Gracias Madre & Cafe Gratitude | CA, US
With the arrival of Gracias Madre in Los Angeles, Chef Chandra Gilbert finds themself once again featuring bold flavors and seasonally-conscious ingredients. The veteran chef, who has 33 years of experience working in the restaurant industry; including stints at Alice Waters’ Café Fanny in Berkeley, Cowgirl Creamery and Greens Restaurant in San Francisco; has been with the Café Gratitude family since 2004 when they began working as Director of Operations for the esteemed family of vegan restaurants in the Bay Area. It was during that time that the idea for Gracias Madre began entering into the conversation with Café Gratitude Founders Matthew and Terces Engelhart. Together, they co-designed the restaurant’s aesthetic and co-created the menu featuring produce from the Engelhart’s Be Love Farm in Vacaville, bringing Gilbert’s dream to fruition with Gracias Madre’s San Francisco opening in 2009. The restaurant, located in San Francisco’s Mission District, quickly garnered critical acclaim for its vibrant interpretation of Mexican cuisine. With the opening of Gracias Madre in West Hollywood in January 2014, Gilbert brings that passion to Los Angeles with a menu that blends produce from Be Love Farm with ingredients sourced from local farmers markets.