How To Dress For The Most Unique (& Secret) Meal In Town

Eons ago, when we told you about hidden gems like Shareen or Cinespia, you knew there was only a short window of time before word got out, and the masses staged a zombie-style takeover (we used to blindfold friends when we drove them to Shareen's first space!). Well, for your eyes and stomachs only, we've now got the exclusive dish on a brand new mum's-the-word menu at Rivera that will leave you feeling like you're the first to feast on the most unique dining experience of your life! No really, we're not exaggerating here.
Each course on famed chef John Rivera Sedlar's magical menu coincides with a work from the Pacific Standard Time: Art In L.A. 1945-1980 exhibit (and comes out on a plate with the art emblazoned on it). From Ed Ruscha's Los Angeles County Museum Of Art On Fire's Fire-Grilled Breast of Chicken with Goat Cheese and Incendiary Salsa, to Carlos Almaraz's Beach Trash Burning sorbet dessert with an Almond Tuille crunch (colored to depict sand) — our mouths and hearts applauded the ambition behind this stroke of genius, down to the very last bite. If you want in, hurry, because these underground bites will only be available through March 31, when the exhibit ends (it's all word-of-mouth except for this article, so be sure to mention us when you book). And for $44 bucks, this divinely designed menu feels like a Thomas Crown Affair-style heist!
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Since we truly care about you, we've lined up a gorgeous ensemble for the chic spot—plus even more yummy outfit ideas, based on our favorite pieces of art/cuisine. Click through our exotically palatable slideshow so you're not a sartorial no-show.
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It makes sense that an eatery like Rivera would come up with such a creative idea like these pairings as their on-the-regs artisanal menu aims to transform every eater with a delicious narrative. With three separate décors tucked inside, the sexy downtown nook is a Latin-lover's (we know plenty of those!), and foodie's dream. And the jet-fueled drinks sometimes steal the spotlight, mixing fresh fruits from L.A.'s prime produce markets, and not just your obvious south of the border tequilas (it's a Mezcal mecca!). The soul of this spot evokes arousal in every facet of its establishment and fine fare.

Where: Rivera, 1050 South Flower Street (At 11th Street); 213-749-1460.

The Look: Halston Heritage Off-Shoulder Cocktail Dress, $197.50, available at ShopBop; Kenneth Jay Lane Turquoise Embellished Collar, $205, available at ASOS; Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Satin Doll, $16, available at Nordstrom; Alexander Wang Sofi Leather Ankle Boots, $187.50, available at The Outnet.

Photos: Courtesy of Rivera and Via Shopbop, ASOS, Nordstrom, and the Outnet
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The Art: Ball Drop by Ron Cooper

The Menu: Single Village Mezcal, London Dry Gin, Fresh Lime Yuzu Tincture, Velvet Falernum, and Cayenne.

The Inspiration: You simply must sip this cocktail from master mixologist Julian Cox before or during your feast! With a raspberry "dropped" in the middle of the martini glass, the chefs got a little cheeky with this one!

The Look: KARL Davina Ruched Metallic Silk-Blend Dress, $240, available at Net-A-Porter; Iosselliani Pearl and Crystal Quartz Necklace, $403, available at Pixie Market; Givenchy Cat Eye-Frame Velvet Glasses, $290, available at Net-A-Porter; Alexander Wang Liu Sandals, $495, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Art: Ball Drop (stills) by Ron Cooper; 1969, collection of the University Art Museum Art Video Archive, California State University, Long Beach; From It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles, 1969-1973 Pomona College Museum of Art August 30, 2011-May 13, 2012. Photos: Via Net-A-Porter, Pixie Market, Net-A-Porter, and Saks Fifth Avenue
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The Art: Fish Platter by Beatrice Wood

The Menu: Crudo Assortment of Fresh and Smoked Seafood, Kumquats, Fresno Chiles, Lime, Red Seaweed, and a Copita (shot) of Chichicapa Mezcal

The Inspiration: Every single one of the pescados that came out on this pretty fishy platter was a winner! The smokiness paired with the faintest lime foam was absolutely harmonious. And the tiny pot of Mezcal on the side can go straight down the hatch (if you're brave), drizzled on to the fish, or used as a dipping sauce. Genius!

The Look: Pixie Market Mykonos Dress, $145, available at Pixie Market; Lodis Royal Edith Envelope Clutch, $118.90, available at Nordstrom; Bungalow 8 Brown Demi Mumbai Bangle, $89, available at Latitude; NARS The Multiple Cheek Color in St. Barts, $39, available at NARS; Sam Edelman Javi Wedge Pump in Salmon, $69.99, available at Endless.

Art: Fish Platter (c. 1970), Beatrice Wood; Earthenware 15 1/2 x 23 3/4 x 3 in; Collection of Scripps College, Claremont, California. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer © Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts/Happy Valley Foundation; From Beatrice Wood: Career Woman — Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects September 10, 2011 - March 3, 2012. Photos: Via Pixie Market, Nordstrom, Latitude, NARS, and Endless.
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The Art: Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Fire by Ed Ruscha

The Menu: Fire-Grilled Breast of Chicken with Cobb Salad Quemada, Goat Cheese, and Incendiary Salsa.

The Inspiration: This one's pretty literal with all of the pyro references, but we must add this — chicken never tasted more exotic or multi-tonal on our taste buds!

The Look: Maison Martin Margiela 22 Ankle Boots, $625, available at Yoox; Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Pure, $17, available at Sephora; Jill Platner Demetra Earrings, $260, available at Barneys New York; Fiorelli Havana Satchel in Blue, $87.83, available at ASOS; Miu Miu Pleated Graphic Pattern Dress, $1,869, available at My Theresa.

Art: Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Fire (1965-68), Ed Ruscha. Oil on canvas 53 ½ x 133 ½ in. Collection of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1972, Photography by Lee Stalsworth © Ed Ruscha; From Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture 1950-1970, The J. Paul Getty Museum October 1, 2011-February 5, 2012. Photos: Via Yoox, Sephora, Barneys, ASOS, and My Theresa.
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The Art: Beach Trash Burning by Carlos Almaraz

The Menu: Sorbet Splashes of Roasted Pineapple Mezcal, Poblano Chile Lime, and Hibiscus Pomegranate with an Almond Tuille crunch flavored with hot chili and lime.

The Inspiration: Each ball of the icy treat is almost spot-on with the colors of the painting. The Almond crunch (it truly did look like sand with all of the textures) left the most sumptuous taste in our mouths all night long!

The Look: Cushnie et Ochs Asymmetrical Elastic Detail Dress in Violet, $1,075, available at Shopbop; Diane Von Furstenberg Envy Metallic Leather Sandals, $229.50, available at The Outnet; Ranjana Khan Bombay Earrings, $278, available at Anthropologie; Poppy King For J.Crew Lipstick in Poppy King, $18, available at J.Crew; Miu Miu Croc-Effect Patent Leather Clutch, $410, available at Net-A-Porter.

Art: Carlos Almaraz (Mexico City, 1941–1989) Beach Trash Burning, 1982; Acrylic on linen. Courtesy of National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum; Purchase made possible by the Judith Rothschild Foundation and the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation L2011.27.1. Photos: Via Shopbop, The Outnet, Anthropologie, J. Crew, and Net-A-Porter.
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