Pace Webb in DTLA’s Arts District
News around LA’s flourishing culinary scene has been particularly abundant and buzz-worthy in recent years – from precarious pop- up restaurants to roving supper clubs to gourmet food truck wars and rule-bending world-class eating establishments helmed by some of the brightest luminaries and rising stars in the food industry—the city has become and unequivocal foodie paradise and highly respected industry hot spot seemingly overnight (although locals have been hip to the burgeoning scene for years). Sitting pretty at the vortex of such accolades and innovation is Executive Chef and Lifestyle Expert Pace Webb, the fierce female founder of Taste of Pace (TOP); a thriving catering company that’s known for working with big name clients such as the Breast Cancer Fund, Shepard Fairey, Acura, and The Broad Stage (to name a few) and for a monthly underground supper club.
Webb with Church and State Executive Chef, Laurent Elmerich
Webb recently took time out of her very busy schedule to show us around her hood, the bustling Arts District - a veritable pressure cooker of cool – in Downtown LA, on a gorgeous spring day. Though we’ve known Pace for years, it’s impossible not to be struck by the gorgeous baby blues and radiant smile that precede introduction to her infectious personality. It’s no wonder she was handpicked as part of an ensemble cast for a new TV series focusing on female culinary arts professionals in Los Angeles. The show is set to premier on a major cable network this fall, so we consider ourselves lucky to get this exclusive while she still has a smidgen of time to spare.
Pace resides in a renovated turn-of-the (last) century seed factory, in a spacious loft that doubles as a prep kitchen and event space for TOP. She and her precious pooch, Willie Nelson, have lived in the live/work space for about 2 years, after having been lured from the Hollywood Hills by the Arts District’s eccentric charm, entrepreneurial spirit, flourishing community and –piece de resistance- walkability. With new businesses, galleries and eateries opening all the time, and world class street art at every turn, this is ground zero for lovers of exploration and discovery in Los Angeles. The following is just a taste of Pace’s enviable, pedestrian-friendly life: