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“The Thoughtful Feast” Dinner Series Débuts in Los Angeles

  • Hatchet Hall 12517 West Washington Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90066 United States (map)

The Pacific Food & Beverage Museum, a division of the National Food & Beverage Foundation, is pleased to announce “The Thoughtful Feast,” a new series of curated dinners that highlight the culinary heritage of Southern California, the Pacific Coast, American West, and beyond. These culinary gatherings will showcase the cuisines of immigrants and innovators whose contribution to the way we eat and drink is often overlooked. The first dinner will focus on a region of the American South that in the early 1700s developed a cosmopolitan cuisine, one that is not generally available in Greater Los Angeles.

Low Country Dinner at Hatchet Hall

Charleston, South Carolina, was the South’s leading port in the Colonial Era, and the city’s wealth and trade links came to be expressed in a cuisine that included French, African, South Asian, and native foods and techniques. Chef Brian Dunsmoor of Hatchet Hall studied in Charleston and brings his personal experience to recreating a meal that would have been enjoyed in Colonial America but has flavors that are surprising and beguiling to a modern palate. Between courses, Chef Brian will explain the dishes and discuss the region’s culinary culture.

First Course

An array of Low Country tea snacks, including boiled peanuts, country ham, biscuits, pickled shrimp, spiced pecans, deviled eggs, cheese straws, pimento cheese, smoked fish paté, and mixed tea sandwiches.


  • Charleston Light Dragoon’s Punch
  • Chatham Artillery Punch
  • St. Cecelia Punch

Second Course

  • Shrimp and Grits
  • She-Crab Soup

Third Course

  • Country Captain Chicken with buttered Carolina Gold Rice
  • Hoppin’ John with simmered greens, sour-milk cornbread, and hot-pepper vinegar


  • Chef’s Surprise!

Dinner is $60 for all NatFAB and Culinary Historians of Southern California members, or $70 for non-members, and includes tax and gratuity. NatFAB membership is available to all at Space is limited and reservations are required.

If you have any issues with the ticketing software or would prefer to make your reservation on the phone, please call us at 504-267-7490 during the week or 504-569-0405 on weekends.Tickets may be refunded or exchanged up to 48 hours prior to the event. After 48 hours no refunds will be available.


About Hatchet Hall

This West Side newcomer presents an elegant take on American cuisine, combining a modern interest in top quality ingredients with a deep grounding in regional cuisines. The partnership between culinary entrepreneurs Louie & Netty Ryan, General Manager Jonathan Strader, and Chef Brian Dunsmoor has been serving for less than a year but has become a bright star in LA’s culinary firmament. Chef Dunsmoor is a Georgia native who gained fame for his previous restaurants The Ladies Gunboat Society and The Hart and the Hunter. At Hatchet Hall his ideas about woodfire cooking and respecting American traditions have been brought to life as never before, and he has an able team that extends that interest into pairings with wine and cocktails.

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