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Election season has arrived! Are you interested in giving back to the Los Angeles Concierge Association and volunteering your time to serve on the Board of the Directors in 2017? We need your help to make next year a success and greatly appreciate the individuals who have already stepped up to run! If you would like to run for a position, please email your intent to president@thelaca.com and secretary@thelaca.com by Tuesday, November 8th. The elected positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director of Membership.

Currently the candidates are as follows:

PRESIDENT
Kalindra Ashleigh, Beverly Wilshire
Joyce Louie, Montage Beverly Hills

VICE PRESIDENT
No candidates

SECRETARY
Josue Ticas, Montage Beverly Hills

TREASURER
Michael Belasco, Sixty Beverly Hills

DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP
Tim DeRodeff, Hotel Casa Del Mar

We look forward to seeing you all for our Elections Meeting on Wednesday, November 16th, at The District!

Main Street Santa Monica is a great neighborhood by the beach just south of Pico with many awesome eateries, shops, salons, & bars. At a recent Where magazine event Scavenger Hunt we explored the area with Instagram #wherelamainstreetsm. Thank you to the Where family for making it all happen. Not only did we get to tone up our Instagram skills but also enjoyed an opportunity to experience the best of Main Street! Areal Restaurant which has an amazing patio and Happy Hour everyday of the week from 4pm to 7pm and all day on Sunday. http://arealrestaurant.com/ Enterprise Fish Co who had the best Oyster shooters I’ve ever had and only a $1 an oyster. http://www.enterprisefishcosantamonica.com/ Basement Tavern in the Victorian is a great gathering place and very unique with live music. I loved their signature Whiskey & Raspberry cocktail http://www.basementtavern.com/ and Ashland Hill http://www.yelp.com/biz/ashland-hill-santa-monica-3 is an awesome beer garden with amazing craft beers. My most favorite of the night and it was very hard to pick one would have to be Knuckle & Claw and their super yummy lobster rolls. The Lobster is flown in daily and you can really taste the freshness. It’s super casual and delicious with lots of outdoor seating. http://www.knuckleandclaw.com/#contact . Parking is plentiful and only a $1 an hour in Santa Monica public parking just west of Main Street. The best part about Main Street is that all these great places can be experienced in an evening and are walking distance from one another with many more interesting places in between. I hope you all get to enjoy Main Street soon!

Daisaku Vondran
Sheraton Universal

So you have that guest that has done it all, and is looking for a unique, low key activity before a night on the town? How about a visit to one of Los Angeles’ Farmers Markets? Guests can take a leisurely stroll from one colorful stand to another, sampling an array of artisan products and culinary delights. The relaxed community vibe and outdoor assortment is just perfect for a beautiful LA day, and every vendor seems to have a unique story and passion for their product. Souvenir shopping takes on a whole new meaning as guests can find cool alternatives to that basic shot glass and key chain. Markets are an awesome place to grab a quick casual bite, and pick up healthy snacks for the rest of the day. Add the live music and children’s activities found at many markets, and you have a perfect anecdote for the guest you are hoping to impress!

www.experiencela.com/destinations/farmersmarket

Kim Edwards
Secretary, LACA
Beverly Wilshire

If you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to check out these new destinations for dining and shopping!

ISAIA Beverly Hills specializes in luxury men’s apparel from Naples, Italy. Their signature southern Italian style focuses more on a relaxed shoulder with a bold, peak lapel. Everything in their retail shop on 9527 Brighton Way is made to measure. ISAIA also sells a colorful palette of casual and formal dress shirt, shoes and men’s accessories. The 3rd floor of their boutique is where you can buy their luxe classic tuxedos in unique fabrics and patterns. The signature logo of the ISAIA brand is their red coral. It’s regarded as a good luck charm in Naples. Website https://www.isaia.it/.

VIVIANE at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly is a popular, new lunch and dinner spot in Beverly Hills. The mid-century mod interior is designed by Kelly Wearstler. Décor is very stylish and the California-fresh New American fare by Executive Chef Michael Hung is creative. Recommended dishes include the Roasted Duck En Croute and Porcini Mushroom Ravioli. It’s a cute spot for a casual lunch or business dinner. Website http://vivianerestaurant.com/

AU FUDGE recently opened on Melrose Avenue by celebrity owner actress Jessica Biel. Au Fudge offers a fun, kid friendly dining experience in West Hollywood. Then menu is gourmet American comfort food with dishes for adults and children. The roasted chicken is recommended. Au Fudge offers a play are where parents can drop off their kids with an Au Pair for a small fee while they enjoy their appetizers. By the time main entrees arrive, the Au Pair will bring the children back to the table where they can enjoy the delicious chicken fingers and grilled cheese. The menu and particularly the desserts are prepared with agave; Au Fudge does not use any processed sugars in their desserts and pastries. This is ideal for families with active children and they have a marketplace that sells packaged foods from their kitchen http://www.aufudge.com/

Joyce Louie
Montage Beverly Hills

The 63rd UICH Les Clefs d’Or International Congress takes place this week in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from April 10th to 15th. Les Clefs d’Or concierges from over 40 different countries with meet in Dubai to celebrate our distinguished profession. We wish all of our concierge family safe travels including a handful of our very own LACA members making the long trip this week. We would also like to recognize Justin Sondgeroth from the San Diego Concierge Association. Justin is the recipient of the 2016 Young Leader award, and USA representative competing for the Andy Pongco award. Bring it back to the states Justin!

 

 

Please check the UICH CONGRESS Website for more details and a link to the Instagram feed.

Welcome back Los Angeles Concierge Association and Happy New Year!

We are now accepting membership applications for 2016. To qualify for membership in the Los Angeles Concierge Association you must meet the following criteria: be at least 21 years of age and be employed by a hotel with the title of “Concierge”, work a minimum of 32 hours a week at a desk located in the lobby displaying the sign “Concierge: and have passed the 90 day probationary period in that position. Returning Full Members must have attended at least three (3) LACA meetings within the previous calendar year. Returning members who have not fulfilled the minimum meeting requirement are asked to submit a letter of explanation along with their completed membership application to the Board of Directors by January 15, 2016.

We have many fun things in store for 2016 and hope that you will join us as we kick off the Year of the Restaurant with our January meeting on Tuesday, January 26th, at Le Petit Paris in Downtown LA!

2016 LACA MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Please join us on Wednesday, December 16th, at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood for our Studio 54 themed gala and silent auction to benefit Make-A-Wish. It’s time to get out the sequins and glitter and get your glam on to join us for a wonderful evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment.

Tickets may be purchased at http://studio54laca.eventbrite.com.
Dress Code: Disco Fabulous Cocktail Attire

RSVP by Sunday, December 13th on Eventbrite

Studio 54 Gala 2015

Fall has officially arrived and that means it’s also time to elect our 2016 Board of Directors! Elections will be held at our November meeting on Tuesday, November 24th, in the Screening Room at the London West Hollywood. Nominations to run for a position will be open until 5:00pm on Tuesday, November 17th. If you are interested in running you may submit your name by emailing secretary@thelaca.com prior to the nominations deadline. Current candidates are also asked to submit a campaign letter to be emailed to members prior to the elections for those unable to attend the meeting and casting absentee ballots. If you would like to submit an absentee ballot you must email secretary@thelaca.com by 5:00pm on Friday, November 20th, with the name of the member who will present your ballot (in a signed and sealed envelope) at the meeting. The current nominees are:

PRESIDENT
Joyce Louie, Montage Beverly Hills
Kalindra Ashleigh, Beverly Wilshire

VICE PRESIDENT
Jason Quiroz, Peninsula Beverly Hills
Tommy Gonzales, Marina del Rey Hotel

TREASURER
Chris Mooney, Loews Hollywood Hotel
Mark Peterson, Montage Beverly Hills

SECRETARY
No current candidates

DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP
No current candidates

The success of our organization lies in the hands of our future board members. We currently have the positions of Director of Membership and Secretary lacking candidates and welcome additional nominees for the positions of President, Vice President, and Treasurer. We need people with initiative and a strong desire to make a positive impact on our association by taking on each role on the board with the mentality to leave the position improved from where you first began. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to a current board member. We look forward to seeing you all at the London West Hollywood on Tuesday, November 24th, to elect our 2016 Board of Directors!

The Los Angeles Concierge Association is proud to present the Concierge Chronicle, a newsletter for our community highlighting our profession, hotel happenings, event calendar, and comings and goings throughout the city. If you would like to submit something for the newsletter please email Amanda MacIsaac at newsletter@thelaca.com

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