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La Prima Food Group (La Prima) has been delivering high-quality, fresh food service with a focus on sustainable catering for over 26 years. The Maryland-based company provides full-service catering for corporate events and all other occasions, from a breakfast buffet to a formal dinner meeting....

The wife and husband team of Kathy and Herb Eckhouse, owners and founders of La Quercia, firmly believe that great food is more than taste and flavor. According to the Eckhouses, quality food should also be healthful, nutritious and a responsible solution that sustains the consumer, producers,...

The 1950s were very good to Mauro Robles. Mauro came to the United States from his home state of Zacatecas, Mexico, in 1952, and before the decade was up he had earned his U.S. citizenship and started a family. Mauro met his wife while working in a tortilla factory during this period, which led...

Unlike many produce suppliers, Lancaster Foods LLC (Lancaster) has the ability to service the entire Eastern Seaboard. “We can supply retailers from New England to Florida,” details Jerry Chadwick, vice president of sales and marketing for the Maryland-based company. Lancaster started as a small...

Langenstein’s Supermarkets (Langenstein’s) is New Orleans’ oldest family-owned grocery business. Founded in 1922, the Langenstein family has owned and operated the company for five generations. Michael Langenstein started the original store in uptown New Orleans with his two sons, George and...

The Lanovara family founded Lanovara Specialty Foods (Lanovara) in the 1920s, producing fine Italian pastries and baked goods in a local retail bakery in Rochester, N.Y. Lanovara has since expanded, now providing specialty baked goods and foods on a wholesale basis to markets in six states in...

With the goal of providing a high-quality product paired with the best service in the industry, Larry and Lois Kline founded Larry Kline Wholesale Meats & Provisions in 1976. Located in Deerfield Beach, Florida,...

The economic recession of 2009 hit wine lovers hard. Good bottles were not affordable, affordable bottles were not good, and the market was at a standstill – leaving gallons of wine sitting stagnant at wineries across the nation. Kevin Mehra, founder of the Latitude Beverage Company, saw the...

David Braverman started creating delicious meals out of a converted school bus on the University of Pennsylvania campus in 1978. Naming his business Le Bus, Braverman continued on with endeavor. He went on to add two pizza trucks and a cafeteria in University City, a stand in Reading Terminal...

After opening its first location in Brussels, Belgium, in 1990, international bakery-café Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ) is celebrating 25 years of providing guests with healthy, organic dining options in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.

Specializing in organic breads, salads and tartines, pastries...

By the definition of Vincent Herbert, CEO of Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ), his business is not a bakery-café chain. “We’re one store in one neighborhood 182 times,” he says.

The idea for LPQ was born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1990 when Alain Coumont, founder of LPQ, was working as a chef....

Lenny’s Sub Shop was founded in Bartlett, Tenn. (a suburb of Memphis), because founder Len Moore, originally from Philadelphia, missed his native city’s cheesesteak subs and wanted to share the authentic, hot-off-the-grill experience. Moore – who worked his way through the food service industry...

Little Skookum Shellfish Growers Inc. (Little Skookum) has been providing high-quality Manila clams and Pacific, Olympia and Kumamoto oysters to diners with discerning palates since 1883. Jeremiah Lynch, an Irish immigrant who first came to the United States in 1849, founded the business....

Lon Lane established Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions (LLIO) in 1991. The Kansas City-based company has grown from a small catering operation run by Lon and his wife, Marcia Lane, to one of the region’s largest and most popular events businesses. Today, LLIO employs 25 full-time staff members and...

Fall 2010 - Lucille Tumminello carried with her a special recipe for pizza when she immigrated from Italy. This pizza was so good it was an event. Soon word of “Mama” Lucia's standout pies spread outside the family, and asking her to bake extra pizzas became such an...

In 1942 Henry Lueken opened a small bakery in Springfield, S.D., producing high-quality bread and baked goods; the operation quickly grew in popularity among locals. Within a few years, Henry began producing and delivering bread to the surrounding towns.

Henry’s sons, Joe and Hank Lueken...

Chef François Dionot remembers the exact moment he realized a culinary career was the only choice for him. “It was like a dream,” recalls Dionot. “It was the first time my parents had taken me to a fancy restaurant with a tablecloth and all the silverware and glasses. The owner was a friend of...