SUMAC

Old World cookery tradition meets New World culinary creativity in the iconic eatery nestled in the heart of Hollywood. Sumac Cuisine is inspired by songs of the Mediterranean and voices of its cities. A melody of diverse cultures that birthed a fusion cuisine like no other. From the villages of Spain to the islands of Greece reaching the shores of Lebanon, we pay homage to every Mediterranean country by bringing to you fresh, organic, and locally grown ingredients cooked with passion and served with love.
Our fusion menu includes Lebanese bread wraps and sandwiches like Falafel, Kabob, and Shawarma. Our international chefs can prepare a mankouche that’ll make your Grandma proud. Finally, seal each meal with honey sweet pastries like walnut filled Phyllo Baklava!

Our Story

Stephanie and Eli Berchan met when they were little children running through the grapevine fields in their little hometown in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. As young adults, life had taken them to different places in the world only to be reunited once again at the shores of the Mediterranean. A love affair for the sea, for the food, and for each other was born and they tied the knot. A common dream of opening a family-owned restaurant moved their lovenest to the beautiful Los Angeles. In a city that graciously welcomes new flavors and embraces creativity, Sumac Cuisine opens its doors to the public in 2021. 

The Chef

“A Meal Only Tastes Good if It Smells Good”

Eli realized his passion for cooking as a youngster observing his mother perform magic in the kitchen. “A dash of salt, a sprinkle of pepper, and a whole lotta of love” she would say. As an adult, Eli attended the Institute Hotelier Cezar Ritz and Les Roches Hotel Management School, two of the finest hospitality schools in Switzerland where he learned at the hands of the most reputable chefs in the world. Eli took his newly founded eloquence in cooking and perfected it by roaming the world and working with prestigious hotels and launching new ones including Raffles Dubai, Armani Hotel and many others.

The Founder

Since 1983, Ferris and his wife Debbie have operated F&D Properties, one of the few real estate companies willing to invest in Hollywood when others were abandoning it. During this time, Ferris and Debbie owned and operated the acclaimed Hollywood Schoolhouse (founded by Debbie’s family in 1945) which served as a safe-haven for neighborhood children, and now serves as a national model for creative learning for
grades K-6.

In 1988, Ferris co-founded the Hollywood Sentinels Neighborhood Watch program to address the drug dealing, gangs, and prostitution that had overrun the neighborhood. For over six years, he led local residents on nightly patrols of the area until they had taken back their streets. Read More…