Carol Baker - Chief, LA County Department of Beaches & Harbors
Known for on-the-water activities, affordable waterfront accommodations and chic dining, popular Westside neighborhood Marina del Rey is set to welcome “Beach Eats,” a weekly gathering of gourmet Southern California food trucks. Starting July 26, 2012, “Beach Eats” will be at Marina Beach, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292, every Thursday throughout the summer from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. The first Thursday “Beach Eats” event will feature an assortment of popular trucks, including Nom Nom, Border Grill, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Cousins Maine Lobster, India Jones and Sprinkles Cupcakes’ Sprinklesmobile. Trucks in attendance will vary week to week. “Marina del Rey’s Thursday food truck event is a wonderful way to celebrate summer, good food and friends at one of the most beautiful waterfront spots in Los Angeles,” said Beverly Moore, Executive Director of the Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau. “With food trucks varying each week, visitors can enjoy a new taste, a new dessert and a new truck every Thursday.” Marina Beach will offer tables in addition to a sandy shore perfect for a picnic spread. Paid parking is available at the beach lot for 25 cents for every 15 minutes. Food truck patrons may also take the WaterBus from six Marina locations directly to and from Marina Beach for $1 each way from 5 p.m. To midnight on July 26, August 9, and August 2. The free, land-based Beach Shuttle will also provide transportation on these nights and will operate from 5 p.m. To 10 p.m. After enjoying delectable dishes such as Yucatan pork tacos, Indian lamb frankies, Vietnamese bahn MI sandwiches and bacon cheeseburgers, Angelenos can take advantage of Marina del Rey’s immediate access to the waters of the Pacific Ocean as well as the popular Marina del Rey summer concert series at nearby Burton W. Chace Park. “Not only will locals have a wonderful dinner, they’ll also have the opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city,” Moore said. “With a variety of group trips, sailing lessons and yacht celebration options, people can start their weekend early and on-the-water in Marina del Rey.”
Tabatha Coffey - Bravo's “Tabatha Takes Over”
On her hit Bravo show “Tabatha Takes Over,” Tabatha Coffey uses her sound advice and savvy business expertise to help turn around struggling small businesses all over the country. Now she’s bringing her straight-talking, no-nonsense approach to help YOU trim expenses, highlight opportunities for success and show how business travel helps a small business grow
Exec Chef Robert Nyerick - MIRAMONTE RESORT
Executive Chef Robert Nyerick of the famous MIRAMONTE RESORT & SPA's "GROVE ARTISAN KITCHEN" located in Indian Wells ( PS area) CA. What is quite unique with his hotel restaurant is that chef Nyerick actually grows herbs on the grounds of this desert hideaway that are used in the hotel's kitchen to infuse in many dishes they serve. Herbs grown on the hotel's grounds include - - Chocolate Mint ( which they also use in their drink called Mojito) , Sage, Chives, Parsley and Basil. His specialty is sea food he tells me...and he uses citrus in many of the dishes too that he can tell the show about. Formerly Chef Nyerick served as Exec. Sous Chef at the 4 Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel (in Beverly Hills) as well as Sous Chef at the world class Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston in addition to working a top chef in many hotels in Switzerland too. He is smart, funny, articulate and creative in his food offerings. He knows foods and can talk intelligently and interestingly on a range of foods from new bistro American to all the others he says. He knows his wines too.
John Jordan - CEO - "Jordan Winery"
With a commitment to preserving the foundation on which his parents successfully built Jordan, John has utilized his business and economics background to bring a fresh perspective to the winery, elevating our environmental stewardship, precision-farming practices, hospitality experience and our commitment to wine quality. He has built upon Jordan’s iconic reputation by fostering a culture of excellence where knowledgeable, passionate people are encouraged to perfect their respective crafts every day.
John holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Occidental College in Los Angeles, a J.D. from Empire College School of Law and an MBA from the University of San Francisco. He remains active in the community as an Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a part-time professor at the Empire College School of Law. John is also a Partner in the law firm of Smith & Dollar. He lives on the Jordan Estate and enjoys flying and bass fishing in his spare time.