Jet Tila’s Coffin Case

LA Weekly’s Squid Ink has a fascinating look inside one of our head chef’s favorite carrying cases. Most chefs place their knives in a standard metal case, but not our Jet Tila. No way! Instead, Jet learned about Jonny “Coffin” Edwards and his company Coffin Case, which creates coffin-shaped guitar cases for rockers and other anti-establishment characters.

Since Jet is a rockstar of the culinary world, it makes sense he would forgo the standard knife cases and instead go with one of Jonny’s signature creations as you see above.

As Jet explained to LA Weekly’s Daina Beth Solomon, “I got tired of using toolkits…I needed something to show my personality.” Have Jet’s peers in the culinary world noticed? .“Big Time.”

First Pop-Up Dinner coming May 7 with Evan Kleiman

The Charleston is celebrating its first guest chef pop-up event by reigniting the flame of shuttered LA institution, Angeli Caffe. Rolling out the red carpet for Chef Evan Kleiman, Angeli Caffe’s original chef/owner and current host of KCRW’s “Good Food,” the featured four-course menu highlights Angeli’s beloved rustic Italian favorites, served family-style.

UPDATE 4/30: The 8pm reservations have been all sold out. Only the 6pm reservations remain at this time.


Antipasti Misti from the Farmers Market
Caesar Salad


Gnocchetti di Ricotta
Linguine Vongole


Pollo Arrosto
Lasagne Angeli


Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding

The event will take place Monday, May 7 with two scheduled seatings at 6 and 8pm, respectively. Cost is $45, not including tax and tip.

Sarah Daye

Chef Jet reveals plans for the Charleston

Recently, as Chef Jet was about to head out his post at Wazuzu in Las Vegas, he told Las Vegas Weekly his plans for the upcoming menu at the Charleston. What’s on the menu? A lot. Besides his take on American comfort food, he plans a series of pop-ups featuring special menus from himself and guest chefs like Evan Kleiman. In addition, look for a ‘resident chef’ program featuring guest chefs to come in and create special menus for a select period of time. The results should deliver some of the most ambitious food to ever hit Southern California. Look for it to start hitting the Charleston come the middle of March.

Valentines Day with Brenna Whitaker

For Valentine’s Day, Brenna Whitaker is performing 2 shows at The Charleston. In an effort to bring back old Hollywood glamor, Brenna Whitaker and her Little Big Band redefine vintage jazz in one of the cities most elegant new locations. From classic jazz renditions, big band horn sounds and timeless classics from some of the most celebrated vocalists, Brenna takes the stage and captivates. With her quick wit and uncanny ability to hit every note, shes the perfect juxtaposition of crass and class

You can dance the night away, listen the night away, drink the night away. Either way you choose to do it, grab a pack of cigarettes, put on some red lipstick and spend the night away with Brenna Whitaker and the Little Big Band.

There will be two shows that evening with doors open for the first show at 6pm and Brenna coming on stage at 7pm. The second show will have doors open at 9pm and Brenna will start performing at 9:30pm.