Kajsa is the Co-Owner of Blue Window, with her partner of many years, Susan Feniger. Blue Window a take out counter with a revolving menu and an emphasis on changing the face of what we call “fast food”.
Prior to that, she held the same position at Hollywood's "Mud Hen Tavern" and "STREET", which opened in 2009 and was known for its wide array of street food from around the world.
With more than 25 years of culinary experience and frequent travel exploring ethnic marketplaces, Kajsa has developed a vast knowledge of spices and globally influenced cuisine. These trademarks of her cooking naturally shone through in Mud Hen Tavern’s menu, with simple, rustic dishes diners crave. Coupled with a vibrant beverage program that offers a fun and curated selection of wines, craft beers and farm-fresh cocktails, Mud Hen Tavern is a local Los Angeles favorite.
Kajsa started in small kitchens in Los Angeles, Puerto Rico and Europe and ended up at CITY restaurant in the late’80s in an informal apprenticeship with Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken that would turn into a lifelong friendship and eventual partnership. She ultimately joined the team at Border Grill in their flagship Santa Monica location in 1990, where she could showcase her talents in a collection of menus that highlighted foods from around Mexico and the Latin world. In the Bay Area, Kajsa worked with Judy Rogers at the legendary Zuni Café and David Kinch (of Manresa) at the highly-acclaimed Restaurant Sent Sovi. She was the Executive Chef of Carlyle Restaurant in Portland, Oregon and the Starfish Grill on Orcas Island in Washington before finally returning to California and the Border Grill Group once again in the capacity of Corporate Chef, and moving on to partner with Susan at STREET, Mud Hen Tavern and Blue Window. Kajsa’s pinches-and-handfuls approach to cooking, along with her creative passion for simple, nutritious, colloquial foods have paved the way for her new projects focused on developing plant based cuisine that reaches a lower price point demographic. Her involvement in youth outreach and teaching encourages exploring and sharing those foods while staying connected to our communities.
Susan Feniger is co-chef/owner of Border Grill restaurants in Downtown LA, Santa Monica, LAX Airport, Las Vegas, and the Border Grill Trucks, as well as Mud Hen Tavern and Blue Window in Hollywood. She is a celebrated chef, author and entrepreneur. Susan’s genuine love for the authentic flavors of home-cooked and street foods has propelled her into a three-decade career as chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and media darling, making her a preeminent ambassador of Mexican food and world cuisines. She successfully competed on Bravo's "Top Chef Masters" and co-starred in Food Network’s "Too Hot Tamales”. She regularly appears on TV both as a judge on shows like “Cutthroat Kitchen” and demonstrating her famous cuisine on “The Talk”, “Valley View Live” and more. A classically trained graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, she was a trailblazer from the start, landing a job at Chicago’s famed Le Perroquet as one of the first women in the all-male kitchen. Following that, Feniger worked at Wolfgang Puck’s infamous Ma Maison in Los Angeles, and then further honed her culinary skills on the French Riviera. She opened City Café in 1981, which forever changed the culinary landscape of L.A. by offering eclectic dishes from around the world. This led to a much larger CITY restaurant in 1985, a pivotal year in which the original space was transformed into the first Border Grill, a “taco stand” serving authentic home cooking and street foods of Mexico. In June 2013, Susan was awarded the California Restaurant Association’s Elizabeth Burns Lifetime Achievement Award, joining the ranks of just a handful of other women who have made history in the restaurant industry. Susan has co-authored six cookbooks, including her latest, Susan Feniger’s Street Food. Susan is a veteran of 396 episodes of The Food Network’s popular “Too Hot Tamales” and “Tamales World Tour” series and competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” in 2010. Susan shines a light on a number of worthwhile organizations including the Scleroderma Research Foundation, the board of the L.A. LGBT Center, and as well is involved with Share our Strength and the Human Rights Campaign.