July 21, 2011

Catering to Comic-Con Is Serious Business

STAMFORD, Conn., July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Centerplate, North America's leading event hospitality provider, is serving as hospitality host for Comic-Con International, the largest comic book convention of its kind in the world, at the San Diego Convention Center July 21 through the 24th. The company has been preparing for the event for over four months and anticipates serving over 125,000 attendees.

For this special event, Centerplate has created tailored menus for the general attendees and associated private events alike. Locally-sourced organic ingredients will take center-stage in the private event menu featuring dishes like our signature Butter Lettuce Salad with Pancetta Bacon, Pear Tomatoes, Crumbled Blue Cheese and Cracked Pepper Vinaigrette. General attendees will enjoy a range of dishes from a Pear and Gorgonzola Salad to House-Made Personal Pizzas. In 2010 Centerplate served over 1,500 gourmet salads, 5,000 gourmet sandwiches and 10,000 personal pizzas.

"This is one of my absolute favorite events of the year. It is such a fun and vibrant group," said Nancy Murgillo, Centerplate's General Manager responsible for hospitality at the show. "Our pre-planning process has become so involved, that during the event, our staff is prepared for the masses of people and able to fall into the groove of our plan and seamlessly cater to our guests. Our goal is to keep this San Diego-born event here for years to come."

About Centerplate:

Centerplate crafts and delivers "Craveable Experiences. Raveable Results." in over 250 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues across North America - annually serving over 100 million guests. Centerplate has provided event hospitality services to 15 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, 12 Super Bowls, 20 World Series, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and the largest plated dinner in history at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Celebration. The company was recently named the fastest growing restaurant chain in the country by Nation's Restaurant News. Visit the company online at www.centerplate.com

About Comic-Con International:

Comic-Con International: San Diego (Comic-Con), the largest convention of its kind in the world, is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to its San Diego convention each summer, Comic-Con organizes the San Francisco-based WonderCon each spring and Alternative Press Expo each fall. On the web: Comic-Con.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/comic_con.

SOURCE Centerplate