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Marissa Hermer

Restaurateur, Entrepreneur and Author

Olivetta & The Draycott

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Marissa Hermer
Matt Hermer
Futura Media Inc.
Steve Hewitt
Gymshark Ltd

Biography

Marissa Hermer is a restaurateur, entrepreneur and author.

Using her extensive experience in F&B public relations and marketing, Hermer has most recently created a fine-dining experience at the widely acclaimed Olivetta, offering a cuisine and ambiance rooted in the Mediterranean lifestyle. She is also the owner of The Draycott, a family brasserie-café and flagship restaurant of Caruso’s Palisades Village that draws inspiration from London life and features classic meals made from fresh local products with British inflection. At the onset of the COVID pandemic, she launched You Give. We Cook. They Eat, a fundraiser operated by both restaurants to provide meals for first responders and frontline workers.

Hermer is also the co-founder of the healthy packaged food brand Maverick Snacks, founded in response to the overwhelming childhood obesity problem and lack of wholesome grab-and-go options for kids.

Her first foray into the restaurant industry was in New York City working alongside Ian Schrager to open Gramercy Park Hotel, among other successful endeavors. In London, she leveraged this experience to create locally-loved spots with Ignite Group – a UK-based international food, beverage and entertainment corporation – including Boujis, Eclipse and Bumpkin restaurants. Hermer also launched solo project Top Dog Diner, a gourmet hot dog restaurant introducing flavor combinations from the US alongside British ingredients.

Harnessing her fondness for family-friendly cooking, Hermer tapped into her California childhood to author 'An American Girl in London: 120 Nourishing Recipes for Your Family from a California Expat'. Her recipes reflect fresh takes on comforting British dishes incorporating a bit of sunshine from her SoCal roots. She also starred in the American reality television show, Bravo TV’s 'Ladies of London', following the lives of six expat women living in London.

Hermer earned a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Middlebury College.

Marissa’s Newsfeed

Marissa Hermer of Olivetta and The Draycott is the Mama Lion of Restaurateurs

Since opening her second restaurant Olivetta in West Hollywood a month before the pandemic, Marissa Hermer has been riding a roller coaster blind. “It’s like playing restaurant whack-a-mole,” she tells L.A. Weekly over a dish of Weiser Farms toybox melons and prosciutto at her new pop up.

Forbes
5 Ways To Strengthen Your Restaurant Business During Covid-19

Restaurant owners across the country are grappling with the challenges of the worst crisis the industry has know since the onset of Covid-19 closings, re-openings and regulations. Marissa Hermer, owner of widely hailed Los Angeles-based restaurant duo Olivetta and The Draycott, recently shared she feels as though she and her team “are riding a roller coaster blindfolded. Even during the good days, the role of a food and beverage worker is akin to a firefighter – we put on a daily show, and constantly anticipate a little metaphorical fire around every corner as each service is treated like opening night, and yet, unlike Broadway, our cast of characters changes...”

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Marissa’s Background

Olivetta
Owner
Feb 2020 - Present
West Hollywood, CA, USA
Olivetta is a fine dining restaurant created by Marissa and Matt Hermer featuring European-inspired cuisine with Executive Chef Michael Fiorelli at the helm.
The Draycott
Owner
2018 - Present
Los Angeles, CA, USA
The Draycott is a family-friendly Brasserie, created by Marissa and Matt Hermer. Named as an homage to London’s Draycott Avenue, where the husband-and-wife restaurateur duo first met, The Draycott serves wholesome and classic dishes using locally sourced ingredients with a British twist.
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Marissa’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors
2019 - Present
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Marissa serves as a member of the community of business owners who are working hard to bring new ideas and plan events to engage the local community and inspire growth.

Philanthropy

YOU GIVE. WE COOK. THEY EAT.
Founder
Apr 2020 - Present
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Marissa has facilitated the delivery of donated meals to the frontline workers and medical staff at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica, UCLA Westwood, Children’s Hospital LA, St. John’s Hospital as well as the needy and the elderly.

Media

Ladies of London
Featured Cast Member
London, UK
Marissa was one of the six 'Ladies of London', an American reality television series that aired on Bravo between 2014 and 2017. The series followed the lives of six women who live in London as they balance their social lives, businesses, and families.

Publications

An American Girl in London
Author
Apr 2017
Marissa created a cookbook drawing inspiration from her American upbringing and combining it with the best of British cuisine.

Marissa’s Education

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Middlebury College
BA, Psychology and Sociology
1999 - 2003