• Restaurant Recommendation: BALEENkitchen

    Come for the view and the fine dining fare at this Redondo Beach restaurant. Stay in the hotel for luxe guest rooms and exceptional events.

     
    FROM THE Summer 2019 ISSUE
     
  • Restaurant Recommendation: BALEENkitchen

    Come for the view and the fine dining fare at this Redondo Beach restaurant. Stay in the hotel for luxe guest rooms and exceptional events.

     
    FROM THE Summer 2019 ISSUE
     

Just 7 miles south of  LAX, BALEENkitchen at the Portofino Hotel & Marina, a Noble House Hotel, in Redondo Beach offers up all the pleasures of dining in a seaport village, albeit a very fashionable one. The waterside restaurant has sweeping views of the King Harbor Marina while the seafood-centric menu offers tapas-style bites like lobster sliders, oysters, ahi tuna tacos, and main dishes that include panroasted diver scallops, grilled lobster tail and miso-glazed salmon. (There are plenty of options for meat lovers—grilled steaks and beef stroganoff—and vegetarians, too, including a Thai green curry and wild mushroom flatbread.) Open from 6:30 a.m. for breakfast to 10 p.m. with a midafternoon “social hour,” BALEENkitchen shares space with BALEENlounge, an inviting bar area with stellar cocktails, including the bourbonbased “I’ll Be Your Huckleberry” and the gincentered “Catch Me If You Can.” A private dining room within the sea-chic space—there are crystal chandeliers, a stately fireplace and ocean-hued lounge seating—seats 50.

Stylish design, convenience and first-rate cuisine aren’t the only elements that make BALEENkitchen appealing to planners. The Portofino Hotel is a great place to hold a meeting, too. The 161 guest rooms have been recently renovated and are ultraluxe, all with ocean and marina views. A freestanding meeting pavilion offers more than 8,000 square feet of event space, including two ballrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Pacific Ocean and eight meeting and banquet rooms. The tucked-away Seaside Lawn is a picture-perfect location for cocktail parties, meeting breaks, team-building and more.

California is one of the most abundant agricultural regions in the world, but a startling number of residents aren’t always sure where their next meal will come from. According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of food banks, one in eight Californians struggles with hunger. The situation is especially startling for children; one in five is food insecure.

Hunger is not a supply problem, it’s a logistics challenge. And the meetings and events industry is full of logistics-minded people who are in a position to chip away at it.

 

There’s gold—and a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed meeting center—in them thar hills.

 

A new gem in the central coast.