by Sophie Gayot
To celebrate the start of the holiday season, the Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills invited some 300 guests last night. The reception was actually a very good excuse to collect toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The foundation then distributes them as Christmas gifts to needy children. The Marines left with more than 500 presents!
Hotel general manager Mehdi Eftekari is behind this good cause. He started getting involved with the Marines’ organization sixteen years ago, when he was at the Newport Beach Four Seasons, and then brought it with him when he moved to the Los Angeles location eight years ago.
The guests stayed late, enjoying the food of hotel executive chef Ashley James and a very chocolaty pastry buffet by chef Federico Fernandez. And while we’re on the subject of the hotel’s food, make sure to tune in on December 25, 2011, to the season premiere of “Iron Chef America,” when Culina, Modern Italian restaurant chef’s Vic Casanova will be competing.