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The JetSet Family // Cavatina at Sunset Marquis

Once there was this little rock star with big dreams of turning seven. Her mom and dad knew there was only one place that could make this happen…

Welcome to Sunset Marquis. Where dreams come true for lil’ rock star foodies like JetSet Tot. How do I know this? Because on the car ride home last night she repeated over and over, “This was the BESTEST birthday ever.” It made my mom-heart big. Really, really big.

What started out as our annual trip to The Grove to pick out one (OK, fine two) American Girl dolls, turned into a late lunch / early dinner at Cavatina inside the hotel that will always have my heart. I actually sighed out loud typing that last sentence because I have so much love and respect for the property. Not to mention the amazing memories I’ve made with friends here.

This was the first time I brought along the whole JetSet Family so the experience was even that much more special. JetSet Dad could finally understand what I’ve been raving about all these years, and JetSet Tot could visually see her three passions come alive on her 7th birthday: travel, food and rock and roll. I wish I was exaggerating, but I’m not. Sprinkle her love for fashion into the mix and JetSet Tot is destined to live inside one of the properties villas. Mark. My. Words.

The JetSet Family // Cavatina at Sunset Marquis

The JetSet Family // Sunset Marquis

Visiting West Hollywood’s very own rock and roll oasis, Sunset Marquis for the first time was a true rite of passage. She woke up that morning asking to look a little “rockish.” So she threw on a pair of Dr. Martens, ripped jeans, flowy vest, black cashmere beanie and blue glasses. Basically dressed as a mini hybrid of Bono and The Edge, she could not have fit in any better.

Cavatina at Sunset Marquis // Photo credit: Nicole Standley

Cavatina at Sunset Marquis // Photo credit: Nicole Standley

And we already know she is the pint-sized Foodie Queen of LA, so she was full-on ready to take on the legendary Sunset Marquis Hotel as they launched Cavatina, LA’s newest restaurant led by Award Winning Chef / Restauranteur Michael Schlow on her 7th birthday.

While we didn’t have the chance to meet Chef Schlow, we did meet Sunset Marquis’ fantastic Executive Chef, Roger Eggleston, who prepared not only an outstanding meal for us, but was floored that Tot ordered the Charred Octopus with black chickpea puree, fresno chiles, olives and parsley for her entree. I told you, she’s not your ordinary Tot. She’s pretty flippin’ rad.

The JetSet Family // Cavatina at Sunset Marquis

Charred Octopus // Photo credit: Nicole Standley

From the moment the plates were placed down the JetSet Tot negotiations started in full effect! Who was getting bites of what? The Ahi Tuna small plate with marinated cucumber, jalapeno, meyer lemon and crispy rice we ordered didn’t have a chance to survive the fork fight battle happening at our table. It was so delicious.

The JetSet Family // Cavatina at Sunset Marquis

Ahi Tuna // Photo credit: Nicole Standley

Then the entrees came out. Of course Foodie Queen ended up with her whole dish, half of my Slow-Cooked Salmon with whole wheat cous cous, shaved brussels sprouts, bacon and grapefruit and a quarter of dad’s Marquis Cheeseburger with crispy onions, cheddar, horseradish-black pepper sauce.

The JetSet Family // Cavatina at Sunset Marquis

Slow-Baked Salmon // Photo credit: Nicole Standley

Our meal was concluded with a very special Happy Birthday dessert which was fabulous. Tot then successfully managed to scam a portion of Dad’s Warm Apple Crostata with vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce from right under his nose. I did snag a bite and I can say with all that is truthful, it was the best dessert I’ve ever eaten in my whole life. Whole. Life.

The JetSet Family // Cavatina at Sunset Marquis

Warm Apple Crostata // Photo credit: Nicole Standley

As we were about to gather our belongings (i.e. 27 American Girl dolls,) we struck up a conversation with the General Manager, Rod Gruendyke, Jesse Flores the Food and Beverage Director and Francois Marin, Guest Services Manager, who very quickly became Coco’s bestest friend in the whole wide world. He brought her over to the foot bridge and had her help him feed her favorite, the koi in the pond.

The JetSet Family // Cavatina at Sunset Marquis

JetSet Tot visits with Francois at Sunset Marquis

While they were doing that, I continued to discuss with Rod why I love it there so much. It’s magical, it is safe and it’s home. Anyone who walks through those doors immediately appreciates the seclusion and the property’s unspoken rule (or perhaps a forgotten courtesy at most places,) that celebs are treated not only with respect, but as equals. So don’t even think about popping a picture. Seriously, don’t. It is not tolerated.

As we dragged ourselves away to brave the traffic back to OC, we made a promise to come back and stay a little longer to check out their special program designed especially for kids. Mr. Francois made sure to send Miss C. back with some super rock star souvenirs which she immediately brought to school this morning to show off.

The entire staff could not have made this birthday afternoon any more special for C and our family. From being greeted by our favorite, Logan, at the entrance, to being seated directly in the middle of the restaurant so we could enjoy the beauty from all angles, it really was the BESTEST birthday ever.

The JetSet Family // Cavatina at Sunset Marquis

Cavatina // Photo courtesy of Sunset Marquis

Then as if the day couldn’t have gotten much better, Pearl Jam’s Just Breathe filled the air. It gave me a moment to soak up what was happening. I’ve never been able to hear that song without tearing up. Now it has become the big beautiful bow that will tie up this special afternoon forever.

And that my friends is my love letter to Cavatina at Sunset Marquis.

Hugs & passports,

– Nicole

Photo credits: Nicole Standley and Sunset Marquis

On occasion, contributors of The JetSet Family receive products, compensation and/or services gratis or at discounted rates. This practice does not hinder the influencer’s point of view. All descriptions are factual and accurately reflect the overall experience.

Review overview
  • Anne January 14, 2014

    Fantastic post and absolutely mouthwatering pics:). I’m a huge fan of octopus, salmon and fregola so I think I’ve already figured out what I’ll order on my first visit. Glad you had such a special experience and thanks so much for the information.

  • Angela Kinder January 14, 2014

    Can I be honest? That sounds like an amazing place! And JetSet Tot has my heart for liking rock-n-roll!

  • tara pittman January 14, 2014

    The food looks wonderful. Your daughter has great taste in food.

  • Jill Brooks January 14, 2014

    I want to live in the pictures. It sounds heavenly. Can’t wait to try it out next time I get down to Southern CA!

  • Lena January 14, 2014

    That food looks delicious and the place seems like an a great place to be.

  • Lena January 14, 2014

    Looks like such a magical place.

  • Ashley M January 14, 2014

    What a special day and it sounds like the venue was fantastic!

  • Christie Moeller January 14, 2014

    Now I’m starving…yummmmm

  • Cecile January 14, 2014

    The food looks wonderful, but I wouldn’t be brace enough to try the octopus!

  • Heather January 14, 2014

    wow, I don’t think in another instance would I say Charred octopus looked good enough to eat. But that picture makes it look great. It seems like the whole experience was just awesome for your daughter and the ambiance is something I would like. Now I’m totally all over that warm apple Crostada!

  • Michelle January 14, 2014

    Anything with Meyer lemon or bacon has me intrigued.

  • Camille January 14, 2014

    That food looks amazing! And what a fun birthday celebration!

  • What a fabulous place! The food looks delicious and mouth-watering.

  • Kasandria Reasoner January 14, 2014

    WOW! I’m going to have to put this on my bucket list of places to go! The food look AMAZING!

  • mel January 14, 2014

    Great post! This looks absolutely amazing!!!

  • Galit Breen January 14, 2014

    Fancy, delicious, and fun! What an amazing experience!

  • Loreina January 14, 2014

    The charred octopus scares me a little lol! Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Great pics, and it looks like a really great time!

  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All January 15, 2014

    Happy birthday to her! It sounds like she had the perfect birthday. she looks super happy. And that Warm Apple Crostata looks super yummy.

  • Real Army of Moms January 15, 2014

    IT sounds amazing. Next time I am up in LA I will have to try it.

  • Lexie Lane January 15, 2014

    Oh my gosh! Another beautiful place! Those dishes make me so hungry, but at the same time they look too lovely to eat.

  • Alyssa C January 18, 2014

    OMG!!! Everything looks AMAZING!!! It looks like you had a wonderful time!!

  • Erinn S January 18, 2014

    I have all boys and unfortuneatley can’t talk them into a day at American Girl 🙂 I do not like apple much but that dessert above may change my mind-it looks delicious!!

  • Michelle F. January 18, 2014

    The food looks amazing! Love the presentations.

  • Trisha Grimes January 18, 2014

    The Slow-Cooked Salmon looks amazing and is definitely my kind of meal! The dessert looks amazing as well!

  • Danielle @ We Have It All January 18, 2014

    Wow, that looks like an amazing place to visit and the salmon looks delish!!

  • Jenn January 19, 2014

    Looks like a fantastic place to visit, what a special day! The warm apple crostata looks so delicious!!

  • Francois January 23, 2014

    Hi Nicole,
    Can you beleive I am part of the happy few allowed to perform here!
    It is a magical place…
    Fiftieth anniversary last year…
    I spent 32 of them on and off with the Company…
    Just love the Sunset Marquis , which has so much to offer!
    Hope you get to come and enjoy again!

  • Lisa Jones March 10, 2014

    Beautiful & Elegant The Food Looks Incredible!!


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