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Getting their hands on touchless for concessions

PACKAGE PLUS: At Hard Rock Stadium, Centerplate has shifted to ready-made items packaged to go in suites. (Courtesy Centerplate) “Touchless” is a familiar word in venues’ plans to make patrons more comfortable as they return to shows and games. Often it centers on entrances and restrooms, but it extends to food service as well. Limiting the touches on fans’ food is a key part of changes at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., said Kevin Mitchell, vice president and general manager for Centerplate. Reduced crowds are allowed for football games. When the University of Miami played its opener there Sept. 10, the stadium’s first game since the Super Bowl in February, food packaging was among the biggest changes for Centerplate, and they’ll be in place when the Miami Dolphins play their first home game of the season Sept 20. At concessions stands, open containers have been replaced by boxes […]

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Venue Concessionaires Donate Tons of Food

Delaware North knows of at least 13,000 pounds of goods donated to food pantries and food banks. (Courtesy Delaware North) ‘We were stocked up. … We had the ability to respond quickly.’ Over 3 tons of vegetables, fruits and dairy products went from the Delaware North Sportservice kitchens of Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena into the donation stream of the local community. Just a little less than that left Portland’s Moda Center, while more than 3 tons was spread across Los Angeles from Levy kitchens at Staples Center and a whopping 6 tons from State Farm Arena in Atlanta. As venues shuttered in response to changes forced by COVID-19, many chefs and concessions companies were left with stockpiles of food brought in to handle planned events.  “We were stocked up and ready for the spring opener for baseball to hockey, basketball and other events,” said Deb Friedel, director of sustainability for […]

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Centerplate Names New Chef in Baltimore

TASTE OF CHARM CITY: Gregory Pittman will oversee food and beverage at the Baltimore Convention Center. (Courtesy Centerplate) Gregory Pittman new executive chef for convention center Centerplate recently announced Gregory Pittman as the executive chef at the Baltimore Convention Center. Pittman comes from Chicago, where he spent three years. While there he oversaw two university food and beverage programs where he led teams of 40-75 employees, and he has more than 10 years of experience leading culinary teams as an executive chef. Pittman is originally from Memphis, Tenn., where he worked with family-owned restaurants from the age of 7. He has an associate’s degree in culinary arts from LeCole Culinaire in Memphis. Centerplate has had the Baltimore Convention Center account since 2009. The complex has 300,000 square feet of exhibition space and 85,000 square feet of meeting space and plays host to more than 140 events a year.

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Opening Number: Super Bowl Food

Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium is hosting the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, and concessionaire Centerplate is preparing to feed 65,326 hungry fans over 4 hours as the Kansas City Chiefs battle the San Francisco 49ers for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Here are some more numbers to snack on, provided by Centerplate. 2,500 Hospitality staff that will be on hand 25 Centerplate chefs being flown to Miami to help prepare the F&B. 10 Kitchens in use — 7 existing kitchens plus 3 mobile kitchens being brought in for the game. 2,700 Lobster tails to be brought in from Maine. 8,000 Short ribs being prepared for game day. 10,000 Hot dogs expected to be sold. $7 million-plus Total local purchasing Centerplate does in Miami-Dade County each year.

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Super Bowl’s First Female Executive Chef: Bring It On

FOOD QB: Dayanny De la Cruz will preside over F&B at the Super Bowl. (Matthew Noel / Centerplate) Centerplate’s Dayanny De la Cruz has been preparing for this moment since she was 6 The Kansas City Chiefs are going to the Super Bowl for the third time this year; it will be the seventh appearance for the San Francisco 49ers. Beating them both is concessionaire Centerplate, which will be providing food and beverage at the biggest game of the year for the 15th time. Besides the new creations being cooked up for this year’s game, there’s something else new on the menu, according to Centerplate officials: the first female Super Bowl head chef. Super Bowl LIV will take place Feb. 2 at Hard Rock Stadium near Miami. Centerplate, owned since 2017 by Sodexo, has been providing hospitality services at the venue, the home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, since 2001 […]

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Robotic Pizza Maker Invades CES

Picnic CEO Clayton Wood at the robotic pizza maker concession stand that has been introduced for CES 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. (Courtesy Centerplate) Centerplate brings Picnic’s creation to tech show with eye on convention center business Attendees of the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show are getting a slice of technology with their F&B this year as Centerplate introduces a robotic pizza maker to the convention floor. After a successful test in Seattle at T-Mobile Park, the world’s first artificial intelligence-powered food assembly system made its debut at the popular showcase for trendy technology at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday and will remain onsite throughout the four-day event, ending Friday. Centerplate has been providing hospitality at the convention center since Jan. 2017. They took over just days before the CES event that year. “CES is the largest retail show the convention center hosts, and we’re expecting over […]

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Centerplate to Run F&B at World Market Center Las Vegas

The World Market Center is the home of the Las Vegas Market. (Courtesy Centerplate) Company plans to reinvent the guest experience at venue Centerplate has won the bidding for the hospitality contract at the World Market Center Las Vegas. The long-term agreement calls for Centerplate to manage food and beverage, catering and concessions services at the venue. The length of the deal and financial details were not released. “We have exclusive rights to the retail,” said Steven Potts, Centerplate vice president. “For catering, showroom clients are able to review proposals from other caterers, but we’re sure the the vast majority of clients will be using Centerplate for all of their catering needs because of our best-in-class resources, culinary expertise and front of house leadership.” Potts said that Centerplate’s understanding of the local event market made them stand out in the request for proposal process. “Our experience, proven results, marketing innovation, […]

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Active at 90

Clockwise from top left: T-Mobile Park’s chapulines, Las Vegas Convention Center’s Meat Locker pizza, pork belly banh mi sliders, Vancouver Convention Centre’s Bliss Cake. (Courtesy Centerplate) Centerplate heads toward centennial by keeping concessions fresh for clients, fans In 1929, Nathaniel Leverone started a vending service in Chicago and called it the Automatic Canteen Company of America. Leverone got the idea to start the company when he got a handful of bad peanuts from a vending machine and he thought he could do better.  He founded the company on the idea that customers deserved a square deal: fairly priced high-quality food and beverage, served with professionalism and a smile. Leverone’s first real get turned out to be the historic World’s Fair in Chicago in 1933. He sold chocolate milk and concessions, and he even installed a few pop-up restaurants. The vending business eventually split off and the rest of the company […]

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