The Bellwether's Nashville Hot Chicken Sando, photo credit, Marie Buck

The Bellwether’s Exec Chef Ted Hopson Shares Sandwich Inspirations

The Bellwether's Nashville Hot Chicken Sando, photo credit, Marie Buck

 The Bellwether is a go-to for foodies on both sides of the hill. The Studio City debut resto from Exec Chef/Owner Ted Hopson and Beverage Director/Owner Ann-Marie Verdi features a market-inspired, California produce-driven menu with family-style shareable dishes, infusion-based cocktails, and a hand-selected list of wine and beer.

Hopson brings his extensive burger experience at both Father’s Office and Umami Burger, along with his childhood in an extensive Italian-American family to create signature sandwiches at the Valley hotspot. He shares the inspiration for a pair of The Bellwether’s favorites below.

 

The Bellwether Patty Melt, photo credit, Marie Buck

The Bellwether Patty Melt, photo credit, Marie Buck

Patty Melt with a coarse brisket, short rib, and beef shoulder patty, taleggio cheese, caramelized onions, caraway, and Calabrian aioli on buttery grilled rye bread

  •  “We we blended our love of sandwiches and burgers, mixed in a little Italian influence, and our patty melt was born.  The cheese and the aioli are the Italian spin.”
The Bellwether's Ploughman's Burger, photo credit, Marie Buck

The Bellwether’s Ploughman’s Burger, photo credit, Marie Buck

Ploughman’s Burger with Branston pickle and clothbound cheddar

  • “The idea from this actually came from eating the traditional cheese lunch in England, which Ann-Marie and I both love.  I always ate it as a sandwich.  She had the great idea of making it a burger.  It just came together so organically.”

 

A third sandwich creating some “heat” at The Bellwether’s brunch, the Nashville Hot Chicken Sando, features pimento cheese and green tomato “chow chow.”

 

 

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