LAKELAND, FL (June 11, 2014) – The City of Lakeland is in talks with Tampa-based Ovations Food Services, a nationally ranked catering and concessions provider, to manage the food and beverage services at the Cleveland Heights Golf Course. Ovations Food Services, who is also the exclusive catering and concessions provider to The Lakeland Center, is a subsidiary of the sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor.
Bob Donahay, Director of Parks & Recreation said, “Ovations does have experience managing golf course food and beverage services and we are excited to be talking to them about bringing their expertise to Cleveland Heights Golf Course.” He added, “Ovations is a global company that has the advantage of better purchasing power and food service is their core business.”
Ovations Food Services operates at more than 140 public assembly facilities across North America including golf courses and serves nine million guests on an annual basis. In partnering with Ovations, Cleveland Heights Golf Course would benefit from the company’s expertise in food and beverage operations and benefit from their sales and marketing support.
Ovations Food Services operates at The Lakeland Center, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, Ruth Eckerd Hall & Capitol Theatre, and consults at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Other Florida venues include EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, Space Coast Stadium, the Daytona Beach Ocean Center, Palm Beach County Convention Center and Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.
This past month, Ovations Food Services at The Lakeland Center was recognized by Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott, for the third consecutive year, for being one of only 51 food service establishments in the Sunshine State for having no safety or sanitation violations within the past year. The company also hosted a celebratory party this month for two-time Masters Champion and Pensacola native, Bubba Watson, at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. Ovations’ Chef created a specialty version of Bubba’s favorite Waffle House items, grilled cheese and hash browns, combined on a sandwich.
About Ovations Food Services, LP: A nationally ranked food service company, Ovations Food Services (www.ovationsfoodservices.com<http://www.ovationsfoodservices.com/>) delivers fresh menus, fresh management and fresh ideas to public assembly venues, hotels and casinos throughout the United States and Canada. 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. 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.