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Is Altadena Fertile Ground For Gourmands?

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Local cookbook author and Saving the Season blogger Kevin West penned a piece for Bon Appetit that says that it's not Echo Park or Brooklyn that are the hotbed of hipster epicureanism, it's Altadena.

West sites the Institute of Domestic Technology, headed by Gloria Putnam and Steve Rudicel, as the center of it all. The school is "dedicated to teaching foodcrafting skills like cheesemaking and preserving. Their porch has become an informal salon for idealistic farmers and culinary entrepreneurs--in other words, it's ground zero for a hypercaffeinated, vinegar-soaked, compost-tending local food movement," he says.

Many of the wares from the Institute can be found at the new(ish)Altadena Farmers Market, which showcases everything from Jessica Koslow's Sqirl Jams to Plow & Guns specialty coffee and Mother Moo Creamery's ice cold treats every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Of course, no trip out to the 'Dena would be worth it unless you stop by Bulgarini for goat's milk or pistaccio gelato. It's, after all, one of our favorite creameries in L.A.