BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. (June 24, 2019) – This summer, The Restaurant at Montage Beverly Hills will transform into the Summer of Ludo & Gilles. This culinary pop-up will take us to the French Riviera with one of Los Angeles’ most influential chefs at its helm, French-born Ludo Lefebvre along with his friend, notable French chef, Gilles Epié. Located steps from Rodeo Drive, the playful experience will be the pulse of the Beverly Hills culinary heart beat this summer. Serving classic favorites from the South of France, the Summer of Ludo & Gilles pop-up and adjacent LudoBird, will be open July 10 through the end of September. Nicknamed the “pop-up king” after completing a multi-city restaurant tour of LudoBites, Chef Ludo has been credited with igniting the phenomenon of the pop-up restaurant and his adored family of Los Angeles restaurants have received much fanfare and multiple awards, including a prestigious Michelin star at Trois Mec.
“It is an honor to host such extraordinary culinary talent at The Restaurant,” said Rick Riess, vice president of operations, Montage International. “We’re thrilled to welcome guests and locals to Summer of Ludo & Gilles and LudoBird. It will be a dining experience unlike anything else in Beverly Hills to experience over the summer months.”
Joining Chef Ludo in The Restaurant’s kitchen will be award-winning French chef, Gilles Epié, the youngest chef to ever receive a Michelin star, who will make his grand debut back to Beverly Hills after a 16-year hiatus from his restaurant Citrus Ètoile – Paris Champs Elysèes, to collaborate with Chef Ludo for the pop-up concept. The two accomplished chefs met when Chef Ludo worked for Chef Gilles at Mobil Travel Guide Five Star Award winning L’Orangerie, L.A. where Chef Gilles was named Best Chef in America of 1996 by Food & Wine Magazine.
“I can’t think of a better location to cook with my friend and mentor, Gilles,” said Chef Ludo Lefebvre. “Montage Beverly Hills not only brings us both back to a beautiful space in Los Angeles, it also provides us with a canvas to create a specialized culinary experience for Angelenos this summer. I look forward to bringing the Summer of Ludo & Gilles to Montage Beverly Hills.”
Guests of the Summer of Ludo & Gilles can expect a full sensory experience inspired by the coastal cuisine in Provence with indoor/outdoor seating overlooking the Beverly Canon Garden. From the uncomplicated, fresh cuisine to the alluring sounds of French music – la musique – guests will be transported to the French Riviera. Sample dishes include fish soup provençal; authentic niçoise salad; grilled daurade warm olive, lemon confit ratatouille nicoise; and a selection of house made pastas. The Summer of Ludo & Gilles beverage program will also feature a comprehensive Rosé menu with unique French producers and purveyors. Launching in conjunction with the Summer ofLudo & Gilles pop-up, LudoBird, will feature ChefLudo’s signature fried chicken sandwiches and “The Original” Buttermilk Provencal first introduced by Chef Ludo’s beloved Ludo Truck. Chef de Cuisine at The Restaurant, Monica Olaes along with the restaurants culinary team will work closely with Chef Ludo and Chef Gilles throughout this pop-up experience.
Summer of Ludo & Gilles will be open Monday through Sunday for lunch and dinner, from 12pm to 10pm. LudoBird will be open for lunch and quick bites Monday through Friday from 12pm to 2pm (or until sold out). Like all good things, Summer of Ludo & Gilles will only be available for a limited time; travelers and locals are encouraged to make their reservations for this one-of-a-kind experience.
For more information about Montage Beverly Hills, please visit www.montagehotels.com/beverlyhills/. For photos of Chef Ludo, Chef Gilles, Montage Beverly Hills and The Restaurant, please download here. To join the social conversation, tag #SummerofLudo&Gilles and @montagebh.
About Montage Beverly Hills
Located in the vibrant epicenter of Los Angeles, Montage Beverly Hills is ideally situated for shopping and dining among Rodeo Drive’s storied collection of shops, restaurants and galleries. The hotel features 201 well- appointed accommodations including 55 suites and 20 privately owned Montage Residences, and an array of dining options including: The Rooftop Grill, which is set alongside the mosaic-tiled swimming pool with breathtaking views of the Hollywood Hills; The Restaurant, a dinner only dining establishment featuring a menu of Modern American cuisine and a sprawling outdoor terrace overlooking the Beverly Canon Gardens; and The Bar, which offers a menu of light fare to complement an extensive selection of bespoke cocktails. £10, the hotel’s hidden bar, specializes in the world’s most precious whisky, The Macallan Single Malt. Spa Montage Beverly Hills featuring L.RAPHAEL is the exclusive West Coast destination for the renowned Swiss skincare brand’s non-invasive, scientifically advanced, products and treatments for the face and body. Beverly Hills is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ worldwide collection. For more information, follow @montagebh or visit www.montagehotels.com/beverlyhills.
About Chef Ludo Lefebvre
Chef Ludo Lefebvre is one of the most influential chefs in Los Angeles dining, pioneering and revolutionizing the culinary industry. After training in France for 12 years with the great masters, Ludo came to Los Angeles and was soon awarded the prestigious Mobil Travel Guide Five Star Award at two different restaurants: L’Orangerie in 1999 and 2000 and Bastide in 2006. From 2007 to 2012, he became known as the “pop-up king”
through his multi-city restaurant tour LudoBites and has been credited with igniting the phenomenon of the pop-up restaurant and establishing its viability as a business model. In September 2010, Ludo brought fried chicken to the streets of Los Angeles by opening his food truck, known on the streets as “LudoTruck”. In October 2013, he took his fried chicken concept to the next level by opening his first brick and mortar location, LudoBird, within the Staples Center, with a second location to follow at Universal City Walk, Hollywood in 2016. Turning his attention back to the “refined” dining of his pedigree, in 2013 Ludo opened Trois Mec, a 28- seat restaurant in the heart of in Los Angeles, which was twice named “L.A.’s Best Restaurant” by LA Weekly. Petit Trois, Ludo’s “Bar a la carte” concept, was opened July 2014 and was honored as a 2015 James Beard finalist for Best New Restaurant. The second location of Petit Trois, with added breakfast and table service opened in Sherman Oaks, CA in April 2018. Trois Mec received the prestigious honor of one Michelin Star in the 2019 California Michelin Gil and Petit Trois was included as a Bib Gourmand. Ludo has been named one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Chefs” by Relais & Chateaux and was a James Beard Award finalist for a “Rising Star Chef,” “Best Chef West” “Best New Restaurant for Petit Trois” and “Best Culinary Program” for his hosting of Mind of Chef. He is the author of two cookbooks: LudoBites, Recipes and Stories from the Pop- Up Restaurants of Ludo Lefebvre and Crave, The Feast of the Five Senses.
About Montage Hotels & Resorts
Montage Hotels & Resorts is the ultra-luxury hospitality management company founded by Alan J. Fuerstman. Designed to serve the affluent and discerning traveler and homeowner, the company features an artistic collection of distinctive hotels, resorts and residences. Each Montage property offers comfortable elegance, a unique sense of place and spirit, impeccable hospitality and memorable culinary, spa and lifestyle experiences. The portfolio of hotels, resorts and residences includes: Montage Laguna Beach, Montage Beverly Hills, Montage Deer Valley, Montage Kapalua Bay, Montage Palmetto Bluff, and Montage Los Cabos. Opening in 2020 is Montage Healdsburg, and opening in 2021 is Montage La Quinta and Montage Big Sky. Montage Hotels & Resorts is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. For more information, follow @montagehotels or visit www.montagehotels.com. (BHCVB)