Summit LA17: 5 Questions with Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson

Get to know the acclaimed chefs and co-owners of Kismet and Madcapra

Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson at Kismet
Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson at Kismet

Founded in 2008, Summit creates unique gatherings designed to catalyze entrepreneurship, creative achievement, and global change to create a more joyful world. Summit's 11th Flagship event, LA17 will gather 3,500 leaders across all disciplines. Summit's first-ever Los Angeles event, LA17 is taking place Nov. 3-6 at hotels, restaurants and temporary spaces in Downtown L.A.'s historic Broadway Theatre District.

Madcapra at Grand Central Market
Madcapra at Grand Central Market | Instagram by @madcaprala

Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson, the acclaimed chefs-owners of Madcapra and Kismet, are part of the incredible culinary lineup. Besides the fact that Sara and Sarah are two amazing powerhouses on the L.A. food scene, we found out their favorite neighborhoods are Echo Park and East Hollywood, and that they’re Sci-Fi fans (i.e. The Fifth Element, Back to the Future). Read on to find out where they eat on their days off and their hopes for the future of the greater good.

Turkish-ish Breakfast at Kismet
Turkish-ish Breakfast at Kismet | Instagram by @kismetlosangeles

Why did you choose Los Angeles to open your restaurants?
Sara Kramer: I had been in New York all my life and wanted a change. Opening a restaurant without investors in San Francisco or New York is cost prohibitive, so we started small. There’s an energy here, the food scene is growing – we’re in the midst of an explosion! Our Mediterranean focus is similar to my New York restaurant and a familiar style of cooking for me - my mother is half Israeli, so I grew up with the food and flavors. There’s such a huge Middle Eastern community in L.A., and it’s a good time to play with new flavors.

Sarah Hymanson: We wanted to be bold. We wanted to start something on our own. We found L.A. to be welcoming and supportive of new ideas. It’s a really interesting time to be in Los Angeles. There’s a lot of people exploring our style of food here and L.A. has a similar climate that’s conducive to Mediterranean cuisine. But honestly, I never would’ve considered L.A. until I discovered its diversity. It’s actually really urban and there’s so many communities here, not what you usually hear about outside of the city.

Pepperoni pizza at Cosa Buona
Pepperoni pizza at Cosa Buona | Photo by Joshua Lurie

Where do you eat on your days off?
SK: I spend a lot of time at Cosa Buona because it just opened, but of course [business partners] Jon & Vinny’s and Petit Trois.

SH: Asian food! Hunan in the San Gabriel Valley or Thai in East Hollywood, and then Pine & Crane, or Alimento.

View from Amir's Garden in Griffith Park
View from Amir's Garden in Griffith Park | Instagram by @misschatt

Where do you take people when they come to visit?
SK: I love to go on hikes, especially in Elysian Park and Griffith Park is a close drive.

SH: Whew, we spend so much time inside the restaurants, but I really like to see movies at Cinefamily and skating at the Moonlight Roller Rink!

Eggplant at Hollywood Farmers Market
Mmm... eggplant... | Photo courtesy of Hollywood Farmers Market, Facebook

What is your “only in L.A.” moment?
SK: It’s the experience of having fruit trees in my backyard, and being able to invite people over for an impromptu BBQ.

SH: I love the Hollywood Farmers Market. People gather there and we see everyone we know. It’s a great place to catch up with everyone.

What are you looking forward to during Summit LA17? And what are you hoping attendees get out of it?
SH: It’s such an interesting group of people brought together - so many new things are going to come from it. I hope that the attendees take the information they have this exclusive access to and spread it - take action in the world because of what they hear and learn. Not everybody gets the opportunity.

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