Kali chef Kevin Meehan, image courtesy of Kali Restaurant
Over the last few years, Meehan has seen the influx of culinary talent coming to Los Angeles and started the Kali Kollaborations series to bring some of the most exciting chefs in LA under one roof. He based it off of a dinner event hosted by chefs like Michael Cimarusti and Wolfgang Puck, known affectionately as a “5x5”. “It was a collaboration dinner, but only for the elite,” he told Citizine. The first Kali Kollaboration was with Miles Thompson, from Michael's. It sold out. So they did another one.
Since then, he’s hosted chefs like Nyesha Arrington of Native, Evan Funke of Felix, Ludo Lefebvre of Trois Mec and Michael Voltaggio of ink.well. “It's fun for the guests. It's great for the chefs. It's great for me. It's great for the cooks in the kitchen and the other chefs for camaraderie.” Meehan said.
It’s the camaraderie and community that come out of these dinners that’s important for him. You can catch Kevin every Wednesday and Sunday at the farmers market making his way through the vendors. His passion for community extends to his work in charity as well. Each Kollaboration dinner benefits a different non-profit.
Make sure you watch out for the next Kollaboration dinner here.