My beach essentials: Tender Greens co-founder

Erik Oberholtzer shares his picks from mission-driven brands

While working as executive chef at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, Erik Oberholtzer was accustomed to serving and eating quality food. However, he was frustrated to find that he couldn’t afford that same standard during his days off, so he opened a restaurant in 2006 devoted to fresh, seasonal cooking at a lower price point. Twelve years later, that restaurant has grown into the Tender Greens brand, with 28 locations throughout California, New York City, and Boston.

"This is my first summer on the East Coast since moving to California 25 years ago,” says Oberholtzer, who’s looking forward to specials on the menu at Tender Greens that includes a shaved heirloom summer squash and ricotta salad, gazpacho soup, and pork with grilled stone fruit and wild arugula.

Below, Oberholtzer shares his necessities for the warmer months.

patagonia board shorts

"I love this company and what they stand for. The shorts perform in water or on the beach, and the side pockets make them convenient for walking around town with a wallet and phone."
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linus bike

"Perfect to get around Venice, it's great for cruising the beach or a quick trip to the farmer's market."
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shwood ainsworth acetate sunglasses

"This Oregon-based company has an amazing story, plus their products are all handcrafted and they use sustainably-harvested wood."
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brandblack slide sandals

"I wear these because in California, it's comfort over everything."
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hint sunscreen

"I use this because of its subtle smell, its real fruit essence, and the fact that it's an all-natural and clean spray-on. I met the founder, Kara Goldin, at The Human Gathering conference (where business owners can connect) in Malibu last month. She gave a really heartfelt talk."
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harmless harvest coconut water

“I place a lot of value in buying from mission-driven brands that create high-quality products in a sustainable way.”
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