Award-Winning Chef to Be Featured at Parkway Grill

Ken Frank
Ken Frank

He got his start in Pasadena, and now award-winning chef Ken Frank will return as guest chef at a Pasadena restaurant for three days this month.
Frank, whose restaurant La Toque in Napa earned a prestigious Michelin Star in 2007, plans to bring a variety of options for Parkway Grill diners on April 17, 18 and 19 for the dinner crowd (although some specials will be available for lunch). The self-taught chef said he and Parkway Grill owner Gregg Smith have been talking about the event since January.
“I just had to find a week to sneak out and go do it,” Frank said in a phone interview. “You know, I cook all over the country four or five times a year for all sorts of different events, but I haven’t cooked in Pasadena professionally since I was in high school. It’ll be fun to be back where I started. I’ve known the team at Parkway for a long time.”
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Huntington Hospital, Parkway Grill Hold ‘Food+Wine’ Oct. 29

OUTLOOK file photo Huntington Hospital and Parkway Grill are teaming up for the 33rd annual Fall Food & Wine Festival on Sunday evening, Oct. 29. Among those who attended last year’s event were (front row, from left) Bea Bennett, Alyce Williamson, Pat McNamara and Chantal Bennett. Back: Eileen Read, Melina Audrejich, Gale Kohl, Adele Dinder, Julieta Bennett and Monica Gonzalez.
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Huntington Hospital and Parkway Grill are teaming up for the 33rd annual Fall Food & Wine Festival on Sunday evening, Oct. 29. Among those who attended last year’s event were (front row, from left) Bea Bennett, Alyce Williamson, Pat McNamara and Chantal Bennett. Back: Eileen Read, Melina Audrejich, Gale Kohl, Adele Dinder, Julieta Bennett and Monica Gonzalez.

The 33rd annual “Fall Food+Wine Festival,” presented by Huntington Hospital and Parkway Grill, will be held on Sunday evening, Oct. 29, from 6-10 p.m. There also is a special VIP hour from 5-6 p.m., which includes welcoming champagne sponsors.
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Parkway Grill’s Urban Organic Garden Grows on Fine Diners

Photo by Max Zeronian / OUTLOOK Parkway Grill and Gourmet Organic Garden’s co-owner Gregg Smith (from left), Chef Martin Salinas and General Manager Karnelija O’Faolain show off some freshly picked “backyard to table” garden produce that will be incorporated into the daily specials.
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Parkway Grill and Gourmet Organic Garden’s co-owner Gregg Smith (from left), Chef Martin Salinas and General Manager Karnelija O’Faolain show off some freshly picked “backyard to table” garden produce that will be incorporated into the daily specials.

Nothing tastes quite like it does when it’s fresh from the garden.
Parkway Grill and its Gourmet Organic Garden have proven that mantra for nearly three decades, clinching down a loyal Pasadena fan base who count on the seasonal garden delectables to add the robust flair to the restaurant powerhouse’s California cuisine.
A hidden trove of more than 25 kinds of fruit, vegetables and herbs grow adjacent to the restaurant, as manicured rows of cabbages, peppers, chards, kale and tomatoes practically glow under the trestles of the plump passion fruit. The Parkway Grill’s garden was recently a recipient of the Pasadena Beautiful Foundation’s Commercial Design Awards, in conjunction with the Arroyo Chop House, for adding to the enhancement of Pasadena.
“It’s hard to believe, but this was all just an abandoned lot of weeds,” said Parkway Grill co-owner Gregg Smith recently, pausing in front of fragrant peppers. “Now we harvest a ‘backyard to table’ concept; it drives how we cook, using a seasonal, market-driven approach.”
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