• Westin Long Beach unveils Navy Proof Food & Spirits

     
    POSTED June 19, 2019
     
  • Westin Long Beach unveils Navy Proof Food & Spirits

     
    POSTED June 19, 2019
     

The new concept restaurant designed by Howe & Brown Hospitality has maritime inspired food and craft cocktails that will prove to be a delight for travelers and locals. Using locally-sourced ingredients, the cuisine emphasizes technique and texture to highlight the exuberance of in-season seafood. 

The menu features products from the local farmers market, including a 20 oz. grass-fed steak for the dry-aged organic ribeye, served with potato rosti, black kale and porcini jus. Other local ingredients include salmon, scallops and halibut. 

Executive chef Chris Garasic uses his creativity and extensive experience cooking with locally sourced products and seafood to create a Navy Proof Food & Spirits menu that is based on maritime tradition yet is modern and filled with flair.  

“We are trying to start something here in Downtown Long Beach that not only appeases the in-house guests but calls in the local crowd as well,” Garasic says. “There are so many opportunities for creative dishes because we are focusing on port-style cuisine.” 

Garasic is from the Pacific Northwest where “you couldn’t get fish any fresher” and studied at Western Culinary School in Portland, Oregon. His previous job was at Malibu Farm Lido, a local farm-to-table restaurant.  

“I’m excited about this beautiful location,” Garasic says. “The lobby is extremely gorgeous, so we are looking to match the ambiance of the area in the menu.” 

The venue, designed by Houston Tyner Architects and Vanrooy Design, is meant to represent the property’s golden California coastline with sand-white marble floors. A three-story sculptural chandelier hangs above, and a larger-than-life 32-by-20-foot plant wall greets guests.  

Navy Proof Food & Spirits has a distinct cocktail program with local brews and rare spirits. Guests will be dining well with tableside cocktail service and unique drinks such as the Bargaining Table, made with 12-year-old rum, averna amaro, coffee liquor and sour cherry bitters. Groups of two to six can take on the Cult of Sailors, made with white rum, lime juice, almond syrup and grapefruit juice. 

The U.S. Travel Association has called the current moment the “Great Travel Depression,” in light of the economic effects resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Portland will be home to the first Ritz-Carlton in the Pacific Northwest. Developer BPM Real Estate Group is bringing the brand to the city, with an anticipated opening in early 2023. Plans call for a 35-story tower with 251 hotel rooms and 138 residential units, including eight penthouses.