Caroline Styne


Featuring The Mystery and Love of Chenin Blanc 

Interview with Caroline and Presentation of the Torch Award

Monday, August 20, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

Sommeliers love Chenin Blanc, but the grape doesn’t seem to get much love. Caroline Styne, Restaurateur and Sommelier of the Lucques Group will discuss why she believes this grape doesn’t get enough attention and how versatile and delicious Chenin Blanc is. Throughout her discussion she will feature 3 or 4 wines and provide tasting samples for the attendees. Get ready to sharpen your palate for this informative presentation on all things Chenin Blanc! To follow a short interview with Caroline Styne and Sharokina Shams, Vice President, Public Affairs, of the California Restaurant Association and the presentation of the Torch Award.

More About Caroline Styne

More About Caroline Styne

2018 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo Torch Award Honoree

Caroline Styne was raised in Los Angeles and began her work in the food service industry in 1989 when, at the age of 22, she co-founded Basically Baked Inc., producing and distributing specialty foods to retail accounts nation-wide. By 1998, she teamed with Suzanne Goin and opened  Lucques, their flagship restaurant, which planted the seeds for The Lucques Group, a Los Angeles hospitality company that comprises two other fine dining restaurants – a.o.c., and Tavern –  and four marketplace restaurants – The Larder at Maple Drive, The Larder at Burton Way, The Larder at Tavern and The Larder at Tavern at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX.  Along with these culinary enterprises, the company also operates Lucques Catering, the Larder Baking Company and comprehensive food services for the Hollywood Bowl.  

As Wine Director, Caroline is nationally recognized for her expertise in the restaurants’ much-admired wine programs. Food & Wine named a.o.c. Best New Wine List of 2003. The restaurant also received the prestigious Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator three times and was named among the 100 Best Wine Restaurants 2015 by Wine Enthusiast. When she introduced an entirely new list at a.o.c.  in 2013 that included only wines produced from biodynamic, sustainable or organic farming practices, the restaurant was praised by The Los Angeles Times.  In  20016, a.o.c. was named among best Wine Bars in Los Angeles by Thrillist and Eater LA.  a.o.c. is consistently applauded for their imaginative craft cocktails that mirror the farmers’ market influence of Suzanne Goin’s seasonal menus.

Caroline’s hospitality philosophy and keen business acumen has been a major contribution to the growth of The Lucques Group since the opening of their first restaurant. Today, she oversees business affairs at the company’s ten operations in Los Angeles, all of which are considered among the best in the city.  In 2014, Caroline was one of a distinguished panel of jurors for the James Beard Foundation that served as the judging authority for the year’s Restaurant Design Awards. She also shared other nominations with partner Suzanne Goin when Lucques was honored for Best Service and a.o.c. was acknowledged for Outstanding Wine Program by the James Beard Foundation. After five years of nominations for the James Beard Awards, Caroline received the coveted award for Restaurateur of Year in 2018 in recognition for her achievements with The Lucques Group.

Caroline and Suzanne, along with David Lentz – Suzanne’s husband and owner of The Hungry Cat – are co-founders of L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, their fundraiser benefiting research for childhood cancer which has raised over $3.7 million since its inception in 2010.

Caroline, Suzanne and Lucques Catering served as official caterers for the annual SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards for four consecutive years.  In 2011 and 2012, Caroline and Suzanne were honored to have been selected to prepare fundraising dinners for both President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Caroline Styne is married to Michael Kohn, a contemporary art dealer and owner of the Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. They have a daughter, Olivia and a son, Jules.