Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories,
where groups can take hands-on classes
from some of the best chefs and instructors
in Santa Monica. Participants can learn
everything from creating a French stovetop
dinner made with fresh seasonal ingredients
to the art of baking rhubarb crumbles.
Marina del Rey
Marina del Rey offers culinary options to
satisfy every palette.
“Whether you’re in the mood for casual
dining like food trucks and sports bars, upscale dining with locally sourced farm-to-table bites or a dining cruise on the water, the
Marina has you covered,” said Janet Zaldua,
CEO of the Marina del Rey CVB.
The culinary corridor of this waterfront
locale gives groups the opportunity to dine
at venues ranging from waterside terraces
and lounges with outdoor fire pits to sleek
restaurants overlooking the marina.
Cafe del Rey, Cast & Plow at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, Whiskey Red’s and
Beachside Restaurant and Bar are some of
the best options for groups.
Cafe del Rey is a waterside restaurant specializing in creative modern cuisine inspired
by the coast and complemented by locally
sourced ingredients, from wild-caught seafood to prime cuts of meat to fresh salads.
Cast & Plow is a waterfront, farm-to-table
restaurant that draws from the community
that surrounds it. Committed to fresh, organic and locally grown and raised ingredients, the restaurant introduces diners to the
sources behind each dish.
Whiskey Red’s is a favorite for its expansive waterfront patio, fire pits, raw bar, fresh
seafood dishes and handcrafted cocktails
made from an extensive whiskey selection.
The restaurant is especially popular for Sunday brunch and sunset dining in a vibrant
Beachside Restaurant & Bar, featuring
seasonally driven modern American cuisine,
was fully renovated in fall 2017 and now
features a California coastal color palette and
attractive indoor-outdoor bar and lounge
seating. The outdoor patio is located right on
Marina Beach and is ideal for group events.
Waterfront dining is also an integral part of
the experience in Redondo Beach.
Rated one of the top 10 restaurants for
waterside dining in L.A. by Zagat, Baleen
Kitchen at The Portofino Hotel and Marina is
a group favorite. The seafood-forward menu
features eclectic modern American cuisine.
Over the past few years, Long Beach has
become a hot culinary destination, with its
large population of Cambodians delivering
delicious ethnic fare, up-and-coming chefs
specializing in market-driven cuisine and a
thriving craft beer scene, not to mention a
wealth of food truck entrepreneurs.
“Our culinary scene is a reflection of how
incredible of a melting pot our city is,” said
Loren Alexis Simpson, director of digital
communications and resident foodie expert
at the Long Beach CVB. “We have the largest
population of Cambodians outside of Cambodia, plus other deeply rooted ethnicities
such as Greek and Italian, so the food is very
“And then you have your adventurers,” she
added, citing examples such as The Addict,
with its inventive take on regional and international dishes—Mac & Cheetos creations,
short rib poutine and blackened tuna banh
mi to name a few.
The Cove, BO-Beau Kitchen and Roof
Tap, Ballast Point Brewery and Sophy’s are
among the best ways groups can indulge in
Long Beach’s eclectic culinary offerings.
Some of Long Beach’s top food trucks
come complete with the package when
groups book an event at The Cove, one of the
Long Beach Convention and Entertainment
Center’s latest turnkey meeting spaces. The
Cove is a hip, industrial chic outdoor space
set under an overpass just outside the center.
“The Cove is a prime location for experi-
encing our food truck scene and the innova-
tive dishes of Savor Catering,” Simpson said.
She cited examples such as The Grilled
Cheese Truck, with unique combinations
such as brie and apple; Pie Bar, specializing
in creative bite-size versions of classics such
as Dutch apple pie and new combinations
such as Nutella banana pie; Olivewood
Pizza, crafting thin-crust favorites from a
wood-burning oven; and The Fresh Shave,
a healthier alternative to Hawaii’s famous
treat, utilizing all-natural and organic ingre-
dients from local farms.
Meanwhile, BO-Beau Kitchen and Roof
Tap is a popular group choice with creative
French bistro fare on its first floor as well
as a more casual rooftop deck with views of
downtown Long Beach.
Creative comfort pub food and craft beer,
including 60-plus tap selections, are the
specialties at the waterfront Ballast Point
Brewery, where groups dine and drink while
enjoying expansive ocean views.
A taste of Southeast Asia awaits groups
at Sophy’s, known as the best place in Long
Beach to enjoy Cambodian cuisine, as well
as Thai food.
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