The Next Level In Taste
Laurel Kaufman has built a career that blends her deep personal passion for food, wine and lifestyle with considerable business acumen and legal expertise. Her love of food and wine began during her college years in Santa Barbara, pouring wines and producing events for Geisinger Winery. After graduating, Laurel moved east to attend Rutgers University, where she received both her J.D. and M.B.A.
While on the East Coast, Laurel worked with the Philadelphia D.A.’s office in Special Narcotics. Laurel also worked in Entertainment Law for Elam Reavis, LLC representing clients such as LL Cool J, King Britt and Jill Scott. Laurel concurrently did marketing for the Public House Group, helping open their first flagship restaurant in Philadelphia. Laurel continued to fill her appetite for the food industry while in Philadelphia, producing special events for the city’s only five star Michelin rated restaurant, Le Bec Fin. Upon returning to Los Angeles, Laurel took on the role of Executive Vice President and In-House Counsel for Bassett, a national retail brand, and subsequently began consulting for beauty, fashion, hospitality and entertainment companies founding AK Consulting Group in 2007. Laurel continues to consult with creatives, focusing on restaurants and retailers. Laurel sits on the board of the Fender Music Foundation and Totally Fabulous Females and is Managing Director for the Los Angeles Chapter of Girls in Tech. She has been a member of the California Bar since 2006.