An 'eat-in' at Patina in the name of airport food
Is an Italian snack bar featuring Nancy Silverton's panini in the United terminal at LAX too much to hope for? It's still, um, up in the air whether the likes of Silverton, Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken and several other high-profile chefs and restaurateurs will be able to realize their plans to feed the traveling masses at Los Angeles International Airport.
A panel of City Council members is still debating the proposed list of contractors recommended by the staff of Los Angeles World Airports, which operates LAX. Bidder SSP America -- whose list of proposed restaurants includes Park's BBQ, M Cafe, LA Mill and Silverton's Spuntino -- received the highest score from LAWA. But competing bidders -- especially HMS Host, which has operated concessions at LAX for 45 years -- have protested and lobbied to start the bidding process all over again.
In an effort to persuade city officials to approve its bid, SSP and a roster of chefs have organized an "eat-in" Thursday morning at Patina restaurant downtown, where they plan to serve samples of the new airport fare. From there, participants will attend a scheduled hearing on the LAX food and beverage contract before the L.A. City Board of Referred Powers at 11 a.m. at City Hall. Patina, 141 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, Thursday, 9:30 a.m. (Valet parking available on Grand Avenue in front of Patina).
-- Betty Hallock
Photo: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times
See the list of participants after the jump.
SSP America – Senior Vice President Pat Murray
Nick & Stef's – Chef Megan Logan
Border Grill & Ciudad – Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Miliken
Panda Express – Andrew Cherng
Geisha House (Dolce Restaurant Group) – Lonnie Moore and Mike Malin
Bertha’s Soul Food – Rod White
25 Degrees (Domaine Restaurants) – Tim Goodell
Buttercake Bakery – Logan Levant
La Serenata de Garibaldi – Jose Rodriguez
M Café – Chaya Restaurant Group – Yuta Tsunoda
Red Mango – David Kim
Spuntino – Mark Olcott
Park’s Korean BBQ – Jenee Kim
LA Mill Coffee – Craig Min
Groundwork Coffee – Richard Karno