This afternoon, we hosted a lunch meeting with our friend Chef Minh Phan of the Jonathan Gold-approved Porridge + Puffs. She also helped open the Beachwood Cafe a few years back and has been an integral member of our local non-profit, the Hollywood Orchard form early on.

Porridge + Puffs’ Hollywood Farmers’ Market longterm pop-up has come to a close, but Minh’s been going strong with private events in the greater Los Angeles area and some other big ideas. She brought by some Vietnamese food from Echo Park’s Xoia to showcase some of her awesome vegan sauces and savory jams.

If you’d like to enjoy some of the same, Minh + co. will be serving at Food Forward’s 6th Annual Spring Melt Fundraiser mid-April in Glassell Park. If you don’t know Food Forward, they’re a local non-profit that rescues fresh produce that would otherwise go to waste and gets it to people in need. Great group and greta opportunity to support them. Find out more on their event page.

And we highly recommend befriending kind chefs in your area. It’s a richly rewarding prospect.