January 19, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Library Ale House Offers Seasonal Comfort Food:

On a recent trip to Catalina Island, Library Ale House partner-chef Tom Hugenberger caught some fresh fish but didn’t have anything to cook with except some foil, a grill, and some charcoal.

He said he was able to pull off a tasty dish by wrapping it and letting it cook by the way of steam, which he said inspired one of his new fish dishes on his new menu.

“With that dish, it has vegetables (cabbage, onions, fennel, celery, bell peppers, and a little bit of cilantro) on the base,  it’s marinated with a little bit of rice wine vinegar, ginger, shallots, and some Thai chilies, and some fresh lime,” Hugenberger said. “That same marinade is used to create the sauce. To create the look of scales, I place thin sliced squash and layer it on top of the sole so it looks like scales on the fish.”

He said he wraps the fish and vegetables in parchment paper and cooks it in the oven for about 10 minutes.

“It’s the simplest thing to do,” Hugenberger said. “You can’t overcook it because it steams in its own little package.”

Library Ale House has been a Main Street mainstay for 18 years, but recently changed hands to Hugenberer’s restaurant group (which includes a diner in Culver City and a home style steakhouse in Fullerton) about 18 months ago.

He said he set out to reinvent the menu with affordable seasonal comfort food.

“It’s American classical bistro kind of dishes with a lot of different influences,” he said. “On our newest menu there’s Korean flavors, there’s Thai flavors, there’s French flavors, and Greek flavors.”

A new addition is the Vegetable Curry served inside a baby pumpkin with a side of basmati rice.

“We have the roasted pumpkin with aromatics inside and a little bit of white wine and it softens it up,” he said. “The curry probably has anywhere from 15 to 20 spices. Most of the spices we get whole and roast and grind. We let that cook for about an hour and we create our own base.”

The curry is made from fresh produce from the Santa Monica farmers markets.

“We use squash, sweet potato, and yams as the base inside the curry,” he said. “We had some vegan and vegetarian customers saying, ‘okay great the menu looks great, but what about us?’ It was a challenge for me to create something like this that’s delicious, healthy, and vegetarian. My take on this dish is that non-meat eaters will love it too.”

Hugenberger learned his craft at the California Culinary Academy in 1997-98.

He then spent almost three years at Melisse in Santa Monica when it opened in 1999 before entering the world of catering, then opening his own restaurants.

He said Library Ale House’s bar menu is extensive with 29 beers on draft and another 15 to 30 by the bottle. There are also about 10 glasses of wine by the glass and about 35 different bottles.

Library Ale House is also about to launch a new $10 lunch menu Monday through Friday.

“Each day there will be a different theme with a different special,” Hugenberger said. “A lot of the women want a half portion salad instead of a big salad, that sort of thing. There will be different combinations of stuff like that.”

Library Ale House is located at 2911 Main Street (just south of Ashland) in Santa Monica. For reservations or more information, call 310.314.4855 or visit www.libraryalehouse.com.

in News
Related Posts

Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel to Turn Amber as Part of Nationwide COVID-19 Memorial

January 18, 2021

January 18, 2021

Pacific Park joins nationwide COVID-19 memorial Tuesday night By Chad Winthrop The Santa Monica Pier ferris wheel will light up...

City Council Has Appointed An 11 Member Civilian Police Oversight Commission: Santa Monica Beat – January, 17, 2021

January 18, 2021

January 18, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * City Council Has Appointed An 11 Member Civilian Police Oversight Commission...

Video: 25K New Housing Units in LA?

January 17, 2021

January 17, 2021

With a massive spike in homelessness forecasted, LA lawmakers want to build 25,000 new housing units. Learn more in this...

Edify TV: Overhaul for Canyon Property?

January 15, 2021

January 15, 2021

A unique Santa Monica Canyon property may be getting an overhaul. Learn more in this video made possible by School...

Edify TV: The Westside’s Best Pies

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Here are some of the best pies on the Westside ahead of National Pie Day on January 23. Learn more...

City Council Votes Mayor Himmelrich And Team To Keep Council Positions: Santa Monica Beat – January, 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * City Council Votes Mayor Himmelrich And Team To Keep Council Positions...

65-Year-Old Santa Monica Bakery on Verge of Shutting Down

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Westside Food Scene January 14, 2021 By Kerry Slater 65-Year-Old Santa Monica Bakery on Verge of Shutting Down  A beloved...

Food Review: The Westside’s Insanely Delicious Tijuana Tacos

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Tacos 1986 in Westwood Village stands out amid a crowded taco scene By Kerry Slater In a city filled with...

Santa Monica Pier Closed for Five Days in a Row

January 13, 2021

January 13, 2021

City cites warm weather forecasted for Santa Monica By Sam Catanzaro With temperatures reaching the 80s expected, city officials are...

Edify TV: Westside Kids Compete to Keep Beach Clean

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

Westside kids are competing to keep the beach clean! Learn more in this video made possible by Santa Monica College.

Santa Monica Fire Department Rolls Out Vaccinations

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

SMFD helps with rollout across county  By Chad Winthrop Beginning this month , Santa Monica Fire Department firefighters and paramedics...

SMC and MLK Westside Coalition’s 36th Annual Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

Mon, Jan 18, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Online Only at 9am on Jan. 18th – Visit: MLKjrWestside.org  The Rev. Dr....

Assemblymember Richard Bloom Announces Intention to Run for L.A. County Supervisor

January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

State rep. looking to replace Sheila Kuehl in 2022 By Sam Catanzaro With incumbent Supervisor Sheila Kuehl signaling she won’t...

Man Jumps to Death at Santa Monica Place

January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

Man jumps off parking structure in Monday suicide  By Sam Catanzaro A man died by suicide Monday after jumping off...