About

 

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Violet Los Angeles is a vibrant Cali-French bistro, full bar, cooking school and shop in the heart of Westwood Village. In the spirit of European cafés and cookery schools, Violet aims to bring together the community over memorable meals and culinary adventures.

Featuring a romantic courtyard in a historic 1930’s brick building, Violet Bistro is a charming eatery serving dinner Tuesday-Saturday, 5:30PM-9:00PM.

Cooking School

 

Join us at Violet Cooking School!

Upstairs from Violet Bistro, Violet Cooking School is a school for all ages and abilities. Join us for fun and enriching classes taught by professional chefs and instructors in our beautiful Viking kitchen. With an exciting lineup of signature courses, community seminars and celebrity chefs, Violet Cooking School is your place to learn new recipes and skills, gather with friends or colleagues, or plan a private party. Before you head home, stop at Violet Shop, a chic boutique filled with cooking tools, serving pieces, and specialty ingredients that are used in our classes and bistro.

Close up of purple potatoes, sliced into discs, piled on top of each other

 

Why Violet?

Violet is a feisty wildflower that blooms in the winter, finding sunshine while others sleep. Violet is a beautifully balanced hue, bringing together opposite ends of the spectrum. Violet is the hopeful scent of spring. To us, Violet means all things joyful and juicy, wild and free.

Nice to meet you!

Notre Famille

Violet L.A. owner Dana enjoys a purple pepper from the Santa Monica Farmers Market

Dana Slatkin, Founder

Violet Los Angeles founder DANA SLATKIN always dreamed of opening a delightful neighborhood gathering place, like the ones where she spent so much time while studying and working in Italy and France. Born in Los Angeles, Dana is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and The Culinary Institute of America. She trained with chefs Georges Blanc and Michel Guèrard at their eponymous Michelin three-star restaurants in France, patissier Pierre Hermé at Fauchon in Paris, and David Bouley in New York City. Dana moved back to Los Angeles to become General Manager at L’Orangerie. In 1994, she helped launch the Beverly Hills Farmers Market, later using the name and inspiration for her own line of snacks and baked goods, which she sold to airlines and supermarkets for a decade. Dana’s first cookbook, Summertime Anytime: Recipes From Shutters On The Beach, was published in 2008 by Clarkson Potter. As the Beverly Hills Farmgirl, she ran a cooking school and shop for twelve years. She is a mother of three, a board member of the Berkeley Food Institute, a classical pianist, and an avid crosswordist.

Brittany Cassidy, Head Chef

Born and raised in San Diego, Brittany Cassidy joined a large family of home cooks at age 7, baking holiday pies and rolling tamales. After 16 years of dance training, teaching, and performing, it was a natural transition from performing arts to culinary arts. Following her graduation from Hollywood’s Le Cordon Bleu in 2008, Brittany worked her way through LA’s top kitchens, from Josie’s to Momed to the Hollywood Roosevelt and Ink, landing in 2013 at Santa Monica’s Rustic Canyon, where her longtime collaboration and friendship with Chef Jeremy Fox began. Brittany earned Zagat’s “30 Under 30” in 2015, traveled in 2017 with Chef Fox on his “On Vegetables” cookbook tour, and was eventually promoted to Chef de Cuisine. After leaving Los Angeles to travel, cook and eat through Spain and the States, Brittany took the helm at Birdie G’s, honing her skills in leadership and Midwestern Jewish cuisine. As Head Chef at Violet Bistro, Brittany shares with owner Dana Slatkin her affinity for crave-worthy comfort food, farmers market bounties and transportive French Bistro fare.

Jamie Alexander, General Manager

Jamie Alexander is a Michigan native who grew up in a family of farmers. His first restaurant job was in the kitchen at Stuff Yer Face in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he had intended to study at Rutgers College. Several turns of events later, he landed at UCLA, working his way through his college years in local restaurants. He soon discovered that farm and restaurant jobs have much in common -- a sense of community, careful planning, seasonality and hard work – qualities that helped his family run a successful farm and also keep him committed to the field of hospitality. Jamie cut his teeth at Modo Mio in Pacific Palisades and Belcampo in Santa Monica before coming full circle back to Westwood as Assistant General Manager at Violet. After leading the Bistro, Cooking School and Shop through a monumentally challenging first year, Jamie was quickly promoted to General Manager. He is an accomplished writer, poet, runner, graphic designer and crosswordist.

Jesse Brune-Horan, Director of School Operations

JESSE BRUNE-HORAN, Director of School Operations Director of School Operations JESSE BRUNE-HORAN brings years of culinary expertise, lifestyle media, and teaching to Violet Cooking School. After graduating Le Cordon Bleu in 2006, he dove right into television as a food and wellness expert. He has co-starred in Bravo’s Workout, Food Network’s Private Chefs of Beverly Hills, and OWN’s Emmy-winning Home Made Simple. He has been a featured expert in countless magazines, television shows and books. As a chef instructor, Jesse has led courses at Epicurean Culinary School and The New School of Cooking.  In 2020, Jesse founded the fed collective, a plant-based lifestyle destination, e-commerce store, and catering service. He lives in Los Angeles with his husband and their two young boys. Jesse shares Violet LA’s founder Dana Slatkin’s passion for culinary education and community enrichment, bringing his effervescent joi de vivre to everyone he meets.