Chef Chu Celebrates 50-Year Anniversary with Special Banquet

By November 20, 2019Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (November 20, 2019) Fifty years ago, Lawrence C.C. Chu opened a small eatery in a converted laundromat in Los Altos, offering Chinese takeout. The renowned Chef Chu’s restaurant now serves over 500 people per day, including celebrities, heads of state, dignitaries and local sports heroes, and serves to-go meals for 500 more. The charismatic chef claims he owes a large part of his success to the community, and in the spirit of gratitude, wants to give back through a fundraising banquet on Sunday, February 9, with all proceeds benefitting the Los Altos History Museum.

The event, titled “Chef Chu’s, Serving History: Celebrating 50 Years,” includes a VIP Champagne Reception with Chef Chu at 5pm, followed by no-host cocktails at 6pm. The celebration banquet at 6:30pm will feature dishes created specially for the evening by Chu and inspired by the regions of China. Attendees will also receive a commemorative menu with personal notes written by the chef.

“This special evening is about celebrating history, being part of the Los Altos story, and giving back to the community,” said Lawrence Chu. “The Museum is a gathering spot for generations to learn about those who’ve built, and contributed to, the area. Preserving this story helps engender pride, a sense of community and hopefully motivates active participation in our shared future.”

In his restaurant, Chef Chu values the feel-good aspect of food, checking that all dishes are prepared in the right frame of mind, and that patrons are relaxed while enjoying their meal in what he refers to as a cultural center. Carrying on the tradition, his son, Larry Chu, Jr., now oversees the running of the day-to-day business, having worked alongside his father for nearly 20 years. The importance of bringing cultures together, involving generations, and giving back to the community are ideals the Chus share with the Los Altos History Museum.

“When Chef Chu made this extremely generous offer, we were deeply touched. It is a true honor to be selected as the partner of his 50th Anniversary celebration,” said the Museum’s Executive Director, Dr. Elisabeth Ward. “Fundraisers are an opportunity for community members to show their support, and this one will be especially meaningful since it is a gift from both Chef Chu and from everyone who comes. We are grateful.”

Seating to celebrate this once in a half-century anniversary event is limited to 100 people. VIP tickets are $500, and Celebration Tickets are $300. Reserve by January 10 at

Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collectionspermanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, visit:, email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10,