I can’t even say, “guess who?”
I’m SUPER excited to share that the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti will be joining me this Sunday on Daphne Dishes. As some of you know we ( more Mark) has known his family for years. I volunteered a ton on his campaign. His parents, wife, daughter, all lovely, warm down to earth people.
So when Daphne Dishes got picked up for a second season I thought.. oh, dream guest list!! When I approached I said I wanted it to be about the incredible diversity of food that is available in LA and how it inspires me in the kitchen. Well, they got that pitch, The Garcetti’s are big booster of LA’s food scene, high brow and everything in between. It was VERY hard to decide what to make. Not just because I had to make the Mayor a great meal, but because LA has So Many influencers it’s hard to narrow down for a 22 minutes.. or whatever it is …show.
When I was working on Eric’s campaign was when this show was being talked about, developed, slowly, slowly. I would periodically update him on it and he was always excited to hear about it. I clearly remember one day I was sitting in his kitchen calling voters and he had come home from an event. Amy was calling from the living room, many volunteers strewn around the place and I popped my head up and said, “Eric, Food Network says they are going to do a pilot with me.” He high fived me and wanted to hear more. Well, cut to second season and he and his family remember their friend. I really appreciate the support and since he is a very busy guy we said whenever you can fit us in we will make it happen. It ended up being at 8:30am in the morning. But, you know what it worked! We all enjoyed the meal and Amy and I are making plans for them to come over again when they have more time and I’ll make them the same meal, but without the camera’s.
He and his parents are from LA, so they all have memories of their favorite foods from growing up here. Gil talked about going to Grand Central Market with mom when he was a little boy. Of course, that’s where Mark’s Bombo is now. That’s where I shopped for the food to make a great LA centric meal for LA’s number one fan.
Watch the show and tell me what your faves are. I concluded the meal with a Very Berry LA Tart!