Society Column: This seat is reserved for Katharine Hepburn …


… or Humphrey Bogart, Harry Connick, Jr. or even Larry Bird – these are some of the placards that could easily pass as real reservations at the Blu Lounge in Ocean Prime. Don’t worry, there’s room for you at the table as you enjoy retro 1950s décor and luxury and the elegance of the supper club experience of days gone by.

Executive Chef Shawn O’Brien prepares small plates of hors d’oeuvres for the bar menu and signature entrees for dinner guests. In addition to the Blu Lounge, the restaurant offers an atmospheric dining room, an all-season terrace and a special events room.

The 2013 New Year’s Eve celebration was a sold-out event. Manager Jeremy Devine, in black-tie attire, and hostess Haley Knight, in a red and black cocktail dress, greeted us at the door. Chris Oaks, acoustic rock musician, performed as David Bock, Samantha Sisk, Melissa Bock and Brian Bock looked on. David Clark and Deanna Riley celebrated with an early toast of chardonnay from the restaurant’s notable wine cellar, which boasts multiple “Wine Spectator” Awards of Excellence. Carmel musicians Blair Clark and Heather Ramsey Clark are scheduled to perform at the Blu Lounge in January. For more information, visit

If you would like Current in Carmel to attend your party, gala or social function, please call Tonya Burton at 432-2451 to schedule your event. We would be happy to photograph guests and let our readers know about upcoming society events.

Tonya Burton is the Current’s social scene columnist. You may contact her at


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