Thursday, August 20, 2015

08/20 JONATHAN GRAHM, COMPARTÉS, LA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL, LIVIA REDDINGTON, FAIRMONT KEA LANI’S WILLOW STREAM SPA

CHOCOLATIER TO THE STARS JONATHAN GRAHM, CEO OF COMPARTÉS TALKS ABOUT HIS APPEARANCE AT THIS YEARS LA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL ON 8/27/15

Named one of Forbes 30 Under 30, Jonathan is known as one of the youngest and most prolific artisan chocolatiers in the country. He began at the age of 15 and, driven by his passion, purchased a chocolate shop nine years later. Despite no formal culinary or business training, he has grown Compartés (comm par tays) into an international brand, producing small batches all by hand in his Brentwood chocolate kitchen, of over 200 different—and often unexpected—flavors. Jonathan’s unique vision is chocolate as art...

For the native Angeleno, the art of crafting sweets has been a lifelong project. Channeling his upbringing and experiences in the city, Jonathan has ultimately molded Compartes into a chocolate reflection of art, design, fashion, style, food and culture creating vibrant and unique chocolates that have become known worldwide for their hip LA vibe and stylish flair. Jonathan was 21 years old when he took over Compartés, an LA tradition since 1950, ultimately buying the business at 24 and opening 7 shops in Tokyo Japan as well as his second location on Los Angeles' famous fashion street Melrose Place. “Compartes is me. It’s my world, likes, loves, passions and ideas spread out onto chocolate, so the brand and the chocolate are constantly evolving and growing just as I am.”

His menu of chocolate truffle flavors numbers well into the hundreds now; while his line of chocolate bars are wrapped in out-of-this-world gorgeous custom patterns, prints and designs with iconic made-in-LA graphics. Jonathan even writes the poems that appear on the backs of the bars. In “California Love” we find an homage to Los Angeles sunsets and palm trees, “Old Hollywood” boasts an art-deco sconce design inspired by his West Hollywood home, “S'mores” features artwork that includes his 2 dogs on the back cover, and “Donuts & Coffee” showcases Grahm’s love for nostalgic treats, a bar that is made daily using fresh donuts from select donut shops across LA.

Besides television appearances on CNN, ABC, Bravo, Food Network, he was chosen by HSN CEO Mindy Grossman to appear on the HSN network and broke food sales records with his chocolate bars on the channel, and he has also recently launched a collaboration with renowned designer Kelly Wearstler.

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LIVIA REDDINGTON - SPA DIRECTOR, FAIRMONT KEA LANI’S WILLOW STREAM SPA

TRAVEL + LEISURE NAMES FAIRMONT KEA LANI’S WILLOW STREAM SPA  TOP HOTEL SPA IN HAWAI’I 

For the second consecutive year, Fairmont Kea Lani’s Willow Stream Spa  earned the distinction of Top Hotel Spa in Hawaii by readers of Travel + Leisure.  The all-suite and villa luxury resort was also recognized amongst the state’s Top 5 Resorts as well as Top 10 Hawaii Resorts for Family Travel.

Each year, Travel + Leisure polls its 4.8 million readers to vote on their favorite hotels, resorts and spas across the world resulting in the magazine’s coveted World’s Best List. The Fairmont Kea Lani’s Willow Stream Spa earned its first place title with a score of 97.818 out of 100 based on a combination of ambience, treatments, service, facilities and value. The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui received top scores based on rooms, location, service, restaurants, and value.
The Fairmont Kea Lani’s 9,000 square-foot Willow Stream Spa, features locally-inspired experiences combining Maui-sourced products with ancient Hawaiian tradition and the latest in spa technology. The award-winning spa offers treatments to relieve, restore and provide results. Signature services include the Nalu (Wave) Suite, with a state-of-the art wave massage table, the Wailele (Waterfall) Suite offering Vichy Shower treatments with infrared technology, full sensory experience showers inspired by Maui rain, steam and sauna, and a soothing pālolo (mud) bar.  Opening in 2014 following a nearly $9 million build, Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Kea Lani effortlessly blends sophistication with tradition and science with nature.

Astute travelers may experience Willow Stream Spa and Fairmont Kea Lani with the new Fifth Night Free package. This special offer includes accommodations in any luxurious newly renovated one-bedroom suite or spacious 2- or 3-bedroom villa for a minimum of five nights and is available for travel year-round, subject to availability. Rates start at $429 USD per night in a Fairmont Suite, plus applicable taxes. For more information, visit Fairmont.com/KeaLani.

About Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
Located on the pristine white sands of Wailea, Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui is Hawaii’s only all-suite and villa luxury oceanfront resort. This distinctive resort is located on idyllic Polo Beach amongst 22 acres of oceanfront tropical landscape and offers authentic Hawaiian cultural experiences and genuine personal service which embodies the spirit of aloha.  In 2015 Fairmont Kea Lani Maui completed a $70 million renovation which included $9 million build of the Willow Stream Spa and $5 million re-build of the signature restaurant Kō. For reservations or more information, call 866-540-4456 or visit fairmont.com/kealani.

About Fairmont
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic hotels in the world, including The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company that operates more than 130 hotels and branded residential properties under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. For more information or reservations, please visit fairmont.com.

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