The Market At Santa Monica Place –

Stroll through The Market at Santa Monica Place to find what’s fresh and what’s cooking. Enjoy fresh, farm-to-table meals at The Curious Palate and roasted coffee at Groundwork. Learn to create culinary masterpieces like homemade croissants or French macarons at The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories or learn to cook raw foods at Matthew Kenney Culiary. Find the perfect bottle of wine to take to dinner at Venokado Wine & Gifts or an assorment of kitchen accessories at COOK by Venokado. Give in to a mouthful with gourmet chocolates from Chocolate Opulence or a marvelously sweet treat from N’ice Cream. And be sure to stop by for farm-based beauty products from Benedetta Skin Care. The Market has the ingredients for an authentically great time, such as a great meal at M.A.K.E. Raw Cuisine and so much more.

The latest outpost of this Westside favorite brews certified organic, fairly traded, single origin and custom-blended coffees, including Banda Geisha, Black Gold, Bitches Brew and Angel City.

M.A.K.E. is a Raw restaurant, featuring cutting edge plant-based cuisine. The menu is executed under the guidance of Raw food chef and author, Matthew Kenney.

From Denmark to Venice to Santa Monica comes N’Ice Cream, superior gelato and sorbet made fresh every morning with organic ingredients and fresh seasonal fruits.

The brainchild of a French pastry artist and an accomplished Southern cook, this cooking school offers 3- and 4-hour classes, chef demonstrations, special events, cookbook signings and more.

Come to The Market for a carefully curated menu of food experiences that fits with the way people in Santa Monica live today. We know you crave local products and nourishing experiences – whether you’re planning dinner or planning to feed your imagination. The Market brings you the very best organic, artisanal and gourmet ingredients from some of the region’s most creative culinary thinkers.

The Market at Santa Monica Place is a delicious collection of organic, artisanal and gourmet food and gifts from the best local purveyors. These hand-picked independently owned shops offer a food experience unlike anything else in Southern California. Come out and meet your favorite artisans and discover the joy of good food.

The brainchild of a French pastry artist and an accomplished Southern cook, The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories offers 3- and 4-hour classes, chef demonstrations, special events, cookbook signings and more.

This market, kitchen and café specializes in artisanal foods and farm-to-table cooking – and the results are always delicious.  The Curious Palate features unusual culinary items from around the world by Mark Cannon and Elliot Rubin.

A Westside favorite, groundwork coffee company brews certified organic, fairly traded, single origin and custom-blended coffees, including Banda Geisha, Black Gold, Bitches Brew and Angel City.

Experience this hip and eclectic wine shop and also discover unusual, beautifully packaged gifts. A tasting room adds to the excitement of this new location of the West Hollywood favorite, Venokado.

Joining Primi Al Mercato, acclaimed Santa Monica-based restauranteur Piero Selvaggio brings a second eatery to The Market called Norcino, meaning “The Butcher.”  The concept combines charcuterie plates with premium cheeses that will be served in a sushi-inspired fashion.  The meat plates will be sold separately or can be combined with a selection of assorted cheeses to take home.  To compliment the meats and cheeses, wine and beer will be served as well.

Artisan, gourmet chocolates – hand-made by the company’s French-trained chocolatier – star in Chocolate Opulence’s new location at The Market. Always made fresh in Los Angeles, these chocolates use natural ingredients only with no preservatives.

Chocolate Opulence is renowned for its beautifully painted, uniquely flavored chocolates, including Greek Kalamata Olive, Cucumber Vodka, Earl Grey, Mango Wasabi, Pomegranate, Hibiscus, Curried Kiwi and many more. Or choose from perennial favorites like Grand Marnier, Coffee, Mint Truffle, Lemon Mousse, Raspberry, Banana, Sea Salt Caramel and others.

The Maitre Chocolatier, Wahjung Park, studied in Paris at the noted Ecole Superieure de Cuisine Jean Ferrandi, and has worked with some the most esteemed chocolatiers in France, including Alain Furet. Christian Alexandre, her husband and co-owner, has a background in international finance and politics. 

A favorite local baking expert French native Clemence Gossett of Gourmandise Desserts, and her partner Hadley Hughes, operate a sweet and savory cooking school in The Market with two teaching kitchens and state-of-the-art equipment. On the menu: three- and four-hour classes, chef demonstrations, special events, cookbook signings and community partnerships.

Recent classes have included Sweet Spring Tarts, Gourmet Candy Bars, Handpies, Izakaya: Japanese Small Plates, Southern Pies, Quiches and Savory Tarts, French Macarons and many more.

In some ways, Gossett’s story reads like a Hollywood script.  Her pastry skills were born at her family’s auberge in Provence, where as a girl she made a chocolate cake that made it on to the dessert cart – a magical experience for this young baker.  Later Gossett left the kitchen for film school, a stint at Fox and two children before opening a small baking company in Venice.  She began teaching classes on a whim and found what she loved best.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category and by a panel of professional judges. Viewer’s Choice awards will be given out to Amateur and Youth entries which garner the greatest number of votes.

We (The Gourmandise School and Santa Monica Place) are not responsible for any damage to your entry. Entries must be picked up by 7pm on Sunday, Dec, 11. Winning entries must remain on display in The Market until Jan. 2.

: Entries may be not exceed 24″ x 24″. There are no height restrictions. Delivery: All entries must arrive between 10am and 8pm on Friday, Dec. 9 at The Market, located on the third floor of Santa Monica Place. A showroom will be designated for the display of all entries and marked as such.

: Voting will take place between Noon and 2pm on Sunday, Dec. 11. Viewer’s Choice voting will begin on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10am and will continue until winners are announced at 2pm on Sunday, Dec. 11.

: All materials, including supports, must be edible. Your houses’ base need not be made of edible materials, but must be strong enough to support your creations in the event it needs to be moved.

Most purveyors of The Market are open a minimum of 10AM-9PM Monday through Saturday and 11AM-8PM on Sunday. However, some purveyors’ hours may vary, so it’s best to check the hours of specific purveyors prior to your visit.

Parking is easy and convenient for The Market.  Parking is available in the City of Santa Monica’s eight public parking structures, including Structure 7 and Structure 8, which are immediately adjacent to Santa Monica Place.  Both are equipped with a brand-new, highly visible green- and red-light parking guidance system that indicates exactly which parking spaces are available.

There are two structures that are connected to Santa Monica Place and two specific locations that feed directly into level 3, where The Market is located.  We want to fill you in on a little secret to get you in and out in no time!

Structure 7 is located on 4th and Broadway.  Park on level 4 and walk directly into Level 3 of Santa Monica Place where The Market is located or take the sky bridge directly into The Market.

Freshly made every morning, dozens of delightful flavors – think salted caramel, chocolate hazelnut, sour cherry and so many more – of organic, free-trade gelato and sorbet from N’Ice Cream are rare treats. Never more than 12 hours old and made with less cream and sugar than standard products, the sublime gelato is the creation of Danish duo Christian Toxboe and Laura Nielsen.

The pair moved from Denmark in 2008 with the sole purpose of opening a gelato and sorbet store in Los Angeles. They fell in love with Venice and decided it would be the perfect location for the first N’Ice Cream store.  The Abbot Kinney neighborhood quickly embraced the new little gelato store and it became so successful that Toxboe and Nielsen opened a second location on the Venice Boardwalk in 2009. N’ice Cream offers gelato and sorbet by the scoop – made with seasonal fruits and other fresh ingredients – as well as milkshakes, thickshakes and coffee drinks.

Sunday is all about family, from kids cooking classes to arts and crafts to a child DJ spinning tunes in support of Operation  Smile. 11am-1:00pm: Zuddha Girls Demo: Superfood Smoothies 1–5:00pm: DJ on the Dining Deck1-5:00pm: Kids craft time, including macaroni necklace decorating1-8:00pm: Interactive photo both in The Plaza3-5:00pm: French Macarons with Nate of Fat Uncle Farms ALL DAYSampling of gelato cakes around the market and around the property (N’ice Cream)Sampling of skin products, FREE hancials and ETW a customized gift bag filled with farm-sourced local harvest, fresh and authentic skin food preparations (Benedetta)

Made with the highest quality organic ingredients, the Cookie Guru bakes cookies that are crispy, yet chewy and gooey. These gourmet delights are paired with delicious flavored organic milk, which provides a unique twist on a classic pairing.

Join her celebrity clientele and experience a fresh take on floral design, including one-of-a-kind arrangements and fun classes, at Jenny Barker’s Magical Blooms.

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