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Real, Good Eats, Courtesy of Nina Clemente

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Despite Prop 37 not passing on the California ballot this past November—or perhaps because of it—Nina Clemente has made an impassioned appeal for the cause. The initiative that stipulated the mandatory labeling of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in certain food inspired the chef’s latest undertaking, a three-night pop-up restaurant at The Standard in Hollywood, benefiting the Garden School Foundation. “It’s our right to know what’s going into the food we’re feeding ourselves and we’re feeding our children,” the chef said of the cause, which has paired her with like-minded real-food advocates and hosts Marisa Tomei, Adrian Grenier, Shiva Rose, and Peter Glatzer for the occasion.

Together with chef Michael Reed, Clemente has created a menu that relies heavily on local fruits and vegetables, making a concerted effort to reclaim real food and say no to GMOs. “The city is this incredible place, especially in January, to create this produce-heavy menu. It’s not getting flown in from Peru. It’s getting delivered to me from two miles away, up in Malibu.” The six-course meal begins with a tasting of locally sourced vegetables, moves on to a beet-cured hamachi crudo, a risotto with smoked local mushrooms, roasted local halibut with sunchoke soup, a New York strip steak with smoked eggplant, and a panna cotta with seasonal fruit finale. “The access to the year-round spectacular produce that we have is what drew me to L.A.—and what has kept me here.”

To get a taste of Nina Clemente’s GMO-free menu, visit the pop-up restaurant from January 29 to 31 at The Standard, Hollywood. Learn more at www.reclaimrealfood.com.

Photo: Jonathan Becker

The Lady Turned Tramp At Proenza Schouler’s After-Party

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The Proenza Schouler girl looks softer and more feminine on the runway this season, but designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough’s after-party at Don Hill’s was all about roughening her edges. “We like contradictions, I guess,” Hernandez explained.

It was the revivified rock club’s final dark-and-dirty fashion week bash, even if the Brooklyn band Crystal Stilts didn’t quite inspire the delirium (or door madness) of Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Iggy Pop. Nevertheless, organizers feared things might get sloppy, and gave photographers the boot around midnight. (An exemption was granted to Adrian Grenier, who seems to have taken up party photography as a hobby; 20 bucks says it has something to do with the fact that HBO is airing his documentary Teenage Paparazzo later this month.) The only obvious signs of impropriety, though, were the grainy porn films—part of a new project by photog Sante D’Orazio—playing on monitors above the Belvedere-sponsored bar. “We put censor bars over it, for the ladies,” Hernandez said. He was joking, of course: Only the faces were blacked out.

Photo: Zac Sebastian