Chef Aron Habiger adored by diners in both Orange County and Los Angeles, Chef Aron was most recently the chef de cuisine of Petit Trois in Hollywood and, before that, of The North Left in Santa Ana. Then in 2016, he decided that his day-to-day schedule in restaurant kitchens was pulling him farther and farther from what he loved—cooking for small groups of family and friends.
That’s when he started On the Lam, a series of dinners Aron hosts with collaborator (and cousin!) Lawrence of the bespoke apron company Benson and Sons. For each On the Lam menu, Aron takes inspiration from the Pacific Northwest, where he grew up, adapting different courses for an ever-changing backdrop. I have followed On the Lam since Aron and Lawrence dreamed it up, so when the series made an appearance back in Orange County on December 8, I wanted to be there to capture it.
As the name suggests, On the Lam has popped up from Seattle to Los Angeles, but now the series has a new home in Downtown Santa Ana. The DTSA location remains a secret until guests purchase tickets, adding a layer of mystique that befits the hidden venue. Down a candlelit staircase, the lucky eighteen who reserved a seat find their place around one live-edge wooden table made by local artisan Jon Garcia of GRAINHAUS. The walls are exposed brick, with an open kitchen and bar facing the intimately lit dining room.