Los Angeles: Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb
Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb were introduced by their moms, when Loeb needed a pastry chef at Rustic Canyon, and the couple have since built one of the tastiest empires on the Westside of LA.
Known For: Natives to Santa Monica, every one of their spots has that classic laid-back feel with a chic edge. Whether it’s the refined cuisine, great cocktails and robust wine list at Rustic Canyon, the pastries and breads at Huckleberry, the wood-fired pizzas at Milo + Olive, or the handmade ice creams at Sweet Rose, their focus is always on locally sourced ingredients and hyper-seasonality.
Signature Dishes: Jeremy Fox’s menu changes frequently at Rustic Canyon, but his fabulous rendition of pozole, made with clams, fat Rancho Gordo hominy and a bright green chile broth, remains. At Huckleberry, the ultra-tempting donuts, salted caramel bars and fruit pies are always great; the ice cream sandwiches at Sweet Rose are a must; at Milo + Olive, it’s impossible to choose between classic dishes like spaghetti and meatballs or the creative pizzas topped with potatoes and rosemary cream or butternut squash and roasted cippolini onions.
The Portfolio: The vegetable-leaning Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen, helmed by star chef Jeremy Fox; the three-meals-a-day Huckleberry Bakery; the Italian-leaning Milo + Olive; and three branches of their ice cream parlor, Sweet Rose Creamery.
What's Next: Adding to their budding empire, Nathan and Loeb will open two new projects in a restored Santa Monica art deco building with fellow culinary power couples. The first, Cassia, a Southeast Asian brasserie, will debut in spring 2015 with chef Bryant Ng and his wife Kim overseeing culinary operations. For the menu, Bryant will focus on housemade charcuterie, chilled seafood, wood-grilled meats and vegetables, noodles and rice with Cal-Asian flair. Adjacent to Cassia will be Esters, a wine bar and retail shop, debuting in mid-2015. Helmed by Rustic Canyon’s current manager and former wine director Kathryn Coker and her husband Tug, there will be a small snackable menu from chef Jeremy Fox for dining in or taking out, with an extensive wine list by the glass and bottle. Additionally, Nathan and Loeb are eyeing more LA neighborhoods for Sweet Rose Creameries. --Lesley Balla