Matthew Kenney Cuisine Announces Summer Pop-Up Series:
Arata at Plant Food + Wine Venice
Matthew Kenney Cuisine is pleased to announce the launch of its first ever summer pop-up series: Arata at Plant Food + Wine Venice, taking place from July 28 to August 7. Arata, Japanese for “fresh and new,” has been serving buns, noodles and “Far East” inspired plant-based fare from the company’s culinary incubator in Belfast Maine, where the brand experiments with new innovative concepts. This July, Arata will travel to Los Angeles for a limited 11-day run at Matthew Kenney’s flagship restaurant and culinary academy space, Plant Food + Wine Venice.
Inspired by a desire to continuously evolve the plant based category, the menu at Arata at Plant Food + Wine Venice has been developed by Scott Winegard, Chef and Director of Culinary Operations for Matthew Kenney Cuisine. It will feature many of Arata’s star dishes from Maine, including:
• Smoked King Oyster Buns
• Arata Ramen with Pulled Mushrooms, Baby Bok Choy, Sea Palm and Corn Puree
• Kimchi Pancakes with Sesame Chili Sauce
• Toasted Sesame Cheesecake
• Matcha Ice Cream Sandwich
“Arata has been extremely well received in my home state of Maine, and this is a fantastic opportunity to transport it to our west coast home in Venice,” explained Kenney. “Plant Food + Wine and the MK Culinary academy in Venice have become the flagship of our brand as we have grown over this past year. As we continue to craft the future of food and create new concepts around the country, our hope is to continually bring those culinary ideas and flavors home to Venice through experimental pop-ups throughout the year – Arata is just the beginning.”
The announcement of the limited pop-up comes during the course of an impressive year for Matthew Kenney Cuisine—the brand opened Arata in Maine over Memorial Day weekend; Plant Food + Wine added a sister location in Miami (which recently received a glowing Four-Star review from Miami Herald); and plant-based pizza concept 00+Co opened its doors in New York City’s East Village in February, 2016.
About Plant Food + Wine Venice:
The warm, welcoming restaurant space on Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice, provides an impressive selection of locally sourced fare in a seasonally crafted menu, enriched by an extensive wine list of organic and biodynamic varietals. Designed as a communal gathering place, Plant Food + Wine offers a unique experience around delicious, health-conscious food. The restaurant’s indoor-outdoor space transports guests to the Mediterranean coast with French oak floors, modern lines, reclaimed stone and an inviting fireplace. Archways lead guests outdoors to an olive tree canopy that embraces diners with courtyard a stunning garden seating. An intimate wine room sits adjacent to fig and olive trees; the natural setting accommodates private dining. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Plant Food + Wine offers a cutting-edge approach to plant-based cuisine, an ever-evolving menu guided by the seasons and locally-sourced ingredients.