GAITHERSBURG, Md. and SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, today announced it will begin service at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, effective January 2019. The newly forged partnership will ensure best-in-class restaurant and catering offerings for years to come. The catering operation specifically will be enhanced by James Beard Foundation's award-winning talents, Chef Suzanne Goin and Restaurateur Caroline Styne, owners and operators of The Lucques Group family of acclaimed hospitality businesses.
"The Reagan Library is one of our nation's truly special experiences, and we are determined to curate a food service experience that lives up to this high standard," said Moses DeBord, vice president, Sodexo Sports & Leisure. "In doing so, we will create state-of-the-art dining concepts, upgrade the venue's technology capabilities and work closely with local California suppliers to bring the spirit of the Reagan legacy to life for visitors through our services."
In providing diverse menu options and terrific guest service, Sodexo will oversee the transformation of the venue's dining experience, including its renowned Air Force One Pavilion. New technology upgrades include the installation of innovative new kiosks and mobile ordering platforms, dynamic digital menu boards and signs, pagers for meal delivery, self-ordering POS stations and online ordering for staff and volunteers—all to improve quality and speed of service, and enhance the dining experience.
Sodexo chefs will recreate President and Mrs. Reagan's favorite items and introduce new offerings to delight guests and celebrate special exhibits and seasonal holidays. A new craft beer and wine bar on the Ruwe Terrace will allow guests to enjoy the outdoor patio overlooking the awe-inspiring hills of the Santa Rosa Valley.
"After an extensive search, we're happy to be partnering with Sodexo as the exclusive restaurateur and caterer for the Reagan Library," added John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. "They were chosen following a rigorous competitive process. We look forward to working with Sodexo to provide Reagan Library and Museum guests a high-quality dining experience they have come to expect of us and can rely on every single day."
Sodexo Sports & Leisure is a premier provider to cultural destinations and event venues around the world and in the United States, including the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Space Center Houston, Seattle Aquarium, Hollywood Bowl and The Jules Verne restaurant at the Eiffel Tower.
In a storied career that spanned more than five decades, Ronald Reagan inspired Americans to act and achieve even more than they imagined. His legacy thrives at The Reagan Library where events and exhibits rediscover his values, actions and spirit of determination. For more, please follow @RonaldReagan40 and @SodexoUSA on Twitter.
About the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Perched on a mountaintop with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, valleys and the Pacific Ocean, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is one of California's most beautiful and unique destinations. The Library's 300-acre site, about 45 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), represents the "shining city on a hill" often referenced by President Reagan and appropriately serves as the final resting place of the nation's 40th President. As a Presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Reagan Library, under the authority of the Presidential Records Act, is the repository of presidential records for President Reagan's administration. Its holdings include over 60 million pages of documents, over 1.6 million photographs, a half million feet of motion picture film and tens of thousands of audio and video tapes.
About the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute is the nonprofit organization created by President Reagan himself and specifically charged by him with continuing his legacy and sharing his principles – individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy and national pride. The Foundation is a non-partisan organization which sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA, the Reagan Center for Public Affairs, the Presidential Learning Center, The Air Force One Pavilion and the award-winning Discovery Center, as well as the Reagan Institute in Washington, D.C.
About Sodexo North America
Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 80 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily. The company employs 150,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct. In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $32 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger. To learn more about Sodexo, visit SodexoUSA.com, SodexoInsights.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.
About The Lucques Group
With the opening of Lucques, their flagship restaurant, in 1998, James Beard award-winning Chef/Author Suzanne Goin and James Beard award-winning Restaurateur Caroline Styne 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, since 2016, comprehensive food services for the Hollywood Bowl. The Lucques Group is dedicated to seasonally influenced cooking and focuses on sourcing local, organic produce from which Goin creates soulful dishes that are bold in flavor, vibrant, layered and complex.
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