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Exploratorium Partners with Bon Appétit for New Waterfront Site in 2013

For Immediate Release:
May 15, 2012

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Exploratorium Partners with Bon Appétit for New Waterfront Site in 2013

Exploratorium's New Waterfront Site In 2013
Features Partnership with Bon Appétit and
Executive Chef Loretta Keller

Today the Exploratorium announced its agreement with Bon Appétit, in partnership with acclaimed San Francisco chef, Loretta Keller, to create seasonable and sustainable fare at the museum’s new Pier 15 site on the Embarcadero at Green Street, when it relocates in 2013. Under Ms. Keller’s direction, Bon Appétit, the award-winning, Palo-Alto based food service group, will procure and prepare all of the food for the new museum site, including the sidewalk café on the west side of the pier — off the Embarcadero — and the waterfront café on the east side — in the all-glass Bay Observatory Building.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled about what we expect to be a wonderfully creative collaboration with Loretta and Bon Appétit,” said Silva Raker, the Exploratorium’s Director of Business Development. “Along with providing delicious, sustainably-produced food for our cafés and some very fun food carts, Bon Appetit will be a fabulous option for catering private events.

In the spirit of revitalization that has taken hold along the Embarcadero, we expect our new facility to be a spectacular San Francisco venue for event rentals.”

Ms. Keller, a 2009 James Beard Foundation Award Finalist for Best Chef in the California/Pacific region, said, “I’m incredibly excited to partner with Bon Appétit at the Exploratorium

By using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, we’re creating a new museum-café menu that will surprise and satisfy all the guests of the Exploratorium, from toddlers to seniors, as well as one-time visitors and annual members.”

All Bon Appétit food is cooked from scratch, including sauces, stocks and soups. A pioneer in environmentally sound sourcing policies, Bon Appétit has developed programs addressing local purchasing, the overuse of antibiotics, sustainable seafood, the connection between food and climate change, humanely raised meat and eggs, and most recently, farmworker welfare. Fedele Bauccio, CEO and co-founder of Bon Appétit, which operates more than 400 kitchens in 31 states, was recently described in The Atlantic, as “wielding a mighty big fork,” responsible for “the most sweeping anti-cruelty policy in the food service industry.”

More about Loretta Keller and Fedele Bauccio

Loretta Keller is known for her use of high-quality, small production ingredients in menus heavily influenced by the flavors of southern Europe and the Mediterranean. She worked with Jeremiah Tower — who along with Alice Waters is credited for the birth of California cuisine — for several years at Stars and Stars Café. Her restaurant COCO5OO in the dynamic South of Market district has become a regular fixture in the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Top 100” restaurants and is an anchor in the neighborhood. Ms. Keller established a new standard for museum dining in San Francisco with the launch of the Academy Café and the Moss Room Restaurant in 2008, at the California Academy of Sciences.

Ms. Keller has served on the boards or organizing committees of a number of charities, including The San Francisco Free Clinic Luncheon, the CUESA Sunday Supper fundraiser for the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market, the Street Smart for Kids program (which helps at-risk youth), and Share Our Strength (a charity working to ensure that all children have access to nutritious food).

Fedele Bauccio revolutionized the food service industry by bringing fresh, made-from-scratch food to the contract market. Under his leadership, Bon Appétit Management Company has also led the industry in environmentally and socially responsible practices designed to create a more sustainable food system.

Mr. Bauccio began his food career as a dishwasher in 1960 while a student at the University of Portland. In 1987, he cofounded Bon Appétit Management Company, and for the first time, real executive chefs were put in charge of the kitchens of colleges, universities, corporations, and cultural centers. From the beginning, Bon Appétit has been committed to the health of its customers and striving for the freshest ingredients.  Mr. Bauccio’s work has been honored by many nonprofit and industry groups: among them, the James Beard Foundation, First Lady Michelle Obama, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Seafood Choices Alliance.


For further information on the Exploratorium and the 2013 relocation project, contact Exploratorium Public Information Officer Leslie Patterson - lpatterson@exploratorium.edu - (415) 561-0377

For information on Bon Appétit, contact Bonnie Azab Powell, Director of  Communications for Bon Appétit - bonnie.powell@bamco.com -  (650) 621-0871

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Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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