Choura Venue Services names Ryan McIntyre of Kitchen Outfitters as Executive Chef

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ryan-mcintyreLong Beach resident Ryan McIntyre has been named Executive Chef for the Long Beach based Choura Venue Services, a full service event company with eight separate event divisions including The Grand Long Beach Event Center and Choura Event Catering headquartered on campus at Cal State University Long Beach.

The new Executive Chef and new menus are all part of Choura’s expansive “re-imagining campaign” that has been in the works during 2009 to celebrate the company’s 40 years of service in the hospitality industry.

In May of this year CEO Ryan Choura admitted he was tired of serving the same old chicken dinners in an “Imagine Long Beach” column in the Long Beach Business Journal and wanted to raise the caliber of our local event expectation. He feels that having McIntyre onboard focusing Choura’s cuisine is a huge step in the right direction:

“While everyone else has been cutting back this year we’ve been pushing the envelope creatively, developing every way possible for people to have great event experiences with us. We want to be the event leaders in Long Beach, we want to be the trend-setters, and to do that we needed top-notch menu choices. McIntyre’s talent is a key piece to our game changing strategy.”

Choura Venue Services Senior Vice President Steven McMahon shares his enthusiasm over McIntyre in this new position as well:

“I have never heard anyone talk about food the way Ryan McIntyre does. You can literally taste it through his descriptions, and then what he actually serves tops that. Choura has always led with great service and quality product, but now we’re adding truly fine cuisine to our repertoire.”

McIntyre has already begun the process of bringing sophisticated and new flavor profiles to the menu selections at both The Grand and Choura Event Catering. The brand new Choura Event Catering website debuts on Wednesday September 23, 2009.

For his part McIntyre is “excited to be getting back in the kitchen” and honored Choura has asked him lead their chefs and kitchens and take Choura to the next level. He also recommends that “Food is not rocket science, Keep it clean, simple, seasonal, and delicious.”

Executive Chef Ryan McIntyre

McIntyre is well known locally as the owner of Kitchen Outfitters in Naples, and comes with a stellar resume as a chef. He completed the Culinary Arts program at Long Beach City College and then graduated from the prestigious California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. In 1999 he was part of the team that opened the W in San Francisco, and had a very successful tenure with the company including positions as Executive Banquet Chef and Executive Chef for the W in Los Angeles.

After several years in the restaurant and event industry McIntyre moved into the realm private catering in L.A., focusing on the entertainment industry where he created cuisine for such notables as Dustin Hoffman and Ben Stiller.

Choura Venue Services

Choura Venue Services is the only full service event company serving greater Long Beach with event venues, event rentals, event planning and off-site catering divisions. Choura Venue Services is an active member of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is excited to partner with those who want take events and special occasions in the greater Long Beach to a whole new level. To learn more please go to

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