|27th August 2013 – The reputed birthplace of ‘California’ and ‘fusion’ cuisine Santa Monica has become a treasured home to many innovative chefs from around the world. As creative as Santa Monica’s chefs get in their kitchens, they find much of their inspiration from the beautiful settings and sustainable community that surrounds them. When visiting this gorgeous area guests are provided with a number of experiences that will provide them with a sneak peek into where local chefs get their inspiration to bring Santa Monica’s flavour and culture to life.
Farm Table to Cuisine
Named the best in the country by Travel + Leisure magazine, the Santa Monica Farmers’ market definitely sets the tone for dining in the area. There nearly 200 different growers and food purveyors at the beach city’s four weekly farmers markets, Santa Monica continues to attract famous chefs who value locally grown food and the celebrities and the foodies who want to explore the diverse culinary offerings.
Surf With Chef
When visiting Santa Monica it is important that you experience the Catch Restaurant and Wine Bar at Hotel Casa del Mar. The restaurant introduces a unique way to connect with Executive Chef Jason Bowlin. Guests spending the night at the hotel can book a ‘Surf with Chef’ package. This will provide the guests with an overnight stay, surf lessons with a private instructor and Chef Bowlin, along with a market fresh lunch for GBP624 (*USD950). So grab your board and make the most of the opportunity to get to know the man behind the delicious cooking.
Destination Food Tour
Embark on a food adventure through the city of Santa Monica with the ‘Destination Food Tour’. You will be taken on a three hour journey through the city stopping at various food stops including: ‘Bar Pintxo’, an authentic Spanish tapas bar; ‘Border Grill’, an upscale modern Mexican cantina with chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger from Braco’s Top Chef Masters and Food Network’s Too Hot Tamales; ‘Hosteria del Piccolo’, which holds the mantra of “eat less, taste more” serving eclectic foods with amazing flavours; ‘M.A.K.E.’ acting as a gourmet raw restaurant with cutting edge plant based cuisine by chef and author Matthew Kenney; and finally ‘N’ice Cream’, offering ice cream that is organic and homemade gelato and sorbet made fresh on a daily basis. All of their products are lighter in fat and sugar due to them using milk instead of cream.
Everybody Squeeze! With the beautiful weather in Santa Monica nothing will go down better than some tasty juice. ‘Main Squeeze’ located on Main Street, offers fresh organic juice and vegan smoothies. ‘Rejuice’ offers organic beverages and is also a vegan food café that only uses local and organically certified produce. Finally don’t miss out on being renovated by ‘Renovo’. This is a smoothie and juice bar that prides itself in having a third less sugar of commercial smoothie chains. All drinks are sweetened with natural agave nectar only.
Raw Food Workshops
Be given the chance to ‘M.A.K.E.’ your own raw food dish! Located adjacent to the M.A.K.E. restaurant is the Matthew Kenney’s Culinary School, a state of the art raw food culinary school attended by students from all over the globe. The school offers weekend intensive raw food classes and daily workshops with intimate classed and personalised instruction to allow participants a successful integrated hands on experience within a custom designed, state of the art living foods kitchen. Programmes in the school emphasise the use of whole, organics, unprocessed, plant based goods to achieve healthy, aesthetically refined and flavourful cuisine.
*USD1 = GBP0.66
Notes for Editors: About Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau
Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) is a non-member, non-profit organisation designed to increase visitor expenditures, tourism revenues and local employment opportunities through the promotion of Santa Monica as a premier travel destination. For travel and accommodation information please call +1 310 319 6263; or email firstname.lastname@example.org; or write Santa Monica Visitor Centre, 1920 Main Street Suite B, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Official Santa Monica Maps, Visitor Guides, Corporate Guides, Art Trek, Design District, Big Blue Bus and Historical Landmark Maps are available at all Santa Monica visitor service locations and can be mailed upon request. To reduce our environmental footprint, some of these materials can also be downloaded or ordered from our website at www.santamonica.com.
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