Platform LA seems to have it all going on, and for good reason, with one of its highlight restaurants — Hayden. Hayden, a modern Los Angeles restaurant and wine bar, is helmed by chef and partner, Ari Kolender. Aptly named for the creative community of the Hayden Tract, the restaurant will highlight local California ingredients with European influences set in a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere. Hayden will offer a new wine program and Golden Hour, from 5 pm to 7pm, which will offer $1.50 oysters and $8 glasses of wines with special tastings with Beverage Director Anthony Cailan on Saturdays.
In addition, the exquisite restaurant continues to offer its can’t-miss light morning menu, including Chef Kolender’s signature waffles, Vittoria coffee, plus a menu of tartines, salads, and sandwiches throughout the day. During afternoons and evenings, diners can expect oysters, European canned seafood, and an extensive selection of new California wines, which will also be available throughout the day in Hayden’s wine shop.
About Anthony Cailan
Anthony Cailan, Hayden’s Beverage Director, focuses especially on natural California wines in the shop, and is one of the few sommeliers who chill red wine by the glass. With an extensive culinary background in some of the most popular and successful businesses and events across California and the country, Cailan lends his expertise to Hayden to create a rare and unforgettable experience for diners.
About Ari Kolender
Chef Kolender has cooked in some of the best kitchens in Los Angeles, including Providence and Red Medicine. Before opening Hayden, he worked at The Ordinary and Leon’s Fine Poultry & Oyster Shop in Charleston, where he was nominated for the James Beard Rising Star Chef award.
The design of the restaurant reflects the spirit of Kolender’s cooking. This focus on simple high-quality materials can be seen in the custom woodwork, handmade ceramic flatware, and an Italian marble bar. The Hayden team also collaborated with their neighbor, British designer Tom Dixon, on the lighting and furniture in the space.
Kolender summarized the spirit of the project: “Hayden was inspired by the neighborhood. From gallery owners to music producers to fashion designers, the Hayden Tract is full of entrepreneurs as well as up and coming artists. I want to create a gathering space for all of these people to come together and enjoy a great meal and an incredible bottle of wine any time of day. The food we cook at Hayden will be inspired by and reflect the diverse and elegant city in which we live.”
Location: 8820 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 Hours: 12 pm – 9 pm daily Phone: (310) 593-4777
Southern California has a hidden, historical gem unlike any other, located in the coastal city of San Pedro. Potentially overlooked by many Californians, San Pedro is home to a perfect combination of education, discovery, fun, and considered by many to be the perfect destination for individuals, friends, and family. Here’s what visitors can look forward to when they book a visit to the USS Iowa in this beautiful coastal city.
USS Iowa: A History Lesson
The battleship Iowa is possibly one of the best kept secrets in Southern California, and is an experience unlike any other. Visitors can expect to spend about 2 hours or more at the battleship, depending on their tickets and tour type. Daily tours include visits to see the largest guns on the U.S. Navy ship, the officer’s ward room, President Roosevelt’s cabin, the armored bridge, mess decks, helicopter deck, missile decks, and other areas. With 6 tours to choose from, each is catered to the appropriate visitor based on age and accessibility, desired pace, group size, and special access to usually unavailable parts of the battleship.
With a length of over 800 feet, the USS Iowa, also known as “The Big Stick” in 1952, and “The Grey Ghost” during the Korean War, is the last lead ship of any class of United States battleships, and was the only ship of her class to have served in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. To experience the USS Iowa is to walk to into a virtual time capsule. As if frozen in time, various interior and exterior fixtures, weapons, designs, tools, and technology from 1940 and later lie throughout the ship, setting a stage for the major role that the USS Iowa played in our U.S. and world history.
Though it served during World War II, the Korean War, and through the Cold War, the USS Iowa has stood the test of time, receiving occasional renovations, refurbishments, upgrades, and repairs. She earned 11 battle stars during her career and even hosted three U.S. Presidents — Franklin, Reagan, and H.W. Bush. Though it may not seem like it today with the fantasy of movies and special effects, the USS Iowa is the largest and most powerful ship of its time and ever built.
What to Expect
The USS Iowa opened in Los Angeles, (her final placement) on July 4, 2012, to a crowd of over 1,500 supporters and veterans at Port of Los Angeles Berth 87. The USS Iowa Museum offers daily tours, group programs, education visits, special events, filming, military ceremonies, and is in the process of starting an overnight program. Today, dozens of veterans volunteer in guided tours, and assist in the daily operations, like cleaning, maintenance and upkeep.
The battleship is a ginormous vertical and horizontal labyrinth of steel corridors on the inside, and on the outside, an intimidating vessel marked by the scars of past wars. Standing on any part of the deck will boast amazing panoramic views of the San Pedro Harbor. It’s difficult to imagine what life must have been like to live on an armed ship in the peaks of various wars, and it was no easy task for anyone aboard the ship. With tight quarters, halls, and passages throughout, the amount of human effort, coordination, agility, and caution necessary to keep the USS Iowa moving without a hitch is unimaginable. It’s important to consider that this is a vessel that has housed thousands of men, so space was extremely limited, and everyone had a required duty to fulfill. Even more important to note is that in the height of war, even the deck was no safety zone. In fact, the deck was one of the most dangerous places to be during storms, and when the ship’s guns were in use.
Undoubtedly an educational experience that is not only fun, but extremely immersive, the USS Iowa is a destination that brings the lifestyles of on-duty United States servicemen from early last century into clear perspective. It is an opportunity that may possibly be overlooked by many, but it is also an opportunity for any and every one to find fascination in, and appreciation for many aspects of the experience — including just how far our technological advancement has evolved.
What was once considered to be a “state of the art” battleship, has now become a legendary and well-respected piece of history. If spending a morning exploring the USS Iowa sounds like a good getaway, then consider visiting with family and friends to see first-hand why the USS Iowa is so magnificent.
Parking, Location, and Admission
The Museum is located at Berth 87 at the Los Angeles World Cruise Port Terminal at the LA Waterfront / Port of Los Angeles. The Battleship Iowa Museum shares the parking lot with the World Cruise Terminal.
Parking is accessible from 1st Street & Harbor Boulevard.
The first hour of parking is free, and each additional hour is $2 with a maximum of $18 per day.
Address: Battleship Iowa Museum 250 South Harbor Blvd. San Pedro, CA 90731
Tours Available: Full Steam Ahead: visitors are allowed access to areas of the ship generally not viewed by the public, such as the Engine Room. Self-Guided: allows for guests to explore the areas permitted for public access by the USS Iowa Museum at their own pace. Group: discounted rates on admission Senior Group: provide a guided tour experience through history to areas that are easily accessible. Curator’s Tour: VIP experience allows guests to tour the USS Iowa Battleship and Museum while accompanied by a member of the ship’s crew. Interactive Tour: Download the USS Iowa App for an award-winning, interactive tour.
After a successful LA Auto Show, Volkswagen got a jumpstart on the holidays by hosting a Drive-In Event where they screened “Elf” on Sunday December 16 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA.
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jennifer Graylock & Justin Edmonds
Celebrity guests included newlyweds Dancer and Actress Julianne Hough and professional Ice Hockey Player Brooks Laich who got into the holiday spirit while they posed for photos.
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jennifer Graylock & Justin Edmonds
All guests got a hands on chance to check out Volkswagen’s three fully electric concept vehicles: I.D., I.D. BUZZ and I.D. CROZZ. Early birds even got to experience from inside VW’s latest models!
Photo Credit: Ely Anne Vedar
The family friendly evening served up drive-in classics hot dogs, sliders, popcorn and ice cream; paired with keepsake VW blankets and lawn chairs.
Photo Credit: Ely Anne Vedar
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, Tiguan Limited and Touareg vehicles through more than 650 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.
Ely Anne Vedar
Fashion & Lifestyle Editor
While California feels like it’s always been her home, Hawaii, San Francisco, Las Vegas and the Philippines are just a few places Ely Anne has lived thus cultivating her lifelong appetite for finding, trying and sharing new adventures, especially through food and wellness activities. She loves how food can always bring people together – anywhere, any time – and that’s what fuels her passion for public relations and marketing. Ely finds it invigorating to have a hand in seeing brands thrive in their community by using her PR, marketing and event production skills.
Nigerian-American International Pop, RnB & Afro Beats artist Meaku recently released a music video for his smash hit “Banana” in downtown LA at the hip Blue Moon Hookah Lounge. The single “Banana” written and performed by Meaku and produced by JB Minor, has reached impressive streaming numbers on the underground online music circuit. The video’s visuals capture the tune’s essence by including an ode to the iconic Josephine Baker, along with imagery of African culture, dance and a taste of humor.
An open bar provided by Star Tender and complimentary Nigerian Jollof and plantain added to the festive spirit of the party as did a photo booth area provided by Opulen Photobooth. As the video premiered the crowd cheered Meaku and his production team on a job well done. There was even an emotional surprise birthday video and cake presented to the man of the hour that brought the rising start to tears and showed of a side of him not often shared with mainstream media.
The yellow fruit themed event was produced by LaMay Day Productions and Events with Edna.
Roberta’s, the world renowned pizzeria from Brooklyn, has opened its first extended residency on the West Coast at PLATFORM.
Following last year’s inaugural residency at Platform LA, Roberta’s will once again be serving their wood-fired pizzas and a selection of natural wines, courtesy of Hayden’s wine shop, in Hayden Tract. In what could possibly become an annual occurrence, Roberta’s is returning to Los Angeles this December, from the 6th to the 23rd. Joseph Miller, Co-Founder of Platform LA says, “We had so much fun hosting the Roberta’s crew last year and can’t wait to have them back again for the holidays at PLATFORM.”
Roberta’s Co-Owner and Chef Carlo Mirarchi says, “We’re psyched about being back in LA and spending time with our friends on the West Coast. We can’t wait to serve all the great people that came out to see us last year, and are excited to welcome any one who hasn’t dined with us before.”
Pizza lovers can find Roberta’s at PLATFORM LA, (8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City) from December 6 – 23, 2017, and open Wednesday – Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Their menu includes signature pizzas alongside a local, seasonal special, in addition to Margherita, Bee Sting, and the Famous Original — all available in a personal pie size, and priced from $12 per pizza. All pizzas are also available for dining onsite or for takeaway.
Nestled in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn, Roberta’s is the creation of Brandon Hoy and Chef Carlo Mirarchi. Opened in January of 2008, the restaurant has become a neighborhood institution, an international culinary destination, and an incubator for progressive entrepreneurship. Described by The New York Times as “one of the more extraordinary restaurants in the country,” Roberta’s is built inside a former manufacturing building and features communal seating, private tables, and a sun-soaked atrium. Roberta’s is far more than a restaurant – the full campus includes a multi-use outdoor terrace and bar, Heritage Radio Station, an onsite vegetable garden, and discreet access to the two-Michelin Star restaurant, Blanca. The adjacent Roberta’s Bakery offers fresh pizza for takeout and delivery as well as frozen pizzas and a variety of fresh baked goods, naturally leavened breads, and retail merchandise.
PLATFORM is the convergence of fashion, culinary talent, and creative companies in the most
dynamic neighborhood in Los Angeles, Hayden Tract. A community of independent merchants,
influential chefs, and creative organizations, PLATFORM is a centerpiece for LA’s newest
creative generation. Through edited experiences including popups, installations, and culinary
partnerships, PLATFORM is a destination for all of LA to discover.
If you’re a small business in Southern California, it’s crunch time, and not just because the holidays are right around the corner— but because Small Business Saturday is also soon! Platform LA has launched its Small Business Saturday Competition in a search for the most notable designers and businesses around SoCal. The winning small businesses will be selected by Platform’s community of stores and restaurants and will be announced on November 15. The 10 winning small businesses will be able to showcase their goods and services in Platform’s first Small Business Saturday, on November 25. Platform will also provide each winner with a vendor station consisting of a table and chair, a complimentary parking space, and wifi to showcase their goods and services.
How to Participate
If you have a creative product or brand, or know someone who does, and think that either should be at Platform, here’s your chance! To nominate yourself or your favorite small business for the market, go to Instagram and comment on any photo from the account you’d like to see win with the hashtag #SBSPlatform and tag @platform_la.
About Platform LA
Platform LA – the remarkable retail project by David Fishbein and Joseph Miller of Runyon Group is Culver City’s prized shopping destination. Part of the Hayden Tract, the most dynamic neighborhood in Los Angeles, the versatile center offers a collection of 120K square feet of curated merchants, chefs, and creative companies from around the world. Platform was created to showcase independent small businesses and is excited to welcome the community to join in celebration of these types of businesses on Saturday, November 25th.
Miller states, “Our entire business is finding, nurturing and encouraging new independent businesses. We already have a great community of merchants and chefs and working with them to source the next great talent is something that is very exciting for us.” As the world of retail continues to rapidly transform, Platform knows that the future is in small entrepreneurial businesses, and has made this a huge focus for their merchandising efforts. Since opening Platform a year and a half ago, they have embraced any opportunity to celebrate the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of those merchants and chefs. Now is the time to enter the competition, and it couldn’t be simpler— and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
An appearance at the Small Business Saturday Market should be the icing on the cake for any business, considering the additional exposure just before the holidays and impending sales. Make sure to use the hashtag #SBSPlatform and tag @platform_la in any post on the account of the business you want to see win a spot at Platform’s Small Business Saturday Market.