by laliveinsider on Tue., Jun 10 at 02:48 PM

Chef Ben Ford Establishes Downtown LA Presence

LOS ANGELES, June 10, 2014 – The JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, announced today a new culinary partnership with chef, restaurateur and author Ben Ford. Ford will bring an outpost of his popular Ford’s Filling Station to the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, with an opening planned for fall 2014. 

Ford’s restaurant at the JW Marriott will feature several of his gastropub classics as well as a selection of new signature items exclusive to the L.A. LIVE location. The restaurant will be the hotel’s signature culinary venue, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

“Ben is a culinary innovator who makes every dish, no matter how complex or simple, an extraordinary dining experience,” said Javier Cano. “His new restaurant will add an exciting element to our growing Downtown Los Angeles culinary scene, which has seen such an incredible transformation over the past decade and become a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts.”

Known for his creative techniques and craft-driven philosophy to cooking, Ford began his culinary career in Alice Water’s forward-thinking Chez Panisse kitchen, and continues to emphasize fresh, local and sustainable ingredients throughout his menus.  The flagship Ford’s Filling Station in Culver City is the first regional American gastropub with a culinary program that showcases uncomplicated, seasonal cuisine. Ford will bring his focus on exciting, locally-sourced, seasonal food to the L.A. LIVE location, elevating his gastropub concept to offer an experience that perfectly complements the new Downtown Los Angeles.

“Downtown L.A. is undergoing a dramatic revitalization, and is poised to be the next great American city. The new downtown is a comfortable and easily accessible neighborhood filled with artists and young professionals, which aligns perfectly with our community-driven concept,” said Ford. “Ford’s welcoming atmosphere and carefully prepared dishes will invite both locals and hotel guests to reconnect to the fine craft of seasonal cooking and cocktails using fresh, regional ingredients. I am excited to be part of this metamorphosis.”

Ford’s restaurant will be located in the lobby level of the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, and replaces the former LA Market restaurant.

About Ford’s Filling Station

Ford’s Filling Station is an innovative American gastropub offering a comfortable pub-like attitude and serving exciting, seasonal food. Opened in 2006, the flagship Ford’s Filling Station pioneered the Culver City culinary revival offering an unpretentious setting for amazing food and wine with an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients. Created as a concept for the people of the community, Ford’s Filling Station is meant to be a place to refuel the mind, body and spirit. The “Filling Station” metaphor and “Fuel No Gas” slogan are representative of a place to come to fill up on all the good things in life.

About JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the JW Marriott serves as the focal point of the L.A. LIVE district, offering travelers a front seat to world-class sports and entertainment. The hotel features 878 stylish guest rooms, a full service spa and fitness center, outdoor heated pool, diverse dining options and 100,000 square feet of versatile meeting space. The JW Marriott Los Angeles shares the distinctive 54-story tower with sister hotel The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles and The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE. Steps away from STAPLES Center, Nokia Theater L.A. LIVE, The GRAMMY Museum and an array of restaurants, venues and nightspots, the JW Marriott Los Angeles is at the center of one of the most exciting parts of the city.

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