Yassmin Sarmadi ’87 owns Los Angeles restaurants Spring and Church & State with her husband Tony Esnault.
Both downtown LA restaurants have garnered praise from food critics. Bistro Church & State was named the “#1 Hot Spot” and best new restaurant by Angeleno magazine and a “Top 100 in LA” by Los Angeles Magazine.
Sarmadi attributes their staying power to two things: authenticity and simplicity.
"Church & State is a very classic bistro," she said. "There's nothing trendy about it. We're not reinventing the wheel. We're not creating a new cuisine or … fusion or something nobody has ever had before that they may be fascinated by and get bored with."
Overall, Sarmadi and Esnault prioritize serving good products in a nice atmosphere and making their guests happy.
Sarmadi stays busy running two restaurants, but remains connected to Webb. She and Esnault have hosted Webb students at Spring for an Unbounded Days event, and have hosted other Webb gatherings at both restaurants.
Eshaana Sheth ’10 describes her short film, "The Butter Knife" as "a snapshot of modern, intercultural dating." It has won Best Romantic Comedy at the Los Angeles Film Awards and Top Shorts online film festival so far.
In this fascinating article in The Atlantic, writer Jeffrey Selingo dives into the argument many economists, educators, and work-force development professionals are making today--our education in early life does not seem sufficient for the needs of our 21st century economy. The third wave, as he describes, will be one of continual training and education and retraining. Read more in The Atlantic.
Alumni, family and friends are invited to join Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale and special guests for three events this April in New York City (April 11), Philadelphia (April 12) and London, England (April 14).
Once again, Webb athletes had a strong showing across the board during the 2018 winter season. Led by WSC soccer, which finished the season League Champions and with a deep run into CIF, both VWS and WSC athletics posted very positive results. VWS Water Polo also finished its league play in second place.
“It is always great each season to not only see our athletes and teams be successful on the field of play, but to see them learn and grow as individuals and part of a community,” said Director of Athletics Steve Wishek.