Off the Menu - The Last Days of Chasen's
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(Mar 30, 2004)
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He stopped in his tracks, reining in the girls. Looked at me, and turned around and pointed down Beverly Boulevard and said "Eat at Chasen's.." As he resumed walking he yelled back at me "...and leave a big tip!"
I managed to make it there a number of times over the years, and although it lost the allure for some it was the closest you could get to finding the last glimpses of the old Hollywood I had grown up reading about.
OFF THE MENU captures that magic for those lucky enough to have experienced the magic, and brings it to life for those who can only wonder. Whilst not as seamless as it could be, and lacking a few more celebrity reminiscences that would have added value, It leaves you satisfied, but still wanting one more taste for dessert.
Chasens is no longer operating but is actually still standing, or was at the begining of October '99. Going inside after seeing the movie was great. The old set-up is still there and, given a bit of imagination, I could feel what it might have been like at the top of its time.
A great movie overall - I'm buying two!
RRH - 10/15/99
Some viewers may not be able to relate to the material, especially if they never dined at Chasens. However I found it fascinating. My uncle knew Dave Chasen and ate there every week, it was his favorite place and he's eaten all over the world. At any rate, I thought the movie was great.
Chasen's also supplied some of the food for TWA at LAX airport
They also did the big catering bash for Howard Hughes premiere of his Spruce Goose in Long Beach
Chasens rented tents from Baranum & Baily circus troupe to house this lavish party near the water in Long Beach
I had the great pleasure from time to time to go out on some of Hollywood's gala parties in their homes with my dad
Once Elizabeth Taylor called from Rome while working on Cleopatra and had Chasen's send over 10 gallons of Dave's famous chili
Bing Crosby's gave my dad a 14 K gold money clip in the shape of a horse shoe as a tip from a party in their home in Beverly Hills
Dave would invite the families of employees over to Chasen's New Years Eve day to help decorate for his gala party that night and gave all of us a fine luncheon in return
Yes, I have found and vivid memories of those golden days at Chasen's
Roger Boddaert Jr.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Early in the film, Tom Snyder says "This place never changes." That's what was eventually its undoing. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by D. J. Fone
One of my favourite all time restaurants - so glad I could experience it before it closed, and with this DVD I can experience it again anytime I feel like it (although nowhere near... Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by David
This movie was very interesting because my daughter's grandfather-in-law was the matre d at Chasens for years. Read morePublished on July 15, 2007 by Rosemary N. Taylor
This is an excellent movie, it's being used in the classroom to teach beginning Restaurant/Hospitality students.Published on January 4, 2007 by Betsie
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