Executive Chef Michael Hung Welcomes Chef Vartan Abgaryan To The Colony Club’s First-Ever Los Angeles Guest Chef Series At The Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs!
Join Executive Chef Michael Hung as he welcomes Guest Chef Vartan Abgaryan of Tommy’s Beverly Hills to
The Colony Club’s first-ever Los Angeles Guest Chef Series
They will be presenting a very special Five-Course Tasting Menu, Optional Wine Pairing, and Specialty Handcrafted Cocktails at The Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs coming up on Wednesday, November 9th, 2022!
Chef Vartan Abgaryan began his career late compared to most in the field. At the age of twenty, his hunger for food and love for cooking lead him to the kitchen.
Educated at Le Cordon Bleu and after working at the famed Andre Soltner restaurant, Lutece, at the age of twenty-five he became the chef at Red Pearl Kitchen in Los Angeles and then, at twenty-six, ‘A’ Restaurant in Newport Beach;
The sultry speak-easy style venue that was ‘The Arches’ for some 80 years, was reinvented and given a fresh start, where Chef Abgaryan’s cooking became the heart and the soul of this intimate establishment.
After three years in Newport, Abgaryan relocated to Los Angeles, this time to Public Kitchen and Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
With Vartan Abgaryan as Executive Chef, Public Kitchen and Bar received a 2-starreview from S. Irene Virbila and the Los Angeles Times and was mentioned as a ‘Restaurant to Watch’ in Esquire Magazine by John Mariani.
In 2012, Abgaryan joined Cliff’s Edge as Executive Chef.
His cuisine is best described as Modern American, and he sums it up by saying:
“I am driven by flavor, and I want to cook with flavors that evoke emotion.”
At Cliff’s Edge he became known for his highly seasonal approach with ingredients and the stunning presentation of his dishes. Eater LA’s Matthew Kang called out Abgaryan plates by saying he was “among the most beautiful plating in the city.”
In 2014 under Chef Abgaryan, Cliffs Edge was awarded 3-stars by LA Weekly’s Restaurant Critic Besha Rodell.
In summer of 2015, Chef Abgaryan announced that he would be leaving Cliff’s Edge in October of that year to begin preparing for the opening of 71Above, a soon-to-open restaurant on the 71st floor of the US Bank Tower in Downtown Los Angeles.
71Above opened in July 2016 and since the opening, the restaurant has seen great critical acclaim and was awarded 3-stars by LA Weekly Restaurant Critic Besha Rodell.
Los Angeles Magazine named 71Above one of the ‘Top Ten New Restaurants of 2016’ with their Restaurant Critic Patric Kuh remarking, “The experience is luxury that reflects on-point execution,” while Los Angeles TimesRestaurant critic Jonathan Gold called his suckling pig dish, “Something out of a charcuterie dream.”
Chef Vartan Abgaryan is currently overseeing the kitchen at Tommy’s Beverly Hills, a restaurant concept from Tommy Salvatore featuring a California-inspired menu with contemporary Italian influences.
Executive Chef Michael Hung and The Colony Club’s Los Angeles Guest Chef Vartan Abgaryan will be offering his Five-Course Tasting Menu ($89 per person) to be enjoyed in The Colony Club’s Main Dining Room or poolside with a stunning view of the mountains.
The Colony Club will has created an Optional Wine Pairing and The Colony Club, SO.PA, and Hermann, Bungalows Bar Manager Kelly David will be offering Specialty Handcrafted Cocktails for guests to enjoy as well.
Executive Chef Michael Hung & Chef Vartan Abgaryan’s
Five-Course Tasting Menu
$89 Per Person
(Does not include Tax & Gratuity)
Chef Vartan Abgaryan
Golden Snapper Crudo
Passion Fruit, Basil, Finger Lime
Chef Michael Hung
Salad of Roasted Delicata Squash
Shishito Peppers, Spiced Pepitas, Sherry Vinaigrette
Chef Vartan Abgaryan
Heirloom Potato “Lasagna”
Parmigiano Reggiano Cream, Siberian Sturgeon Caviar
Chef Michael Hung
Crispy Pork Belly
Brussels Sprouts, Market Apples, Mustard Jus
Classic Burnt Cheesecake de Basque
Optional Wine Pairing & Specialty Handcrafted Cocktails
will be also be available.
Executive Chef Michael Hung will welcome Chef Vartan Abgaryan to The Colony Club’s Los Angeles Guest Chef Series Five-Course Tasting Dinner ($89 Per Person – Does not include tax and gratuity) on Wednesday, November 9th, 2022, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. For more information about The Colony Club’s Los Angeles Guest Chef Series at The Colony Palms Hotel or to make reservations, please call 760.969.1800 or visit OpenTable.com.
The Colony Club at The Colony Palms Hotel is open for Dinner every Sunday through Thursday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and every Friday and Saturday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Lunch is server every Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Breakfast is offered every Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, and Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. For more information about The Colony Club at The Colony Palms Hotel or to make reservations, please call 760.969.1800 or visitwww.ColonyPalmsHotel.com.
The Colony Club at The Colony Palms Hotel
572 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262