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El Jefe pop-up at Animal with 'Chef' star Jon Favreau and Roy Choi

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Love the movie "Chef?" Here's your chance to get a taste of El Jefe with a pop-up dinner at Animal July 21
Get a taste of the El Jefe truck from the movie "Chef" at a pop-up dinner at Animal July 21

If you missed the El Jefe pop-up at Pot restaurant earlier this year, here's your chance to get a taste of the Cuban food truck from the movie "Chef." Another El Jefe pop-up dinner is set to take place at Animal restaurant July 21.  

In celebration of the film, which Jon Favreau starred in and directed, Animal chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo teamed up with Roy Choi, who acts as food consultant on the film, for a special menu. To honor the film's El Jefe food truck, the three developed a Cuban-flavored tasting menu to be served family-style. 

There are 11 items on the menu so far. Possible dishes include roasted mojo chicken, fried corn in garlic-lime butter and grilled Hawaiian blue prawns. There will also be dessert, island beers, wines and possible house-fermented pineapple, jalapeno shandies. 

$9 Cubano sandwiches will be available  as to-go items on the patio, but diners inside will also be able to order them.  Choi will join Shook and Dotolo in the kitchen, while Favreau will be around in some capacity, possibly handing out the Cubanos. 

Dinner is $75 per person. Reservations can be made from 6 p.m. to midnight and the seven-seat bar will be available for walk-in guests. To make a reservation, call (323) 782-9225 after 2 p.m.

435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, www.animalrestaurant.com.

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