Califonia Bountiful

A veggie tale

Cafeteria-style restaurant serves SoCal comfort food

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In a town known for glitz and glamour, it's kind of ironic that Los Angeles-based chef Alan Jackson has found success with his back-to-basics approach to food. A longtime caterer to the stars, Alan knew how to serve a variety of food to huge numbers of people, so he decided to translate that into a restaurant concept called "Lemonade."

"I describe Lemonade as a modern cafeteria that serves Southern California comfort food," said Alan, owner and executive chef.

With Lemonade now in seven locations, each day for Alan begins at the central location in downtown Los Angeles. Here, he and his staff prepare all the Lemonade dishes and then deliver the food to the other locations throughout Southern California.

Alan says he loves using all kinds of different fruits and vegetables to create new and exciting menu items. He estimates they go through close to 300 pounds of broccoli and 500 pounds of Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and butternut squash each day.

Customers have a variety of dishes to choose from when they step into Lemonade. On any given day, there are at least 20 different salad choices and a dozen sandwich options, plus soups, sides, desserts and of course, lemonade – seven flavors, to be exact. And just like any other cafeteria, you pick up a tray and let your taste buds do the talking!

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