• Art Gallery & Chef’s Table

About Intro

 

INTRO Art Gallery and Chefs Table is an innovative event space located on Lankershim Boulevard in the up-and-coming NOHO Arts District.

Imagine an art gallery exhibition where you relax at a 24-foot chef's table, enjoy a specially-curated menu from Michelin-starred chef Paul Shoemaker, and drink fine wines while the featured artist reveals their personal insights on the pieces displayed.

Whether you want to catch rising young artists with a growing following, or established art-world luminaries looking to show in a creative new environment, INTRO's relaxed and stylish 1,000 sq ft space will provide the best possible showcase. Every month will feature a new fine artist, and their art will stay up throughout the month for all our guests to view and purchase.

Specialty menus can be curated for your specific event. From passed hors duerves and snacks to an elaborate 12 course meal, INTRO will deliver a delicious, elegant evening. We’re also open to the public twice per week with an exceptional 10-course tasting menu.

INTRO also has live music capabilities for your private party, or for artists to showcase their talents to the industry.

INTRO is a celebration of Art, Food and Music and is available for all your event needs.

Chef Paul Shoemaker

Chef Paul Shoemaker brings a breath of culinary artistry, seasonal reverence, and imagination to his cuisine. Complimenting the global, refining techniques for which Shoemaker’s playful menus reflect his personality and a sophistication that honors the diverse Los Angeles community.

Chef Paul's pedigree stems from the kitchens of Michelin-starred Bastide, Providence, Alain Ducasse, French Laundry, and Water Grill, all which shaped his current culinary philosophy. By honoring the longtime traditions of local farmers, ranchers, purveyors, and fishermen, as well as weekly foraging excursions in Malibu hills, the essence of California’s agriculture and resources are tasted thought his menus. Paul’s touch on his menu showcases a causal yet sophisticated meal, made with playful techniques and flavors that express the brightness of Southern California.

Curator Rob Ciancimino

Rob C brings his vast hospitality experience with a special focus on advanced, high-end, customer service. He’s taken the fine dining background he learned as a youngster in NY, and melded it into some of Hollywoods hottest venues. The most recent being the very successful live music venue and restaurant called Sayers. He got his start in Los Angeles almost 18 years ago as a 26-year-old General Manager of the now famous Circle Bar in Santa Monica. He then went on to work at the W Hotel in Westwood, where he oversaw and ran the high-end 9:30 Restaurant and Backyard Bar. Rob went on to consult and work with former sushi restaurants Tengu, both in Westwood and Santa Monica, before opening and running the highly successful Playhouse in Hollywood. It was after that he got the call from SBE to open and run Sayers, an exclusive lounge and restaurant. It was at Sayers that Rob really tapped in to the live music aspect of hospitality, overseeing the operations for live music shows housing artists such as Prince, Stevie Wonder and the Black Keys, just to name a small few.

Rob C has been one of the most sought after GMs in the city as his penchant for understanding the intangibles of putting a service team together to his stylish execution in all aspects of hospitality and beyond. He believes true hospitality is a lost art and prides himself on redefining people’s dining expectations to an actual "felt experience" touching upon all emotions.

FAQ

 

What is the INTRO Art Gallery & Chefs Table Dinner?

INTRO is a gallery space featuring a new artist every 6 weeks. Michelin Star Chef Paul Shoemaker offers a 12+ course tasting menu open to the public every Friday and Saturday evening. Located in the gallery is one 20-person common table. This provides an intimate dinner-party-like experience with your fellow diners.

The menu varies weekly and is specially curated based on Chef Paul’s weekly inspirations as well as sourcing the finest and freshest ingredients. Once each dish has been served, Chef Paul will provide a description of each.

Price is $130 per person, all inclusive. Champagne and wine is provided throughout. You're welcome to leave a gratuity night of, but it is not required.

The tasting runs approx. 2.5 hours.


What time does the evening start and what if I'm late?

Gallery doors are opened at 7:30pm for champagne and socializing. First course is served promptly at 8pm. If you arrive after 8pm, you will join the dinner on the current course being served.


What days are you open?

Tastings are offered Friday and Saturday evenings.


**Will you accommodate allergies or dietary restrictions?

We cannot accommodate requests for dairy-free or gluten-free options.

If you have a specific allergy please email rob@verse.la 48 hours prior to your reservation. We are unable to accommodate most allergies but if given adequate notice we will do our best to substitute an item. Requests made at the dinner table will not be fulfilled.


Will you accommodate vegetarians or pescatarians?

Yes, we will be able to accommodate vegetarians and pescatarians.


Payment and cancellations

Full payment is required at the time of booking. Full refunds will only be given 48-hours prior to the tasting. Cancellations made after 24 hours will not be refunded.

Email Us

For all inquires please contact Rob@verse.la.