Chef Neal Fraser’s modern American cuisine is refined yet approachable and highlights the multi-cultural influences of his native city – Los Angeles. Fraser’s menu features seasonal small and large format plates ranging from snacks or “kickshaws” to entrees meant to be enjoyed by the whole table. Selfishly, I didn’t want to share my sweet corn soup or my chicken pot pie. Reluctantly I did so I could have bites of the fried egg sandwich with pancetta, smoked harissa aioli, gruyere and cavatelli rabbit sausage pasta with wild forged mushrooms which we all devoured. My favorite was the fried chicken sandwich with kimchi slaw and house pickles. Sommelier Ben Teig’s wine list is eclectic with a focus on Burgundy, Bordeaux, and California, and dedicated to aged and affordable wines – something for everyone. Located in downtown Los Angeles, Redbird is carved into one of the city’s most historic architectural gems, inside the former rectory building of Vibiana – the cathedral-turned-event-venue also owned and operated by the Frasers and their partners.
Vibiana is a wedding, events and performing arts venue. Originally the City’s first Archdiocese Catholic cathedral, Vibiana has been beautifully transformed into a stunning full service event facility with a state of the art lighting and sound system, high quality, custom rental equipment, a seasoned and talented event management staff, and an extensive dining and craft libations program. With the Main Hall and Garden Courtyard, the versatility of Vibiana is endless, offering a beautiful customizable backdrop for events of any style, including entertainment, corporate, non-profit, wedding, and performing arts.
Luxe Tip: Redbird offers a unique private dining experience in The Nest – a private open kitchen on the third floor of the rectory building with a patio overlooking Vibiana, the City and the Redbird Courtyard. The Nest accommodates up to 50 guests for a standing cocktail reception and 32 for a seated lunch or dinner on the patio or 16 inside. The Nest is perfectly suited for any event from intimate family celebrations to rehearsal dinners and convenient for corporate meetings and receptions with a complete audio/visual system.
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