Freehand Meets Coachella
We know about Coachella’s killer music and off-the-wall fashion, but recently it’s been defined by an amazing food and drink line-up — which included not only a full replica build-out of cocktail concept, Broken Shaker, but also a pop-up version of The Exchange, Freehand L.A.’s Israeli comfort food spot led by the rising culinary star, Alex Chang.
Next to L.A. spots Gwen, Little Pine, and of course, The Exchange, we built the Broken Shaker at Coachella to feel exactly like the real deal — a fully operational bar, fam of bartenders and a menu of creative cocktails that incorporated garden herbs, fresh-pressed produce, and globally-inspired ingredients — like a bright-pink cooler with tequila, lime, strawberries, and sumac.
The Exchange pop-up brought the best of the restaurant’s breezy, Angeleno vibes and Chang’s casual yet colorful, vibrantly flavored fare. Guests who landed a reservation feasted on branzino grilled over an open flame with black olive and seaweed chermoula, and red cabbage with peanut dukkah, yuzu, and lime.
The space itself was designed to feel like a getaway — with white wood panels, open-air dining, and plenty of plants.
Here’s to the Coachella of our dreams. See you next year.