Jarry Mag is a social community and soon-to-be biannual print magazine that celebrates and highlights the rich history of gay men in the food industry. We’ve been social followers of the brand for a while, so jumped at the chance to partner with them as they reach out to their LA community.
In anticipation of the event on Sunday at McKinley Avenue we catch up with the publishing director Alex Kristofcak on what he’s most looking forward to in LA, and why he’s only intending to explore the city with the guiding help of a local.
Is LA a city you know well?
My husband’s parents live in LA so I have spent quite a bit of time there already. They’re super plugged in to all that’s happening in the city so we’ve been lucky enough to be shown LA by people that live there, which I think is essential. LA can be a tough city to penetrate and if you go as a tourist you may find the place snooty and exclusive. However if you’re led in the right direction by locals, LA is actually very relaxed and homey. That goes with staying in a real home in the city, which is why we felt a real pull towards the onefinestay concept.
What are you up to in LA?
We’re in LA to shoot the cover of our launch issue. I can’t reveal too much but it is a portrait of a very influential gay guy in the food scene who is based in LA. It also turns out that a lot of our contributors and our engagement on social media are based here, so it was a logical step to host a party for our community out here.
What is it about the LA scene that you’re so keen to tap into?
The founding principle of Jarry magazine is to show how gay men have a key role in the food business. LA, and California in general, is a huge centre of food and a base for our community. It’s also a city with great fresh local produce as well as a huge amount of new restaurants opening, so it’s an exciting food destination at the minute.
Is there one place you always make a beeline for when you visit the city of Angels?
My in-laws live in Brentwood and they have lots of places near there that we’ve grown to love, including a patisserie. In Santa Monica I like to always stop into Farmshop. And more recently I’ve discovered some great places in Downtown, including Orsa & Winston, as well as a couple of places in the Art District.
Are there any new recommendations in the city you’ve been given that you’re keen to try?
There’s a few places in the Venice area I’ve been recommended that I’m keen to try including Gjelina on Abbot Kinney and Gjusta on Sunset. Aside from that we’ve got a team dinner planned at Redbird in Downtown which I’m looking forward to.
What’s your secret to getting to the heart of the city?
LA is not an easy place to discover on your own as a tourist. To tell you the truth I hated LA the first few times I came. We kept trying to get into restaurants only to get turned down or told to wait for ages. When you get to know the city from the people who live here you realise that actually you don’t want to go to those restaurants anyway, and the city is full of dining places that are authentic, relaxed and fun.