The Market at Santa Monica Place, offering artisanal foods and other products, is scheduled to open on Friday, May 20 on the third floor dining deck.

The opening of The Market is considered the next major milestone in the reinvention of the open-air Santa Monica Place shopping center, the majority of which opened in August, according to Santa Monica Place officials.

The Market will feature unique specialty foods in a convenient location for shoppers to indulge in creative culinary pursuits, mall officials said.

“We first announced The Market a year ago, and ever since we continue to hear how people look forward to this new concept,” said Michael Guerin, vice president of leasing for Macerich, the owner of Santa Monica Place. “It is clear that there is real local demand to be able to pick up terrific organic, gourmet food items in the same location they already are visiting for wonderful meals on the dining deck.”

Guerin said The Market will be announcing more purveyor names in the months ahead, “but there is still an opportunity for a select number of new purveyors, and we would like to hear from local entrepreneurs who want to be part of this groundbreaking new concept in Santa Monica.”

Purveyors announced to date include: Venokado, a wine shop that combines vintages with hard-to-find, packaged gifts and features a tasting room;

L’Artisan du Chocolat offers hand-painted French chocolates, with classic flavors and more exotic ones such as kalamata olive, cucumber and vodka, fennel and more;

N’ice Cream is expanding from its location in Venice and has more than 85 flavors of organic, free-trade gelato and sorbet. There are traditional flavors like banana, caramel and strawberry, as well as unusual flavors like elderflower;

Röckenwagner Bakery features handcrafted baked goods, scones, pastries, breads, pretzels and more. A “watch-it-bake” soufflé bar offers an array of main course and dessert soufflés;

The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories and Community Kitchen by local baking expert Clemence Gossett offers a cooking school with two teaching kitchens with three and four-hour classes, chef demonstrations, special events, cookbook signings and community partnerships;

The Curious Palate is a market, kitchen and café specializing in artisan foods and farm-to-table service. Its market includes culinary items from around the world such as artisan olive oils, vinegars, pastas, grains and legumes, local ciders and chocolates; and

Kings Road is a gathering spot offering coffee beans made from house-roasted, heirloom beans.

All dining deck guests receive three hours complimentary valet parking.

Information, twww.santamonicaplace.com.

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