The DAOU SideStage Experience is a one-of-a-kind festival dining event located on the main stage, adjacent to the bands performing! Patrons will enjoy a highly curated dining experience while sitting on the side of the stage — they’ll watch their favorite band perform while eating food from some of the area’s most celebrated chefs. Each prix fixe menu will also be paired with wine from DAOU Vineyards! Get your tickets now to dine with the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop and BeachLife Festival as your soundtrack. The link to purchase tickets will be sent out individually to ticket-holders.
Executive Chef, RYLA
Ray Hayashi has spent nearly a decade with chef David LeFevre working his way up to R&D chef at South Bay’s beloved MB Post, Fishing with Dynamite, and The Arthur J. He recently opened RYLA, his first restaurant, together with his wife, chef Cynthia Hetlinger, in the coastal digs of Hermosa Beach. RYLA serves seasonal California cuisine with an emphasis on chef Hayashi’s Japanese heritage along with a touch of Taiwanese flavors from chef Hetlinger’s upbringing.
FRIDAY | CHEF RAY HAYASHI
Weezer, Black Pumas, and Milky Chance
Bay Scallop Crudo
Tosazu Vinegar / Orange / Serrano Chili / Puffed Buckwheat
White Sesame Caesar Salad
White Anchovy / Croutons / Parmesan
Braised “Kalbi” Beef Short Rib
Gochujang / Potato Purée / Spring Vegetables
SATURDAY | CHEF KEVIN MEEHAN
The Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, and Michael Franti & Spearhead
Local Kanpachi Crudo
Cucumber Relishes / Fresno Chili / Sea Grass / Citrus Leches De Tigre
"Acid Trip" Tomato Salad | Girl & Dug Farms
Black Garlic Soil / Charred Avocado / Corto Olive Oil
Local Striped Bass
Eggplant Caviar / Opal Basil Oil / Zucchini Nest
Bitter Chocolate Cremeaux
Cocoa Soil / Garden Mint
With the opening of Kali Restaurant in 2016, chef Kevin Meehan's broad 25-year culinary career reached its apex. The Michelin-starred Kali represents the evolution of not just Kali Dining, Meehan's roving private dinner pop-up, but the rigorous years he spent refining his craft in Los Angeles' most prestigious kitchens. The contemporary California restaurant blends the precision and hospitality of the white tablecloth kitchens where Meehan developed his culinary acumen, with the accessibility and ease of a local's favorite neighborhood haunt.
Executive Chef, BeachLife
BeachLife's own chef Jacob Ramos was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Ramos developed a love of cooking from his mother and grandmother. Jacob went on to study at the California School of Culinary Arts and received a diploma from Le Cordon Bleu. Jacob went on to work for the Patina Restaurant Group starting as a prep cook and working his way up to be the Sous Chef of their Michelin-star-rated restaurant. He went on to open the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe with Michelin Star & James Beard award-winning Chef Traci de Jardin. He was then recruited to open MiCasa under the famed Chef Jose Andres. Since 2019, he has been the corporate executive chef in charge of the culinary experience at Sunset Monalisa, Jazz on the Rocks & Laurus.
SUNDAY | CHEF JACOB RAMOS
Steve Miller Band, Lord Huron, UB40 feat. Ali Campbell
Whiskey Ponzu Sauce / Avocado Salad / Crispy Shallots / Taro Root
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
Super Sweet Brentwood Corn / Sungold Tomato Gastrique / Tangerine Lace
Wood-Grilled, Aged New York Steak
Maitake Mushroom / Creamy Potato / Braised Cippolini Onion / Marrow Bordelaise
Crema de Catalan / Orange / Passion Fruit
SAT & SUN BRUNCH | CHEF JACOB RAMOS
Sugar Ray, Donavon Frankenreiter, Ozomatli, and ALO
Organic, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs
Thick-Cut Applewood Smoked Bacon
Fennel Apple Sausage
House-Made Pork Belly Benedict
Creamy Chipotle Grits / Oven-Roasted Tomato
Seasonal Fruit and Berries
California Yogurt Parfaits
Pineapple / Raspberry / Mango / Strawberry
Muffins, Croissants, Danishes, Cinnamon Buns, &
Made To Order
VP of Hospitality Operations, DAOU Vineyards
If you think you've seen Marino Monferrato before, you probably have—at least if you watch the hit culinary show Hell’s Kitchen with Chef Gordon Ramsay. Marino has served as the show’s maître d'hôtel for the past 10 seasons, making him a household face for many since 2013.Marino is now a fixture at DAOU as well, serving as our vice president of hospitality operations.
A native of Torino in northern Italy’s Piemonte wine region, Marino brings an effortless charm and a deep hospitality expertise to his role at DAOU, which includes working at some of the world’s finest restaurants.Marino started his career in the hospitality industry at the age of 17 when he trained under famed chef Gualtiero Marchesi in his Michelin 3-Star restaurant in Italy. To this day, Monferrato considers Chef Marchesi to be his greatest mentor.
“My approach is perfectly suited to DAOU,” Marino says. “Georges and Daniel Daou truly believe that even the most luxurious things in life can be shared in a spirit of warmth and generosity. This is why I felt such a powerful attraction to DAOU.” When not working his hospitality magic, Marino can be found soaking up the wine country life of Paso Robles and spending quality time with his wife and their two daughters.
Does NOT include entrance to the festival. You must purchase a ticket to the festival separately to confirm your reservation!
Seating begins 30 minutes before the performance you choose, and the dining experience ends at the end of the music performance. Your reservation is not for the entire day.
Cost varies based on set, but DOES NOT INCLUDE alcohol. DAOU wines, beer, and cocktails will be available for additional fees on the DAOU SideStage (through cashless purchase). Final purchase includes tax and service fees.
Seating is communal style — we are at a festival! Let's make friends!
- Guests will not order. The menu is pre-set, with no substitutions. Vegetarian options and allergies will be accommodated for those who let us know at time of reservation. We are unable to accommodate special menu requests received less than 10 days prior to the event.
- Guests will receive a signed copy of the menu (by Chef) as a take-home souvenir.
- We have 9 tables of 10 for 90–100 seats. Tables are seated communally or family-style. Maximum table reservation: 12 people (10 is ideal).
- NO CANCELLATIONS for any reason. NO REFUNDS for any reason.
- If you are late to your seating, we will proceed without you.
- We have ADA accessibility.
- BAR SERVICE will be a cashless bar, and people will be able to order at their table via credit card. Menu will include DAOU wines, beer, several cocktail types, and soft drinks. There will also be a DAOU wine pairing for each menu available for purchase. There will be a special drink menu printed on the back side of your menus.