“I love working in this amazing neighborhood. It’s like living in a little time bubble.”
– Patti Peck of Beachwood Café
What does it take to “make it” in the restaurant industry, and how do you know when you’ve arrived? To find the answer, I set off with my Stampington sidekick Luis Mota to Beachwood Café, a local hot spot featured in the newest Where Women Cook. Not only did we find the answer, but we learned how family, community, and raw, authentic food are the key ingredients that transformed this old mom and pop shop into a treasured local favorite.
Perched in a historic neighborhood underneath the distinguished Hollywood sign, Beachwood Café beckons all walks of life and makes you feel right at home.
When we opened the doors of the café, we were greeted by none other than the gregarious owner Patti Peck. She sometimes works twelve hour days — a true labor of love — so it’s no surprise to see her behind the counter or mingling with customers at all hours.
Humble Beginnings & Building Community:
Patti is a firm believer in embracing and building connections with people. Having grown up in a densely Czech-populated farming community in Iowa, Patti incorporates traditions of the old at Beachwood, while putting a fresh spin on it. For example, she’s invented a pastime called “Pickin’ Kitchen” that’s just as fun as it sounds. It’s an activity that includes all her employees at Beachwood and the surrounding neighborhood, and embraces the community-building importance of her roots.
“We gather up to fifty people, map out the neighborhood’s fruit trees, and pick for hours, sometimes gathering up to 1500 lbs of citrus! As our way of saying thanks, we make delicious jars of Loquat halves from the collection of fruit and leave it on the neighbor’s doorstep.” — Patti Peck
She also uses the organic, fresh-picked fruit in many of her seasonal dishes at the café.
Other community-building events that Beachwood Café hosts are the Family Bingo Night and Beer Tasting, a perfect atmosphere for families and friends to connect.
What Sets this Community-Driven Business Apart?
- Patti’s welcoming heart and wonderful sense of humor
- Local, farm-to-table ingredients
- Recipes that combine tradition with modern twists
- History and location – the circa 1933 neighborhood is charming and welcoming
- The tasteful and fun interior restaurant design – Patti incorporated vintage décor from the adorable antique shop next door
- The amiable employees and satisfied customers, many of which Patti now considers family
The Art of Presentation:
Just like Stampington, Patti thinks that “packaging is everything.” This adorable blue mason jar cup, white Beachwood beverage sleeve, and sip top would look so perfect packaged up to send to one of our blog readers, wouldn’t you agree?
To share a taste of Beachwood Café with you, we’re specially wrapping and giving away this cup package to one lucky person, selected at random.
Enter for your chance to have it delivered to your doorstep by describing what most intrigued you about Beachwood Café in the comments section below!
Click here to browse images and read excerpts from Where Women Cook Autumn 2013, the issue that dives deeper into the heart of Beachwood Café.