Chef Camilla Marcus Hosts a Yard Lunch at Residence in LA

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The day earlier than the yard lunch that we have been set to {photograph} at Camilla Marcus’ home in LA, the chef and founder nonetheless hadn’t determined what to make. “I’ll let you already know after I am going to the market,” learn her textual content, and although any such down-to-the-minute planning may need made me barely nervous with some other interview topic, I knew: Camilla had it coated.

This easygoing, highly-intuitive strategy to cooking is what defines Camilla’s meals, alongside along with her deep appreciation for seasonality and native farmers. And it types the bedrock of west~bourne, the direct-to-consumer meals model she based final yr which makes “really feel good provisions” impressed by California’s bounty. Although I’ve identified Camilla for a couple of years, this shoot can be my first probability to see and style her cooking up shut, and I couldn’t wait to spend the afternoon in her sunshine-filled Los Angeles residence surrounded by the spoils of her market run. And I used to be dying to seek out out the place she’d landed on the menu.

Watch the video from our garden-to-table lunch with Camilla:

However first, a couple of issues it’s best to know. Throughout the pandemic, Camilla and her household moved from New York Metropolis, the place she owned a restaurant (additionally known as West-bourne), to sunny Los Angeles the place they purchased and renovated a house, launched west~bourne as her sustainable meals model, and gave delivery to their third baby. It’s been a busy couple years, however Camilla’s ardour for her latest labor of affection is obvious, and her dedication to creating an impression is actual. Concerning the firm, she mentioned:

west~bourne is on a mission to empower us all to cure the climate crisis through food. We know what works—regenerative farming can have one of the largest impacts on climate change, and the land revolution in our country is already under way with 500 million acres moving towards regenerative practices.

It’s a passion that Camilla brings to everything she does, and I’m continually inspired by the way she lives boldly and authentically. Scroll on for my interview with Camilla, scenes from our lunch in the garden, and all the recipes for the delicious spring menu she prepared for us.

About her west coast life and home

How did you find your home? Did you renovate?

Our home is so special to us—the first we’ve ever really had.  Until this point, we’ve rented and moved just about every two years since being together over the last two decades.  We had a friend who lived on the block that mentioned he heard his neighbors might be moving out of their old ranch style on a large lot. We went immediately to visit, and it turned out that the owner was a friend of dear friends of ours from New York. 

I was nine months pregnant and on the brink of having my daughter, and though it felt like an overwhelming process to buy our first house and prepare to renovate it, everything fell into place so naturally. I believe in signs and that the universe activates when we are ready.  So, it was kismet from the start. 

We did quite a lot to the house.  It had beautiful bones, and we wanted to bring it back to honor its 1951 mid century modern roots. The house wraps around nature, so it’s all about bringing the outdoors in and having a very meditative vibe throughout.  My favorite part is our garden and chicken coop.  We spend a tremendous amount of time as a family out there, talking to our ladies, teaching our kids about growing our own food, and harvesting our amazing bounty for our meals.

What does a typical day look like at home?

Every day is a new one—there’s definitely no ‘typical’ in my life.  I live blended not balanced. 

I wake up around 7:30am and have some cuddles with our dog first.  Then I brush my teeth, and we go to wake up our kids.  The mornings are sacred time for us as a family.  We have a milk and cuddle party, and they all help each other get changed and ready to make breakfast together.  My son especially loves to cook, so usually my two older kids will help me with breakfast while my husband makes coffee for us.  

I only drink one cup a day, so it’s a core ritual to make coffee on our beloved La Marzocco machine, usually with a splash of Rainbo 11:11 extract for an additional mind increase.

We sit down collectively to speak in regards to the day, set some intentions, and to verify everybody is aware of the place all of us might be. 

Camilla’s strategy to internet hosting and gatherings

What does an awesome gathering appear to be to you?

High quality time is my love language, so it’s sacred to me to seek out methods to forge connection and neighborhood.  I like to deliver friends into the gathering, whether or not that’s bringing a dish, serving to with a playlist, or sharing their favourite native produce with another person. I additionally at all times attempt for a component of shock, bringing collectively individuals who don’t know each other, offering house to characteristic somebody’s abilities, doing a shared exercise to be taught a brand new talent, and even introducing a brand new product or meals. 

Curiosity can open our minds and result in a extra significant trade of concepts and intentions. 

Pink Radicchio Salad with Blood Oranges and Hazelnuts

Einkorn Salad with Charred Squash

Pluot Galette with Creme Fraiche

What scares you about entertaining?

Nothing. Actually, it’s in my soul to deliver individuals collectively and craft distinctive experiences. I like each side of it, and even welcome the unpredictability and logistics that associate with it.

What are your signature dishes for gatherings?

I truly like to cook dinner one thing new each time if I can, and I typically have by no means made precisely what I serve earlier than.  I feel I like the fun of a problem and discovery that makes the expertise of cooking for me come alive and the place I be taught probably the most.  It provides extra strain to execution, however taking part in jazz within the kitchen if you’ll for me infuses vibrancy and shock that simply can’t be scripted and a soul that I feel you may style even when you can’t put your finger fairly on it.

Get the recipe for Camilla’s Pink Radicchio Salad with Blood Oranges and Hazelnuts.

How do you strategy making a visitor listing?

I’ve an eclectic group of pals and at all times prefer to mash teams up, plus throw in some guests from out of city and complete strangers.  I’m the queen of the chilly name and am by no means shy to succeed in out to somebody who I’ve admired or am impressed by and invite them over to a gathering.

What are your ideas for making friends really feel comfy?

If the host is comfy, friends might be too.  I additionally really feel it’s vital to combine friends into the expertise, even in a small manner.  It’s straightforward to be relaxed when you find yourself a part of the creation too.

Favourite dialog starter or query to get to know somebody?

What’s in your journey bucket listing?

The proper ceremonial dinner playlist contains:

A monitor from every visitor.  That at all times will get the music occurring an surprising journey.

What are some merchandise you like for the desk?



  • KH Wurtz
  • Mondays in Brooklyn
  • Robert Siegel Ceramics

Vases, reducing boards, and stone platforms from Olive Ateliers

Classic candleholders (I desire a mixture and match)

Classic flatware, or second hand Jean Dubost Laguiole

Go-to centerpiece resolution:

I like bringing collectively items from round the home – jars, vessels, cups and objects – combined in with contemporary produce and foraged foliage.  It’s a aware strategy to deliver a singular look, welcoming imperfection and alluring nature to the desk. 

What’s your no-stress occasion rule to reside by? 

The vibe of any occasion emanates from the host.  If you happen to’re having enjoyable and relaxed, so will everybody else. 

Get the recipe for this Einkorn Salad with Charred Squash.

Dream dinner friends?

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Ina Garten
  • Albert Einstein
  • Otis Redding

On seasonal cooking

What informs your strategy to meals?

For me it’s all about cooking holistically to nourish your self and our planet. What’s good for our soil is at all times higher for our well being.

Get the recipe for the Pluot Galette with Creme Fraiche.

What’s your must-have cooking software and why?

A mandolin is such a straightforward and cheap strategy to elevate your cooking and plating.  Having a shaved factor at all times evokes restaurant high quality and creates one thing totally different in your dish.

Inform us a couple of issues we’ll at all times discover in your fridge? 

We at all times have preserved lemons, pickled shallots, cholulah, fermented sizzling sauce, roasted sesame dressing, white miso, white moustache yogurt, zab’s sizzling mustard, parmesan, creme fraiche, ghia, kimchi, in a single day oats, contemporary eggs from our chickens.

Fill within the clean:

An ideal meal ought to … nourish.

It’s not a cocktail party with out   individuals.

Each cook dinner ought to know easy methods to be a part of the meal with pleasure.