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Malibu Farm, a restaurant perched at the end of Malibu Pier, has become one of L.A.’s best hangouts. Here, chef Helene Henderson hosts a new year’s day lunch with a menu of auspicious dishes.
When Helene Henderson’s husband suggested she move her acclaimed farm dinners to Malibu, California’s 780-foot-long pier, she said: “That’s stupid. They’re farm dinners.” She agreed to try them as a pop-up, though, and took over a vacant café at the tip of the pier. She ripped out the red vinyl booths, tossed the deep fryer and opened Malibu Farm. Today, the pop-up has turned permanent; she serves her California-farm-sourced version of beach food to surfers, celebrities and surfer-celebrities, like Laird Hamilton and his star-athlete wife, Gabrielle Reece.