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5 recipes to make mom happy this Mother's Day

The Crawford Family Forum

Mother’s Day and dining out: It’s a combo so standard that honoring moms this way makes for the restaurant industry’s busiest day of the year. But scooting mom out of the kitchen for one Sunday in May does little to erode the day-to-day influence she has  on family tastes. 

So what do some of L.A.’s chefs and food writers make to honor their own mothers? When do they stick to time-honored family recipes, or introduce something a little different? Are their moms their toughest critics or biggest fans? What family cooking traditions must stay, and what really needs to go?

On Thursday, May 8, KPCC  into a conversation about moms, food and tradition with KPCC's Off-Ramp producerKevin Ferguson and a special guest panel. Tell KPCC about your favorite family recipes before the event to whet your appetite. Use #BestMomDish on Twitter and Instagram to share photos of classic mom fare. And in the spirit of honoring the women who raised you, be sure to bring everyone ... especially your mother!

Bricia Lopez began working alongside her family in the restaurant business at a very young age. Currently a partner who spearheads all operations at Guelaguetza, LA’s temple for Oaxacan cuisine and tradition, Bricia's passion for food and culture has made her a staunch proponent of Oaxacan culture and prominent figure in L.A.'s  gastronomic culture.

Jenn Harris is a Los Angeles Times staff writer covering food and fashion, and a happy hour enthusiast on the lookout for her next big bite and stiff cocktail. She has a master’s degree in online journalism from USC Annenberg and has written for, Vogue Taiwan, Marie Claire China, RayLi China and Cosmopolitan Hong Kong.

Dominic Riley is one hungry journalist. Paris is where he picked up the pen and Hong Kong is where he mastered the fork (and chopsticks). By day he's director of brand engagement for American Gonzo Food Corporation; at night he's a freelance food writer.

Nguyen Tran and his wife Thi Tran started an illegal + underground restaurant out of the back of their North Hollywood apartment in 2009. The L.A. Yelp favorite eventually became Starry Kitchen, which specializes in pan-Asian comfort food with an irreverent twist. Nguyen is Starry Kitchen’s frontman, at its home at Chinatown’s Grand Star and everywhere else.

Terri Wahl is owner and executive chef of Auntie Em’s Kitchen in Eagle Rock. Formerly lead guitarist of the acclaimed all-girl punk band the Red Aunts, Wahl traded her guitar for a skillet in 1997 and in short time became known for her approach to farm-fresh seasonal recipes in comforting American dishes. @Terriwahl666

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