Just off the intersection of two historic Eagle Rock thoroughfares, Wildwood Ovens is a shop specializing in custom-built wood-burning ovens like Brazilian churrasqueiras and Argentinian parillas. By this weekend, it will have added another facet to its space -- as a new members-only supper club called The Loft. Owner Michael Gerard collaborated with Susan Ji Young Park and Farid Zadi, whose collective experiences in food range from running a restaurant to culinary instruction, in setting up a licensed private club within the store.
Wild Wood Ovens Private Club and Test Kitchen Events Salad
The couple connected with Gerard through Facebook. Park, wearing three hats as director of operations, resident chef, and event coordinator, says, "Michael wanted to set the Wildwood Ovens office as a demo, test kitchen. Before he had met us, he had decided to get it licensed as a private club. Farid and I were looking to do exclusive, private events at a venue. The three of us met and it all just came together.More »