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A Delectable Journey through Jon and Vinny's Culinary Kingdom and Ventures Restaurant Group

Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo are two entrepreneurs who run Ventures Restaurant Group, a hospitality conglomerate consisting of Carmelized Productions, Animal, Son of a Gun, Jon and Vinny’s, Helen’s, Petit Trois and Cookbook Market.


Jan. 31 2024, Published 1:05 p.m. ET


Shook and Dotolo have been business partners for more than a decade and are credited with changing the dining scene in Los Angeles through their many critically acclaimed restaurants. Since 2017, the chefs have partnered with Delta Airlines to provide meals to Delta One customers on flights from Los Angeles to John F. Kennedy International Airport, Ronald Reagan Airport, Sydney Airport and Boston Logan International.

Delta revamped its food and beverage program, allowing Shook and Dotolo to build unique menus for the clientele. All of the menus are prepared through Carmelized Productions, the chefs’ full-service catering company in Los Angeles. Carmelized Productions is located at 207 W Beach Ave. For more information, call 310-948-9947.

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Jon and Vinny’s

The flagship restaurant is called Jon & Vinny’s, an Italian restaurant with three locations in Los Angeles (412 N Fairfax Avenue, 11938 San Vicente Boulevard and 4400 W Slauson Avenue) and one in Beverly Hills (456 N Bedford Drive). Jon and Vinny’s offers a wide menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including pizza, salad, sausage, seafood, pasta, chicken, and steak.

The restaurant also offers Pizza Classes. The classes start at $850 plus $65 per person, excluding an 18% service charge on tax and beverages and a form for registration is available on the restaurant’s website. Jon and Vinny’s is open Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 323-334-3369 (Fairfax), 310-442-2733 (Brentwood), 323-609-4688 (Slauson), or 310-442-2323 (Beverly Hills).

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Son of a Gun

Son of a Gun is a seafood restaurant in Los Angeles offering various dishes, including raw oysters, tuna, mahi-mahi, fish and chips, lobster rolls, seafood pasta, fried chicken sandwiches and baby back ribs. The restaurant is open every day from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery (through Doordash and Caviar). Reservations are available from RESY or by calling 323-782-9033.


Helen’s is a retail wine shop and wine club located within Jon and Vinny’s restaurants offering natural, organic wines from small production vineyards and merchandise such as t-shirts, tote bags, gift boxes and wine chillers. The wines range from under $20 to more than $100 and come from various countries, including Austria, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. They also come in various styles, including cider, full-body, light-body, medium-body, limited production, natural, organic, and vegan. National wine shipping costs a flat rate of $27 plus $1 per bottle. For more information, contact or call 213-280-5218.

Cookbook Market

Cookbook Market is a natural market offering seasonal produce and curated goods. There are three locations in Echo Park, Highland Park and Larchmont. The Larchmont location also offers a café with various light dishes, including toast, eggs, bacon, pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads, seafood, pasta, wine, and beer. For more information, contact

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