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Best New Concept in Food and Drink

Hall of Favs, PPG Paints Arena Alicia Woznicki, Vice President, Design and Development, Aramark Sports & Entertainment Think you can’t have it all? Think again. At Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena, there’s no need to go from stand to stand picking up each family member’s favorite dish in the venue. It’s all at the Hall of Favs, a location new this NHL season at the arena, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The idea didn’t start with the urge to create a murderers’ row of arena food to make one-stop shopping more achievable and create a super-stand among concessions locations. It was more of a technology play, said Alicia Woznicki of Aramark, who worked on making the concept a reality. The location at PPG Paints Arena, created by combining two existing stands and a former bar, was conceived of as a place where all-star entrees and standout snacks would persuade more fans […]

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Oilers, Aramark pull off quick-serve delivery in hub

ICING ON CAKE: The Edmonton Oilers and Aramark teamed up for food service in one of two NHL hubs. (Getty Images) From celebrity chefs to employing new food preparation and safety protocols, Rogers Place and concessionaire Aramark have made the most of a tricky situation in hosting one of two National Hockey League playoff hubs. Jill Young, food and beverage director for Oilers Entertainment Group, said it was a tight window for preparations after arena officials were informed in July that Edmonton would host Western Conference playoff games and the Stanley Cup Finals. The season resumed Aug. 1 and was expected to wrap up in October. Officials initially transitioned from pandemic mode, with staff working from home, to preparing for 12 teams and 1,500 people between players, coaches, league support staff, security personnel and media. Each team brought roughly 50 people. Refrigerators and freezers were shut down since March and […]

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Chiefs Stick With Two Concessionaires

There’s a possibility that a big chunk of the 2020 NFL season could be played in empty venues, but one thing is clear: The Kansas City Chiefs are sticking with two concessionaires at Arrowhead Stadium.

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Aramark’s Birdwell Makes Seamlessness a Priority

Tech points toward removing payment barriers, says new Sports & Entertainment chief Alison Birdwell was recently promoted to president of Aramark Sports & Entertainment. Birdwell replaces Carl Mittleman, who takes over as chief operating officer of international after Brent Franks left the company. Birdwell has been with  Aramark since 2002, when she was named general manager of Reliant Park in Houston, now NRG Park, which includes NRG Stadium, home of the NFL’s Houston Texans. The Hertford, England, native has been a district manager and most recently a regional vice president for Aramark, covering multiple Super Bowls, World Series and Final Fours. Her hospitality background is in the hotel industry. (This interview was conducted before the event cancellations associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.) What’s your take on the state of food service at arenas and stadiums? The first thing is how rapidly it’s changing, and having been in this industry for […]

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