleigh, Father’s Office and Lukshon – Hopson honed his ability to infuse dishes with soul and maintained his mantra of honoring each ingredient. His untiring passion for food and the connections it creates translates directly into his presentation of each dish at The Bellwether.
Ann-Marie Verdi’s career in bar management comes as no surprise to her friends and family. Growing up in her father’s liquor store with a family full of restaurant business veterans, she developed an affinity for creating and sharing an exceptional bar experience. Her fondness for premium beers, wines, and cocktails drove her to create the classical but clever cocktail program. You’ll find Shaken and Stirred Martinis and house made infusions such as grapefruit gin, cranberry tequila, kaffir lime and ginger vodka, plus a long list of draft and bottled beers. Pair these beverages with Hopson’s tapas style Share Menu. Share a Little or Share a lot. Order tempura cauliflower with thai chili and mint, charred octopus with Greek yogurt and lemon and strozzapreti pasta made with braised short rib ragu.
Luxe Tip: The Bellweather received The Diner’s Choice Award from Open Table 2 years in a row- 2015 and 2016. Take a look at their menu of seasonally focused, inventive dishes. Not only dinner daily, but they offer brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays.
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