Big, surprising food news from the Hollywood Bowl: After over 15 years, Patina will no longer cater the concert venue’s many restaurants, markets, and food stands. Starting next summer the program will instead be run exclusively by the Lucques Group and Sodexo Leisure.
The Lucques Group, founded by chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, owns some of L.A.’s most beloved fine-dining restaurants, including the group’s flagship Lucques, a.o.c., and its flagship, Tavern. Since 2011, the company has also opened a string of more casual spots called The Larder, which has locations in Beverly Hills and the Tom Bradley Terminal. Styne said in a press release statement that the new partnership is an “enormous opportunity that will allow us to showcase Suzanne’s seasonal menus to hundreds of thousands of people.”
The 10-year contact between the Lucques Group and the Los Angeles Philharmonic also includes Sodexo Leisure, a Maryland-based company that will run the operations end of the food services. They’re known for their work with venues like the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington D.C., Detroit Institute of Art, and the Eiffel Tower.
L.A. natives, Goin and Styne have been big fans and regular patrons of the Bowl for years. Gail Samuel, Executive Director of the LA Phil, says the collaboration is a “perfect match.”