Have you stopped by the recently opened Food Liaison on Casitas Pass Road in Carpinteria? If not, you’re in for a delicious treat.

Schedule a lunch date ASAP to see our latest project: a beautiful commercial kitchen and eatery. We (and our clients!) are loving the final product.

Carpinteria Architecture

If you want to have a great meal, you have to start with exceptional ingredients. If you want to have a great project, you have to start with great clients.

DCA worked closely with owners Jason and Nirasha Rodriguez to cover every detail and make sure the space turned out exactly as planned. Jason and Nirasha were involved in every detail and aspect of the design.

Passionate about their new space, they collaborated in custom furniture and pendant lighting design with the Brothers of Industry, another local favorite.

When DCA started the schematic phase of our design, an early conceptual moment in each project, we were working with a space twice the size of the existing location.

One day, as we were fitting all aspects of the project into the original floor plan, we got a call from the owners. They had a big surprise for us: “We need to make everything fit in half the size!”

Flexibility is a key trait of any successful designer. We saw the new square footage constraint as an opportunity, and headed back to the drawing board.

In no time, the DCA design team had generated a fresh, efficient new layout that met all our functionality requirements in half the footprint.

We packed in not just a full commercial kitchen for Jason and Nirasha’s super-successful catering business. The space also needed to serve as a lunch venue during the day and a catering school in the evening.

The main kitchen space includes bar seating for cooking classes (check out the full listing of Food Liaison classes here) and reclaimed beams from the Brothers Of Industry.

Every inch of the space was designed and detailed with great care, culminating in an overall presentation that emphasized clean lines with a simple, efficient layout.

The space is accented with unique, industrial-chic details. Our strategy was just like preparing a good meal. Keep it simple and only use the best ingredients.

Custom chandelier designed by Jason and fabricated by The Brothers Of Industry
 Yummy details of the inlaid woodwork of the lunch counter.
Yummy details of the inlaid woodwork of the lunch counter.
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Progress photo of the reclaimed wood beams getting ready to be installed.


Design Sketches

Below are some 2D and 3D presentation drawings used to spark the imagination of our clients and ensure that they knew what they were getting before construction began.

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Community Buzz

Food Liaison Ribbon Cutting Flyer
Happy owners Jason and Nirasha!!


Support awesome, local businesses!! Fresh, fun, flavorful and friendly…the food is as good as the service!! -Dan O.
The owners are so lovable & just geniuses with healthy affordable gourmet foods. Tons of gluten-free!!!! … They are careful with cross-contamination. Vegan options, too! -Toni F.
The food Liaison is the perfect addition to an already great town! I love to grab a few items for lunch or even plan ahead and grab some soup and a few salads for dinner. -Kelli G.
Okay, people: Get yourselves over to this joint! -Toby T.
Excellent, fresh, delicious! The flavors have a satisfying complexity. Can’t wait to go back! -Hilary L.



To view more projects designed by Dylan Chappell Architects, check out our Project page.

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