Chef Sedlar, circa 1981

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Birthplace

of Modern Southwest Cuisine, Chef John Rivera Sedlar Offers

A Saint Estèphe Retrospective at Rivera Restaurant

For thirty days in September, downtown Los Angeles’ acclaimed Rivera restaurant will present The Saint Estèphe Retrospective Celebration with menus, photo presentations, and commemorative events that will allow diners to revisit the classic dining rooms and dishes of the legendary Manhattan Beach restaurant opened in 1981 by Chef John Rivera Sedlar and Sommelier Steve Garcia.  The debut of Saint Estèphe marked a pivotal moment in the birth of modern Southwest cuisine and played a signature role in distinguishing Los Angeles as a culinary destination, signaling the emergence of California as a focal point for culinary innovation, creativity, and quality. Chef John Sedlar played a pivotal role in that movement. The Modern Southwest Cuisine he created at Saint Estèphe earned international attention and acclaim, from the Los Angeles Times to the Chicago Tribune, including Craig Claiborne’s glowing recollections in the New York Times, to publications in France, Britain, Japan, Germany, Italy, and beyond.  Chef Sedlar spent years traveling the world as teacher, mentor and celebrity chef, bringing his very personal interpretation of cooking to an eager world of budding gourmands.

Chef Sedlar plans to devote one special evening during the first week of the celebration to a private dinner for former Saint Estèphe patrons, staff, and friends, with invitees expected to arrive from every corner of the globe.  Patrons of the establishment ranked among the world’s rich and powerful, with celebrity and mogul dining alongside food critics and journalists from every major publication in the world, each arriving to experience and report this bourgeoning genre of gastronomy. Partner and Saint Estèphe Sommelier Steve Garcia will join Sedlar from Santa Fe, NM for the occasion, as well, to welcome returning guests, reminisce, and join in the commemoration of this much revered, landmark dining destination.

Throughout the remainder of the month, Rivera guests will enjoy the option of ordering from an archival menu of Saint Estèphe classics – Sedlar originals that include definitive offerings such as ‘Salmon Painted Desert,’ ‘Green Chiles Rellenos with Mushroom Duxelles,’ ‘Posole with Seared Sea Scallops and Tarragon,’ ‘Veal Chops Marinated in Burnt Chile Pesto with Sopaipillas and Rio Grande Honey,’ and ‘Blue Cornmeal Crepes with Canela Ice Cream and Grapefruit Grand Marnier Sauce.’ The Rivera classics menu will also be served.

The Saint Estèphe Retrospective | Sept 1–30, 2011 | Dinner only

Rivera Restaurant | 1050 S. Flower Street | Los Angeles, CA | 90015

For reservations, dial 213.749.1460 or visit www. opentable.com.