June 12, 1988 |
HE WENT TO work at age 13, in a restaurant 50 miles from his home in southern Austria. As his father waved goodby at the railroad station, he said, "You're good for nothing, and you'll never amount to any thing." Two weeks later the young man made a mistake in the kitchen--he doesn't recall what--and the chef told him to go back home. "I went down to the basement and peeled potatoes for two weeks, hoping that nobody would notice that I was still there. And I thought, my father was right."
October 11, 2000
Selwyn H. Joffe, a top executive at such ventures as Wolfgang Puck Food Co. and amusement park operator Palace Entertainment Co., has been appointed president and chief executive of Netlock Technologies Inc., a year-old network security software company with about three dozen employees in Brea. Joffe was chief executive of Wolfgang Puck Food and founder, president and director of Palace Entertainment, with 18 parks and more than 2,500 employees.
August 6, 1998 |
California Pizza Kitchen is joining the parade of restaurants selling its fare through grocery stores. The Los Angeles-based chain with 80 restaurants in 22 states has signed a licensing agreement with Kraft Foods Inc., which will produce frozen pizzas for sale in supermarkets. The premium pizza line, including the restaurant's signature BBQ Chicken and Thai Chicken dishes, will make its debut during the fourth quarter, according to Kraft.
May 17, 2000 |
Wolfgang Puck Food Co. will operate a 250-seat seafood restaurant with a 100-seat cocktail lounge inside California Adventure, the Walt Disney Co. amusement park that opens next year in Anaheim. Disney said Tuesday that the restaurant, Avalon Cove, will resemble a sand castle from the outside and will have an undersea motif inside. Puck Food's president, Frank Guidara, told The Times a year ago that Puck would run a restaurant inside the park, but no details were disclosed at that time.
August 2, 1996 |
Taco Bell Corp. said Thursday that it has agreed to sell its growing line of grocery products--including dinner entrees, sauces and dips--to Kraft Foods Inc., the nation's largest packaged foods company. Neither Taco Bell nor Kraft, based in Northfield, Ill., would release a sales price. The Irvine operator of Mexican-style fast-food restaurants said that the grocery line it started three years ago generates $50 million in annual sales.
December 4, 2002 |
After months, if not years of rumors, the power couple behind the Puck restaurant empire are splitting up. While it's no surprise to friends and those in the food world, it leaves the future of their international group of restaurants and other businesses in limbo. Citing "irreconcilable differences," Barbara Lazaroff filed for divorce from her husband of 19 years, Wolfgang Puck, the day before Thanksgiving. The couple separated Nov. 16, according to court papers.