Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company with U.S. headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD, announced it will begin service at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA. Effective January 2019, this newly forged partnership will ensure best-in-class restaurant and catering offerings. 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 Air Force One Pavilion. New technology upgrades include the installation of new kiosks and mobile ordering platforms, 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 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.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is located on a 300-acre site, about 45 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). 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.