A Lavish Brunch at the Grove

The Grove, TripAdvisor’s number-one ranked shopping destination in Los Angeles, played host last week to the inaugural “Lavish Brunch,” a gorgeously set 150-foot dining table atop the trolley tracks. 

Citi Presents ‘The Lavish Brunch’ Hosted by Chef Dominique Ansel & 189 by Dominique Ansel at The Grove on July 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Caruso )

Chef Dominique Ansel of acclaimed restaurant 189 showcased a menu of brunch fare for the 150 guests who braved the heat and dined in the shade of umbrellas and refreshed with Lillet-based cocktails. His offerings included his favorite form of eggs–soft-scrambled–and fresh-from-the-oven croissants, bacon au poivre, vegetable crudité, and lobster rolls. He even unveiled a Blueberry Lemon Cake Cronut®, filled with homemade blueberry jam and creamy lemon cake ganache, which is available exclusively at The Grove in August, and which paired nicely with the cold-brew Lavazza coffee. 

Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Caruso

The chef explained that brunch is his favorite meal “because there are no rules.” He said as long as you have eggs, “you can serve things like butter-roasted lobster and thick-cut bacon au poivre, with fresh-baked brioche, Beurre de Baratte from France, honeycomb, and farmers market fruits and veggies.” He added, “It’s the one meal where you should really spoil yourself.” 

Chef Dominique Ansel attends Citi Presents ‘The Lavish Brunch’ Hosted by Chef Dominique Ansel. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Caruso )

Don’t worry if you missed out on this event, it’s just the latest in a series of unique experiences that Citi is presenting at the iconic shopping center. Citi cardmembers can enjoy year-round access to programming at The Grove, which now includes the all-new Level 8 Drive-in summer movie series.

By the way, to put your mind at ease, Uber also chipped in to ensure a successful brunch outing, providing the Lillet drinkers with rides up to $20 in value, helping to keep the lunch-hour roads safe. 


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