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Ovations Food Services Selected to Bring Their Signature Everything’s Fresh™ approach to the Zoo

Ovations Food Services Selected to Bring Their Signature Everything’s Fresh™ approach to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Ovations Food Services, a nationally ranked food and beverage catering and retail food services provider, was selected by the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens to bring their signature Everything’s Fresh™ approach to the Zoo. Ovations operates at over 120 public assembly facilities throughout the United States and Canada, including Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.

Recently entering into a five year partnership, Ovations will begin providing the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens amazing guest experiences with world-class catering and retail food services on August 1, 2013. Ovations will not only update the look and functionality of the current retail food outlets, but will work with the Zoo’s management team to create custom concepts that represent the flavors of Central Florida. Ovations will support the local Sanford community while enhancing the freshness of signature menus by purchasing from local purveyors when possible.

Additionally, Ovations named Angie Berberich as the Food and Beverage General Manager at the Zoo. Berberich has most recently been a part of the Ovations’ team at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo as Operations Manager. There she created a Farmer’s Market themed beverage portable offering healthy grab-and-go snacks and beverages. She also helped streamline training and operational procedures by modifying standard operating procedures, helping the Zoo achieve record breaking sales.

“I am excited to bring my food and beverage industry knowledge and experience to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens’ team,” said Angie Berberich. “I look forward to advancing the food and beverage operations with a fresh variety of options for guests to enjoy.”

“As part of our commitment to improve the Zoo experience for our guests, we have selected Ovations Food Services as our food and catering provider. We are impressed by the commitment of their staff and the quality of their product and we are excited to begin this partnership,” said Joe Montisano, CEO of the Zoo. “The Zoo is growing rapidly and the addition of Ovation Food Services will be an integral part of our growth.”

About the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens - The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is a 116-acre private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and to engaging and educating our guests by sharing knowledge and celebrating our natural world. For more information regarding the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens visit www.centralfloridazoo.org or call 407.323.4450. The Zoo is located on I-4 Exit 104 in Sanford and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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. Locally, in Florida, Ovations operates at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, Ruth Eckerd Hall & Capitol Theatre, The Lakeland Center, the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, the Palm Beach County Convention Center, EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, Space Coast Stadium, 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, 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; 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.

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