La Tasca: a Pop-Up Restaurant

Alejandra Schrader at La Tasca pop-upLa Tasca, a pop-up restaurant by Alejandra Schrader.

After four successful events (Gastro:Pop-Up, a sold-out, beer-pairing event in Downtown Los Angeles and three food truck takeovers on Abbot Kinney in Venice, L.A Arepa Bar), Alejandra found the perfect location on the Westside and turned it into a “Tasca”.  It was a great evening of food, wine, and live music!

In Caracas, where Alejandra lived most of her life, tascas (or taverns) are everywhere; amazing food, wine, and music are always involved.  This was her inspiration! She made a duo of sangrias, a white and a red, to complement a 6-course tapas-style tasting menu.  Traditional Spanish dishes were showcased and flavored with her eclectic, figure-friendly twist.

Guests enjoyed dinner to the sounds of a live Spanish guitar and flamenco music. The space was beautifully styled by Wakako Takagi.


La Tasca: An evening of tapas, sangrias, and music.


Amuse Bouche

1st course
Chilled roasted tomato soup, cucumbers, mojo verde

2nd course
Fava beans two-ways
Salad—watercress, shallots, sherry vinaigrette
Canapé—pumpernickel bread, mint, manchego cheese

3rd course
Shrimp al ajillo, wild arugula, white bean, paprika pickled onions

*Vegetarian option: Setas –  Oyster mushrooms, garlic, hibiscus vinegar

4th course
Patatas Bravas
Purple potatoes, spicy tomato sauce, eggplant-pepper escalivada, merken olive oil
optional: crispy jamon Serrano

5th course
Organic, grass-fed beef, Catalan spinach, caramelized fennel, radicchio, plum balsamic

*Vegetarian option: Croquetas – Cauliflower, sheep’s milk cheese 

6th course
Pera al Vino
Wine-poched pear, saffron infused mini cake, cinnamon roasted almonds