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A Founder's Story

Martha Hoover owns a successful collection of restaurants in Indianapolis, Indiana —Cafe Patachou, Petite Chou Bistro & Champagne Bar, Napolese Pizzeria, Public Greens, Apocalypse Burger and Bar One Fourteen. Founded in 1989, Hoover used premium ingredients, prepared from scratch, and partnered with local vendors and farmers — years before the phrase “farm to table” was first uttered. 

In 2013, Hoover created The Patachou Foundation to feed healthy meals to food insecure children in Indianapolis. To date, 500,000 healthy, nutritious meals have been served by The Patachou Foundation to children in its community who live with pervasive food insecurity.

Hoover is a six-time semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurateur by the James Beard Foundation; Food and Wine named her “One of The Most Innovative Women in Food and drink”, Eater named her “Empire Builder of the Year”, Vogue Magazine profiled her and the company for their sustainability practices, and InStyle Magazine named her to their list of “50 Badass Women”. Additionally, Bar One Fourteen was named one of the Best Bars in the US by Esquire magazine, Café Patachou was named one of Restaurant Hospitality’s Top 25 Coolest Concepts, and Patachou Inc. was named among “19 Great Restaurants in the US to Work For” by Food and Wine.

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