AUA Private Equity’s Investment in Gourmet Culinary Holdings


Foley & Lardner LLP served as legal advisor to AUA Private Equity. Additional advisors to AUA Private Equity included CohnReznick LLP, L.E.K. Consulting and Lockton Companies Inc.

AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC executed its investment in Gourmet Culinary Holdings, LLC, a holding company organized to acquire interests in, and partner with, premium specialty food manufacturers in the U.S. that focus on culinary solutions for customers across the foodservice and retail sectors.

On March 27, 2019, AUA consummated a partnership under GCH, investing alongside the owners of Gourmet Kitchen, Inc.. Founded in 1985, Gourmet Kitchen is a Neptune, NJ based manufacturer of specialty prepared foods for hotels, restaurants, universities, corporate campuses, and distributors across the U.S. The company’s artisanal product offering includes appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, breakfast items, ethnic products, desserts and other custom and chef-inspired specialty foods. Gourmet Kitchen leads with a culinary forward approach in developing innovative products and flavors that appeal to today’s consumers.

On April 25, 2019, AUA completed its second investment for the GCH platform, partnering with the founders and senior management of Kabobs Holdings, LLC. Kabobs is a leading manufacturer of hors d’oeuvres, side items and ethnic and breakfast products that services foodservice operators, hotels, convention centers, corporate campuses, professional caterers and universities across the U.S and Canada. The business is recognized for its cornerstone traits of flavor complexity, consistent quality, continual culinary innovation and commitment to customer service.

Foley & Lardner represented AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC with a team including Susan Pravda (Picture), Gabor Garai, John Palmer, Casey Fleming and Michael Flanagan led the Foley team, along with Of Counsels Mark Neuberger and Dorothy Watson; Senior Counsels Sarah Null and Joshua Roling; and Associates Alicia D’Alba and Alexander Miska.

Involved fees earner: Alicia D’Alba – Foley & Lardner LLP; Michael Flanagan – Foley & Lardner LLP; Casey Fleming – Foley & Lardner LLP; Gabor Garai – Foley & Lardner LLP; Alexander Miska – Foley & Lardner LLP; Mark Neuberger – Foley & Lardner LLP; Sarah Null – Foley & Lardner LLP; John Palmer – Foley & Lardner LLP; Susan Pravda – Foley & Lardner LLP; Joshua Roling – Foley & Lardner LLP; Dorothy Watson – Foley & Lardner LLP;

Law Firms: Foley & Lardner LLP;

Clients: AUA Private Equity;