Patti Peck, Beachwood Cafe Owner
Patti Peck, a native of Indianola, Iowa, began cooking almost as soon as she could walk. Raised on her grandparents’ working farm (cattle, hogs, corn, soybeans), as early as age 5, Peck helped make breakfast, lunch and dinner for 30 farmhands. Years later, she honed her culinary skills in the San Francisco Bay Area, training under world-famous Alice Waters at Chez Panisse. As co-owner and executive chef, she was responsible for the stylish Edendale Grill in Los Feliz, revamped from a run-down firehouse into a charming local hangout. Peck was also owner and chef of the much-beloved Millie’s Cafe in Silver Lake, which served healthy, hearty food with a punk-rock sensibility. In 2002, she was recognized as Small Business Woman of the Year by California State Senator Jack Scott. For the Edendale Grill, the Los Feliz Architectural Society honored her for “Best Adaptive Re-Use Building.” She was also recognized by the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly as a talented chef and restaurateur.