WeHo Travel + Tourism Board Kicks Off the City’s First ‘Eat + Drink Week’

WeHo Travel + Tourism Board CEO Tom Kiely, left, with Sunset Marquis chef Luis Morales and General Manager Rod Gruendyke. (Photo by Tracy Pattin)

The West Hollywood Travel + Tourism Board and local hotel, bar, and restaurant owners gathered at the Sunset Marquis hotel today for a celebration of tomorrow’s launch of “Eat + Drink Week,” West Hollywood’s inaugural restaurant event.

From Oct. 18 to 27, more than two dozen restaurants and bars will participate in the 10-day event, with those establishments offering special menus and pricing. Tom Kiely, president and CEO of the West Hollywood Travel + Tourism Board, announced that $1 would be donated to Project Angel Food for every reservation made through the Eat + Drink Week website. Project Angel Food is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 that delivers over 600,000 meals each year, free of charge, to men, women, and children affected by life-threatening illnesses.

“While we’ve always known that the culinary landscape of West Hollywood is a highlight of a visit here, recent research shows that the restaurants and bars are among the top motivating factors for travelers who choose to stay in our town,” said Kiely. “With this in mind, as well as the incredible palette of creativity and diversity found in the culinary scene, we felt it was time to celebrate the foodie culture of West Hollywood, with our own twist.”

He added, “The special menus and pricing that participating restaurants and bars will offer are an added bonus to encourage visitors and our neighbors to venture beyond their favorite places and explore the great breadth of options in West Hollywood. There’s no better way to find new favorite places.”

During the event, participating restaurants and bars will feature special menus and pricing, with menus created across various price points. There will be set menus priced at $15, $25, $35, $45, $55 and $65.

In its announcement, the Travel + Tourism Board says “the event focuses on the variety of West Hollywood’s dining and drinking options. Acclaimed chefs’ restaurants like Viale dei Romani by Chef Casey Lane (located in La Peer Hotel) and 1 Kitchen by Chris Crary (Located in 1 Hotel) bring some serious clout to dining options in West Hollywood, while the country’s first cannabis café, Lowell Café, serves farm-fresh food and cannabis on the patio.

“Cozy neighborhood spots like Gracias Madre, WeHo Bistro and Taste on Melrose welcome with farm-to-table menus of comfort food and an atmosphere that instantly makes diners feel at home, while upscale restaurants along the Sunset Strip showcase the finer side of West Hollywood cuisine – Roku serving authentic omakase dinners and teppanyaki, Katana specializing in robata Japanese tapas, and BOA with its rich steakhouse vibe. For throwback Hollywood style, Ivory on Sunset and the Tower Bar and Restaurant – both set in iconic Sunset Strip hotels – bring the glam of eras past.”

Other participants include the Sunset Marquis Hotel’s Bar 1200, Employees Only LA on Santa Monica Boulevard and LP Rooftop Bar on La Cienega.

“For those craving poolside cocktails by candlelight, Skybar at Mondrian LA is the perfect setting,” the announcement says.

Others participating include Alice, Bacari W. 3rd, Boxwood, Mardi, 40 Love, Blackship, Fig & Olive,  The Henry, Locanda Veneta, Tortilla Republic WeHo, Pura Vita, Connie & Ted’s, Tesse, La Boheme, Cavatina Restaurant, Petite Taqueria, Granville, Zinqué, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Kitchen24, Cattle & Claw, Michael Mina’s Osteria Cal Mare, and Pacifique.