6th Annual Taste of the Redondo Beach Pier & Waterfront

Sample over 50 restaurants and businesses along the Redondo Beach Waterfront at the 6th Annual Taste of the Pier in Redondo Beach! Tour the pier, the international boardwalk and King Harbor.

 

 

 

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12th Annual Rods, Rides & Relics Classic Car Show In Redondo Beach

Cars will be displayed over the water on Redondo Horseshoe Pier

Vote for Your Favorite Car!!

***Cars in this event by invitation only

 

 

 

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20th Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Festival Is the New Gold Standard in Entertainment

Succulent Maine Lobster is still center stage at the 20th Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Festival, Southern California’s original lobster festival. This year’s event, hosted by the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, has an all-new slant on exclusive high-end dining, entertainment, craft beer and wine.

While dining variety still defines the Festival, visitors now have delicious choices in Maine lobster meals ranging from small plate FISHBAR Lobster Bistro favorites to individual fresh Maine lobster meals, Angus beef and lobster tail Surf and Turf, and Kincaid’s New England Lobster Boil, a three-course, hands-on experience for parties of from two to ten diners.

A craft beer tent will offer eight choices from national and local breweries, and a top flight line up of music kicks off Friday night with Doors guitarist Robby Krieger plus special guests. Saturday will see Bow Wow Wow, The Untouchables, Flashback Heart Attack along with a slew of other bands. With Saint Rocke, the South Bay’s most popular music venue curating the line up, the weekend spells festive lobster dining, beverages and a rocking great time for all.

Chef Jessica Jordan of FISHBAR Manhattan Beach has inspired this year’s Fishbar Lobster Bistro, which features small plates of lobster guacamole and chips, lobster rolls, lobster tacos, lobster corn chowder, lobster grilled cheese, and much more.

Friday, September 25, 6-11pm
Saturday, September 26, Noon-11pm
Sunday, September 27, Noon-8pm
Redondo Beach’s Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way

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Kincaid’s Restaurant, whose executive chef is Executive Chef Ramon Fernandez, was just voted by USAToday.com as one of the “10 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles” is serving its traditionally sold-out, hands-on Kincaid’s New England Lobster Boil. Everyone at the table, whether reserved parties of 2 to 10, digs in to the three-course mouth-watering meal that starts with shrimp cocktail, warm artichoke with dipping sauces and crusty bread. That’s followed by Fresh Maine lobster, corn on the cob, garlic and potato, and Cajun sausage spread classic New England style in the middle of the table. Then comes the finale — Kincaid’s famous Key Lime Pie. Access to the VIP skybox, overlooking the stage, is included, and private bar and VIP beverages are available.

A star of this year’s Lobster Festival, Chef Jessica Jordan, was born into a Central European culinary family, and she is proof that talent runs in the family. She helped open FISHBAR in 2011, which has since won praise as Freshest Seafood in the South Bay (2012), Best Restaurant in Manhattan Beach in 2012, and Best Seafood Soup for the smoked salmon chowder.

Festival visitors will be able to savor their meals with fine wines, and craft beers from national and local breweries such as The Strand Brewing Co., and El Segundo Brewing. The tempo picks up with stand-up paddleboard demonstrations, and paddle boating for guests. Popular every year is the array of vendors selling jewelry, hats, and other must-have’s.

Watch for updates at www.LobsterFestival.com that feature hotel packages for visitors coming from out of town.

13th Annual Back to School Chalk Art Festival on The Pier

Help us turn the Redondo Beach Pier into a concrete canvas! This annual all-ages family event is free and open to the public. Prizes awarded!

 

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2015 Special OIympics World Games Comes to Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach will be the scene of pomp and fanfare, as it strikes up the band with a parade for Special Olympics athletes from Benin, Haiti, and Suriname participating in the 2015 Special OIympics World Games in Los Angeles, for which Redondo Beach is one of its Host Towns. The excitement begins at 5:45pm, Thursday, July 23, 2015, kicking off the Games that start Saturday, July 25, 2015. Everyone is invited to come out for the parade and cheer on delegates from companion Host Towns, including Hermosa Beach and Hawthorne.

The colorful cavalcade will include 330 athletes and Special Olympics’ personnel, including coaches, dressed in their Special Olympics uniforms and holding flags of their countries. Redondo Beach city officials will join the athletes at the beginning of the pier just next to the police sub station as they take the parade route past Tony’s out to the end of the Pier, moving alongside Kincaid’s, down the ramp in front of Quality Seafood, left at the end and over to Samba’s, then north to Ruby’s and on to the Seaside Lagoon. The Redondo Beach Police Department will lead with a motorcycle officer escort.

The Host Town program is a very special 3-day program that takes place prior to the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games. At their Host Towns, delegations of athletes from around the world will be welcomed and honored. The schedule of events will include getting to know community members, taking part in cultural activities unique to each area, and practicing and resting for the Games. The Special Olympics athletes will feel truly celebrated and Host Town members will make friends for life.

For more information about the LA2015 World Games, visit LA2015.org. Competition events are free and open to the public, and tickets for the Opening Ceremony are available for purchase now at LA2015.org via Ticketmaster.

To support the Special Olympics Host Town Program, please visit their website.

Summer Concerts on the Redondo Beach Pier

For over 20 years, the Redondo Pier Association has sponsored the biggest free outdoor summer concert series in the South Bay of Los Angeles. This year, more shows have been added! See you there!

 

Publicity Ideas Score Big with Celebrations and Commemorations

Publicists scratching their heads for story ideas need look no further than the commemorative events occurring just about every week in the United States. They’re the perfect occasion around which to build events for a product, service, grand opening, book debut, new attraction, celebrity, award program, or any other commemoration in which publicity is a component.

National Tourism Week will be celebrated May 2-10, 2015, and it’s a great forum for staging events that highlight a client hotel, resort, destination, or travel-related product or service. Build a promotion around the Week, and you’ll be able to ride the wave of national publicity that the U.S. Travel Association generates.

Commemorative dates that celebrate food, such as National Chocolate Mousse Day, Coffee Cake Day, Tater Day and National Grilled Cheese Month provide a host of ideas for themed events that are ideal for drawing attention to a new restaurant, cookbook, or chef through traditional media outlets, or social media. The week after Easter is Egg Salad Week perfect for restaurants and chefs to celebrate the incredible, edible egg™. May is National Salad Month, a perfect vehicle for produce growers and food services.

 A list of monthly food celebrations and holidays can be found at Holidays and Observances.

Here’s a quirky idea for a social media contest: May 12 is Limerick Day, celebrating Edward Lear’s 1846 opus, a Book of Nonsense. Ogden Nash had it right when he wrote his limerick “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker,” and Isaac Asimov, the naughty master of science fiction, kicked it up notch with “Lecherous Limericks.” If you’re a restaurant publicist create a Facebook or Instagram contest for the best Limerick, and award the winner with a prize suited to the event, product or cause you are promoting.

Believe it or not, there’s a National Bathroom Reading Month celebrated in June. If you represent an author, school or bookstore, slate a book signing at your client hotel or restaurant, and partner with local media to help promote your special event. According to the Huffington Post, while cavemen were relegated to counting rocks to pass the time in the loo, modern man is blessed with a plethora of books designed to keep us amused. Barnes & Noble has them all.

PR is Dead? That’s News to Us

In a recent article in O’Dwyers Communications & New Media magazine, a review appeared about Robert Phillips’ book, Trust Me, PR is Dead. While I think that the terms “PR” and “public relations” should be retired, because few people, even those who are buying the service, understand what it means, it does characterize the channels of communications that many of us successfully practice and whose results we are able to quantify for clients.

Mr. Phillips’ claim that PR is dead isn’t factually correct, because most practitioners know that PR has, instead, undergone a most-welcome evolution. Publicists, for example, have more new media in which to place their messages than ever before. New-media stories can be just as, or more influential than what turns up in magazines, newspapers, print and on electronic media. In the realm of travel publicity, for instance, over 50 percent of today’s travelers book their travel online, which provides payoffs to the publicist placing stories on influential websites and blogs. It serves to demonstrate that travel stories appearing online do generate measurable results.

It was a pleasure to see a rejoinder to Phillips’ claim that PR is dead, by Kathy Cripps, president of the PR Council, who writes: “Whether a firm is helping clients to create dialogue in social communities, engendering trust with their audiences, or moving people to action, it’s PR and it’s never been more relevant.”

It’s Lobster Festival Time in Redondo Beach

Get ready to dig into your favorite lobster dishes at The Redondo Beach Lobster Festival, back for its 19th year. It is the South Bay’s best outdoor beach event of the year.

Hosted by the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, this year’s Lobster Festival has new surprises: ‘More to Sea’ featuring new lobster dishes, more music, and more fun.

This waterfront festival will serve fresh Maine lobster dinners, plus their very own Surf ‘N Turf steak and lobster dinners featuring Certified Angus Beef ® Center-Cut New York Strip Steak and Maine Lobster Tail, or a stand-alone 12 oz. Certified Angus Beef ® Center-Cut New York Strip Steak dinner.

Head down to the beach and feast on the best lobster dishes in the South Bay. The new Redondo Beach Lobster Festival Bistro imports lobster straight from Maine. They mix claw, tail and knuckle meat with butter and lemon for a gastronomical adventure!

New Development – The Lobster Bistro

This year, the Festival is introducing their newest addition, the Lobster Bistro, with new dishes created by San Francisco Chef David Seawell.

San Francisco Chef David Seawell creates lobster dishes for the new Lobster Bistro at the Redondo Beach Lobster Festival.

Between bites of the crustaceans, guests will have an opportunity to nibble on lobster that has been transformed into new succulent dishes, prepared by the fine chefs at Redondo Beach Restaurant Kincaids, including:

The Lobster Roll – Chunks of tender, sweet, cooked lobster meat barely napped in a thin coating of mayonnaise, all stuffed into a top-split bun, lightly toasted in butter. – $12

As delicious as it looks: the Lobster Roll.

Open Face Ravioli – $12 – Gluten free pasta, lobster, asparagus, walnuts and corn sauce.

Mac n’ Cheese – $6 – Lobster, decadent cheese, sweet peas and crumb topping.

Lobster Mac n’ Cheese – $6

Lobster Chowder – $6 Chunky rich chowder.

Lobster Chowder. Just… divine.

Lobster Caesar – $6 Chunks of tender, sweet, cooked lobster meat atop a kale and romaine salad dressed in a lemon-garlic dressing.

Lobster Taco – $6 – Lobster, corn tortilla, slaw and corn salsa.

Go here to see and read about all the succulent dishes available all weekend long on the Redondo Beach Lobster Festival Menu.

Another option is the Hands On, 3 Course VIP Feast: Shrimp Cocktail and warm artichoke with dipping sauces and crusty bread.

1.25 lb. Fresh Maine Lobster, Cajun Sausage, corn on the cob, garlic and potato spread classic New England style in the middle of the table Kincaid’s Famous Key Lime Pie Table Service $160/couple

Entertainment

This year’s entertainment is the icing on the cake. BARLEY LEGAL has been compared to acts such as Tom Petty, Wilco, and the E Street Band, but have a new, original fresh sound of their own. The three singers harmonize beautifully together, evoking the sound of the Everly Brothers or Simon & Garfunkel. The rest of the band is filled out by acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, trumpet, saxophone, bass, and drums.

Parents’ Date Night Package At The Fess Parker Hotel & Resort

Parenting comes with its perks at The Fess Parker a Doubletree by Hilton Resort, which offers the best of both worlds – travel with the little ones to a family-friendly resort, combined with a night out for the parents while the children fessparkerenjoy personal attention from a sitter in the comfort of their room.

Families can now enjoy the Parents’ Date Night Package, available seven days a week, beginning this month, amid 360 newly-renovated guestrooms, inspired by a fluid architecture and Spanish Colonial design at the AAA-Four Diamond beachfront resort.

The Parents’ Date Night Package guestroom rates start at $239, based on space availability for four people. The all-inclusive package includes:

  • Deluxe guestroom accommodations in a newly renovated guestroom. Parents choose from either a king bedded accommodation with a pullout sofa bed or two queen bedded guestroom with two queen beds, plus a complimentary rollaway bed and/or crib.
  • One complimentary bottle of Parker Family Reserve Wine upon arrival, blended and bottled exclusively for the Fess Parker Resort from Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard in Los Olivos.
  • Two complimentary drink tickets for cocktails, wine, or beer at The Set, the Resort’s ocean-view lobby bar restaurant, complete with a romantic patio warmed by firepits and facing the Pacific.
  • A $50 gift card credit towards University Sitters professional in-room childcare. (Please note: there is a three-hour minimum, Monday-Thursday, and a four-hour minimum Friday-Sunday for certified babysitting. To ensure availability, reservations are required a minimum of 48 hours in advance. There is a maximum of four children).

To book the special Parents’ Date Night Package, call reservations at 805-564-4333 and mention L-PK3 (Parents Date Night package). More information can also be found by visiting
the hotel’s website at www.fpdtr.com.

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