Everyone's got a go-to place: that coffeehouse where a barista starts making your "usual" the moment you enter, the unofficial parking spot we gravitate towards, or a Target so familiar, you can pick up toothpaste while on autopilot. Our go-to dining room in south county was a modest space known as Vine. Executive chef Jared Cook was an early On the Line subject we were fortunate to interview.
His culinary schooling led to positions at French 75, Chat Noir and The Crow Bar and Kitchen. However, Cook departed Vine at the beginning of 2013 to collaborate with colleague Scott Brandon on LinX in Old Towne Orange. It's here where our story takes a u-turn.