Vintage Grocers, an upscale grocer at the Promenade shopping center in T.O. and in Malibu, has hired chef Rémi Lauvand as its new culinary director.
Lauvand brings more than 30 years of international culinary experience to the store.
“I feel a great duty to educate people on cleaner eating and provide excellent service,” Lauvand said. “As culinary director, I am looking forward to being a part of the community by offering unique experiences that transform everyday errands into an exciting, unforgettable event.”
Lauvand will revamp the stores’ culinary programming, offerings and services.
Born and raised in southwestern France, Lauvand began his culinary career traveling in Europe aboard the Orient Express before landing a role at Gerard Pangaud’s restaurant in Paris.
Coming to the states in the 1980s, Lauvand held posts at New York’s La Grenouille, Le Cirque and Montrachet.
After ventures in California including Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara and Manhattan Beach’s Cafe Pierre, Lauvand supervised more than 30 culinary venues at Universal Studios Hollywood.
With Lauvand, Vintage Grocers will provide chef demonstrations, product tastings, holiday workshops and seasonal entertainment.