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The Garden at Redbird | Vibiana

Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser have added a garden on-site at Redbird | Vibiana, a career long dream of theirs. The 6,000 square foot space is located just behind the cathedral on land shared with the Little Tokyo Library.

A multifaceted endeavor, the garden at Redbird is an additional private dining space for weddings, parties, brunches, dinners and more. In addition, it serves as a source of various ingredients for use on the restaurant menu and a place that gives back to the community through a public-private partnership with the Little Tokyo Library and support of other local organizations.

A wealth of vegetables, fruits, and herbs are currently growing and will change seasonally, including passion fruit, Japanese plums, and honey nut squash from Chef Dan Barber’s plant breeding project at Cornell University. Green Manzanillo olive trees line the garden’s perimeter. The space also houses an outdoor oven for pizzas and roasting meats, whole fish and vegetables. The Frasers and their team are composting and have also implemented an Aquaponics system to further self-sustain parts of the project.

In addition to the public-private partnership with the Little Tokyo Library, support is in progress with other local organizations to build programs that give back to the community through educational opportunities for youth and an available model prototype for urban growing.

Landscape architect Kathleen Ferguson is instrumental in the design, build, and growth of the Redbird | Vibiana garden. Ferguson is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape designer, practicing in Los Angeles. Her studio, Kathleen Ferguson Landscapes, focuses on designing significant and unique outdoor environments for both public and private clientele. Her landscapes embody minimal and modern design sensibilities within environmentally aware settings.

Venue, Food and Beverage: Redbird | Vibiana
Photography: KLK Photography
Linens: Luxe Linen
Invitations: Copper Willow Paper Studio

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Silk Road Cocktail Collection at Redbird

Redbird Bar Director Tobin Shea introduces his Silk Road Cocktail Collection. Initially inspired by Chef Neal Fraser’s eclectic approach to cooking and, specifically, the Lamb Belly dish, Shea’s 18 cocktails are concocted with herbs, spices and liqueurs inspired by the stories and flavors along the trade route between China and the capital of the Roman Empire that connected the East and the West during the Ancient and Middle Ages.

Come to the bar to procure a Silk Road Passport and have it stamped after trying each cocktail in the collection.
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Good Morning Vietnam

1 ½ oz Diplomatico Exclusiva Reserva
½ oz CioCiaro Amaro
2 oz Cold Brew Coffee
Top with Coconut Cream*
Mix first 3 ingredients in a Collins glass. Add ice, swizzle, and top with coconut cream.
*Coconut Cream
2 parts Condensed Coconut Milk
1 part Cream
Add all ingredients, mix until incorporated.

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Ghost in the Glass

¾ oz Beefeater Gin
¾ oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
1 oz Pressed Lime Juice
¾ oz Simple Syrup
¼ oz Luxardo Maraschino
2 dashes Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters
1 ½ oz Soda Water
½ oz L’Arack de Musar

Place the ½ oz of L’Arack de Musar into a Collins glass. Combine the first 6 ingredients in a shaker, shake until chilled.  Add the 1 ½ oz soda into the shaker.  Fine strain into Arack filled Collins glass. Add ice if desired.

In addition, visit Redbird’s blog throughout the series for a rotating list of featured recipes and an even deeper look behind each cocktail, including:
Raffle Baffle
Venetian Spritz
Purple Rose of Cairo
Ghost in a Glass
Ivan the Terrible
Green with Envy
Chai Milk Punch 
Splendor in the Grass
Cat in the Hat
Manchurian Candidate
Good Morning Vietnam
Ancient Chinese Secret
Thai Ball
Turkish Delight

Shatterproof Rappel LA Challenge

This July, the Redbird | Vibiana team  (Amy Knoll Fraser, Mary Dix, Denise Decker, and Nina Smadja)  accepted the Shatterproof Rappel  LA Challenge! The team rappelled down thirty-five stories of The Bloc, in downtown Los Angeles, and raised over $8k for addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery.

“We are longtime supporters of this cause and it also served as a great team builder for us. The experience was incredible!” – Amy Knoll Fraser

Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation the disease of addiction causes families and individuals. Shatterproof is working to change the conversation about addiction and the stigma associated with this disease. One hundred percent of every dollar raised goes directly to providing lifesaving prevention, treatment, and recovery programs across the country.

Click here to view the different ways you can become involved in the Shatterproof Challenge movement.

Click here to view video.

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About Vibiana:

Vibiana, a 140-year-old former cathedral and historic monument, is now a beautifully transformed full-service event facility with a state of the art lighting and sound system, high quality, custom rental equipment, a seasoned and talented event management staff and an extensive dining and craft libations program. With the Main Hall and Garden Courtyard, the versatility of Vibiana is endless, offering a beautiful customizable backdrop for events of any style, including entertainment, corporate, non-profit, wedding, and performing arts. As Chef/Partner of Vibiana, Neal Fraser brings his celebrated culinary talent and years behind the stove to every event, transforming Vibiana into a venue like no other in the City.