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FOOD & WINE GARDEN HOME TRAVEL BLOG
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Sunset Boutique 2016 Idea House Guide to the National Parks Wine Club Summer Activity Planner Sunset TV

FOOD & WINE GARDEN HOME TRAVEL BLOG
MAGAZINEEVENTSBOOKSGETAWAYSSUBSCRIBE
Sunset Boutique 2016 Idea House Guide to the National Parks Wine Club Summer 

French dining, California style
“When I have people over, I don’t overdo it. I want to spend time with my guests, so I cook simple food,” says Ludo Lefebvre, the French-born chef behind L.A. restaurants Trois Mec, Petit Trois, Trois Familia, and LudoBird. For this dinner party at the Griffith Park home of his friend Michael Sherman, an indie-movie producer, he prepared the classic French dish, steak frites, along with a beautiful collection of salads—and wine. Plenty of wine. The patio of Sherman's 1929 Spanish-style home is the perfect setting for Ludo's relaxed dinner party. Bright pillows and Sherman's rainbow of Eames chairs bring a pop of color to the setting, while string lights add a little magic. Restoration Hardware for RH Modern Paros Dining Table in Natural Teak. AREOhome.com Spencer Cups from HomArt, from $7. enSoie for pillows, from $180, and “Relief” Votive Pyramid in gold, $55. Crate & Barrel for Vintage Edison Bulb Outdoor String Lights, $49.95. Design Within Reach for Eames molded plastic wire-base side chair, from $329.

Party prep
Lefebvre prepares as much as possible before the guests show up, catching up with Sherman as he cooks. They met almost 10 years ago, when Sherman worked as a waiter for Lefebvre’s pop-up dinner series, Ludo Bites, and stayed in touch as both of their careers took off: Today Sherman owns Bow & Arrow Entertainment, has made 21 movies, and is a serious collector of contemporary art. Lost & Found for Wonki Ware Serving Bowl, from $22.

  • Jamie Rosenthal