When the pandemic hit, protocols related to food service changed. The self-serve buffet style of eating that we all knew and loved was no longer permitted. At the UCLA Guest House, this meant a suspension of the deluxe complimentary continental breakfast that guests had become a traditional mainstay of their guest stay.
“Breakfast has always been a big part of the Guest House experience, and we know people have missed it,” said Richard McPhee, general manager of the Guest House.
Early each morning, members of the UCLA catering team are once again preparing trays and packing items in a kitchen located about a mile away at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center and Hotel. Fruit trays, pastries, hard-boiled eggs, bagels, bread, yogurt, oatmeal and a selection of meats and seafood, including turkey, whitefish and smoked salmon, are delivered fresh each morning, so that guests can start their day in a flavorful way. A selection of teas, hot chocolate, coffee, espresso and cappuccino add to the morning boost.
A comfortable and inviting dining area sits adjacent to the serving area. Natural light spills in through large windows. It’s a perfect place for light conversation, to plan the day’s activities or catch up on the latest events.
Continental breakfasts are a much loved feature of a hotel experience, and have a history dating back to mid-19th century Britain, where the concept originated. “The continent” refers to the nations that occupy mainland Europe, and the light breakfast itself is much like what one could expect to enjoy in France or Italy.
At the UCLA Guest House, this complimentary meal is available to all guests daily from 6:30-9:30 a.m. Complimentary hot beverages, as well as newspapers, are also available for guests 24 hours a day.