Feed Love—A night of peace, positivity, and giving back

Chef and owner of Otium in DTLA, Timothy Hollingsworth is a good dude. Born in Houston, the award-winning chef rose to the position of Chef de Cuisine at The French Laundry before setting off in 2012 to pursue his own muse. Partnering with the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation—of the neighboring contemporary art museum—he brought this dream to life with the opening Otium in 2015. The restaurant emphasizes connection over convention, a sensibility reflected as much in the gorgeous, wide-open layout as in the local and sustainable ingredients and the wholesome, soul-satisfying food.

Hollingsworth shows his gratitude for Otium’s success with shout-outs to the sprawling community of designers, architects, artisans, and local farms that have helped bring his vision to reality—from the lighting fixtures over your head to the plates your food is served on, and everything along the way. And as a way of giving back to an even broader community, Otium and BlackboardEats are joining together for an exclusive and intimate dinner to benefit a great cause. The family-style meal, complete with wine pairings, will take place in the restaurant's gorgeous patio on Tuesday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. Dishes will highlight Hollingsworth’s distinctive take on California cuisine, and make ample use of ingredients grown right in Otium’s mezzanine garden. Expect a menu brimming with a variety of fresh, seasonal flavors, in plates like burrata with apricot and country ham, panzanella with heirloom tomato, cucumber, and olive, summer squash with a pipian sauce and queso fresco, grilled fish in tamarind, and a grilled hanger steak in chimichurri—it’s almost too much. Chef Hollingsworth will share in the experience by cooking and plating the dinner in front of you, straight from the impressive outdoor grill.

The best part about this one-of-a-kind experience is that Otium is donating all proceeds of the dinner (after food, beverage, and staff costs) to Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles (ALZGLA). With five locations around LA, this nonprofit has grown deep local roots, providing support, education, and advocacy for Alzheimer’s and dementia for nearly four decades. Tickets are $200 a head (plus service fee and tax), and are available exclusively to BBE subscribers. Seats are very limited for this incredible experience, though, so act quickly to make sure one of them is yours.

Feed Love Menu (includes wine pairings)

Hamachi, nori, avocado, bonito, and cherry tomato
Burrata, apricot, country ham, honey, macadamia, and sourdough
Panzanella, heirloom tomato, cucumber, olive, and crouton
Cauliflower, almond, cilantro, and sultana grapes
Summer Squash, pipian, and queso fresco
Grilled Fish, tamarind, tomato, and fennel
Grilled hanger steak and chimichurri
Chef's choice dessert
Served family style; Menu items are seasonal and subject to change.


dinner: Sun, Tue–Thu 5:30 PM–10 PM; Fri–Sat 5:30 PM–11 PM
lunch: Tue–Fri 11:30 AM–2:30 PM
brunch: Sat–Sun 11 AM–2:30 PM
snacks: Tue–Sun 2:30 PM–5:30 PM
Closed Monday

price range

$14 (snap peas) to $39 (lamb)