Chef Curtis Stone Opens Picnic Society by Gwen at The Grove

Curtis Stone Photo by Clay Larsen

Chef and restaurateur Curtis Stone has opened Picnic Society by Gwen, a new full-
service restaurant and grab and go picnic market at The Grove in Los Angeles.
The new concept will be open for a four-month residency and will provide
Angelinos several dining options.

The extensive grab and go market will feature sandwiches, salads, charcuterie,
vegetables, cheeses and other delicacies. Additionally, diners can choose to purchase
pre-made baskets with miniature tables, blankets and cutlery for an easy ready to go
picnic. There is also a second-floor al fresco terrace to enjoy dishes on site.
Highlights of the menu include salad nicoise, lobster roll and steak frites with

Gwen Burger Photo courtesy of Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant

Inspired by the new behaviors of communities grappling with global change, Stone
and his team wanted to create a safe and convenient way for individuals to find
solace in the shared experience of simply enjoying a meal together. “The world has
changed in recent months, and so has the way that we enjoy food and come
together. I began thinking back to the stories of early 19th century gatherings of
‘picnic societies’ in Europe,” said Stone. “With good food and the right company, you
can really make anywhere in the world your restaurant, and I look forward to
elevating this experience for the Los Angeles community.”

“I’m thrilled to welcome one of the finest chefs in the country, Curtis Stone, and his
exceptional team to The Grove” remarked Rick Caruso, Founder and CEO of Caruso.
“With several of his concepts in Los Angeles garnering Michelin stars, I’m truly
inspired by his creativity and ingenuity in the kitchen as well as the innovative
concept he plans to introduce through Picnic Society.”

Picnic Society is now open and located at 189 The Grove Drive. For more
information, visit and follow @picnicsocietyla on Instagram.

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Shaena Engle is a food, lifestyle and travel writer for a variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Pasadena magazine, AOL, The Daily Meal, The San Diego Union Tribune and PokerPro magazine. She has interviewed top chefs including Lidia Bastianich, Michael Chiarello, Hubert Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jose Andres, and many others. She has authored three books, The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Las Vegas (Globe Pequot Press), The Best Places to Kiss in Southern California (Beginning Press, a romantic travel guide) and Silver Linings: Triumphs of The Chronically Ill and Physically Challenged (Prometheus Books).  She is also an amateur magician and often writes on gambling, poker and magical happenings.  She also is a freelance consultant on restaurant, food, travel and hospitality public relations and marketing efforts.
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