Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau’s 3rd annual Eat Well Week ushers in delicious and guilt-free new year

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Dec. 17, 2014 Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) will pay homage to Santa Monica’s healthy lifestyle and culinary scene with its 3rd annual Eat Well Week from Jan. 4 – 11, 2015. The popular culinary program allows Santa Monica restaurant-goers to kick off a healthier 2015 at a record number of Santa Monica restaurants that will offer brand new healthy menu items created exclusively for Eat Well Week. Running in conjunction with California Restaurant Month, Eat Well Week is poised to highlight Santa Monica’s position in the vanguard of the healthy eating movement.

“Santa Monica’s innovative chefs, the accessibility to the world’s finest produce and an unwavering focus on sustainable, organic ingredients has allowed the city to emerge as an international culinary destination while maintaining an emphasis on fresh and healthy dishes,” said SMCVB CEO/President Misti Kerns.

“We are thrilled to have more restaurants than ever before joining in our efforts to celebrate Santa Monica’s distinctive culinary and wellness offerings during the 3rd annual Eat Well Week.”

Media is invited to consider the following options to experience Eat Well Week in Santa Monica:

Shop and cook with Chef:
Trail Yousef Ghalaini, Fairmont Miramar’s new executive chef, through the famous Santa Monica Farmers Market as he handpicks the produce that will direct the week’s menus at all of the hotel’s culinary operations, including neighborhood favorite FIG Restaurant. Ghalaini, who recently replaced long-standing Chef Ray Garcia, can guide viewers from the produce selection, through the cooking preparation and all the way to the presentation of dishes in an Eat Well Week broadcast segment.

Sip your super food at Rawvolution:
Rawvolution is revolutionizing the way that caffeine is consumed with their new mint mocha hot chocolate, served with Longevity Coffee and raw whipped cream. This festive beverage is crafted with some of the most beneficial and healthy ingredients on the planet, including:

  • Longevity Coffee – this dark roast Longevity Coffee is grown in Ecuador’s Valley of Longevity, a region famous for its high concentration of minerals in the soil.
  • Raw almond milk, made in-house with local California almonds
  • Raw cacao – chocolate in its rawest form is actually good for you
  • Peppermint organic oil, rather than extract or flavor
  • A touch of cayenne pepper, known to boost immunity and balance blood sugar
  • Raw vegan whipped cream created by dispensing fresh coconut cream with nitrous oxide
  • Coconut nectar that acts as a natural sweetener
  • Coconut water and coconut oil to hydrate, boost metabolism, and slow the absorption of caffeine

Eat well all day
With a record number of participating Eat Well Week restaurants, it is now possible to eat well every meal of the day. Start the day off with breakfast at Perry’s on the Beach Cafe, where diners can enjoy the new house egg white omelet with egg whites, spinach and avocado. For lunch, soak up the views at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel’s Ocean & Vine while munching on a kale salad made with Tuscan kale, persimmons, dates, market apples and walnuts and tossed in a light dressing of apple cider and cider vinegar. Round out the evening at Viceroy Santa Monica, where dinner at Cast Restaurant can be a delicious serving of Hamachi, citrus, soy, shiso and avocado, served with a side of crispy rice.

Visit www.SantaMonica.com/eatwell for a full list of participating restaurants.

About Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau
Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) is a non-profit organization designed to increase visitor expenditures, tourism revenues and local employment opportunities through the promotion of Santa Monica as a travel destination. For travel and accommodation information or a free copy of the Official Visitors Guide, the public can write to the Santa Monica Visitor Center, 2427 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405; call 800-544-5319 or 310-393-7593; visit www.santamonica.com; or email info@santamonica.com. Follow SMCVB on Twitter @GoSantaMonica or become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/visitsantamonica.

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Contacts: Jackie Alvarez
Santa Monica Travel & Tourism
310-319-6263
Jalvarez@santamonica.com