Ari Kolender

Years of Participation

A third generation Charlestonian, Ari Kolender is the esteemed father of two pit bulls, an amateur motorcycle mechanic, and a shameless promoter of restaurant apparel from friends everywhere. In 2019 he partnered with Last Word Hospitality to fill a much-needed hole in the L.A. restaurant market: a sunny seafood shack and raw bar, Found Oyster. In addition to preparing sharp, bright dishes that highlight sustainable seafood purveyors, Kolender designed the Tex-Mex menu at the new Red Dog Saloon in Pioneertown, Ca.