CO-LOCATED WITH HEALTHY FOOD EXPO WEST & COFFEE FEST

AUGUST 25-27, 2019 | LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER

 

 

The word Torch symbolizes many things including Illumination, Energy, Joy, Victory, Enlightenment, Hope and Education.

The Torch Award, presented by The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo and The California Restaurant Association was created to honor outstanding chefs and/or restaurateurs who embody all those qualities and characteristics. These chefs and/or restaurateurs have been chosen because of:  

  • Outstanding knowledge and leadership
  • Philanthropic and community efforts
  • Extraordinary talent and creativity
  • Innovation and inspiration 

Each has provided outstanding contributions to our industry. 

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, CENTER STAGE

We are excited to honor Caroline Styne, Sommelier and Restaurateur of The Lucques Group,

as the 2018 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo Torch Award Honoree! 

Caroline will present The Mystery and Love of Chenin Blanc 

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 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.

 

PLEASE JOIN US IN CONGRATULATING THE FOLLOWING RECIPIENTS WHO HAVE RECIEVED THE TORCH AWARD

GEOFFREY ZAKARIAN

American Iron Chef, Restaurateur, Televison Personality and Author

2018 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York Honoree

Throughout a career spanning 30 years, Geoffrey Zakarian has made his mark as a chef restaurateur known for his sophisticated taste and signature style. An accomplished chef, host and culinary consultant, Zakarian has presided over some of the country’s top kitchens, traveling the world for new inspiration to marry with his classical training and techniques in a lifelong effort to deliver paramount hospitality experiences.

GEOFFREY ZAKARIAN
Michelle Bernstein

Michelle Bernstein

Chef and Owner, Crumb on Parchment and Michelle Bernstein Catering

2017 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show Honoree

A pioneer of world cuisine since the creation of City Café and CITY Restaurant in Los Angeles in the 1980s, Mary Sue is most notably recognized as a preeminent ambassador of modern Mexican cuisine with her Border Grill Restaurants (Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles, Las Vegas) and Truck. In 2013, she and longtime business partner, Susan Feniger, opened a new location in the Los Angeles Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal and in October 2014 welcomed a second Las Vegas outpost at The Forum Shops.

CURTIS STONE

Chef and Owner, Maude & Gwen

2017 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo Honoree

Along with his successful career as a chef, restaurateur, media personality, businessman, and New York Times best-selling author, Curtis’ strong commitment to giving back, offering second chances to individuals by hiring through Chrysalis and his #Commit2One philosophy made him the obvious choice to be the 2017 Torch Award recipient. Chef Stone was presented with the award on Monday, August 28, 2017.

CURTIS STONE
DANNY MEYER

DANNY MEYER

CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and founder of Shake Shack

2017 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of NY Honoree 

Danny is the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and the founder of Shake Shack. Union Square Hospitality Group includes Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, Jazz Standard, The Modern, Maialino, Untitled, North End Grill, Marta, Porchlight, Union Square Events, and Hospitality Quotient, a learning and consulting business. Danny, his restaurants and chefs have earned an unprecedented 28 James Beard Awards, and in 2015, Danny was named to the TIME 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World. Danny’s first business book, Setting the Table (HarperCollins, 2006), a New York Times bestseller, examines the power of hospitality in restaurants, business and life.

MELISSA KELLY

Executive Chef and Proprietor, Primo

2016 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show Honoree 

Melissa Kelly is the Executive Chef and proprietor of Primo, which originated in Maine and has expanded to Orlando, FL and Tucson, Arizona, and is based on the farm to table philosophy. She is the 2013 James Beard Foundation Award winner of the American Express Best Chef: Northeast Award. She also received this award in 1999, making her the first 2-time winner of the same award.

MELISSA KELLY
THOMAS KELLER

THOMAS KELLER

Chef and Proprietor, The Thomas Keller Restaurant Group

2016 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo Honoree 

Thomas Keller is the chef and proprietor of The Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, which includes The French Laundry and Per Se, both of which hold three-star Michelin ratings and have been hailed two of the finest restaurants in the world. He has also opened Bouchon, Bar Bouchon, Bouchon Bakery, and Ad Hoc + Addendum, and has sold more than one million copies of his books “Ad Hoc at Home”, “Bouchon Bakery”, “The French Laundry”, “Bouchon”, and “Under Pressure”.

DREW NIEPORENT

Owner, Myriad Restaurant Group

2016 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York Honoree

Drew Nieporent, one of America's most respected restaurateurs, is the founder and inspiration behind the Myriad Restaurant Group, which operates Tribeca Grill, Nobu New York, Nobu Fifty Seven, Nobu London, Nobu Next Door, Bâtard, the Acela Club at Citi Field (home of the NY Mets), Daily Burger at Madison Square Garden, and Crush Wine & Spirits. Over the last 30 years, Myriad has opened and operated over 36 restaurants around the world including San Francisco, Seattle, Louisville, Martha’s Vineyard, Boca Raton, London, and Moscow.

DREW NIEPORENT
NORMAN VAN AKEN

NORMAN VAN AKEN

Chef-Owner NORMAN'S at the Ritz Carlton, Grande Lakes

2015 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show Honoree

Norman Van Aken, chef-owner of NORMAN'S in Orlando and the founding father of New World Cuisine, is the only Floridian on the James Beard list of Who's Who in American Food and Beverage, as well as an internationally acclaimed author.

SUSAN FENIGER

Co-Chef-Owner, Border Grill Restaurants & Truck

2015 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo Honoree

Susan Feniger is a celebrated chef, author, and entrepreneur. Her professional collaboration with Mary Sue Milliken (CITY, Ciudad, Too Hot Tamales) has led to the groundbreaking Border Grill empire, with locations in Santa Monica, Downtown LA, LAX Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal, Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, and a second outpost in Las Vegas at The Forum Shops opened in October 2014. In 2013, Susan welcomed her new solo venture, the beloved Mud Hen Tavern in Hollywood.

SUSAN FENIGER
MARY SUE MILLIKEN

MARY SUE MILLIKEN

Co-Chef-Owner, Border Grill Restaurants & Truck

2015 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo Honoree

A pioneer of world cuisine since the creation of City Café and CITY Restaurant in Los Angeles in the 1980s, Mary Sue is most notably recognized as a preeminent ambassador of modern Mexican cuisine with her Border Grill Restaurants (Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles, Las Vegas) and Truck. In 2013, she and longtime business partner, Susan Feniger, opened a new location in the Los Angeles Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal and in October 2014 welcomed a second Las Vegas outpost at The Forum Shops.