Hotel Casa del Mar Appoints Diego Ruiz de Porras as Director of Food & Beverage

/Hotel Casa del Mar Appoints Diego Ruiz de Porras as Director of Food & Beverage

Hotel Casa del Mar Appoints Diego Ruiz de Porras as Director of Food & Beverage

|2019-06-24T18:44:55-05:00June 18th, 2019|

SANTA MONICA, CA (June 18, 2019) – Hotel Casa del Mar, an Edward Thomas Collection property, has announced the appointment of Diego Ruiz de Porras as the oceanfront property’s Director of Food & Beverage. In his new role, Ruiz de Porras will manage all culinary operations for the Santa Monica luxury hotel, including overseeing service and guest experience at Catch American Seafood and all-day-dining concept Terrazza Lounge.

Ruiz de Porras will bring more than a decade of global experience in the culinary industry to Hotel Casa del Mar after leading food and beverage teams at iconic restaurants including Jean-Georges at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, the Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel and the two-Michelin-starred La Table de L’Espadon at Hôtel Ritz Paris.

“Diego’s creativity and flair for culinary presentation is a perfect match for Hotel Casa del Mar’s dynamic dining experiences,” said Charlie Lopez-Quintana, General Manager, Hotel Casa del Mar. “We couldn’t be more excited to offer guests a twofold picture-perfect experience with both incredible food and cocktails in the amazing backdrop of the California coastline under his new direction.”

Ruiz de Porras has earned recognition from food authority ZAGAT’s “30 Under 30” as one of Los Angeles’ culinary gamechangers under the age of 30 and has been knighted by the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne. With both French and Spanish heritage, Ruiz de Porras enjoys exploring top cultural destinations in Spain, France, the United States and Canada in addition to competing in U.S. Masters Swimming and USA Triathlon competitions.

About Hotel Casa Del Mar

Offering breathtaking views of the Pacific, Hotel Casa del Mar brings the luxury, romance and relaxing feel of a Mediterranean resort to the Southern California coast. Once an exclusive beach club in the 1920s, the hotel’s timeless charm and elegance remain. Designed by Michael Smith, the lobby’s original soaring ceiling and dramatic windows offer spectacular sunsets and a picturesque place to unwind. The hotel features two dining concepts – Catch American Seafood boasting panoramic views of the California coastline, and Terrazza Lounge, a lively lobby bar and lounge with nightly entertainment – luxurious indoor cabanas, an exclusive eco-friendly spa, fitness center and outdoor pool. With the most spectacular setting in Los Angeles and world-class amenities, Hotel Casa del Mar sets the standard for comfortable, relaxed luxury. For more information, visit or call 844-880-1077.

About The Edward Thomas Collection

The Edward Thomas Collection of Hotels was founded in 1982 by third-generation hotel and real estate investors Edward and Thomas Slatkin, whose family previously owned the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel. In 1994, Beverly Hills-based ETC opened the exclusive Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica. In 1999, after a $50+ million renovation, ETC opened a hotel with a history as Santa Monica’s “Grande Dame,” Hotel Casa Del Mar. The sister luxury properties are the only hotels in the Los Angeles area located right on the sand. ETC’s management team includes Partners and Co-Founders Edward and Thomas Slatkin and Klaus Mennekes, ETC Collection of Hotels Vice President and Managing Director. For more information visit

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