Friday, November 7, 2014

Paladar — USC's Illegal Restaurant

Back in 2009, as undergrad students at USC, Alex Chang and Bobby Kronfli started Paladar, an illegal, underground restaurant for their friends and fellow classmates. Dissatisfied with the dining options on campus, Alex and Bobby starting cooking the food they loved and hosting dinner parties for their closest friends. When they realized how in demand their food was, the two decided to start a supper club out of their college apartment, where Alex would take the lead as head chef and Bobby would handle the business side.

Now, a few years later, Alex and Bobby have entered the real world, where they are running and cooking in their own, legal restaurants. After a night of service, we hit the town with the Paladar crew. Starting with some good bar food at Freddy Smalls, drinks at Redwood Bar and Grill, and a MUNCHIES meal of chicken katsu at Bacaro LA, Bobby's restaurant, it's clear that these recent college grads still know how to party.

PALADAR (2013) -starring- Bobby Kronfli & Alex Chang
Directed by Gil Freston
 A documentary about food, partying, and a generation's pursuit of happiness.

* TriBeCa Film Festival 2013
* Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles 2013

SYNOPSIS: Paladar follows the illegal operations of an underground restaurant in the heart of South Los Angeles. Run by two undergraduate USC students, the restaurant not only offers innovative and classic dishes for reasonable prices, but it acts on a larger scale impacting and influencing the students' social lives and entrepreneurial enterprises. Paladar captures the entrepreneurial spirit of a generation in the midst of a failing economy-- teaching us to take financial risks to do what we love.

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