Learn from one of Chicago’s food legends, Larry Levy. Founder of Levy Restaurant Group, Larry pioneered fine dining in stadiums and has built a food empire that has transformed the industry. Discover “The Levy Difference” and his secrets to success at this month’s networking event.
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About the Speaker:
LAWRENCE F. LEVY
Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Levy Restaurants
Managing Partner, Levy Family Partners
Chairman, Del Taco Restaurants, Inc.
Levy Restaurants – Founded in 1978, Larry built Levy Restaurants from a single delicatessen in Chicago into an internationally recognized specialized food service organization with the market leading share of sports and entertainment catering throughout North America and Europe and a network of acclaimed restaurants. Levy Restaurants disrupted sports concessions by providing restaurant quality dining in sports and entertainment venues. From its initial start of catering the skyboxes for the Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park in 1982, the company grew to become the full food service restaurateur for more than 100 sports and entertainment venues across the globe including stadiums and arenas for all major sports leagues, convention facilities, and music/performance venues. Throughout the company’s 38 year history, Levy Restaurants has hosted and continues to cater marquee events such as the Kentucky Derby, Major League Baseball’s World Series, the All-Star Games of MLB, NHL & NBA, NFL’s Super Bowl, the GRAMMY Awards and the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament. Larry sold Levy Restaurants to the Compass Group of London in 2006 and he remains Chairman Emeritus.
Levy Family Partners – Larry and two of his sons, Managing Partners Ari Levy and Steven Florsheim, manage LFP’s portfolio of operating businesses, real estate and other investments. LFP owns significant stakes in the Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and the Redbury South Beach hotel in Miami Beach, Del Taco Restaurants Inc. (NASDAQ:TACO), and Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza. The private equity and venture holdings of LFP have included investments in a diverse set of private companies, including Base, Intensity Therapeutics, Cleversafe, Delhi Stock Exchange, Home Depot Supply, Lakeview Investment Group, Nest, Organic Life, Popchips, Retrofit, Signal, and Swipesense.
Real Estate – Larry has had a simultaneous career in real estate development and investment. Major projects have included the recently completed River Point, a 1.1 million square foot office building in partnership with Hines and Ivanhoe Cambridge, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Center, One South Dearborn, in partnership with Hines, One Magnificent Mile and Woodfield Lake Office Campus. In all more than 10 million square feet developed. In addition, LFP has interests in Diversified Real Estate Capital, Waypoint Residential and RedHill Realty Investors, all sponsors of multiple real estate projects.
Awards and Recognition – IFMA Gold Plate Award as Restaurateur of the Year in the United States, the Ivy Award, restaurant industry’s Academy Award, for Spiaggia, Bistro 110 and Levy Restaurants. Larry and his wife Carol created and endowed the Levy Institute of Entrepreneurial Practice and the Levy Social Entrepreneur Lab at Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. 2001 Ernst & Young’s Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Sports Business Journal winner of the 2017 Champion of Sports Award.
Boards – Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Lincoln Park Zoo, The Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Larry previously served as Chairman of the Chicago Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization and the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee.
Larry received his B.S. and M.B.A. at Northwestern University.