Popeye, Olive Oyl, The Lobster Chef Collin Crannell, Crannell’s son and Locanda del Lago Chef Gianfranco Minuz at last year’s inaugural Eat Well Week

Popeye, Olive Oyl, The Lobster Chef Collin Crannell, Crannell’s son and Locanda del Lago Chef Gianfranco Minuz at last year’s inaugural Eat Well Week

By Michael Aushenker

It should come as no surprise that Santa Monica, known for being a progressive city, is “going green.” Only this week, the phrase applies more directly to peas, kale and broccoli.
To promote healthier lifestyles and the many local restaurants that can help diners achieve them, the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau is launching the city’s second annual Eat Well Week on Sunday.
For locals, this means that many of the city’s top restaurants will offer discounted prix fixe menus and other options to “satisfy both the wallet and the waistline,” according to the event’s website.
The promotion runs through next Sunday, Jan. 12.
Participants of Eat Well 2014 include:
• Al Mare, 250 Santa Monica Pier,
(310) 458-4448
• Blue Stove, 220 Broadway,
(310) 752-4110
• Cast at the Viceroy, 1819 Ocean Ave.,
(310) 260-7511
• Del Frisco’s Grille, 1551 Ocean Ave.,
#105,  (310) 395-7333
• JiRaffe,  502 Santa Monica Blvd.,
(310) 917-6671
• Lago, 231 Arizona Ave.,
(310) 451-3525
• Loteria Grill,
1251 3rd Street Promenade,
(310) 393-2700
• Ocean and Vine, 1700 Ocean Ave.,
(310) 576-3180
• Seasons 52, 1501 Ocean Ave.,
(310) 451-1152
•The Curious Palate,
395 Santa Monica Place,
(310) 395-2901
• The Lobster, 1602 Ocean Ave.,
(310) 458-9294
• Redwood Grille, 395 Santa Monica Place,
Ste. 308, (310) 576-0600
• Tiato, 2700 Colorado Ave,
(310) 866-5228
• Upper West Restaurant,
3321 Pico Blvd., (310) 586-1111

A ravioli di spinaci dish created by Minuz at last year’s event

A ravioli di spinaci dish created by Minuz at last year’s event

Kelly Nagle, spokeswoman for the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the now annual event recognizes that “wellness is not only a big part of the lifestyle, but also our culinary scene.”
For the inaugural Eat Well Week last January, venerable cartoon stars Popeye and Olive Oyl were on hand to launch the concept — and who better than a spinach-eating sailor and his girlfriend with the salad-dressing moniker to communicate healthier menu options to kids? King Features Syndicate, home of the “Popeye” comic strip, had sent over kabuki costumes of their characters for the inaugural event.
“He’s a Santa Monica native,” Nagle said of Popeye, “and last year, we had a spinach-cooking competition [featuring] Lago, Ocean and Vine, and The Lobster.”
This week, in coordination with California Restaurant Month, organizers aim to co-mingle “good taste and healthy food” in ways that prove the two are not mutually exclusive, Nagle said.
There is also a section on Eat Well’s web page that highlights tips for a healthier 2014, with pointers and discounts on everything from organic beauty treatments to cooking and fashion.
After all, said Nagle, Santa Monica has “great amenities and options here in our own backyard that will help us stick to our New Year’s resolutions.”
For more on Eat Well Week, visit santamonica.com/where-to-eat/eat-well-week/.§
Michael(at)argonautnews.com

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