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San Diego’s Rippetoe on Putting Expertise Into Action

READY FOR DUTY: The San Diego Convention Center reached out to the city to find out how it could help. (Photos courtesy SDCC) Convention center pivots to homeless shelter to aid in COVID-19 fight The San Diego Convention Center is one of many public assembly facilities across the globe that have gone from traditional functions as event venues and economic impact engines to serving communities in a variety of ways – from field hospitals to testing sites to food and supply depots — during the coronavirus pandemic. With the convention center being pressed into service as a temporary shelter for its region’s homeless population, VenuesNow caught up with industry veteran Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, president and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corp., to discuss how he and his staff are navigating the unprecedented calamity. The conversation has been edited for brevity. How did it come about that the convention […]

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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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