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OPEN FACE FOOD SHOP Closed 03.22.23 due to rain 🙁

 

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and check out our new store @hyawestadams

While the name says a lot, it doesn’t tell the whole story.

From traditional Danish flavors to elevated American fare, you will find something for everyone at Open Face Food Shop. Simply put, chef Lene Houck creates amazing menus using farm fresh, seasonal ingredients in modern, inventive pairings. Lene and her husband Mark hope that their neighbors and friends will enjoy both the food she’s lovingly created and the welcoming atmosphere surrounding it.

Homemade. Handmade. Honest.

Open Face Food Shop

5577 West Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016

855.676.3223 | info@openfacefoodshop.com

Summer Hours:

Wednesday- Friday 11am- 4pm

Weekend Brunch 10am- 3pm

Closed Monday and Tuesday

Periodic Closures for Private Events are noted at the top of the page.

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The upside of all this rain*

Hi, Everyone! Happy first days of spring!

With luck the “monsoon season” is pretty much behind us and we can get back to the business of serving farm fresh deliciousness in sunny comfort on a regular basis. Many, many thanks to everyone for their patience with the unpredictably wet days. We’re looking forward to more of the glorious SoCal spring weather we’ve been accustomed to from now on. Fingers crossed.

While it’s still a little early, gorgeous spring produce is beginning to peak its head around the corner at the markets and we couldn’t be more excited. Stay tuned for lots of fresh new things on the menu.

Thanks again for your support and we look forward to seeing everyone soon!

-Lene, Mark and the Open Face/ HYA West Adams team
@openfacefoodshop
@hyawestadams

*The buds are really starting to come out at the restaurant! Bonus points to anyone that can name the beautiful plant in the photo growing at the restaurant.
Hint: It’s edible… for the fearless 🙂

M

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Hi, everyone. Just a quick note that we will be closed Wednesday 03.08.23 for a multi day corporate event. Sorry for the inconvenience but we’ll be open for regular service Thursday. We appreciate your patience.

For those that are curious, the photo is of the dry ingredients for our home made Danish rugbrod (Danish rye) that is the underpinnings of our beautiful Danish sandwiches. It looked so cool it almost seemed like art 🙂

Thank you to everyone for your continued support; you are the reason we get up in the morning 🙂
Mark and Lene

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Hail-leluyah! It’s been such a long time since I’ve seen hail… Not since we left the East Coast!

What an amazing, crazy thing 🙂 and now the sun is out!

Super fun

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Last evening event of the week!

Tomorrow morning we’ll make another 165 delicious meals for our Frieze friends then wave goodbye to an amazing week.

Thanks again to our hosts, to all of you and everyone who supports the arts in this incredibly creative city ❤️❤️❤️

-Lene, Mark and the Open Face team

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Looking forward… and back

It’s the New Year again. If I recall we’re supposed to say something prescient; about the days that are ahead for us and what the next year is sure to bring for us all. Instead though, we just want to say this;

Thank you.

Your support over these last couple years has kept us going, often when we felt we couldn’t do it anymore.
Your smiles and kind words between bites, your willingness to share stories of your day, bringing new guests, family and friends… theses moments sustain us as much as the food we prepare hopefully does the same.

Thank you for your patience with our frequently crazy schedule of restaurant, catering, retail store and all the other balls we are trying to juggle right now. Your faith in us is inspiriting and we appreciate it. Mightily.

The rest of this is kind of personal so you don’t HAVE to keep reading, but…

Like a lot of you we have our own goals for the year; better health, better life balance, more time to rest and recover more often… the kind of things that always seem to fall to the side when the needs of service present themselves. We’ll do our best to honor those commitments to ourselves because it really is important and we’ll support you in your quest for perfection this year as well. Seems like a fair trade 🙂

Most of you know that January 1st is our wedding anniversary and this year is our 27th. Just… wow. So lucky in so many ways.
Every year Lene and I sit down and try to put into words everything we hope will come into our lives in the coming year (we don’t included winning lottery ticket because that’s always a given) and we choose colors that feel right to us at the time. This year the colors mirror our store HYA which just had it’s first birthday. If you’re more food inclined they are also the colors of Carlsberg beer and chili aioli so that’s a 2-fer. Foreshadowing? Maybe.

We look forward to another year filled with smiles, laughter and happy bellies with you. Probably some bad jokes to balance things out too, but you take the good with the bad.

Happy New Year to you all. Let’s make it great together.

Lene, Mark and the Open Face/ HYA team
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Extended Holiday Hours!

Holiday Heroes Happen Here

As we head into the final weeks of the holiday season, we are extending our hours beginning Monday through Christmas Eve.

We know this time of the year can be really stressful, and we’re here to help. We have something for everyone on your list, including HYA gift cards in any amount (if you still can’t decide). Our friendly and knowledgable staff will guide you toward finding the perfect gifts for the people you love. Yes, you can “Shop Small” and still find it all!

•Home Made Jams @openfacefoodshop
•Toys for kids (and pets, too)
•Hostess Gifts
•Greeting Cards
•Ornaments and Decor
•Handmade Quilts (it’s getting cold!)
•Danish Design Houseware
•Party Starters
•Last Minute Finds
•Amazing Coffees and Teas, Tinned Fish, Handmade Pasta
… and so much more!

We’ve stocked our shelves with hand made and hard to find goods from other small, women owned, minority owned and local businesses that you won’t find online and support your own neighborhood.

Holiday Heroes Happen at HYA!

Come by and visit us, we’re here to help 🙂

Happy Holidays however you celebrate!

Lene, Mark, Amy and the entire HYA team

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The change of seasons is always bittersweet. Yes, tomatoes are taking their final bow (farewell, amazing summer friends), but squash, persimmon and the southern bounty of citrus is waiting in the wings. Very exciting 🙂

Came into the kitchen today, the last week for our “Inside Out BLT”, to find these gorgeous cone head cabbage being prepped for our Danish Remoulade…the cabbage Lene grew up with and the only proper ingredient for the purist 😀

Thanks to the geniuses @the_garden_of_ for always making things so beautiful and thank you, summer’s bounty, for another great season.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Lene, Mark and the Open Face Team

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Stage two

after two days of maceration, the fruit (Gorgeous Pluerry from Tenerelli Orchards) is ready to be cooked down. Once the temperature hits 218° to 220° and it will be ready to go in the jars for final canning

Already delicate and delicious… Can’t wait!

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What an amazing event! It’s not every day we have the honor of serving the President, the Speaker of the House, half a dozen sitting congressmen, judges, movie and tv icons.. all under one roof. Wow…

With the immensely important midterms right around the corner we’re truly honored to be able to do our part. Even more, we truly appreciate everyone’s patience and support during our recent closure.
We spent today getting ready for the weekend , and we’ll be open tomorrow for regular service… and our first big sale at @hyawestadams, rain or shine!
See you this weekend and thanks again!!
-Lene, Mark and the Open Face team

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What a beautiful event last night!
It ended up being a bit longer than we had expected (more than one person missed their flight home) but I guess when you’re having a really great time. there will be other flights! 🙂

One more REALLY big event tonight, then we can get ready to open the restaurant again for the weekend, and for our first big sale @hyawestadams!

thanks for your patience and your support while we get through these two challenging but meaningful evenings and we will see you over the weekend!

-Lene, Mark and the Open Face Team

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Hi, everyone! We will be unexpectedly closed tomorrow due to staffing issues (nothing dramatic). In addition, we have a couple VERY high profile events next week that will be controlling much of our schedule next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday so please accept our apologies in advance. We'll tell you more as we can. It’s actually quite exciting 🙂

As always we REALLY apologize for our crazy schedule; we are still in the tail end of our 2+ year journey through COVID and it's associated fallout, but we have every hope that things will be settling down sooner rather than later. We truly appreciate your p[atience while we wait for the world to start spinning on it's axis as it always has 🙂

Big hugs to everyone and we'll see you on Thursday!

Lene, Mark and the Open Face Team

PS: The photo doesn’t have anything to do with the closure, I just took that at my sisters house and thought it was beautiful 🙂
See you soon!

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Closed Thursday, September 29th offsite events.

Sorry for the late notice, but one of our catering staff is under the weather and we still don’t have quite enough well trained staff to accommodate both businesses. (it’s just a normal garden variety chest cold… I hear they are making a comeback 🙂

As always, we appreciate your patience and your support while we slog through the final stages of Covid and it’s pervasive labor issues. Sooner or later things will work themselves out and we will all get back to business the way we had planned.

Until then, thank you, thank you, thank you and we will reopen again on Friday!

Lene, Mark, and the open face team

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So exciting!

These gorgeous Buena Mulata heirloom peppers are starting to get ripe! First they are a gorgeous purple then yellow, orange, and finally deep red… ready for harvest! They have been maturing in a nice sunny spot behind our store @hyawestadams.

We were introduced to these and other heirloom varieties by our good friends at @logansgardens and they have become one of our absolute favorites. Jimmy said he loves them and who are we to argue? 🙂

These beauties are in the Cayenne family so solid heat (50,000-70,000 on the Scoville scale) but more important,amazing flavor!

Woohoo!!!
Spicy is Nicey!

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