Who doesn’t love a good happy hour? And these early evening respites don’t get any happier than the one offered by Petrossian West Hollywood. During last week’s media happy hour mixer, the indulgent bites included caviar burger sliders, smoked trout tacos wrapped in jicama and topped with tequila-infused trout roe, potato tarts with crème fraiche and a dollop of white sturgeon caviar and caviar deviled eggs. There were flutes of La Marca Prosecco, ice-cold vodka and, needless to say, smiles all around.
Caviar is unquestionably a luxury, but it’s also more accessible than you might think. Most of the items on the happy hour menu are between 10 and 15 dollars. If you want a more immersive caviar experience, that won’t bust the bank either. On the last Thursday of each month, Giselle Wellman, Petrossian’s executive chef, hosts a cooking demonstrating that includes a five-course tasting menu and a caviar martini or glass of champagne. The price: an entirely reasonable $99. Petrossian also offers Caviar 301, which takes diners through a tasting of some of the restaurant’s costliest caviars, along with a seven-course caviar-centric dinner ($125).
Wellman says that all of these experiences can be customized for groups, onsite or off. "Our event coordinator can do anything you’d want," she says. "We even catered a vegan wedding recently."
Meanwhile, Petrossian has just opened a Champagne and Caviar Bar at LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal. Travelers can enjoy a glass of bubbly and nibble of caviar before they take off, or they can opt for a "caviar in the air" picnic. Your insulated Petrossian pouch will include a caviar selection of your choice, blinis and crème fraiche, and, yes, you will be the envy of your seatmates, even if you’re flying first class.
A little caviar goes a long way in making people happy-any time of day.