It was quite a night in Los Angeles when the posh Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas came to town for a dazzling two-day ‘pop-up’ visit at a swank home off Sunset Strip in the Hollywood Hills. Definitely a Diva's delight, the event marked the first time a Mandarin Oriental property put down roots in Los Angeles, and more than 250 guests dropped by to see what it was all about, which was lots of food, drink and even spa pampering. Designed to dazzle, and it did like the neon lights of Vegas, a fun time was had by all.
The Hollywood Hills location was anchored by Michelin starred chef, Pierre Gagnaire’s food; menus for a cocktail reception and dinner. It was a rare treat for the exalted chef to showcase his Twist by Pierre Gagnaire Restaurant (his only U.S. restaurant located in the Las Vegas property), and to make a rare sweep through Southern California. The four-course menu highlights included Burrata gelée with lemon paste, veal & San Daniel cured ham; Red mullet consommé jelly, Saffron, red tuna tartar and summer shellfish; Sliced lobster with basil & diced carrot in sweet wine; Spicy Piquillos mousseline; and Otti Tomato, eggplant puree with green olive.
Earlier in the day the hotel staged a MOzen Bistro lunch for VIP guests lead by Chef David Werly who prepared a culinary journey through Asia. There was also a full Mandarin Oriental Spa installation orchestrated by spa director Jennifer Lynn, and cocktails designed by Mandarin Bar lounge that included drinks mixed with Absolut’s new handcrafted vodka, Elyx. Poolside entertainment, music and performance art was provided by String Theory.
The pop-up was the brainchild of director of marketing communications and Las Vegas hospitality market veteran, Denise Randazzo, in concert with Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas General Manager, Cliff Atkinson. Attendees included a VIP mix of Los Angeles influencers and tastemakers in travel, Fortune 500 business, and entertainment, as well as, media (okay, last but not least, at least we writers were invited and it was all good).