The Chamber will recognize exemplary business leaders by presenting awards in several categories at its annual Best of Beverly Hills Golden Palm Awards on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 6 – 9 PM at Montage Beverly Hills. To purchase tickets and for more details, click here.
The Best of Beverly Hills Golden Palm Award 2019 honorees include:
Fred Hayman Visionary Award: Bob and Leslie Spivak
The Spivak’s true visionary mindset has left a lasting impact on the restaurant and food industry in Beverly Hills and beyond. Bob Spivak is the co-founder, Chairman, and past president and chief executive officer of Grill Concepts, Inc., the group behind The Grill On The Alley, The Daily Grill, Public School, and many others. Bob with the incredible help from his wife Leslie, approach fine dining with a top-notch customer service mindset of “The answer is yes – now what is the question?”
Originally formed in 1984, and publicly held since 1995, Grill Concepts, Inc. currently operates 12 Daily Grill restaurants throughout Southern and Northern California, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Texas, and Washington State. In addition, there are six The Grill on the Alley restaurants, located in Beverly Hills CA, San Jose CA, Westlake Village CA, Chicago IL, Dallas TX, and Aventura FL. In the early 1980s, Bob, along with his two partners, Mike Weinstock and Richard Shapiro, opened the highly successful Beverly Hills restaurant, The Grill On the Alley, a traditional American grill with the by-words, “Quality Without Compromise.” The Grill was inducted into the Fine Dining Hall of Fame by Nation’s Restaurant News in 1995. Considered one of Los Angeles’ “power spots,” The Grill is the upscale model for the Daily Grill, a concept based on the high-quality food and service at a price point that reaches a far wider audience.
As industry veterans, both Bob and Leslie Spivak have paved the way for further economic and community growth by serving on many local, regional, and state boards and associations. Bob was the Chairman of the California Restaurant Association, Director and past chairman of the Board of Advisors for The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly University Pomona and served on the Board of Directors for the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco.
Leslie Spivak has been involved in several community organizations including but not limited to Cedars-Sinai Health System, the Board of Women’s Leadership Network (JVS), and the Bellagio Road School. Leslie joined the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors in 2003 and has since been an incredible asset to many of the hospital’s projects and programs. In 2016, Leslie Spivak became the Chair of Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors where they completed a $20,000,000 fundraise for “Stem Cell Research” during her term. Additionally, she has been instrumental in beginning and growing “Rock for Research,” an annual family event raising money for Cedars-Sinai Health System. She currently volunteers in the Cedars-Sinai Pooch Program and brings her dog, Daily to the hospital to visit patients.
Bob and Leslie currently live in Brentwood, California and enjoy spending time with their four children, 10 grandchildren and dog, Daily.
Above and Beyond: Alzheimer’s Association California Southland
Since bringing their chapter headquarters to Beverly Hills three years ago, they have built a five-office network across a seven-county territory. They continue to expand their 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
In the heart of Beverly Hills, visitors can drink and eat as though they are in France at Heritage Fine Wines. Winemaker Jordane Andrieu, the owner of a biodynamic wine estate near Meursault in Burgundy, opened this not-to-miss hang-out in Beverly Hills. Their wines are organic, biodynamic, and/or natural and are paired with delicious French cuisine. Their knowledgeable service 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.
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. 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.
Along with the awards ceremony, guests will be treated to a lavish pre-ceremony reception inclusive of wine and delicious cuisine. The reception will include an exclusive Trips of a Lifetime Silent Auction hosted by AmFund, providing guests with an incredible opportunity to book their dream vacation. To view the list of packages available at the event, click here.
Following the reception, all honorees will be recognized at the awards ceremony which will include live entertainment by The New York Times recognized Rose Colella Trio, decadent dessert and drinks, as well as special guests.
Register now and celebrate these incredible organizations in our community that truly make us the global luxury destination that we are! Learn more about branding your business at this annual event here. Limited sponsorship opportunities remain starting at $150.