Close to 400 guests attended the 29th Annual Hollywood Expo at the world-famous Avalon Hollywood on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce proudly presented this premiere networking event and provided exhibitors an ideal opportunity to showcase their business and make new introductions. The Chamber would like to thank all the sponsors, exhibitors and attendees who helped celebrate the businesses which make "LA LA LAND' the city of stars!
“This year’s Expo featured some of the best businesses that are new to Hollywood. Also exhibiting were some long standing businesses that have become icons in our community,” said Kaylee Kiecker, Executive Vice President of the Hollywood Chamber. “There were exhibits that featured everything from hotels to hot dogs, museums to musicians!”
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The Expo attracted concierges, tour operators, business owners, and Chamber members who are interested in learning what’s new in Hollywood. Guests experienced the grandeur of the beautifully renovated Avalon Hollywood while sampling some of their menu items including seared ahi tuna, peanut soba noodle salad, saffron and roast garlic beef tenderloin, crispy spinach risotto suppli, and fresh avocado tacos. Other highlights included FotoSpark’s interactive photo booth where guests had an opportunity to recreate the classic scene from La La Land and dance among the stars. Marky Make Up brought the crowd to life with unique body art painting demonstrations. Music was provided by Resilience DJs, and many of the vendors offered contests and giveaways at their booths. Hotels, attractions, and business services were represented at this highly-acclaimed event for the Hollywood business community.
In addition to Avalon, other menu samplings were served from Hollywood’s most iconic hot dog stand for over 77 years, Pink’s Hot Dogs, who showcased their world-famous hot dogs under their famous pink tent. Bubba Gump featured their creamy shrimp mac-n-cheese while Fresh Brothers offered piping hot pizza pies throughout the event. Fanciful Fine Foods & Gift Baskets displayed an array of artisanal cheeses and charcuterie assortments while Mel’s Drive-In served quinoa kale salad and chicken tenderloins along with their ‘Popeye Juice’ to wash it down with. Other beverage exhibitors included Juice Served Here showcasing a freshly-squeezed juice bar and a variety of fine wines were hosted by Premiere Events. Anheuser-Busch offered ice-cold bottles of Budweiser, Bud Light, Estrella Jalisco, Stella Artois, and Golden Road’s Wolf Pup Session IPA. To satisfy the crowd’s sweet tooth, Lucky Strike featured a ‘create-your-own-donut station’ while Sweet E’s Bake Shop had beautifully-designed cupcake samples to hand out. Ghirardelli Soda Fountain treated guests to chocolate dipped strawberries, and LA Smashcakes smashed cakes and offered chocolate ‘lollies’.
The 2017 Hollywood Expo was presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Diamond Level sponsors included Avalon Hollywood, Foto Spark, Harman Press, Line 204 Events, Premiere Events and Starline Tours. Platinum Level sponsors included Anheuser-Busch, Belmont Village, Hollywood Hills, C9 Balloons, Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Hollywood, Juice Served Here, Loews Hollywood Hotel, Lucky Strike Hollywood, Mel’s Drive-In Hollywood, Pantages Theatre/Nederlander Concerts, Pink’s Hot Dogs, The Proper Companies, Resilience DJs, Sweet-E’s Bake Shop, and Wood & Vine Restaurant. Silver Level sponsors for the event included ADT Custom Home Services, At The P, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Famous Hollywood Dental Care, Farm Fresh To You, Fresh Brothers, GIG JUNCTION: Musicians Referral Service of Los Angeles (AFM Local 47), Hampton Inn & Suites Los Angeles/Hollywood, Hollywood American Legion Post #43, Hollywood Heritage, Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood Property Owners Alliance, LA SmashCakes, LA’s Largest Mixer, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, Level Furnished Living, Managed Career Solutions, Monster Energy Company, The Original Farmers Market, RAD Financial and Insurance Solutions Inc., SoCal Self Storage - Hollywood & Bronson, Solar Unlimited, Inc., Travel & Tourism Marketing Association, Universal Studios Hollywood and YogaWorks.
For more than 96 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Kaylee Kiecker is Executive Vice President, Leron Gubler is President & CEO, and Jeff Zarrinnam of Hollywood Hotel serves as the 2017-18 Chair of Board of Directors.