Thursday, February 21, 2013


What is currently the hottest new restaurant in Beverly Hills? Monsieur Marcel. And at'll see EVERYONE.

Home of the crème de la crème of French gourmet food and fine wines, Monsieur Marcel officially opened its Canon Drive doors the other night for a gala reception benefiting UNICEF.  Monsieur Marcel co-founders,  Stephane and Katy Strouk and new partner, Emile Malka celebrated their latest location at 447 North Canon Drive with an evening showcasing their unparalleled collection of the very finest in imported and domestic artisanal food and wines.
Co-hosted by Marc Friedland, Melissa Lemer Mogel, Lulu Powers, Jane Ross, Darren Star, Kimm Uzielli, Sandra Nelson Winkler and Christina Zilber, 20% of all purchases that day and throughout the evening benefitted UNICEF, a favorite charity of the Strouks.
The more than 200 guests were treated to a seemingly endless array of cheeses, charcuterie and hors d’oeuvres, including Boeuf Bourguignon, Maine Lobster with Mango Coulis, Croque Marcel, Duck Confit and Truffle Mac and Cheese, representing a taste of what one can experience while savoring a true French dining experience at their 136 seat bistro or via their extensive catering menu.  


Dr. Barry Pressman and his wife, Sandy

Marc Friedland

Truffle Mac n Cheese

Since 1993, the Strouks have been dedicated to bringing the French bistro experience, as well as personally traveling throughout Europe to bring imported and domestic artisanal food, to Los Angeles epicures. This marks their third Southern California site.  The original opened 13 years ago at LA’s Farmers Market and an authentic petit bistro, five years later on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade.
From caviar to charcuterie, glorious breads, cheese plates, desserts and beyond, Monsieur Marcel’s gourmet market is stocked with over 250 types of cheese, 350 kinds of wine, along with a dramatic assortment of meats, olives, gourmet marmalades, mustards and sauces, many exclusive to them.
The full-service restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from 9 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  sandwiches gives rise to classic entrees including boeuf bourguignon and coq au vin while mousse au chocolat and tarte tatin are favorites on the dessert menu.  Wines of international origin as well as Monsieur Marcel’s private label, can be purchased by the glass or bottle.  Custom designed gift baskets are welcome additions to any special occasion.
Originally from France, Stephane Strouk brought his passion for French specialty cuisine to Los Angeles in 1993, opening a small crêperie at the Grove Farmers Market.  He then took over the Farmer’s Market Cheese Shop, later combining the two into the concept of gourmet market and restaurant.  This gave rise to a Santa Monica location. Demanding quality above anything else, he and Katy make the time to sample every product they sell.  
Was there the other day with Kim Novak, and we ran into Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and Papas and a good time was had by all. That's the kind of place it is.

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