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News / Spotlights
SM Patch: New Easter egg-colored paint on Vidiots' brick facade is a coded message to the local painter's ex-girlfriend.
Santa Monica-based artist Joe Nicoletti said it represents a "very beautiful" and "colorful" year-long relationship with a woman he dated in 2012....The work was part of the city's Buy Local Artist Storefront Improvement Project, a partnership among Santa Monica's four business improvement district (BID) groups. The goal is to match local artists to Santa Monica businesses to help beautify and enhance storefronts.
Excerpt from Vidiots Newsletter (What's New--Feb 2013)
Eater LA: The Santa Monica Wednesday Farmers Market, the largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California, attracts the who's who of Los Angeles culinary talent. Stop by at 9 a.m. any given Wednesday, and one will note chefs left, right, and center, some scurrying between farm stands, while others loiter at Arizona and 3rd to shoot the breeze over a Rockenwagner coffee and a pretzel roll, or two.
Chef Ray Garcia of nearby FIG restaurant inside the Fairmont Mirimar Hotel is no exception. Garcia chooses to shop at farmers markets because he believes it's important to know what goes into one's food. On a recent Wednesday morning Eater caught up with the chef to chat about seasonal ingredients, menu inspiration, and some of his favorite farms.
In general, the market rules Garcia's menu. He likes to discover ingredients and challenge himself to create new plates as opposed to staying within his comfort zone and always preparing ingredients with which he is familiar. On this given Wednesday Garcia was especially excited about a modest bunch of blossoming rapini flowers he had procured to garnish salads later that evening. The chef explains that sometimes growers have such small quantities of product and he has to buy everything he can. Some farmers will sell all to chefs, other farmers will save product for the regular shoppers later in the day.
The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Sustainable Works and the City of Santa Monica's Office of Sustainability and the Environment, are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Sustainable Quality Awards. The Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) recognize businesses in Santa Monica that have made significant achievements in the areas of sustainable economic development, social responsibility and stewardship of the natural environment.
Buy Local SM Quarterly Business News: DSJ Printing personifies small business. This family owned commercial printing, pre-press, and bindery service, has been operating locally in Santa Monica for 60 years. Founded in 1953 by Tillie Vaughan, DSJ is now run by the second and third generation Vaughan family--Jeff Vaughan Sr. along with his children who assist in every facet of the business from accounting to graphic design. DSJ’s services have not changed too much through the years, but the way they do business certainly has.