Studio Grand has invited Chef Aricia Alvarado to be our first Chef-In-Residence. Over the course of a year, we will be curating events that pair Chef Aricia with some of our favorite Bay Area artists and musicians, for a unique experience catered to you, the community we love and live in.  

This first event coincides with Studio Grand’s 2nd Sunday's monthly series which profiles contemporary composers, Bay Area Bridges hosted by RDL+. It also falls on Mother's Day ~ Sunday, May 14, 2017. RDL+ will be inviting Bululú, a new San Francisco Bay Area band, led by Lali Mejia and Jose Roberto Hernandez, that will play boleros, Cuban Son, and other tropical and familiar sounds. 

On this day, we will be celebrating all of the special women in our lives, be it a dear friend, your mother, a sister, or yourself and your girlfriends. We especially want to extend an invitation to people who have lost their mothers to the spirit world. It will be a time to celebrate, reminisce, eat great food, listen to great music, and maybe dance!

Chef Aricia will be preparing a delectable dinner which will include dessert and a special elixir, prepared for the evening. We have made seats available on a sliding scale of $50 to $65 per person. Guests may choose the rate they would like to pay. All seats and servings will be the same. If any guests would like to purchase additional drinks, above the two provided, they may be purchased the day of.  


Chef Aricia Alvarado

“From a table linen to a dish paired with fine wine, food preparation is the finest expression of love to family and friends.” - Chef Aricia Alvarado

Growing up on a coffee and cacao plantation in the high mountains of Nicaragua, Aricia Alvarado learned this fundamental principle from her grandmother, whose love of cooking prevailed in the kitchen. Almost every ingredient in her recipes was home grown or raised on their land. Organically grown vegetables always provided abundant harvest. Fresh fish was caught from nearby freshwater lakes and streams. Sourcing dairy product was as simple as milking a cow or churning milk into butter and cheese. Breads and pies were freshly baked in their kitchen’s fire wood oven on almost a daily basis.

Aricia’s first cooking lessons happened then and there, as her palate developed the wide range of tastes and textures to be found in food naturally grown, creatively prepared for loved ones. That’s when the gathering of everyone at the family table was an event that marked the high point of each day.

Good food, community and fun are how Aricia describes that time in her life. So it was natural when, after coming to Los Angeles to complete her education, Aricia chose to formally pursue her career in the culinary arts. She studied a broad range of cuisines including Asian, Italian and Spanish. Arica refined her skills working with renowned chefs, studying techniques and recipes built upon culinary fusion principles through innovations and culture to her craft.

Pastry Chef and Mixologist Aricia Alvarado loves to create and combines her flair for food development and design with business savvy, in the kitchen, mixology, wine pairing and restaurant management into a career span of over twenty years. a rare combination in the culinary world.  From the front of the house and kitchens of acclaimed restaurants to venues of distinction, Aricia brings to her work an extra dose of imagination.

The recipient of eight awards from Southern California restaurant Writer’s Association, Aricia is the founder of Alchemy Kitchen leading a world class team dedicated to the design and production of unique and distinctive catered events.

Working alongside notable chefs in Los Angeles she learned from some of the best, quickly taking off adding her own touches.  She is always innovating and is highly sought by event planners and restaurant patrons that praise her dedication and passion.

Trained in the heart of the most diverse city in America, at Los Angeles Trade Tech, Aricia is a tastemaker that embraces the many culinary cultures that can be found throughout the City of Angels


Bululú (noun. Venezuelan “alboroto”, a gathering with excitement, fuss). A new San Francisco Bay Area band offering live, tropical music for public venues, private events, festivals, and more. Led by Lali Mejia and Jose Roberto Hernandez (musical director), both seasoned Bay Area musicians with a love for latin music and folklore. The band showcases live and flavorful styles of music rooted in Venezuelan and Caribbean influences —salsa, calipsos, guarachas, parrandas, cumbias, merengues, tambores de la costa, and more. Fun and vibrant, Bululú delivers top notch talent and entertainment for any occasion.

Y se armó el Bululú!

Instagram: @bululusf | Website | Facebook


With their 2014 debut album, Más P’alla Va, RDL+ is building an original sound that embodies the members’ collective ideas, inspirations, and histories.  RDL+ is Ruthie Dineen on keys, Doug Lee on bass, Steve Weems on drums, Luis Salcedo on guitar, plus(+) the Bay Area's best up-and-coming musicians. The group focuses on writing and playing original compositions, while taking both lyrical and open improvisations on the pieces.  While maintaining an aesthetic stemming from traditional jazz, the group experiments with odd meters, timbre, form, and melodic ideas.  Nonetheless, the exploratory nature of the group is always rooted in the essence of the composed or arranged pieces.

Ruthie Dineen, piano
Doug Lee, bass
Steve Weems, drums
Luis Salcedo, guitar

Ruthie Dineen Website | Doug Lee's Website | RDL+ Facebook
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$50-65 Sliding Scale

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