Party benefitting the spcaLA on Sept 22 at The Roof on Wilshire brings a fresh new view of what it means to be single and live in Los Angeles.
People were falling in love left and right — with The Roof on Wilshire — the location for Singular magazine’s Last Day of Summer event that attracted some 200 Los Angeles singulars who enjoyed drinks, delicious treats and the gorgeous view on the night before the official calendar start of fall.
“I had a total blast,” said Marie Atake, a SingularCity member. “The event was tasteful, enjoyable and clever!” A business consultant from Marina Del Rey, Atake said she was particularly enamored with the sparkling wine and the comfy spot she enjoyed next to the fire pit that looks out to a stunning view. “The champagne was surprisingly lovely,” she said. “I loved it there.”
Located at the just opened The Hotel Wilshire at 6317 Wilshire Blvd., the party venue has 360-degree views spanning the Los Angeles and Hollywood Hills skyline. Since it’s just a few blocks west of L.A.’s museum row, it offers the perfect place to enjoy a pre-gallery dinner or post-art opening cocktail.
Marc Shatz, a SingularCity member who is a clinical psychologist from Beverly Hills said, “The Wilshire Hotel rooftop bar is reminiscent of the Sky Bar in West Hollywood, only the Wilshire Hotel rooftop bar has a better view, is brand new, furnished beautifully in a contemporary style. The food and service were great and the champagne better than average. It’s a great venue for a party.”
The event, besides being a great networking and friend-making opportunity, raised funds for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles. The spcaLA is an independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California since 1877. This Los Angeles-based organization relies solely on donations to run its programs and services that include cruelty investigation, disaster animal response team, spay and neuter clinics, humane education and a variety of shelter services.
Guests enjoyed delicious appetizers created by the hotel’s celebrity chef, Eric Greenspan. Included in the non-stop delivery of delicious treats: mini grilled cheese on sourdough with gruyere; date marmalade and roasted peppers; albacore tuna tartare with pineapple caper relish; crispy pork belly with avocado salad; and marinated tomato crostini with bruleed burrata. To satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth, delectable gourmet mini-cheesecakes from Millie’s Cheesecakes — each a perfect bite-sized dream of creamy sweet goodness.
Public relations pro and SingularCity member Jane Summer, who specializes in restaurant venues, said that the chef at The Hotel Wilshire is terrific. “The food was excellent and we stayed to order dinner too,” she said. “This was one of the smartest events I’ve been to all summer – very classy, fun people … it was a great spot.”
Another SingularCity member, book author Tom Bunzel, said, ”I was very glad I went and thought it was a good opportunity to mix and mingle with other nice people, a diverse crowd, in a stylish setting that wasn’t pretentious or plastic.”
Getting the party started (as well as keeping thirsts satiated throughout the night) was a wide variety of wines courtesy of the Henry Wine Group, devilish cocktails concocted by the mixologists from Tres Sietes, a new high-end tequila from Mexico and refreshing Norwegian artesian water from Voss.
There were drawings for prizes too, including tickets to see “Cabaret” performed by the Reprise Theatre Company and “Poor Behavior” at the Mark Taper Forum, VIP tickets to LACMA, and a $50 gift certificate for the Gisele Tune clothing store.
Singular magazine was the first to hold an event in this dazzling new luxury, 74-room boutique hotel designed by Killefer Flammang Architects. The hotel incorporates sustainable resources and green building materials to achieve a LEED-certification. Inside, the interiors are classically modern with cool grey and cheery yellow that enhance the eco-friendly hotel.
The Hotel Wilshire fills a void in the Miracle Mile area with a one-stop destination to dine, drink, play and relax all within walking distance of some of our city’s finest art museums. It’s the perfect place to kick-off or end an exploration of Museum Row including the California Craft & Folk Art Museum, George C. Page Museum/La Brea Tar Pits, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Petersen Automotive Museum.
SingularCity member Wendy Baker lives in the Hollywood Hills and manages a fitness spa. “I’ve been a member for over a year, but never got up the guts to go to one of the events,” she said. “Finally, I did because it looked like such a nice place and it benefited animals. The Hotel Wilshire was amazing and I had the best time. There was lots of champagne and I met some very nice people. I’lll be back for sure.”
Singular magazine’s Last Day of Summer Photo Gallery
(Please contact Jeff Daly for images)