The Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce has announced the honorees for its 2019 Beverly Hills Golden Palm Awards. The awards will be given out Nov. 19 in a ceremony at Montage Beverly Hills. “The Chamber is fortunate to lead a world-class community of the most unique and innovative businesses,” said the Chamber’s President and CEO, Todd Johnson.
This year’s Golden Palm Award categories and winners include the following:
Above and Beyond: Alzheimer’s Association California Southland
In recognizing the Alzheimer’s Association California Southland, the Chamber notes, “Since bringing their chapter headquarters to Beverly Hills three years ago, they have built a five-office network across a seven-county territory.” The organization continues to expand its free, local, support services, educational programs, research and advocacy initiatives. Last year, they awarded research grants to USC and UCLA; offered free 24/7 support via the Helpline; and raised over $2 million for advocacy, research and care through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s California Southland series.
Above and Beyond Small Business: Heritage Fine Wines
The Chamber describes Heritage Fine Wines as a destination where “visitors can drink and eat as though they are in France.” Winemaker Jordane Andrieu, the owner of a biodynamic wine estate near Meursault in Burgundy, opened this not-to-miss venue in the heart of Beverly Hills. Their wines are organic, biodynamic, and/or natural and are paired with savory French cuisine. The Chamber also gives a nod to service that offers interactive education in fine wine, as well as exceptional hospitality and memorable evenings with special guests such as John Legend and Jean-Charles Boisset.
Fred Hayman Visionary Award: Bob and Leslie Spivak
According to the Chamber, “The Spivak’s true visionary mindset has left a lasting impact on the hospitality industry in Beverly Hills and beyond.” Bob Spivak, co-founder of Grill Concepts, Inc., the group behind The Grill on The Alley, The Daily Grill, and many others, approached fine dining with a top-notch customer service mindset of “The answer is yes now what is the question?” Bob and Leslie Spivak have served on many local, regional, and state boards and associations such as California Restaurant Association, California Culinary Academy, Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors, and many others, paving the way for further economic and community growth.
Innovation: Louis Vuitton
Craftsmanship, quality and design have driven Louis Vuitton for more than 165 years. Today, the house remains faithful to the spirit of its founder, Louis Vuitton, who invented a genuine “Art of Travel” through luggage, leather goods and accessories which were as creative as they were elegant and practical. Louis Vuitton continues these efforts in innovation and collaborative spirit through Louis Vuitton X, an immersive exhibition through the House’s deep history of creative exchanges and artistic collaborations. By engaging within the modern creative community, many of which are Los Angeles-based artists, Louis Vuitton fuels the past, present and future with a collaborative spirit and carefully created products that are a testament to Louis Vuitton’s commitment to fine craftsmanship. Louis Vuitton is proud and honored to bring this collaborative spirit to Beverly Hills as it reinforces the House’s creative footprint within the community.
Innovation Small Business: Imagine X Functional Neurology
The mission of Imagine X Functional Neurology is to shift the gold standard of healthcare from a reactive model to one that is rehabilitative and preventative. By utilizing a unique combination of neurological therapies, Imagine X Functional Neurology treats conditions where traditional methods have fallen short. In honoring Imagine X with the Golden Palm, the Chamber notes, “Their patient experience is unmatched, creating a community of truly healthy humans.”
Retailer of the Year: Beverly Hills teuscher
For 36 years, teuscher has been a staple of the Beverly Hills community. Like so many other families in the community, their family has had a long-standing love affair with teuscher chocolates. Over the years they have formed traditions and memories around these extraordinary Swiss chocolates, and the enchanting wonderland of fantasy truffle boxes inside their store. Today their family is proud to be carrying on the teuscher tradition in Beverly Hills!
Hotel of the Year: Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
Since opening its doors in June 2017, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills has welcomed thousands of global travelers and locals alike and has become entrenched in the Beverly Hills community. The team actively participates in city events and initiatives, supports local organizations at every opportunity, and has played a significant role in garnering national attention to attract visitors to the City of Beverly Hills.
Restaurant of the Year: Lawry’s The Prime Rib, Beverly Hills
After more than 80 years as the heart of Beverly Hills’ famous Restaurant Row, Lawry’s The Prime Rib recently completed an unprecedented menu expansion, a stunning interior remodel and a fashion-forward uniform redesign. Today, they continue to offer the classic Lawry’s experience and more to their long-time loyal guests while connecting with a new generation.