SiliconBeachClearly: Belmont Stakes Viewing Party – Chandelier Room
While California Chrome’s meteoric rise to fame has captivated an entire nation and renewed interest in the otherwise niche sport, Santa Anita’s Chandelier Room has quietly become the de facto place for food-loving and cocktail-sipping spectators. And the Belmont Stakes may be the pinnacle of this year’s thoroughbred-racing season (c’mon California Chrome!).
Ever since Chrome’s win at the Santa Anita Derby, the track has adopted the colt as its “hometown hero,” and, indeed he may be the first California-bred horse in history to take the Triple Crown. If he wins, he’ll make all sorts of records, not only because of his birthplace — it’s also the longest stretch without a winner in the existence of the competition (the last was Affirmed, in 1978). Think about it this way: Chrome’s many Millennial fans haven’t experienced a Triple Crown winner in their lifetime.
What better place to do it than surrounded by a food and beverage dream team at this exclusive viewing party (the Belmont Stakes takes place in New York). Though the Chandelier Room will eventually be members-only, enjoy it now, while it’s still open to the public for select events. This one in particular sounds very promising.
Chef Christian Page (most recently of Short Order) will be joined by Christopher Feldmeier (an Osteria Mozza alum) and the esteemed wine guru David Rosoff (also of Mozza). Rosoff will be creating an all-California, comped wine tasting, in honor of California Chrome. For those who prefer hard alcohol, Nathan Oliver (Harvard & Stone, Ink.) will be in the house behind the stick.
The event will take place June 7 from noon-8 p.m., with the main event of the day set to be broadcast on the big screens at approximately 3:52 p.m. Live racing at the park will also be held throughout the day, and though it can’t be seen from the Chandelier Room directly, there’s access to a private viewing deck. Tickets cost $150 per person, and will include complimentary valet parking (right in front), hors d’oeuvres, and the wine tasting. The first 100 people to purchase tickets online may use the code “CHANDELIER” for half-off admission.