I recently had a chance to stay at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel in Southern California. It was the host hotel of the Mom 2.0 Summit. I know what you’re asking yourself. No, I am not a mom. However, it’s a great conference and I really love working with the brands that are sponsors at the conference. But it’s also a great way to stay at amazing hotels at discounted rates.
I’ve known about this property for years. When I was in college, I visited orange county pretty often, and one of my friends lived in Irvine. She once took me to Salt Creek Beach. While on the most gorgeous beach in the world (I’m biased, I looked up to see a striking hotel property. It turns out it was the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. Ever since then (I won’t tell you how long, but it has been a long time since I graduated college), I’ve been dreaming about this property.
But we went back to Mom 2.0 and they gave us a contact in the hotel’s actual management. She reached out to me and we talked. She assured me that they actually could work hard to provide us safe food, and we just needed to connect with the culinary team. Very soon after that I received a phone call. A phone call from the chef at Ritz Carlton. The chef called me. Now as a celiac, how often does that happen to you? We talked about the menu, and how we could navigate getting safe meals at every dining break. We were told to connect with Chef Matt (the guy below) at every meal. Every meal, he brought me and Michelle safe food. We had burgers/sandwiches the first night on Udi’s buns with the safe sides.
But that wasn’t all. We had their pastry chef (Chef Theresa – right photo below) brought out safe dessert for us – that was also dairy-free!
I feel pretty safe at Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel and wish I had a few extra days here on my own outside the conference in order to explore their other restaurants. However, I had to haul butt, visit SoCal bakeries with Michelle from My Gluten Free Kitchen, and get to the Celiac Disease Foundation Conference and Expo in Pasadena!
Definitely put the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel on your must-visit list. Connect with them in advance and set up a meeting with the chef to talk about your meals during your stay. And back your swimsuit and some SPF because that beach is going to be incredible. I hope you visit and make good memories there like I did!