Fall in Santa Monica: New Executive Chefs on the Scene, Fall Packages and Hotel Renovations

New executive chefs appointed to spearhead culinary operations at three top luxury hotels

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (October 15, 2014) While the conclusion of summer in Santa Monica doesn’t have to mean the end of beautiful weather and beach days, there are changes afoot as the city by the sea transitions into fall. Several new chefs on the scene will inject new flavors into Santa Monica’s already thriving culinary scene, while fall-specific hotel packages and brand new hotel renovations give visitors a taste of the city that is more authentic and luxurious than ever before.

New Chefs in Town
  • Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel appoints Jason Prendergast as executive chef
    Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel has appointed Jason Prendergast as executive chef of the hotel, where he will direct the culinary operations at all of the hotel’s dining options, including: Ocean & Vine, Blue Streak, Papillon Lounge and the Fireside Lounge. Prendergast joins the team at Loews after a successful five-year stint as executive sous chef at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. During his time at Fairmont Miramar, Prendergast worked alongside Chef Ray Garcia at the nationally acclaimed FIG Restaurant.
  • Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows appoints Yousef Ghalaini as executive chef
    This month, Executive Chef Yousef Ghalaini replaces the long-standing Chef Ray Garcia at Fairmont Miramar’s FIG Restaurant. Ghalaini joins FIG from The Bench at The Lodge at Pebble Beach, where he became well-versed on the uber-fresh and seasonal culinary style that has made FIG Restaurant a neighborhood favorite.
  • Hotel Shangri-La at the Ocean appoints Kareen Shaw as executive chef
    As Hotel Shangri-la at the Ocean’s new executive chef, Kareem Shaw will oversee the culinary direction at all dining operations of the famed art-deco property, including The Dining Room, Suite 700, and all hotel catering and private events. Shaw plans to refresh existing menus with an emphasis on American fusion dishes and California farm-to-table selections. Shaw began his career in the restaurant industry as a dishwasher at Michigan’s New York Deli, and within six years had taken over as an executive chef that had cooked for President Barack Obama. Prior to joining the team at Hotel Shangri-La, Shaw was chef de cuisine at The Langham Hotel in Pasadena.
Fall Hotel Packages
  • Shore Hotel’s ‘Endless Summer’
    Shore Hotel, Santa Monica’s only LEED Gold certified hotel, extends its new ‘Endless Summer’ package to guests that are not quite ready to bid summer goodbye. The package includes overnight accommodations at the eco-friendly boutique hotel, surfing lessons for two with Go Surf LA, dinner for two at Blue Plate Oysterette, and an ‘endless summer’ beach basket filled with fun in the sun essentials. The package starts at $599 per night and requires a two-night minimum.
  • Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalow’s ‘Wellbeing by the Water’
    Fairmont Miramar’s ‘Wellbeing by the Water’ provides guests of Santa Monica’s bluff top, luxury Hollywood hideaway the opportunity to experience a taste of the quintessential Santa Monica healthy lifestyle within their luxurious seaside escape. The wellness-focused package includes deluxe accommodation, welcome amenities for two, a stylish Vilebrequin beach towel, two fusion massages at Exhale Spa, a private Core Fusion fitness class and breakfast for two at FIG Restaurant or the Lobby Lounge. Rates for the package start at $569 and are based on double occupancy.
  • Oceana’s ‘From Sand to Stand’
    With its ‘From Sand to Stand’ package, the colorful and contemporary Oceana Beach Club Hotel gives their guests the opportunity to experience the fresh fall harvest at the world-famous Santa Monica farmers market with a behind-the-stands tour led by Michelin-star Chef Josiah Citrin. Citrin will guide guests through the seasonal ingredients (such as the squashes, artichokes, sweet potatoes and pumpkins that are in season in fall) that guide the menu at Tower 8, Oceana’s on-site restaurant. The ‘Sand to Stand’ package also includes overnight accommodation for two in an oceanfront suite, breakfast at Tower 8 and a signed copy of Citrin’s book In Pursuit of Excellence. Rates for the package started at $795 and are based on hotel and chef availability.
Hotel Renovations
  • Casa del Mar Lobby
    What began with the opening of Terrazza Lounge in May comes full circle this fall as Hotel Casa del Mar’s redesign (by famed White House decorator Michael S. Smith) is completed. After the transformation, the hotel’s lower lounge area will boast a new fireplace, chic artwork, and new custom furnishings in an ocean-inspired color palette, in addition to four all-new, blue-and-white striped indoor cabanas—perfect for enjoying seasonal cocktails or small plates among friends. The grand entryway will also welcome entirely antique-fumed oak wood floors. All renovations will be completed by November 2014.
  • Fairmont Miramar’s Ocean Tower
    Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows is expanding the new face of Santa Monica with the debut of its new Ocean Tower. Offering sweeping views of Malibu, the Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Ocean, the new Ocean Tower has been restored to its original mid-century design and style thanks to the work of Los Angeles-based interior designer Lynda Murray. The 10-story Ocean Tower is one-of-a-kind in Santa Monica, with 200 ocean-facing guest rooms with balconies that connect directly to the dramatic beachfront landscape.

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