(Lutz, FL – October 18, 2012) Ovations Food Services, a specialist in food and beverage catering and concessions for public assembly facilities, was selected to provide their high-level of quality food presentation and customer service to Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Capitol Theatre. Ovations Food Services, of Tampa Bay, FL, is a subsidiary of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the nation’s premiere sports and entertainment firms.
Ovations Food Services will take over food and beverage operations on November 1, 2012 and will immediately roll out their Everything’s Fresh™ philosophy. Ovations plans to introduce the Ultimate Bar Experience, expanding on the theater’s already successful wine bar, introduce new pre-show food offerings in the east café area with a uniquely branded Plā Bistro™ concept and customize offerings to match the event’s theme.
“I have been visiting Ruth Eckerd Hall with my family since moving to Florida in 1991 and have enjoyed the entertainment choices provided by Ruth Eckerd Hall,” said Todd Wickner, Ovations Food Services Chief Operating Officer. “I am excited to deliver Ovations’ creative ideas and services with an already great operating facility.”
“I have had a long and successful friendship with the leaders of Comcast – Spectacor, Ovations’ parent Company. They have managed to grow successfully as an industry giant – WITHOUT losing an impeccable, intimate touch with their clients. They will help turn another key corner in the constant re-invention of Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Capitol Theatre” said Zev Buffman, Ruth Eckerd Hall President/CEO.
Long term plans include expanding the food and beverage areas at the Historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater. This will allow for more amenities at the Theater and the addition of a roof top terrace overlooking the gulf. A similar expansion is expected shortly thereafter at Ruth Eckerd Hall, increasing the lobby space and allowing guests to mingle pre-show as well as enjoy increased food and beverage offerings tailored to each event.
Ruth Eckerd opened in 1983 and seats 2,180 guests for live entertainment events. The City of Clearwater and Ruth Eckerd Hall are currently revitalizing the historic Capitol Theatre, constructed in 1921. When completely rebuilt by fall of next year, the 720-seat theater will become a venue at which Ruth Eckerd Hall will continue to present all genres of live entertainment.
About Ovations Food Services, LP: Ranked as one of the top ten food service companies nationally, Ovations Food Services (www.ovationsfoodservices.com) delivers fresh menus, fresh management and fresh ideas to public assembly venues, hotels and casinos throughout the United States and Canada. A Tampa Bay Area based company, Ovations specializes in food, beverage, merchandise and hospitality services for stadiums, arenas, convention centers, fairgrounds, expo-centers, racetracks, zoos, performing arts centers, amphitheaters casinos and hotels throughout the United States and Canada. Locally, Ovations manages the food service operations at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, The Lakeland Center and consults at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Considered by many as the best managed and most innovative company in the industry, Ovations’ results oriented senior management team has been involved in managing almost every major public assembly facility throughout the United States and Canada.
About Comcast Spectacor: Ovations’ parent company, Comcast-Spectacor (comcast-spectacor.com) is the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company which owns the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), the home arena for both the Flyers and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, XFINITY Live! Philadelphia, the Wells Fargo Center, and four Flyers Skate Zone community ice skating and hockey rinks. In addition, Comcast-Spectacor is also the principal owner of Global Spectrum, the fastest growing firm in the public assembly management field with more than 100 facilities throughout the United States and Canada; Ovations Food Services; New Era Tickets, a ticketing and marketing company for public assembly facilities; Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company; FanOne, a digital fan marketing company; and Paciolan, the leading provider of venue enablement, ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions.
About Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc.: Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc. is the 2,200-seat Ruth Eckerd Hall, the 500-seat Capitol Theatre, the 200-seat Murray Studio Theater, The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute and Ruth Eckerd Hall On The Road. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to engage the community to master, experience, discover and explore quality performing arts. Ruth Eckerd Hall was named the #1 theater in the world for venues with 2,500 seats or fewer for the decade (2000-2009) by Billboard, based on number of shows, tickets sold and gross ticket sales. Each year, Ruth Eckerd Hall is consistently ranked as a top-five venue in the world with 2,500 seats or fewer by various industry trade publications including Billboard, Pollstar and Venues Today.