Tampa, FL (Nov. 19, 2014) – The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) will open its newly renovated cafe, the Everything’s Fresh™ Market, on Saturday, Nov. 22. The market, which is operated by Ovations Food Services, will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday with a fresh approach to breakfast and transition to an extensive lunch menu at 11 a.m. MOSI’s new executive chef, Rene J. Marquis, will be conducting demonstrations for guests that incorporate both science and food, while MOSI STEAMpunks perform science experiments while interacting with guests both inside and outside of the cafe.
Reporters interested in a behind-the-scenes tour must attend the media sneak peek on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m.
Chef Rene J. Marquis, an American Culinary Federation Judge and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, is a retired combat veteran of 21 years. Througho ut his military career, he was team captain of the Unites States Army Culinary Arts Team and attended the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany, bringing home 31 gold medals. Chef Marquis has appeared on a variety of popular culinary shows, including Alton Brown’s latest show on the Food Network Channel, “Cutthroat Kitchen,” where he finished on top as the winner of Season 1, Episode 7.
MOSI has partnered with Tampa-based Ovations Food Services, a nationally recognized food and beverage service provider, to manage the new café as well as the museum’s day-to-day food and beverage operations.
Because of this partnership with Ovations Food Services – which operates at more than 140 public assembly facilities across North America – MOSI is able to offer its guests the highest quality food and beverage, and benefit from the company’s expertise in food and beverage operations, marketing and the booking of high-caliber events. Ovations Food Services offers an Everything’s Fresh™ approach with the way they prepare and assemble food right in front of guests with ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible.
An abundance of customer-friendly, healthy options will be available in the Everything’s Fresh™ Market when it opens on Saturday, including fresh salads and panini wraps, seasoned with fresh herbs from MOSI’s own herb garden, along with a frozen yogurt station, featuring an extensive toppings bar.
In the Tampa area, Ovations Food Services operates at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, Ruth Eckerd Hall & Capitol Theatre, The Lakeland Center, 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.
Ovations Food Services is a subsidiary of the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor, a Comcast company.
About MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)
MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) and is home to the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre, the only dome theater in the state of Florida. MOSI’s core ideology is to make a difference in people’s lives by making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds. MOSI gives away more than $3 million in free memberships each year, $250,000 in free tickets annually, and approximately 400 scholarships each year for children to attend MOSI Summer Science Camps. Additionally, MOSI’s education staff works closely with area teachers offering free training and support for area science educators. With a total size of more than 400,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States. Learn through play inside Kids In Charge! the largest Children’s Science Center in the nation or The Amazing You—a 13,000-square-foot exhibition on health and wellness. Conquer your fears on MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course and Zip Line. Budding inventors can engineer anything imaginable and hold it in the palm of their hand in MOSI’s technology playground and inventor’s studio, Idea Zone; and aspiring astronauts can travel to the moon to operate a lunar colony in Mission: Moonbase, funded in part by NASA. MOSI is the proud winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums. For more information on MOSI, visit www.mosi.org.
About Ovations Food Services, LP: A nationally ranked food service company, 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. 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.
About Comcast Spectacor: Ovations’ parent company, Comcast-Spectacor (comcast-spectacor.com), which operates in 48 of the 50 United States, 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, 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 120 facilities throughout the United States and Canada; Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage service provider; 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.
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