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Brian DePalma
Foodies in the midst of Hollywood, on the fringe of cuisine
Foodies in the midst of Hollywood, on the fringe of cuisine

No sooner had servers set down truck-tire-sized metal platters laden with various Ethiopian stews than the hungry private party of 26 people seated in the back dining room of Culver City's Industry Cafe & Jazz descended into a cutlery-free feeding frenzy. Diners fought one another for hunks of spongy injera bread with which to mop up every dribble of spicy goat tibise and a raw, minced beef dish called kitfo, both off-menu dishes specially prepared for this group. Some people didn't even know what they were eating — and didn't bother to ask — until after the meal was over. "That was raw beef? I thought it was lentils!" exclaimed actor Christian...

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