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History in the Making at Beverly Hills Hotel Landmark
2015-01-30 02:56:00
By Carole Dixon


For the first time in history, since 1949, the popular 19-seat Fountain Coffee Room will open its doors in the evening for a series of pop-up dinners. Executive chef, Kaleo Adams, will prepare a four-course menu paired with Domaine Anderson wine selections, and will highlight the best of California’s fresh and seasonal ingredients.

“The inspiration behind these dinners was to create a dining experience where whimsy meets sophistication and serve a four-course meal in a playful and fun atmosphere,” says Chef Kaleo. “We truly have a one-of-a-kind setting in the Fountain Coffee Room, and the contrast between the feel of the space and the quality of the meal guarantees a memorable evening that just can’t be duplicated,” he adds. We would agree after tasting items from the most delectable Japanese A5 beef on a tiny bao bun with a side of Matsutake tea to tender grilled Snake River Farm pork loin with Swiss chard and crosnes – which look like a spiral pasta but tastes like a Jerusalem artichoke.

Chef Adams oversees the hotel’s entire food and beverage operation, including the iconic Polo Lounge. Prior his arrival, this talented culinary professional - who was named one of the Pacific region’s top young culinarians - has over a decade of experience at some of the finest hotel properties and restaurants in the United States. He previously served under world-renowned Chef Ron Siegel in The Dining Room at The Ritz Carlton, San Francisco. This celebrated restaurant earned many prestigious awards including Forbes Five Star and AAA Five ratings, a “Top 40 Restaurants in the United States” ranking from Gayot.com, a four-star review from the San Francisco Chronicle, and One Star from the Michelin Guide. 

Known around the world as one of the most legendary diners in America, the look and feel of the Fountain Coffee Room remains unchanged since its creation in 1949. It is one of the city’s most popular dining spots, complete with 19 restored bar stools around a classic curved counter setting, and a casual menu featuring comfort food selections and soda fountain favorites.  So far the kitchen staff and management has planned for these exceptional tasting dinners to be held once a quarter, but we hope they will become a regular event.

The Fountain Coffee Room dinners will take place at 8 pm on Wednesday, February 18 and Thursday, February 19, 2015. They are priced at $149 per person, inclusive of Domaine Anderson wine pairings, excluding beverage, tax and gratuity, and reservations will be accepted beginning January 30, 2015. For additional information and to reserve the dinners, please call, please call 310-281-2904.

ABOUT DOMAINE ANDERSON

Nestled in the breathtaking, fog-cooled hillside and mountain terrain of the Anderson Valley, Domaine Anderson is located 3 hours north of San Francisco near the small, pioneering wine-growing community of Philo. The cooling marine layer and varied terroir that is characteristic of the valley provides perfect conditions for the cultivation of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. It was the region’s ideal grape growing conditions that led Jean Claude Rouzaud, Chairman of Louis Roederer, to this remote corner of Mendocino County in the early 1980’s to establish Roederer Estate. The new winery was designed specifically to produce still wines that allow the character of the vineyards to shine through the wines. Each year Domaine Anderson produces two Estate wines (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) and two Single Vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, all from grapes grown on proprietary vineyards. Domaine Anderson’s inaugural vintage was 2012, and since its release in 2014 it has gained praise from top media and critics. Wine Enthusiast noted the Pinot Noir as having “spice-accented plum and berry flavors” and the Chardonnay as “attention-grabbing” and “rich and full in flavor.” Wines were rated 91 points and 92 points respectively which is quite remarkable for a first release.