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Finding Food & Fame in Hollywood

By Devin Strecker

March 27, 2015

Hollywood has always been a place where people have come to find fame and/or fortune, and they still do to this day! However, for many of us who live and work in the area, what we’re always keeping an eye out for is new places to eat. Luckily, with the help of Haines & Co., the BID’s public relations consultants, several lucky bloggers got to experience the best of what Hollywood has to offer on both of those fronts.

On February 2, 2015, the #HollywoodFoodies blogger tour took attendees to several culinary highlights in downtown Hollywood, including three new spots: Grom, an Italian gelato spot at Hollywood & Highland (6801 Hollywood Blvd.); and Eastown LA’s Greenleaf and Pressed Juicery (6201 Hollywood Blvd.). From there, the group visited three of sbe’s establishments: celebrity hotspot Katsuya (where we ran into Rob Gronkowski fresh from his Superbowl victory the day before; 6300 Hollywood Blvd.), Cleo, and The Library Bar, which are both housed in the Redbury Hotel (1717 Vine St.).

New England Patriot footballer Rob Gronkowski takes a photo with some of the attendees of the #HollywoodFoodies tour.

New England Patriot footballer Rob Gronkowski takes a photo with some of the attendees of the #HollywoodFoodies tour.

One of the bloggers on the tour, journalist Kristie Hang, provided extensive coverage on her blog, stating “Hollywood has definitely changed in the last year or so. What you may not know is that in the last few years, there’s been some major upgrades being done to Hollywood to attract not just tourists, but local foodies like me who want to try unique experiences with their friends.”

Echoing those sentiments, Chef Jay Terauchi covered the event on his blog, writing “These days, there are so many good places to eat in Hollywood. It’s awesome to see this area grow in the culinary field.”

AMDA graduate Jenny Florkowski spoke with bloggers on the #HollywoodTalent tour. (Photo by Kerry Morrison)

AMDA graduate Jenny Florkowski spoke with bloggers on the #HollywoodTalent tour. (Photo by Kerry Morrison)

To prove that Hollywood is still the place where dreams come true, the #HollywoodTalent Up & Coming Blogger Tour took place on March 12. Attendees were treated to a tour of AMDA (6306 Yucca St.), where they met Jenny Florkowski, who just ended her national tour starring in “Wicked” at the Pantages Theatre several days later. From there, the group went to Musician’s Institute (6752 Hollywood Blvd.) where they were met by Grammy winner and MI graduate Reuben Cohen. Next, they travelled to Second City (6560 Hollywood Blvd.) for a quick meeting with Andy Cobb, co-writer of the show “President Hillary.”

Grammy Winner Reuben Cohen speaks to Kerry Morrison and the rest of the attendees of the #HollywoodTalent tour. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Grammy Winner Reuben Cohen speaks to Kerry Morrison and the rest of the attendees of the #HollywoodTalent tour. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

The last two stops featured up and coming bands on their way to SXSW. Taymir, a Dutch band, was making their US debut at The Record Parlour (6408 Selma Ave.), while up the street at Hotel Café (1623 Cahuenga Blvd.), a trio of sisters from the Pacific northwest who call themselves Joseph was delighting the audience.

In speaking with people at these venues, it became apparent that Hollywood is still the launching pad for those seeking their place in the entertainment industry.

Devin Strecker serves as Director of Communications and Social Media for the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance.  He previously spent eight years working for the nearby Hollywood Media District BID.  He graduated from Fort Hays State University, near his hometown of Paradise, Kansas, with a degree in information networking and telecommunications.  He is a musician with his own band, Devin Tait and the Traitors.

 

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