Kimpton Shorebreak Resort Announces New Culinary Team and a Fresh Spin on Coastal Menu
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Kimpton Shorebreak Resort Announces New Culinary Team and a Fresh Spin on Coastal Menu

Huntington Beach Hotspot Brings in New Talent to Deliver an Amplified Dining Experience and Creative New Options

December 06, 2019 // // Huntington Beach, Calif. - Kimpton Shorebreak Resort announced today three new additions to the culinary team - Eric Kramer as director of food & beverage, Tanner Johnson as beverage manager and Gilbert Laurie as executive chef - as well as new spin on the popular menu at the coastal resort’s restaurant, Pacific Hideaway.

Spearheading the culinary team, Kramer will oversee all aspects of the resort’s dining experiences, from menu concept creation to catering services for special events and daily programming. An accomplished leader, with over two decades of experience in hospitality management, Kramer previously served as Director of Operations and Managing Partner of Bounce Sporting Club in Chicago, where he managed the beverage program and led all food and beverage training for staff.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the culinary team at Kimpton Shorebreak Resort,” says Kramer. “Pacific Hideaway is known for inventive cocktails and fresh flavors of the Pacific, Latin and Asian cultures, and I look forward to working with the culinary team to expand on this vision with our revitalized menus. I’m confident my experience in management and team development will be an asset to the team and aid in the growth of an already successful resort.”

With an international background and experience working at a Michelin restaurant in Spain, Chef Gilbert will be responsible for leading the kitchen and continuously bringing fresh ideas to the table, including new food offerings that capitalize on trending ingredients and bold flavors. Chef Gilbert has been a part of the Pacific Hideaway culinary team for two years, previously Executive Sous Chef, and has expansive knowledge on diners’ preferences and kitchen processes. Prior to his roles at Pacific Hideaway, he spent 11 years leading Opah Seafood Grille, where he aided in the successful growth of the restaurant group through strong leadership and creative direction.

As beverage manager, Johnson will be responsible for designing specialty cocktail menus and bringing out-of-the-box beverages to life. With over a decade of food and beverage experience in California and Arizona, he brings bold mixology and leadership skills to the culinary team, as well as a passion for building partnerships within the community to amplify offerings to guests.

“Eric, Gilbert and Tanner are the perfect additions to the Kimpton Shorebreak Resort family,” says Justin Simpson, general manager at Kimpton Shorebreak Resort. “We look forward to offering our guests and locals new vibrant flavors and fresh cocktail options, while staying true to Pacific Hideaway’s vision. I am confident that the new culinary team we’ve put in place is going to deliver an outstanding dining experience and am eager to see what creative initiatives they put together.”

Also new at Pacific Hideaway are enticing additions to the brunch and dinner menus. Specially curated by the new culinary team, the brunch menu now features Breakfast Tacos, Burrata Salad and Grandma’s Chilaquiles. For a boozy brunch, guests can indulge in the new vodka-based cocktail, Skinny Beach, or enjoy bottomless mimosas. The dinner menu has been amplified with new culinary delights such as Sweet & Spicy Hot Wings, Seared Diver Scallops, Sugarcane Beef Tenderloin, Pan Seared Ribeye and Crispy Pork Belly.

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About Pacific Hideaway

Located inside Kimpton Shorebreak Huntington Beach Resort, Pacific Hideaway is a modern American restaurant celebrating Pacific flavors of Southeast Asia and Latin America. Designed as a casual, yet polished and global restaurant, Pacific Hideaway’s signature statement pieces include roll-up garage doors, a large hand-carved bar depicting ocean waves, an expansive patio and lounge and incredible views of Huntington Beach Pier and the Pacific Ocean. Vibrant colors, interesting textures, and decor, including unique, hand-crafted finds from Mexico, Indonesia and Japan, with a Southern California vibe are present throughout. The casual, yet refined bar offers local beer, craft cocktails and California coastal wine. For more information, visit

About Kimpton Shorebreak Resort

Kimpton Shorebreak Resort is a contemporary boutique resort in the heart of Huntington Beach, Calif., the original Surf City, USA®?. Located steps away from Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, at the center of eclectic shopping, dining, and entertainment, the 157-guestroom beachside resort features 20 suites, ocean views, exquisite furnishings, versatile event and meeting spaces, fire pits, and amenities including beach cruisers, in-room yoga mats, record players, pet friendly policies, hosted evening social hour, nightly s’mores, coffee and tea in the Library. The resort’s restaurant Pacific Hideaway, led by Executive Chef Gilbert Laurie, offers a sampling of eclectic, worldly, and surf-inspired menu items in a refined, yet casual, beachside setting. For more information, visit

About Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a leading collection of boutique hotels and restaurants and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to the United States. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is renowned for making travelers feel genuinely cared for through thoughtful perks and amenities, bold, playful design and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Out to help people live full, balanced lives, Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, hosted evening social hour, in-room fitness programming and complimentary bike rentals. The award-winning restaurants and bars are led by talented chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local. Kimpton is consistently ranked as one of the top companies in the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, Upper Upscale Segment, for Customer Satisfaction. The company is highly-regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits and has been named a FORTUNE magazine “Best Place to Work” seven times since 2009. Kimpton is continuously growing and currently operates over 60 hotels and 70 plus restaurants, bars and lounges in 30 U.S. cities. In January 2015, Kimpton was welcomed into the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands, bringing together two special cultures and sets of values to create the world's largest boutique hotel business. For more information, visit

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(224) 406-4709

SOURCE Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants



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