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Summer 2012

Do You Miss the California Center?

Lawry’s The Prime Rib provides catering options for events hosted at the Los Angeles River and Garden Center. Ivy covered walls, courtyards, and bell towers create the perfect setting for weddings and other special events.

Joelle Leder Photography Joelle Leder Photography

GREAT NEWS FOR ALL of you who miss Lawry’s California Center! Lawry’s is now catering private events at the Los Angeles River and Garden Center, formally known as Lawry’s California Center.

Maintained by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the River Center displays important exhibits about the L.A. River’s natural and human history and houses various non-profit organizations. Yet it retains the unique character that made the “old” California Center a beloved gathering spot for people from all over the city and a mandatory stop for tourists visiting Southern California.

You’ll recognize the original Early California style buildings, courtyards and bell tower.

Much of what you remember about the California Center is still there, from the grand ficus tree out front to the beautiful gardens within the tall ivy covered walls. You’ll recognize the original Early California style buildings, courtyards and bell tower. Who could forget the iconic three-tiered fountain in the Main Courtyard? It’s still flowing and looking as pretty as ever.

And it’s hard to imagine a more romantic spot for a beautiful wedding and reception.

The L.A. River and Garden Center is the perfect place to host a wide variety of events and parties.

With ample parking and plenty of room, it’s easy to see a big corporate event taking place in the lovely courtyards and lush gardens. Indoor spaces of different sizes are available for conferences and meetings. And it’s hard to imagine a more romantic spot for a beautiful wedding and reception. There’s plenty of room for dancing under the stars, too.

Now you can have a California Center experience all your own catered by people who truly understand your deep affection for this unique and wonderful place.

Lawry’s Catering offers a special California Center menu from which you can choose your favorite dishes from days past. Of course, we always feature our famous Prime Rib. Let us take you back to the “old” California Center the Lawry’s way.

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