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VAC interviews Le-Cellier Restaurant. An official sponsor of the VAC!

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Get your palettes watering with some amazingly unique Euro/Asian fusion brought to you by Le-Cellier on Washington. The Venice Art Crawl interviews Hiep the co-owner of one of VAC official sponsors. Oh and did you know that they had a 50% off bottled wine every Thursday night for Ladies night! Get in the know. 


6208535320_2d1e5e2624_o1. How long has Le-Cellier been in business and what is the history behind it? 

2 years since our grand opening on the 1st day of the Dagon on the lunar calendar, which explains our 40′ red dragon weaving through our ceiling. It was started by myself and Mark Van Gessel of the Hinano cafe as our collaborative effort to create a country club for the neighborhood that offers rare estate terror seven wine and a seasonal Menu. With my specialty, Franco-Vietnamese small bites and plates that became the cuisine of choice. Decode is a deconstructed vineyard.

2. What is it like being in such a central beach location?

We are lucky in a location more for the community then for tourists. We are center the center of two dense communities, Venice and MDR and it is in our opinion, the future main Blvd of the Westside.

3. What makes your restaurant unique from the other restaurants around here? 

We are operating partners who handle select our rare estate driven wine and create our own Franco-Vietnamese dishes that follow the strong philosophies of the robust French cooking and fresh raw herbs in highly gluten-free Vietnamese dining experience. We offer rotating domestic French and domestic wines and an international selection of microbrewery beer. Our menu is seasonal, and even every sauce and dressing are created by us. We do special diet requests.

3y5ghwwoqQCbmG 4. What would you say is your most popular dish and why? 

Our signature dishes are: 1) The Touraine Seafood soup where the French consume is home to wild Atlantic salmon, Mekong delta Basa white fish filet, and tiger shrimp swimming with celery, mushroom, tomatoes, onions, ginger, garlic (Twist a wedge of lime before you dig in!).

2) Shaken 5-spiced black peppered beef tender tails in port wine, onions, and tomatoes with watercress and jasmine rice.(Dip the beef in lime salt and pepper sauce on the side to get your digestion going!).

5. Do you offer a happy hour menu or any specials and/or events, is so when are the times?

  • Our daily happy hours are until 7pm.
  • Apps start at $4, beer $4, wine $6, champagne $5. 
  • We also offer wine tastings & wine flights every day and all day.
  • Ladies night are on Thursdays.
  • Our Facebook calendar updates our weekly and monthly promotions. Follow us: https://www.facebook.com/LeCellierWinebar


180s6. We bet so many things happen in and around this area! What is a really memorable experience that some of the employees and customers at Le-Cellier were a part of? 

The pool of new creative young entrepreneurs appreciating Euro Asian cuisine and rare wine during regular socializing.

7. You guys are a great sponsor of The Venice Art Crawl.  Have you always supported the exposure of local art? 

Art, music, food, and wine are the four directions of our soul.


Check out their website: http://www.le-cellier-winebar.com/

Come join us this Wednesday from 7-9pm at Le-Cellier for the VAC mixer. Come network, come mingle and lets get excited for the March 20th first Crawl of the year! Oh and did I mention they have Pho?!

Interviewed By: Nicole Muyingo

VAC Artist Interview: Isabelle Alford-Lago

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Hey Crawlers!

Check out our Venice Beach based artist interview of the week:  Isabelle Alford-Lago!

1. Who are you and what do you do?

I paint large murals, which I started out putting up all over Venice and now have begun creating them in cities. For the past few years my subject matter has been big humanized gorillas that lounge around. They have a strong personality that people can recognize when they see them around. I also have a few t-shirt lines and print editions.  

IMG_3631 copy2. In your words how would you define art?

It’s a way of communicating abstract thought, and gets you to let go of everything you think you KNOW about something. 

3. At what age did you realize that you were creatively talented?

Very young and my parents supported my talents too by putting me in more art classes when I was a kid.

4. What’s your background?

I grew up in Santa Cruz, a small beach town in Northern California. I have family from Louisiana and New Jersey. I came to LA to get my BA at University of Southern California and have lived in Venice since. 

5. What materials/paints do you generally work with?

I work with acrylics and spray paint for my mural work and oils for my canvas paintings

6. What art do you most identify with?

I’m drawn to art that expresses personality and a good sense of humor. I admire artists who can reach a broad audience. 

7. What is an artistic outlook on life?

To look at the world with the curiosity of a child seeing something for the first time. And then make things.

 8. What superpower would you have and why?

The power to teleport, only because I really want to have access to the whole world. 

IMG_98529. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?


10. WHAT is your ‘method’? 

For my murals I first make a drawing. I free hand scale it up onto the wall, start blocking in the shadows mid tones and highlights, then add layers of color. To finish I use a bristle brush to stroke out the hair of the gorillas

11. What is your preferred subject and why?

My gorillas are inspired by humans, and the primitive qualities I see in everyday people. We all share the same basic nature that we cover up with a filter. I see a lot humor in it

12. What’s the best thing about being an artist? 

doing what you love and the ability to create something out of nothing.

13. What’s the worst thing about being an artist? 

Staying true to yourself

 14. What advice do you have for aspiring artists?

The key in my opinion is to be constantly creating and showing. It doesn’t just come, you gotta make it happen!

Check out more of her work at isabellealfordlago.com!!

Interviewed by: Nicole Muyingo

Blogged by: Gabrielle Wooden


Gabrielle Wooden is a writer currently residing in Southern California. Currently she is a blogger for the Venice Art Crawl and is working on her first novel entitled Blue Barcelona at UCLA’S Extension Writers Program.


Venice Poetry meets Ceramic-Tile Art on Ocean Front Walk!

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As some of you may know, the Venice Beach Poet’s Monument was restored early January, installing 63 new visual poetry ceramic tiles  at 17th street and Ocean Front Park.

Take a sneak-peak Preview of The poetry fragments that are currently engraved on the 17th Street / Ocean Front Walk location!

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I am a man
who stands against the mountain
and thinks of pebbles – Frank T. Rios

Feel of rain in the face moonjuice/
partial to poets
the lady’s tears – Tony Scibella

the madmen can find other holes
to crawl into.
I used to walk that pier when I was 8 years old – Charles Bukowski

my mind is a radio
once I could sing
the play by play of Blonde on Blonde like it was Eddie Doucette weaving basketball free throw averages
with a handful of scars – Ellyn Maybe

Blogged by: Gabrielle Wooden


Gabrielle Wooden is a writer currently residing in Southern California.  Currently she is a blogger for the Venice Art Crawl and is working on her first novel entitled Blue Barcelona at UCLA’S Extension Writers Program.