Kajsa Alger (pronounced Sasha) is the Executive Chef and Susan Feniger’s Partner of Mud Hen Tavern, a neighborhood bar and restaurant that opened on December 7, 2013. Located near the corner of Highland and Melrose in Hollywood, she and Susan prepare a wide variety of rustic dishes and bar food, with the occasional global inflections that they naturally bring to the table. Coupled with a vibrant beverage program that offers a fun and curated selection of international wines, local craft beers and artisanal cocktails, Mud Hen Tavern is a welcome addition to Los Angeles’ dining and bar scene.
Prior to that, she held the same position at STREET, which opened in 2009 and was known for its wide array of street food from around the world. While the brick and mortar location closed in October 2013, STREET will live on in lots of exciting ways, including new locations and a robust catering business.
With more than 20 years of culinary experience and frequent travel exploring ethnic marketplaces, Kajsa has developed an incredibly vast knowledge for spices and globally-influenced cuisine. These trademarks of her cooking naturally shine through in Mud Hen Tavern’s menu, with simple, rustic dishes diners crave. Coupled with a vibrant beverage program that offers a fun and curated selection of wines, craft beers and artisanal cocktails, Mud Hen Tavern is a welcome addition to Los Angeles’ dining and bar scene.
As a teenager in Los Angeles, Kajsa snuck into the kitchen of CITY restaurant and ended up in an informal apprenticeship with Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken that would turn into a lifelong friendship and eventual partnership. She ultimately joined the team at Border Grill in their flagship Santa Monica location in 1990, where she could showcase her talents in a collection of menus that highlighted foods from around Mexico and the Latin world.
Kajsa next began working with Judy Rogers at the legendary Zuni Café in San Francisco to further hone her culinary skills. She then joined David Kinch’s highly-acclaimed Restaurant Sent Sovi, and the northwest favorite, Carlyle Restaurant & Bar in Portland, Oregon. In 2003, she returned to Los Angeles and the Border Grill/Ciudad company to head up kitchen operations as Corporate Chef for their five restaurants.
Kajsa’s long association with Susan, her understanding of operational and financial systems and her creative passion for simple, colloquial foods have made for a fun and fruitful partnership that allows for both to continue exploring and sharing their culinary passions.
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